Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging the Michigan Legislature to impose a statewide mask-wearing law to fight the coronavirus. The Democratic governor said Thursday that she asked Republican leaders to pass a measure requiring masks indoors and in crowded outdoor areas. That’s already state policy under an emergency order. But Whitmer says compliance might improve if the requirement were made law with bipartisan support. Michigan continues to shatter records for coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are steadily rising. Whitmer says mask wearing is the single most important weapon in the fight against the virus.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Celebrating his reelection, Sen. Gary Peters is pledging to fight for Democratic values and be bipartisan in his second term while saying it is “sad” and “pathetic” that Republican challenger John James refuses to concede defeat. James, without citing evidence, issued a written statement Thursday saying he had “deep concerns that millions of Michiganders may have been disenfranchised by a dishonest few who cheat.” Peters, who won, was up by about 87,000 votes, or 1.6%, with almost all precincts reporting. Peters laughed off James, calling his allegations “sad” and “pathetic.”
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been arrested in the slaying of a suburban Detroit woman who was shot and bound with Christmas lights in 2017. State police disclosed the arrests but offered no other details. Egypt Covington was a 27-year-old musician, singer and account manager for a beer distributor. Covington was found dead in June 2017 at her home in Van Buren Township. Covington’s older brother, D’Wayne Turner, said he had urged state police to pick up the case from local police. In 2017, Arbor Brewing created a beer, A Girl Named Egypt, to honor Covington.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s wildlife agency says it considers a ballot initiative to reintroduce the gray wolf into the state to have passed after a group that opposes the initiative conceded the race and after the agency consulted with the office of Gov. Jared Polis. An announcement by Colorado Parks and Wildlife that it would begin planning for an eventual restoration of wolves in the state came even though thousands of ballots are still uncounted and another group opposed to the initiative said it was not conceding. Coloradans Protecting Wildlife and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association issued statements saying it appeared that the initiative would succeed. Other opposition groups made no such declaration.