Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have given additional health providers legal protection from lawsuits in any state-declared emergency and extended the immunity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Democrat said Monday she would have considered signing the bill if it only had attempted to “mop up” an issued created when the Legislature refused to lengthen the COVID-19 emergency. But she says the measure goes “much further” and would have given health facilities broad immunity in any emergency regardless of the circumstances. The legislation was supported by hospitals, doctors and nursing homes but opposed by plaintiffs’ lawyers.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare wind storm with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. The storm known as a derecho lasted several hours as it tore across eastern Nebraska, Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. A scientist at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says the storm had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado. Officials in the Iowa cities of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown say the damage is extensive.
LANSING, Mich (AP) — State investigators and contractors will this week start assessing the remaining portion of a failed Michigan dam. The failure of the Edenville dam and another barrier in May destroyed 150 houses and caused more than $200 million in damage to the Midland County area. The state said it took over the duty to assess Edenville after the owners failed to comply with a federal court order to look into what additional work might be needed to stabilize the dam and ensure the safety of nearby residents.
FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — A dog treading water nearly four miles offshore in Lake Michigan has been rescued by a family out on a boating trip. Jeannie Wilcox tells WOOD-TV that they were boating from Grand Haven to Frankfort in northwestern Michigan on Friday when she saw a “red animal in the lake” and started screaming, ‘dog in the water!’” They were able to get the dog onto the boat’s swim platform and dried her off. The family had the dog scanned for a microchip. The owners later were located and reunited with their dog.