Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has upheld a law that gives public money to private schools to comply with health and safety orders. The court’s decision was a 3-3 tie. A tie means an opinion in favor of private schools by the state appeals court will stand. At issue was whether more than $5 million approved by lawmakers during Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration conflicts with the Michigan Constitution. That document says “no public monies or property” can be used to “aid or maintain” private schools. Three Republican justices say the money is OK because it’s not for “educational services” in private schools.
LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A police cruiser has been stolen and wrecked in southwestern Michigan by a 25-year-old woman who slipped from handcuffs after being arrested earlier for drunken driving. Authorities say the woman had been taken into custody about 3 a.m. Monday after a crash in Lockport Township. She was placed in the rear seat of a St. Joseph sheriff’s office vehicle. After getting free of the handcuffs, she climbed through a partition and into the driver’s seat as deputies searched her vehicle. The sheriff’s office said she drove off in the cruiser but struck a utility pole and several trees. She was caught after trying to run away. She was jailed on numerous charges. Lockport Township is north of Michigan’s state line with Indiana.
DETROIT (AP) — Homicides in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and other cities have topped 2019 numbers as violence surged while much of the U.S. struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says people are failing to manage disputes and often using guns to settle them. Authorities and some experts say there is no one clear-cut reason for the spike. They instead point to social and economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus, public sentiment toward police following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody and a historic shortage of jobs and resources in poorer communities as contributing factors.
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — This year, it’s been about saving every business possible for Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports that the nonprofit has helped more than 350 businesses directly. It’s also aided others with answering coronavirus pandemic order questions and connecting them to grants and other resources. The alliance has helped manage $1.5 million in grants. It will be administrating two more programs with over $115,000. It also worked on different campaigns to help keep people safe during the pandemic and to encourage people to help the local economy.