Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted a lower judge’s order and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut months ago to curb the coronavirus. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 late Wednesday to grant an emergency stay sought by the governor. U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said last week that gyms could reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Whitmer had planned to reopen gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys by July 4 if coronavirus case trends remain favorable. In less-populous northern Michigan, gyms and fitness centers got the green light on June 10.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Three staff members of a Michigan youth center have been charged in the death of a Black teenager who died while being restrained after throwing a sandwich. Cornelius Fredericks died May 1, two days after he lost consciousness while being restrained by staff at Lakeside Academy. Dr. Ted Brown, who performed the autopsy, said Wednesday that Fredericks had been restrained on the ground by several people, resulting in asphyxia. Michael Mosley of Battle Creek, Zachary Solis of Lansing and Heather McLogan of Kalamazoo are charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in the teen’s death.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A music director at a Catholic church in suburban Detroit said she was fired for being in a same-sex marriage. Terry Gonda said she received a June 12 email. The email says, “The Archdiocese is choosing to activate its morality clause to terminate your employment.” Gonda was music director at St. John Fisher Church in Auburn Hills, near Oakland University. She says priests knew that she and Kirsti Reeve were married in 2011. The Catholic Church recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman. Gonda tells the Detroit Free Press that her dismissal is a “shot to the head from headquarters.” The Archdiocese of Detroit declined to comment.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in a nursing home under a bill approved by the state Senate. The Republican-sponsored legislation, which passed Wednesday, is a response to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policy that allows people with COVID-19 to be put in nursing homes if they are isolated from residents without the virus. Under the measure sent to the House, people could not stay in a nursing home or be admitted there unless they have recovered from the virus or the home can provide a designated area for them.