Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit is making it easier for independent candidates to run for statewide office. Judge Victoria Roberts says the 30,000-signature threshold is too high and doesn’t reflect a “compelling state interest.” She set the bar at 12,000 petition signatures for the 2020 election. The ruling could immediately affect independent candidates who want to run for U.S. Senate or president. There are no races next year for Michigan governor, attorney general or secretary of state.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A state lawmaker suspected of drunken driving says she made a “stupid mistake” by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Rep. Rebekah Warren, an Ann Arbor Democrat, was arrested by Auburn Hills police and lodged in the Oakland County jail early Friday. Police say she refused a breath test and declined to give a blood sample until police obtained a search warrant. Any further action will depend on the results. Warren has been in the House or Senate since 2007.
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Regulators say high levels of multiple contaminants have been found in soil and groundwater at an old industrial site in suburban Detroit. The inspection was triggered by the discovery of a yellow-green substance along Interstate 696 more than a week ago. The state says there’s no risk to drinking water intakes on Lake St. Clair. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make dozens of soil borings at the former Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights. Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller calls the site a disaster.
DETROIT (AP) — A film exploring the significant, complicated legacy of Henry Ford has received a financial boost from a Detroit nonprofit that supports the region’s automotive and labor history. “Ten Questions for Henry Ford” is among roughly a dozen projects to receive a share of $66,000 from the MotorCities National Heritage Area. The movie garnered about $9,000 through the University of Michigan Department of Performing Arts Technology. Writer, director and producer Andrew Kirshner says the film is a “human portrait” that portrays the positive and negative aspects of Ford’s life. Kirshner teaches at the University of Michigan.