Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is allowing for the return of pro sports in Michigan as long as fans aren’t in attendance. The move Thursday follows Major League Baseball’s decision to set a 60-game schedule to start in late July in empty ballparks. The governor says pro teams can resume operations notwithstanding her restrictions on gatherings and events to curb the coronavirus. Games must be played without a live audience. Only facility staff and media can attend. The state reported 19 additional COVID-19 deaths and 353 new confirmed cases. The seven-day case average, 241, was up from 160 a week ago.
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has shut down an energy pipeline in Michigan’s Great Lakes, granting a request from the state. The move comes after the owner reported problems with a support piece deep below the surface of the Straits of Mackinac. The judge says Enbridge hasn’t provided enough information to show that continued operation of the west leg of the twin pipeline is safe. Enbridge’s Line 5 carries oil and natural gas liquids from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario. A four-mile segment divides into two pipes that lie on the bottom of the straits, which connect Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Enbridge says it’s disappointed with the decision. It’s warning about energy disruptions if the shutdown lasts long.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A tuition increase at the University of Michigan has failed in a tie vote by the school’s governing board. The 4-4 vote Thursday was an unusual public sign of tension among regents and President Mark Schlissel’s administration. Schlissel had proposed a 1.9% tuition increase at the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses and a 3.9% increase in Flint, where enrollment has been sliding. Denise Ilitch says it’s “plain wrong” to raise tuition when families are facing uncertainty in the midst of a struggling economy and the coronavirus outbreak. Ilitch says the university could use its multibillion-dollar endowment or other sources of money to support the budget.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state constitutional amendment to designate electronic communication and data as personal property has made it onto the November ballot. If passed, the amendment would put the same protections given to “person, houses, papers and possessions” that are in the state constitution and the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution. Law enforcement would require a warrant to access electronic data and communication. Michigan is not the first state to try to legislate for reasonable cause and a search warrant to obtain electronic data. Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and more have also tried.