Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
UNDATED (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $600 million to compensate Flint residents whose health was damaged by lead-tainted drinking water. That’s according to an attorney involved in settlement negotiations. The attorney confirmed details to The Associated Press on Wednesday but requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about it ahead of an official announcement expected later this week. Thousands of people have sued the state for its role in the crisis, which began in 2014 when Flint switched its water source from the city of Detroit to the Flint River to save money. State officials advised the city not to use corrosion controls. Lead from pipes contaminated the water.
WASHINGTON (AP) — On Joe Biden’s big day, President Donald Trump is planning to show up in his rival’s old backyard. On Thursday afternoon Trump is set to hold an event just outside the former vice president’s birthplace in Scranton, Pennsylvania. That’s mere hours before Biden formally accepts the Democratic nomination for president. The Trump campaign says the president’s speech will cover “a half-century of Joe Biden failing America.” Biden’s campaign says the president’s trip is a “pathetic attempt to distract from the fact that Trump’s presidency stands for nothing but crises, lies and division.”
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s reassessing the risk of opening Michigan businesses that have been closed for months under her orders to curb the coronavirus. She’ll have more to say next week. Movie theaters, gyms and indoor pools are among places barred from operating amid the pandemic. The Democratic governor said Wednesday her office is working with the state health department to “drill down” into closed businesses and studying what’s happening in other states. She also announced Michigan will allocate $60 million in federal pandemic relief funds to school districts where more than half of the students are economically disadvantaged.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has applied for federal funding to provide an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits. It’s less than the $600 boost that expired last month but still more than the maximum $362 weekly payment Michigan dispenses. President Donald Trump this month signed an order extending the added weekly benefit after he and Congress were unable to agree to a broader new coronavirus relief plan. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the program will provide much-needed support but is a short-term “Band-Aid” that falls short of what’s needed. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7% in July.