Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The 13 citizens who will be tasked with redrawing Michigan’s congressional and legislative district boundaries for the next decade have been unveiled, with most coming from the east of the state. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is comprised of four Republicans, four Democrats and five independents who were selected at random from a pool of more than 9,000 applicants. The commission was created by a voter-backed ballot measure in 2018 and is meant to do away with partisan gerrymandering. Most of the members announced Monday come from eastern Michigan and none live in the Upper Peninsula. Three of the 13 are not white, which is roughly in line with the percentage of the state’s nonwhite population.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislators have given final approval to bills that would provide flexibility for K-12 schools as they prepare to open amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign the legislation to waive physical attendance and minimum instruction requirements to allow for remote classes. The legislation would give districts and charter schools the option to choose in-person instruction, online or a hybrid based on consulting with local health departments. Their student count, the foundation of state funding, would be weighted heavily toward last year’s figure and less so on uncertain enrollment in the new academic year.
DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of people have rallied outside a Detroit courthouse to call for a renewal of the city’s ban on evictions. A monthslong state freeze on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic expired in July, although landlords can apply for millions of dollars in government assistance if they let people stay in their homes. Detroit’s 36th District Court suspended evictions in March, but the policy lapsed over the weekend, possibly putting hundreds of people at risk. About 50 people chanted and held signs as they marched outside the downtown courthouse that sits next to Ford Field.
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man has pleaded guilty in the fatal stabbings of his housemate and another man in separate incidents. WOOD-TV reports that sentencing is scheduled Sept. 3 for 37-year-old George Yzaguirre. Court records show that Yzaguirre entered the pleas Aug. 4 to felony murder and first-degree murder in the deaths of 63-year-old Ed Fuller and 34-year-old David Isner. Police said workers at a Home Depot store called 911 in December to report that Yzaguirre walked in and said he wanted to turn himself in for two killings. Isner was stabbed in late November. He had shared a Kentwood duplex with Yzaguirre. Fuller was found dead at his mobile home in Byron Township, south of Grand Rapids. He had been robbed.