Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is announcing major steps to reduce the number of students on campus for the winter term because of the coronavirus. Housing contracts will be canceled. Undergraduates living in residence halls should not return after the holidays but participate in online classes from home. Undergraduates who must live on campus will stay in single rooms, and weekly virus tests will be mandatory. President Mark Schlissel says the “pandemic hasn’t gone away” and COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Michigan. There are 5,300 undergrads in dorms this fall, way down from a typical year.
EDMORE, Mich. (AP) — A handful of Edmore and Home Township voters were mistakenly given wrong ballots for their respective communities. The mix-up occurred because residents of the two communities vote at the same location in Montcalm County. Some Edmore residents didn’t get to vote for village president, while some Home Township residents wrongly voted in that race. The incumbent, Gloria Burr, won by just five votes. But that result has been set aide for a do-over: Roughly 500 voters in Edmore will get a new ballot in the mail. County Clerk Kristen Millard says “it could change the outcome.” The presidential race is not affected.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging the Michigan Legislature to impose a statewide mask-wearing law to fight the coronavirus. The Democratic governor said Thursday that she asked Republican leaders to pass a measure requiring masks indoors and in crowded outdoor areas. That’s already state policy under an emergency order. But Whitmer says compliance might improve if the requirement were made law with bipartisan support. Michigan continues to shatter records for coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are steadily rising. Whitmer says mask wearing is the single most important weapon in the fight against the virus.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Celebrating his reelection, Sen. Gary Peters is pledging to fight for Democratic values and be bipartisan in his second term while saying it is “sad” and “pathetic” that Republican challenger John James refuses to concede defeat. James, without citing evidence, issued a written statement Thursday saying he had “deep concerns that millions of Michiganders may have been disenfranchised by a dishonest few who cheat.” Peters, who won, was up by about 87,000 votes, or 1.6%, with almost all precincts reporting. Peters laughed off James, calling his allegations “sad” and “pathetic.”