Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
UNDATED (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit says he won’t reconsider his July dismissal of General Motors’ racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman wrote in an opinion Friday that new evidence presented by GM regarding bribes and foreign bank accounts “is too speculative to warrant reopening” the case. GM alleges that FCA paid bribes to two former United Auto Workers presidents, as well as a former union vice president and at least one former GM employee. It says payments were made so the officials would saddle GM with more than $1 billion in additional labor costs.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says 4 million masks will be distributed to residents — free of charge — to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. The face coverings will go to low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters through a partnership of the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ford Motor Co. FEMA is supplying 2.5 million of the masks, including 1.5 million that the state has already sent to social service agencies. Ford is paying for 1.5 million masks. They will go to low-income schools, the city of Detroit, health clinics for the poor, some testing sites and other places.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association is moving the football season to next spring but says other fall sports will proceed as scheduled during the coronavirus pandemic. Friday’s move comes days after the Big Ten postponed all fall sports and said it hoped to make them up in the second semester. MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl says football is considered to be a high-risk sport for the spread of COVID-19 due to the face-to-face contact. He says the association did everything it could to have a fall football season but there is too much uncertainty and too many unknowns.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Policy changes that slow delivery at the U.S. Postal Service are taking a toll on military veterans, who are reporting much longer wait times to receive mail-order prescription drugs. That’s according to a group of Democratic senators. In a letter Friday, the 31 senators take aim at new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a GOP fundraiser who took the post in June and has since imposed operational changes that have led to mail backlogs across the United States. The senators say they’ve heard from hundreds of veterans, as well as Department of Veterans Affairs staff, who cited weekslong mail delays, “causing veterans to miss doses of vital medications.”