Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order in an attempt to curb excessive price increases of emergency supplies and food during the coronavirus outbreak. She also said Sunday she’s working to close Detroit’s casinos and considering potentially closing all restaurants and bars across the state. The state reported 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 53. Whitmer says a “younger person” is included in the new positive tests. Her measure, which takes effect Monday, restricts a person or business from reselling goods or products that are “grossly in excess of the purchase price” of products.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Flint City Council member who was handcuffed and banned from meetings for 30 days has lined up legal help to try to get the sanction reversed. Eric Mays was escorted from a March 4 meeting, taken to jail and released. Council members say Mays has repeatedly been disruptive for weeks. Attorney Steve Haney acknowledges that Mays is a “polarizing figure.” But he says suspending him from meetings is a disservice to Flint residents, especially during the coronavirus crisis.
DETROIT (AP) — A pilot express commuter bus service is expected to start Monday between downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor. Called D2A2, the service will provide hourly trips from 5:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and limited service Saturdays and Sundays. The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority are partnering on the service. It will be operated by Michigan Flyer.Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Chief Executive Matt Carpenter says the service will help connect people to their jobs, entertainment and more.
GREILICKVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A waterfront project along Lake Michigan is scrapping plans to pursue the cruise ship business. Discovery Center & Pier previously announced plans to transform a coal dock near Traverse City into a site that ships could use to land passengers. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that Discovery Center & Pier CEO Matt McDonough said Tuesday that cruise ships weren’t strongly aligned enough with its mission. McDonough says the long-term goal is transform the area into public park. Viking River Cruises had already been advertising Great Lakes cruises that would include stops there starting in 2022, but McDonough said those ships won’t be coming to the pier.