Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Utah woman has been charged with second-degree murder after a state trooper died, three weeks after a crash in western Michigan. Caleb Starr’s death was announced Friday night. He was driving in Ionia County’s Boston Township on July 10 when a vehicle crossed the center line and smashed into his patrol car. The other driver, Thomasina Jones, was charged with second-degree murder and other offenses related to drinking and driving. She’s from the Four Corners region in southern Utah. Jones appeared in court and was ordered to jail without bond. Starr was 33 years old. He graduated from trooper school in 2019.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature has canceled this week’s session and hearings because a Lansing-area state senator tested positive for the coronavirus through screening required by his service in the Michigan Army National Guard. Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett, of Charlotte, said Sunday that he was told the results Sunday afternoon after being tested Friday. The news led the Legislature on Monday to cancel the week’s session and committee hearings that had been scheduled for this week. Barrett says he tested positive despite taking “reasonable precautions.” Recent video shows him wearing a mask during several recent legislative hearings.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is telling students to check their temperature twice a day and avoid social gatherings, work and public transportation for 14 days before returning to Ann Arbor. Administrators say it’s an important part of the strategy to keep COVID-19 out of the community. The fall term begins Aug. 31 with a mix of online and in-person classes. The university says students will be required to complete an online review of COVID-19, its symptoms and how to stay safe. Students living on campus are expected to be tested for the virus and cleared prior to their arrival.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has ordered coronavirus testing of agricultural and migrant workers, citing 11 outbreaks at farms and food-processing plants in recent weeks. Under Monday’s emergency order from the state Department of Health and Human Services, migrant housing camp operators must do initial baseline testing of all residents age 18 and older. New residents must be tested within 48 hours of their arrival. Agricultural operations with more than 20 workers on site at a time must also ensure testing. The requirement applies to meat, poultry and egg processing plants; greenhouses; and employers hiring migrant or seasonal workers who don’t live on site.