Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that Michigan has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. Since the court decision on Oct. 2, the seven-day case average is up to 1,818 — nearly double. The governor says Michigan is at a “dangerous moment.” She pleaded Wednesday for people to wear a mask and socially distance. Meanwhile, a chiropractor in western Michigan has challenged the state’s mask rule in court, saying that Whitmer’s health department has no authority to make masks mandatory.
DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has hired about 4,100 Detroit residents, and most if not all of them will be employed at a new auto plant on the city’s east side. The auto giant is obliged to employ at least 3,850 Detroiters at the Mack assembly plant under a deal with the city to develop the land where the plant is being built. If the remaining 250 workers are not employed at Mack, they could be sent to work at another Fiat Chrysler plant in Detroit or the suburbs. Mayor Mike Duggan says pay will start at $17 per hour and could climb to $28 per hour.
PHOENIX (AP) — Honda has agreed to a $5 million settlement with Arizona over allegations it failed to disclose defects in air bags that led to two deaths in the state. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the settlement Wednesday over the faulty airbag systems manufactured by Takata Corp. and used in certain Honda and Acura cars. Under the agreement, roughly $1.7 million will go toward consumer restitution. Another $2.1 million will pay for a gift card program incentivizing owners to get their air bags replaced. The state’s top attorney estimates more than 40,000 drivers in Arizona are driving with those airbags.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Peter Secchia has died at age 83. Secchia was a successful Michigan businessman and philanthropist who counted Republican presidents as friends. Secchia spent decades at Universal Forest Products, first as a salesman and eventually as the majority owner. The lumber and construction company went public in 1993. Secchia belonged to a generation of Grand Rapids business leaders that poured millions of dollars of personal wealth into the community. Secchia helped Michigan State University move a medical school to Grand Rapids. Secchia was close to President Gerald Ford and President George H.W. Bush, serving as U.S. ambassador to Italy during the Bush presidency.