Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — Wednesday is the beginning of a weeklong retreat near Chicago for U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops. They’ll be addressing the church sexual abuse scandal through prayer and spiritual reflection – and not the formulating of policy. On Tuesday The Associated Press reported that the Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures last year to address the sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn’t discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand.
DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Mike Duggan is scheduled to receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the show floor construction for the 2019 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Organizers of the event say Duggan also will meet Monday with some of the hundreds of skilled trades workers who help on the show. The show starts Jan. 14. It’s open to the public from Jan. 19-27.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is promising to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems facing the state in an era of newly divided government. The 47-year-old former lawmaker took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony outside the Capitol on Tuesday. She is Michigan’s 49th governor and the second woman to lead the state.
NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — An organ donor from western Michigan is one of 43 from across the country featured on a Rose Parade float in Pasadena, California. MLive.com reports that 21-year-old Shayna Sturtevant of Norton Shores died in 2016 after an ear infection abscessed to her brain. Six of her organs were later donated, saving three lives. The Donate Life float at Tuesday morning’s parade is decorated with portraits of the donors. The portraits are made of natural materials.