Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown — with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state’s savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid. The framework of the deal was announced three weeks ago by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders. But now negotiators are ironing out specifics in hopes of patching the remaining $2.2 billion budget hole this week before turning their attention to another major shortfall in the fiscal year that starts in October.
HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) — A politically-connected conservative college in southern Michigan has defied warnings from state and public health officials by holding an in-person graduation ceremony. The Detroit News reports Hillsdale College held graduation Saturday evening. The college had expected more than 2,000 people. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel had called the celebration amid restrictions on public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic illegal. COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in recent days. University officials say graduation is an important milestone and safety precautions were taken, including wearing masks. More than 73,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Michigan.
DETROIT (AP) — Wayne County has received $7.5 million to assist small businesses suffering through the coronavirus pandemic. The small business grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. are through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding is in addition to $50 million in small business readiness grants Wayne County allocated to small businesses about two weeks ago. The county is expanding its small business grant program and has started a second phase of applications through Aug. 5. The county says applications will be processed in batches on a first-come, first-served basis.
DETROIT (AP) — More than $4 million has been distributed to hundreds of people who were victims of a Detroit-area doctor’s bogus diagnoses. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says restitution from Farid Fata was recently completed for his former patients, five years after Fata was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Fata poisoned patients through needless cancer treatments that wrecked their health and, in some cases, contributed to their death. More than 600 people filed claims for out-of-pocket expenses, such as co-payments and funeral expenses. It was a long process that involved the government, an outside contractor and judges at U.S. District Court.