Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Blinding snow is falling fast in southern Minnesota, where 12 inches (304 millimeters) or more is expected to accumulate during a busy holiday travel period. Officials warned residents to stay off the roads until the accompanying high winds die down. By early Wednesday, 8.7 inches (221 millimeters) of snow was already on the ground in Prior Lake, 7.8 inches (198 millimeters) at St. Paul and 7.5 inches (190.5 millimeters) in Eagan.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer has been suspended with pay after not rushing to the secure the scene of a home invasion and shooting that left one officer dead and another wounded. Sgt. Ronald Kidd was suspended Monday. Police Chief James Craig told reporters Tuesday that the 21-year police veteran could face misdemeanor neglect of duty charges because he sat in his patrol car a block away instead of joining other “officers who were trying to arrest” the suspect.
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Interstate 75 in Oakland County will have to be repaved because a contractor used the wrong concrete mix. Michigan’s Department of Transportation says Tuesday the error was discovered along northbound I-75 from 13½ Mile to 14 Mile roads in Madison Heights, and along two exit ramp shoulders further north of Detroit.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A budget impasse in Michigan is starting to take a toll on government programs and services. Sheriff’s offices, jails, charter schools, private colleges, hospitals, local governments and nonprofits are casualties of the standoff that has dragged on much longer than expected. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP-led Legislature want to reverse some or many of her vetoes but are at odds over Republicans’ push to curtail her powers after she shifted funding within state departments.