Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a doctor who performed unnecessary spinal surgeries in California and Michigan. Prosecutors referred to the procedures as “plain butchery.” Aria Sabit pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud but argued that the sentence was excessive. He had a financial stake in Apex Medical Technologies and made money when he used its spinal devices. He worked at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California, until moving to suburban Detroit in 2011. The appeals court noted that some patients are permanently disabled after seeing Sabit.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vulnerable House Democrats are announcing they’ll vote for President Donald Trump’s impeachment even if it means losing their seats in Congress. About a dozen lawmakers from competitive districts say they will vote in favor of the abuse and obstruction charges against Trump. The exception is New Jersey congressman Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat who opposes impeachment and is poised to become a Republican. A cascade of announcements Monday came ahead of the House vote later this week. If the articles pass, Trump will become the nation’s third impeached president.
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin says she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. The freshman Democrat, who represents a swing seat, explained her decision Monday during a raucous town hall in suburban Detroit. Slotkin, a former national security official, says Trump used the power of the presidency for his own advantage and she has a duty to protect and defend the Constitution. The House will vote Wednesday on the impeachment articles approved last week by the House Judiciary panel. Slotkin’s district backed Trump in 2016 but elected her over a Republican incumbent in 2018.
KYLES FORD, Tenn. (AP) — Scientists are working to quickly discover what is killing hundreds of thousands of freshwater mussels on the Tennessee-Virginia border. Mussels are extremely important to rivers for their ability to filter algae, silt and even heavy metals. Their populations everywhere have declined steeply from pollution, habitat loss and climate change. The current decline looks like it might be something different _ infectious disease. Similar mussel die-offs have been reported on at least five U.S. rivers and in Spain. Scientists say they are working quickly to identify the culprit because if all the mussels die, the rivers will never be the same.