Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would create a letter-grading system to evaluate public schools under legislation that has narrowly advanced in the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature. The House voted 56-53 for the bill early Thursday during a marathon lame-duck session. The measure moves to the Senate for consideration next week. The state Department of Education would be tasked with giving each school a grade in several areas. But there would be no overall single grade for a school.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lame-duck bill that would make it harder to organize ballot drives has passed in the Michigan House as it advances in the Republican-controlled Legislature. The House passed the legislation late Wednesday on a 60-49 mostly party-line vote. It would impose a geographic threshold for groups proposing constitutional amendments, initiated bills and referendums. They would be limited to collecting no more than 15 percent of their signatures from a single congressional district.
DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking nearly 11 years in prison for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman while they sat next to each other on a flight to Detroit. Prabhu Ramamoorthy is returning to Detroit federal court Thursday. He was accused of molesting a woman with his hands while she slept on an overnight Las Vegas-to-Detroit flight last January. Ramamoorthy was in a middle seat while his wife was sitting next to the aisle. Prosecutor Amanda Jawad calls it a “brazen” assault.
WHITEHALL, Mich. (AP) — The remains of what could be a shipwreck from 1878 have emerged through sand along Lake Michigan in western Michigan. Experts say the wood ribbing might be a section from the LC Woodruff, a schooner that sank near Whitehall while carrying corn 140 years ago. Allan Dake, an area resident and researcher at the Muskegon Heritage Museum, says the shipwreck didn’t wash ashore. He tells MLive.com that the wreck has stayed in place but now is exposed because of waves and currents.