Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Federal authorities investigating corruption involving the United Auto Workers union say a former official received nearly $2 million in kickbacks from union vendors. The case unsealed Wednesday charges Michael Grimes with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering linked to the union’s joint training center with General Motors. Grimes’ lawyer isn’t commenting. The charges mark that the ongoing investigation into illegal payoffs to UAW officials goes beyond officials linked to Fiat Chrysler.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the state’s civil rights director should resign or be fired after he made inappropriate, offensive comments about women. Whitmer, who does not have the power to dismiss Agustin Arbulu herself, said she will no longer let him attend Cabinet meetings and will direct her administration to not directly engage him except to the extent required by law.
DETROIT (AP) — Regardless of her reputation as a performer, Aretha Franklin’s cancer doctors say she was no diva as a patient. Two doctors who treated the Queen of Soul say she handled her diagnosis and treatment with grace _ and the grit to keep performing for years. Franklin, who died in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018, at 76, had pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. It’s a rare disease that differs from the more common, aggressive type of pancreatic cancer.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids. Trump on Wednesday announced his intent to pick Leonard to be U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, which covers 49 counties in the Lower and Upper peninsulas. The nomination will be subject to Senate approval.