Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan politicians are praising prominent Judge Damon J. Keith as a “legal trailblazer” and a “civil rights icon.” Keith died in Detroit on Sunday at age 96. Among those paying tribute to him are Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. In their statements, they spoke of Keith’s courage in the face of what Whitmer called the “attacks and threats from others” in his defense of individual liberties and in his commitment to end racism.
DETROIT (AP) — A woman who says she suffered when she learned that her son was found slain in a Detroit sewer has failed to persuade the Michigan appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit over a Facebook post. Brenda Burton sued Detroit and a water employee who wrote that he had found a “dead body in the sewer” in 2015. Burton says she saw her son under the manhole cover. Burton says the employee acted recklessly. The appeals court says the post might have been “thoughtless” but it wasn’t “utterly intolerable.”
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Regina Strong has been named to the newly created position of environmental justice public advocate in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. The agency formerly was known as the Department of Environmental Quality. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer changed its name as part of a reorganization that included establishing the environmental justice advocate post. Strong is the former Michigan director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.
DETROIT (AP) — When Fiat Chrysler began considering where to build its next assembly plant, the automaker didn’t have far to look for land. A short walk from its Jefferson North plant on Detroit’s east side is 200 acres of land the company is eyeing as part of its $1.6 billion investment to convert an engine complex into a new facility. Decades of residential flight, disinvestment and abandonment have left the Motor City with stretches of available real estate which are appealing to some developers.