Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes who say they were sexually abused by a track coach are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and a coach. They allege the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect its athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were sexually abused by John Rembao while he worked at Texas and Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has removed a faculty member from his job as chief academic officer over sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against him. Martin Philbert has been on paid leave since January when several allegations were made. He lost his job as provost on Wednesday but will remain on the payroll as a faculty member with tenure protection while the investigation continues. The university says Philbert was notified in a letter from President Mark Schlissel. The investigation will determine if the school ultimately attempts to remove Philbert as a faculty member.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s largest universities are suspending face-to-face classes, and courts have been advised to consider postponing trials. It’s the fallout after Michigan’s first two cases of coronavirus were announced. Michigan State and Michigan said Wednesday that online classes will last until the week of April 19. Similar moves have been announced at Central Michigan and Michigan Tech. Wayne State in Detroit has added another week to spring break. Michigan Chief Justice Bridget McCormack is telling judges to consider postponing jury trials unless a criminal defendant is in jail or there have been long delays. It’s a recommendation, not an order.
BEIJING (AP) — China has reported its auto sales plunged 81.7% in February from a year earlier after Beijing shut down much of the economy to fight a virus outbreak, adding to problems for automakers already struggling with shrinking demand. An industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said Thursday that sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans fell to 224,000, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Auto dealerships, cinemas and other consumer businesses were ordered to stay closed after the Lunar New Year holiday to help contain the virus that emerged in central China in December.