Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A double lung transplant recipient who severely damaged those internal organs by vaping has been identified as a Michigan teenager. Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit described to reporters Tuesday the procedure that saved the 17-year-old’s life and pleaded for the public to understand the dangers of vaping. Dr. Hassan Nemeh described the teen’s lungs as having an “enormous amount of inflammation and scarring.”
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from state Democrats for likening abortion to the “scourge” of slavery. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College’s radio station last week that allowing abortion is comparable to “the scourge we endured when we still had slavery in this country.” Democratic state Sen. Erika Geiss says Shirkey’s remarks were “incredibly insensitive.”
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit trial of an elected official from Pittsburgh is off to a slow start because of a snowstorm. Jury selection began Tuesday, but the judge ran out of candidates. More than 9 inches of snow fell Monday and Tuesday in the Detroit area. Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is charged with obstructing police and disorderly conduct. She is accused of interfering with police while they were removing her husband from a hotel. Jury selection resumes Thursday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Education is facing criticism from a conservative education group for not publishing A-through-F letter grades for public schools. A 2018 law requires the agency to have assigned each school a grade in five categories by Sept. 1 and each year following. But the department does not plan to release the initial grades until March.