Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old girl who was accidentally killed by a Detroit police officer during a 2010 raid has reached a plea agreement in the slaying of a teenager that preceded the raid. Charles Jones pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges including manslaughter. Police say he provided the gun used to kill the teen. He’s expected to get 10-20 years in prison. His daughter Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot while she slept on a couch. Detroit reached an $8.25 million settlement with her family.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan agencies say grants totaling $3.6 million are available to support projects intended to prevent the spread of invasive species. The grant program was started in 2014. This year’s priority is detecting and controlling high-risk invasive species such as European frogbit, Japanese stiltgrass and giant hogweed. Also being emphasized are efforts to boost public awareness of decontamination practices that can limit their spread.
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy and Michigan’s prison system have launched a tree-trimming program that aims to fill open jobs and find full-time employment for released inmates. State, utility and union officials on Tuesday announced the program in Jackson. Prisoners who complete the program will be eligible to join International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 17 and take an open job with a local tree-trimming supplier.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has traveled to Benton Harbor for a second time to meet with school board members to discuss how to potentially avoid closing the city’s high schools. The Detroit News reported Whitmer and Benton Harbor Area School board leaders met Tuesday afternoon to discuss future steps after the school board last week rejected her revised plan that would require the high schools to close in 2020 if the district didn’t meet certain academic and financial benchmarks.