Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday detailed the stunning impact of the coronavirus on the state’s economy. Only businesses deemed essential remain open and Whitmer says her stay-at-home order will be extended in the coming days. She says more people have applied for unemployment aid in the last two weeks than in all of 2019, when the jobless rate was below 4%. Michigan has reported at least 17,221 coronavirus cases and 727 deaths, mostly concentrated in Detroit and the suburbs. Deaths rose by 110 in a day.
DETROIT (AP) — Al Kaline, the Hall of Fame outfielder who played his entire 22-season career for Detroit, has died. “Mr. Tiger” — as he was affectionately known — was 85. Kaline was the youngest player to win the American League batting title, in 1955 at age 20 with a .340 average. He was an All-Star in 15 seasons, won 10 Gold Gloves and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980 in his first year of eligibility. Kaline also sat behind a microphone as a Tigers broadcaster and was a special assistant to the general manager.
THETFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A former Flint-area police chief will stand trial on embezzlement and obstruction of justice charges tied to his department’s use of surplus military equipment. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says Monday that a circuit court judge has determined that a district judge abused her discretion in September in dismissing charges against Robert Kenny following his preliminary examination. Kenny had been chief in Thetford Township. He was charged in August 2018 following an investigation into alleged government money deposited into a personal bank account and that the surplus military equipment had been given to family and friends.
SOUTH ROCKWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A boat belonging to a 29-year-old man and his 6-year-old son who were reported missing in late March while fishing on a southeastern Michigan river has been found. The Monroe News reports that police in Flat Rock say on the department’s Facebook page that the boat was recovered Sunday. Justin Oaks and his son, Jaxon, were last heard from via a text message March 29. They were in a 14-foot boat and fishing the Huron River between Lake Erie and the Interstate 75 overpass in the South Rockwood area. They have not been found.