Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden recently talked with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who traveled to Delaware to meet with Biden as he neared the announcement of his vice presidential choice. That is according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats. The officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, say Whitmer visited Biden last Sunday. It’s his first confirmed in-person meeting with a potential pick. Whitmer, the first-term governor of a battleground state, has long been on his short list of possible running mates. Flight records show a chartered flight left Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport for Delaware Coastal Airport.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An official in a northern Michigan county says another official who acknowledged using a racist slur plans to resign. Tom Eckerle is a member of the Leelanau County Road Commission. A local newspaper quoted him this week as using a racist slur to describe Black residents of Detroit, whom he allegedly blamed for spreading the coronavirus. County Administrator Chet Janik tells The Associated Press that Eckerle will submit a letter of resignation Monday. The Traverse City Record-Eagle says Eckerle informed the newspaper of his intention to quit. He didn’t return a call from the AP. In an interview earlier Friday, he defended his use of the slur and said he wasn’t a racist.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb COVID-19. The Democratic governor on Friday pointed to an uptick in confirmed new cases. Since nearly two months ago, the seven-day statewide average is up six-fold, to about 700, per an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. The rate of positive tests also has trended higher since early June. Whitmer has used the emergency declaration to issue orders to close certain businesses, limit gathering sizes and require masks in enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor places.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge ordered the University of Michigan to inform alumni about a class-action lawsuit against the school over sexual abuse by a longtime campus doctor. Detroit federal Judge Victoria Roberts intervened after lawyers argued that the university shouldn’t be communicating with people who could become plaintiffs in the case. The school had already sent letters to more than 300,000 former students seeking information that could help an investigation being conducted by the WilmerHale law firm. Dr. Robert Anderson worked at Michigan from the mid-1960s through 2003. The university believes he assaulted athletes, especially males, during routine physicals and injury exams. Anderson died in 2008.