Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate won’t release documents from a sexual harassment probe of a male lawmaker who told a young reporter that high school boys visiting the Capitol could have “fun” with her. The Legislature isn’t subject to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act. It does release broad financial records related to harassment investigations, but not much else. Sen. Pete Lucido issued a brief apology for what he called a “misunderstanding” Wednesday after a Michigan Advance journalist published a report detailing their interaction outside the state Senate chamber. A spokeswoman for the Senate’s leader says the probe’s outcome will be communicated.
UNDATED (AP) — Rapper Eminem has once again dropped a surprise album. He’s released “Music to Be Murdered By,” announcing it on Twitter just after midnight on Friday. Eminem has also released a new music video that depicts a shooting at a concert similar to the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting and includes footage of news broadcasts from recent mass shootings around the U.S. The video ends with an appeal to register to vote to help change gun laws. A version of the cover art is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock, who released an album of the same name in 1958. The album features a collaboration with Juice WRLD, the 21-year-old rapper who died in December.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s child-welfare law would be updated to clarify that caseworkers must make contact within 24 hours to assess the well-being of each child in a household where abuse or neglect is suspected under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The measure and others were passed by the House on Thursday in response to a scathing 2018 audit that found failures in Children’s Protective Services investigations. The bills were backed with overwhelming bipartisan support and sent to the Senate for future consideration.
DETROIT (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a 70-year-old Detroit man on drug and human trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit said in a release Richard Jackson was found guilty Thursday of sex trafficking using force and coercion, drug distribution and maintaining drug premises. Authorities say Detroit police officers went to the home and found squalid conditions, signs of intravenous drug use everywhere and a security gate installed at the top of a stairway. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement Jackson “targeted vulnerable women and exploited them for his own profit.” Sentencing is set for April 16. Jackson faces at least 15 years in prison.