Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 26-year-old former suburban Detroit teacher has been charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct involving two teenage boys, ages 16 and 17. Kathryn Houghtaling was arraigned Friday in Rochester Hills District Court. She has been fired from her job at Rochester High School, north of Detroit. Houghtaling was a special education teacher for one of the students. Authorities say the incidents took place at a home and in a vehicle in November and December.
DETROIT (AP) — A historic Detroit music studio where stars such as Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis recorded has been bought by the state to preserve the building during a freeway project. Michigan’s Transportation department says Friday that United Sound Systems will be relocated to an adjacent parking lot to allow more distance from proposed retaining walls along Interstate 94. The studio produced the first single for the Tamla Records label which later became Berry Gordy’s Motown Records.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s economy will keep growing but at a slower rate, resulting in stable tax revenue growth at a time new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins working to put her imprint on state spending. That is among the takeaways from Friday’s semiannual meeting where the state treasurer and legislative fiscal experts agreed to consensus economic and tax projections. Economists gave a largely positive update to state officials but also warned of risks.
DETROIT (AP) — Design options will soon be revealed for a plan that seeks to link nearly a dozen major institutions in Detroit and make the area more walkable. The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Institute of Arts and nonprofit Midtown Detroit Inc. are spearheading the project. The effort seeks to redesign the area around the institute and create pedestrian spaces connecting to other nearby institutions.