Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County, Michigan’s second-largest county and a political bellwether, says it will use up to $575,000 in federal coronavirus relief aid to provide prepaid postage on absentee ballots in the November presidential election. The spending was authorized by a unanimous vote last week, with Democrats and Republicans on the county board in support. The county north of Detroit says it’s the first one in Michigan to pay for postage on all ballots returned by mail. The recommendation for prepaid postage was made by a group created by the board to ensure elections are safe and secure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s police chief says officers have seized more than 500 guns since June 22. At a news conference, Chief James Craig described an “uptick in violence” in the city. He says, “We have not seen the number of handguns that we’re seeing now.” At the same time, Craig has defended the fatal shooting of an armed man after a high-speed chase last week. Police were pursuing suspects in another shooting when a car crashed into a tree. Craig says one man got out and pointed a gun at officers. He was shot and killed.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign against voting by mail is setting his party back in the race to sign its voters up for the easiest and safest way to cast a ballot during the pandemic. Republican strategists have worried privately for months that the president’s baseless claims of widespread mail voting fraud would put them at a disadvantage in November. Now that seems to be coming true. Republicans have traditionally dominated in mail voting in Florida. But now Democrats have leapt ahead in the race requesting mail ballots. The situation is similar is several other swing states.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Wildlife officials say Michigan’s gray wolf population appears to have stabilized, three decades after beginning a remarkable comeback in the Upper Peninsula. The latest biennial survey conducted this winter estimates the predator species total at 695, divided among 143 packs. The Department of Natural Resources says the typical pack has around five wolves. Officials say the population has leveled off at between 600 and 700 after years of rapid growth. Wolves had all but disappeared from the Lower 48 states in the last century but have rebounded after getting federal and state protection.