Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men after finding that Allegan County juries were likely swayed by experts whose testimony went too far. The court said experts can’t tell a jury that children usually don’t lie when reporting sexual abuse. The court also said a doctor can’t give an opinion about whether an assault occurred if the conclusion simply is an opinion about the alleged victim’s truthfulness. Justice Brian Zahra noted there was a lack of evidence in the cases.
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Federal funding will enable Alpena Community College to step up its use of interactive video to treat patients dealing with opioid addiction in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $500,000 to expand telemedicine treatments at 25 locations in the region. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says the funding will ensure that patients get the care they need without having to travel long distances.
DETROIT (AP) — A woman who was sentenced to prison because a judge believed she would use drugs while pregnant has been released after the Michigan appeals court accused him of “extreme bias.” Samantha Hughes gave birth to a boy on July 2. The appeals court on Tuesday threw out her 13-month sentence for tampering with an electronic device and ordered her release from prison. Judge Thomas Power has no regret about his decision. He tells The Associated Press: “This isn’t even a close call.”
NEW YORK (AP) — A person briefed on the matter says Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion in a Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford. The number is part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles that Ford and the German automaker will announce Friday morning in New York.