Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Goats have been invited to a popular Ann Arbor park. The Ann Arbor News reports that 10 goats will start roaming two islands at Gallup Park to eat invasive plants, starting Thursday. It’s promoted as an efficient, organic way to get rid of weeds and other undesirable vegetation. Park staff can work elsewhere instead of cutting and pulling plants. The islands and pedestrian bridges will be closed through June 27, although there will be opportunities to see the goats in action.
FORK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man who was removing tree stumps in western Michigan has died after a tractor overturned and pinned him. The Mecosta County sheriff’s office identified the man as 64-year-old Kerry Burggren, who was working in Fork Township, 80 miles north of Grand Rapids. Deputies were called around 6 p.m. Saturday.
HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — An electronic registration program that notifies Michigan parents when their children are pulled over is expanding across the state. The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports that Livingston and Mason counties were chosen more than a year ago to pilot the electronic program for drivers 21 and under. Parents can register any vehicle that will be operated by their child, and sheriff’s deputies will notify them by text message or email immediately after their child is involved in a traffic stop.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s state travel agency has kicked off a new marketing campaign to attract more summer visitors. The “Meanwhile in Michigan” initiative is building on a national cable advertising blitz that started in March. It will use radio, billboards, Chicago buses and airports, television and social media to get the message across. The $2.5 million campaign depicts Michigan’s out-of-the-way spots as peaceful and scenic getaways from hectic daily routines.