Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would have made permanent a ban against Michigan doctors prescribing abortion-inducing drugs remotely with webcams or other forms of telemedicine. The veto Friday means a prohibition enacted in 2012 will expire next week. Snyder says patients should be able to remotely receive safe and proper care. Earlier Friday, Snyder signed $1.3 billion budget legislation that shifts new tax revenue for schools to other priorities, such as roads.
DETROIT (AP) — A deal has been reached between the state and Detroit over the removal of asbestos during the city’s demolition of vacant houses. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced the consent judgment Friday and says it requires Detroit to operate in compliance with all state and federal asbestos rules. The agreement also requires the Detroit Building Authority to conduct additional post-abatement inspections to check for asbestos prior to demolitions.
VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff’s deputy has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman who was accused of shoplifting on Christmas Eve. The Genesee County prosecutor says George Zofchak II was sent to a Walmart store to investigate a theft. He’s accused of pulling a woman from her car, handcuffing her and later sexually assaulting her at a motel. The woman’s boyfriend was taken to jail by another officer. Zofchak was being held on a $600,000 bond Friday.
HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A 92-year-old man has died from pneumonia after testing positive last month in a western Michigan hospital for Legionnaires’ disease. The man was treated at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital in Hastings, southeast of Grand Rapids. He was discharged to a rehab center and later died. The hospital tested its water system on Dec. 12 after the man’s positive test for Legionnaires’ was confirmed. Tests results of the system were positive for Legionella bacteria.