Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Democratic candidates for president are set to speak in Detroit at the NAACP’s annual convention. Ahead of the candidates’ appeals for support, dozens of black leaders, activists and voters in pivotal swing states say they won’t forget President Donald Trump’s racist tweets about four congresswomen of color. A Wisconsin state representative from Milwaukee who is black, David Bowen, says such incidents will remind people that Trump’s reelection won’t benefit the country or black people.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan school board has approved a new plan to improve the struggling district that will go to the governor’s office for review. The Benton Harbor Area Schools board voted Tuesday night on the plan, which would last at least four years. The Herald-Palladium reports the plan would pay down the district’s at least $16 million in debt and raise student achievement. School officials intend to use the plan as a starting point during mediation with state officials in the coming weeks.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is opposing a federal plan to drop gray wolves from the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the wolf has recovered in the Lower 48 states and no longer needs federal protection. More than 5,000 live in the contiguous U.S., including roughly 660 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In recently submitted comments, Nessel says removing the federal shield would allow hunting that could put the wolves in danger of extinction once more.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Four teens who pleaded guilty to throwing a rock from an expressway overpass in 2017 that caused the death of a 32-year-old man will be sentenced as adults. Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah on Tuesday ruled lawyers for teens, who were 15 to 17 at the time, have until Aug. 20 to withdraw their guilty pleas. Kenneth White of Mt. Morris was riding in a van when a rock smashed through a van windshield on Interstate 75 in Vienna Township, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Detroit.