Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mic. (AP) — Michigan will mail postcards telling 4.4 million registered voters they can vote from home in November’s presidential election, and it will spend $2 million to reimburse local governments that provide pre-paid postage on absentee ballot return envelopes. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says the moves are needed to ensure safety. She pointed Thursday to the record number of absentee ballots cast in last week’s primary. The notifications will be sent to people who aren’t already on a permanent list to get an absentee ballot or who didn’t request one as part of Benson’s mass mailing of applications in the spring.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan and private partners are taking steps toward building or assigning dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Eventually, autonomous buses and shuttles will run along the Interstate 94 corridor, linking the University of Michigan to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the city’s downtown. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other officials announced the project Thursday. A two-year study will determine whether existing lanes or shoulders can be used, or new lanes need to be built. Organizers say the project is the first of its kind in the U.S.
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a classmate during a fight inside a Detroit-area high school. Tanaya Lewis’ plea Wednesday came during a pretrial conference in Macomb County Circuit Court. She’s scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 16. Lewis was 17 when 16-year-old Danyna Gibson was stabbed twice in the upper chest with a steak knife Sept. 12, 2018 at Warren Fitzgerald High School. Witnesses told police Lewis smiled and laughed as she chased Gibson with the knife. Authorities have said the fight was over a male student, and that both girls were straight-A students who had posed no history of trouble.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan reports more than 1,100 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number recorded in one day in nearly three months. The state health department on Thursday also recorded 16 deaths, including nine that occurred days or weeks earlier following a review of death certificates. The 1,121 daily confirmed cases of coronavirus are the most since May 14 except for July 26, when a spike was attributed to cases that should have been reflected in the previous day’s count. Thursday’s figure coincides with the state reporting more than 40,000 test results in a day — a record.