Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — During their eight years in control of Michigan’s government, Republicans have successfully taken the city of Detroit through federal bankruptcy to make way for its economic revival. Now that feat may bring a bittersweet reward. As the midterm election approaches, GOP leaders are bracing for the worst as Democrats appear poised to win the governor’s office and other statewide posts and to make gains in the Legislature.
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have broken ground for a new veterans home at the site of a former military housing complex in suburban Detroit. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency said despite Monday’s groundbreaking for the Southeast Michigan Veterans Home, construction isn’t expected to begin until the spring at the 103-acre site known as Sebille Manor in Macomb County’s Chesterfield Township. Completion is forecast for the fall of 2021.
NEW HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $157,500 to settle a lawsuit by a longtime prison employee who said she was repeatedly passed over for promotions. Merrianne Weberg sued the Corrections Department in 2017, saying her career had stalled as a shift commander at a prison in Macomb County. She says younger, less-qualified males were promoted over her when she applied for captain or inspector.
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has campaigned for Republican candidates in suburban Detroit ahead of next week’s election. Pence spoke Monday afternoon at an event in Oakland County for U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Elissa Slotkin, and Lena Epstein, who is running against Democrat Haley Stevens for an open congressional seat. The two races are competitive and are expected to help determine which party controls the House.