Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student is speaking publicly a year after filing a lawsuit against the school that alleges three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged by counseling center staff from reporting what happened. Bailey Kowalski came forward in a story published by The New York Times on Wednesday, saying she hopes other victims tell their stories. She will hold a news conference Thursday. The woman and players aren’t named in the suit.
BARAGA, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Michigan are getting hit with wintry weather as a storm system that unleashed a blizzard in the Upper Midwest moves through the region. Light snow was reported Thursday morning in parts of the southern Lower Peninsula, but more snow and ice was forecast in northern portions of the state. The western Upper Peninsula is being placed under a winter weather warning, with a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. In the northern Lower Peninsula, driving also could be hazardous.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is opening a $10 million building dedicated to many cultures on campus. The university says the Trotter Multicultural Center, which opens Thursday, will be a gathering space where students, staff and alumni can talk about race, gender and cultural identity. The center began in 1971 as the Trotter House, a black student cultural center. The new center will be on State Street in a prominent area of campus. It has lounges, meeting rooms and quiet study space.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has voted unanimously to delay a key change in a state-mandated evaluation system for teachers and school administrators. Senators on Wednesday passed bills that would keep intact a requirement that school districts and charter schools base at least 25% of a teacher’s evaluation on assessment and student growth data. The component is supposed to rise to 40% this academic year.