Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A woman who blamed prison medical staff for failing to diagnose her husband’s cancer has failed to persuade an appeals court to revive her lawsuit. Jeff Barrett of Newaygo County died of lung cancer in 2015, a month after he was released on parole from a prison in Adrian. Judith Barrett claimed prison staff violated her husband’s rights by not finding the cancer in time, despite multiple appointments for breathing problems and other health woes. But a medical expert testified that the cancer could have developed after an X-ray revealed only a pulmonary disease. A federal appeals court recently affirmed a decision to dismiss Barrett’s lawsuit.
DETROIT (AP) — The first phase of a $4.9 million outdoor enhancement project at Belle Isle’s Dossin Great Lakes Museum has been completed. Sponsors and supporters of the project are scheduled to mark the occasion on Saturday with a ceremony and ribbon cutting. The museum’s outdoor maritime artifacts including the famous bow anchor from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald have been re-displayed and upgraded as part of the project. The freighter sank in 1975 and was immortalized by Gordon Lightfoot’s song. Belle Isle is located in the Detroit River, just northeast of downtown Detroit.
DETROIT (AP) — Almost half of the men incarcerated at a western Michigan prison have tested positive for COVID-19. The Detroit Free Press reports 612 of 1,296 prisoners, or 47% of the population at Muskegon Correctional Facility, have tested positive. Fifteen staff members have also tested positive. Some prisoners are blaming the facility for an inadequate response to the virus, but prison officials say they took proper safety steps. Since March, 4,620 of 37,497 state prisoners have tested positive and 68 prisoners have died. State health officials on Sunday reported 768 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths in Michigan.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump and his attorney general have touted Operation Legend as a much-needed answer to spiking crime. Trump claims it’s caused, at least in part, by the police reform movement and protests that have swept across the U.S. since George Floyd’s death in May. Trump also claims he’s countering rising crime in cities run by Democrats. But to the 300 federal investigators deployed to nine cities, and the local law enforcement getting help, Operation Legend isn’t about politics. It’s about reducing crime, working to solve outstanding cases and prioritizing the arrest of violent criminals.