Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan attorney general’s office has asked a judge not to release a decision in a major criminal case tied to the Flint water crisis after discovering a new “trove of documents” from state agencies. Prosecutors want a six-month freeze in the case of Nick Lyon, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area. Lyon was director of the Michigan health department. He’s been ordered to trial, but Farah is considering an appeal.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan police officials say an officer accused by activists of racial profiling by notifying immigration officials about the arrest of a mentally ill Latino war veteran did not violate department policy through his action. The Grand Rapids Police Department said Friday Capt. Curtis VanderKooi returns to work Monday. He was placed on leave Feb. 28. Activists sought VanderKooi’s firing after immigration officials held Jilmar Ramos-Gomez for three days before releasing the U.S. citizen.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Roman Catholic social services agency that declines to place children with same-sex couples has filed a lawsuit to stop Michigan from penalizing the group if it sticks to its policy on foster care and adoption. Catholic Charities West Michigan in Grand Rapids filed the lawsuit Thursday. The group says Michigan law allows it to practice its religion by turning down same-sex couples. But the group says services will be threatened by a recent change at the Department of Health and Human Services.
DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of students from dozens of countries are in Detroit this week competing in the biggest youth robotics event in the world. Still, organizers of the FIRST Championship hope it gets a lot bigger. President Don Bossi says FIRST has a presence in only 12% of U.S. schools. He and others with the Manchester, New Hampshire-based nonprofit are trying to attract more students, including from under-represented communities.