Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:44 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two years after leaving office, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is facing charges of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water crisis. Prosecutors are revisiting how Flint’s water system was contaminated with lead during one of worst manmade environmental disasters in U.S. history. Two misdemeanors popped up in an online court file Wednesday night after Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a Thursday news conference. Former officials who worked in Snyder’s administration are also expected to be charged. Snyder’s attorney says there’s no evidence to support the charges against the ex-governor.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the plan is for Michigan restaurants to reopen for indoor dining on Feb. 1, two and a half months after an order to close amid a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The current order prohibiting indoor eating and drinking was extended Wednesday. Non-contact organized sports can resume starting Saturday. Michigan is among just a few states to allow no indoor restaurant dining and is the only one without a detailed plan on how and when reopening can occur, according to the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association. The state is expected to release details on the reopening next week.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says he tested positive for the coronavirus two days before Christmas and recovered at home. The Clarklake Republican, who publicly announced the infection three weeks after learning of it, is at least the 13th legislator with a positive test. A 14th died from a suspected case in March. Shirkey experienced a fever and fatigue. He believes he was exposed Dec. 19, a day after the Senate ended voting for the year. He visited the House on Dec. 21, appearing to remove his mask while listening to a farewell speech.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer say she is not aware of a specific threat of violence against the Michigan Capitol this weekend but law enforcement continues to monitor “chatter” after the FBI warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals. The state police has increased its visible presence at the Capitol this week following a deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. A 6-foot fence will be installed around the statehouse on Friday. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has asked Whitmer to activate the Michigan National Guard to provide additional security and crowd control.