Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Mike Duggan has presented a proposed $2.4 billion budget for 2020-21 to the Detroit City Council. The Detroit News reports that Duggan wants to move $30 million from last year’s general fund surplus into a rainy-day fund to help meet increased pension contributions in the coming years. Another $20 million in surplus funds would go into a retiree protection fund. Duggan told reporters Friday that the city is going to stay on top of funding to the pension systems so city workers “never again have to have their pensions threatened.” The budget also calls for $50 million to fight blight and pay for the demolition of vacant homes.
CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A man who is one of three people charged in the 2002 slaying of a Michigan man has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison. The charred remains of Robert Caraballo weren’t identified until 2015, years after they were discovered in a foot locker in a blueberry field. Christopher McMillan pleaded guilty in October to second-degree murder and was sentenced Thursday. He’s expected to help prosecutors in the case against two co-defendants, including the victim’s wife.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was disciplined after an investigation found “credible” claims that he sexually harassed three women says he harassed no one. Sen. Peter Lucido issued a statement Friday, a day after the state Senate leader removed him from a committee he led and ordered that he undergo training. Lucido notes that the Senate Business Office and its outside lawyers determined the allegations could not be “unequivocally substantiated.” The review, though, found all of the accusers “credible” and concluded it was “more likely than not” that each incident occurred as reported.
DETROIT (AP) — Officials say five people who worked in a Michigan wildlife disease lab were diagnosed last year with a latent form of tuberculosis. The Department of Natural Resources lab processes thousands of deer heads during hunting season to check for chronic wasting disease and bovine TB. TB is an illness caused by bacteria that attack the lungs. It can be fatal, although a latent form shows no symptoms and doesn’t make people feel sick. DNR spokesman Ed Golder says it’s been the department’s “working assumption” that the workers got TB from infected deer. But Golder says, “We can’t say for sure.”