Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People waving U.S. and Trump flags rallied at the Michigan Capitol. Speakers cast doubt on the results of the Nov. 3 election and encouraged Republican lawmakers to ensure President Donald Trump gets Michigan’s 16 electoral votes. But Joe Biden defeated Trump by more than 140,000 votes in Michigan, according to unofficial results. Randy Bishop, a conservative radio host, urged Republican leaders in the Legislature to “break the law” and seat Trump electors instead of Biden supporters. The GOP lawmakers have said they won’t do it.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Stephen Markman has heard his last round of cases after 21 years as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. The 71-year-old Markman is retiring but can still participate in opinions and orders through December. Before hearing five cases Thursday, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack recognized Markman’s public service. He was a judge at the Michigan appeals court, U.S. attorney in Detroit and deputy attorney general in Washington. Markman says it’s “been a blessing” to serve on the Supreme Court. In October, Markman wrote the 4-3 opinion that struck down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders related to the coronavirus.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is reporting problems with people trying to buy hunting licenses on the eve of the traditional two-week deer season. The DNR says there have been “unforeseen technical issues” with the system provided by Tennessee-based Sovereign Sportsmen Solutions. The DNR says hunters still are required to buy a license online or from a retailer as soon as possible. Kill tags should be attached to a deer with materials that a hunter has on hand. The DNR says it doesn’t have authority to waive the license requirement.
GROSSE ILE, Mich. (AP) — A bridge that serves a 10,000-resident island in suburban Detroit will remain closed for at least another year, forcing people to pay to get on and off the island. The Grosse Ile span is commonly known as the free bridge. It’s managed by Wayne County. Officials say inspectors discovered severe erosion of underwater piers, which will extend a closure. The bridge has been closed since May for emergency deck repairs. The only other practical option for travelers is a second bridge that is privately owned and charges $5 for a round trip. There’s no charge for riding a bicycle.