Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A criminal investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal has been suspended and could be coming to a close. A spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday that the probe is suspended unless the school releases privileged documents or former interim president John Engler agrees to an interview. Nessel’s predecessor opened the investigation into the university’s handling of complaints against Nassar, a former campus sports physician. One former school official has been convicted, and charges are pending against two others.
DETROIT (AP) — A fire has started in a Detroit grocery store while employees were working and customers were shopping inside. Detroit Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell tells The Detroit News that the Metro Food Center on the city’s west side was evacuated Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The blaze started about 12:40 p.m. More than 40 firefighters were called to store to contain the fire and extinguish the flames. Store pharmacist Naz Qayed told the newspaper that the fire “happened within minutes” and that he looked at the flames burning the ceiling and “knew that a fire extinguisher wasn’t enough.” The cause of the fire was under investigation.
DETROIT (AP) — An agency that supplies water services to Detroit and dozens of other communities says initial water quality tests following the spill of limestone construction aggregate into the Detroit River did not turn up uranium, thorium, mercury or lead. The Great Lakes Water Authority says results of a first round of testing from the Nov. 26 collapse at Detroit Bulk Storage detected aluminum, barium, boron and strontium, but they occur naturally in the area’s raw water. It also says all levels detected for those metals were below the established regulatory guidelines for drinking water set by the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency and the state of Michigan.
GAY, Mich. (AP) — Crews are expected to start removing more copper mining waste rock known as stamp sands that have built up in an Upper Peninsula waterway and threaten an important fish spawning area. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says dredging in Grand Traverse Harbor should start this week and is part of a wider strategy to help protect the spawning habitat for Lake Superior whitefish and lake trout. Stamp sands were dumped along the Lake Superior lakefront during the early 20th century in Gay, northwest of Marquette. The stamp sands cover 1,400 acres of shoreline and lake bottom and are drifting toward Buffalo Reef.