Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is being accused of withholding records about abuse allegations at a Detroit home for boys. Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, known as MPAS, filed a lawsuit Monday against the Department of Health and Human Services. The independent group is empowered under law to protect the rights of the developmentally disabled. It wants to know more about the Paul Martin Home for Boys
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Jocelyn Benson says she will make it easier for military and overseas voters to cast ballots if she is elected Michigan’s next secretary of state. Benson on Tuesday called for online voter registration and counting military ballots as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day. She also wants to let service members in “hostile zones” return ballots through a secured website or fax, followed by a paper mailed ballot. Benson is facing Republican Mary Treder Lang in November.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport could receive a mental evaluation before his trial. The Flint Journal reports that defense attorney Joan Morgan on Tuesday told a judge in Flint that she plans to submit a notice to have Amor Ftouhi’s mental capacity evaluated in the event a mental health defense is pursued. Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia who lives in Montreal. He’s accused of stabbing the officer in 2017 in Flint.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan officials have criticized a professor’s decision not to recommend a student for a study program in Israel. The school said in a statement Tuesday it opposes boycotts of Israeli higher education institutions. Professor John Cheney-Lippold initially said he couldn’t write a recommendation letter for junior Abigail Ingber because of an academic boycott against Israel. He later told The Michigan Daily the boycott stance is “personal” and says he’s not anti-Semitic.