Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes who say they were sexually abused by a track coach are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and a coach. They allege the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect its athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were sexually abused by John Rembao while he worked at Texas and Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has removed a faculty member from his job as chief academic officer over sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against him. Martin Philbert has been on paid leave since January when several allegations were made. He lost his job as provost on Wednesday but will remain on the payroll as a faculty member with tenure protection while the investigation continues. The university says Philbert was notified in a letter from President Mark Schlissel. The investigation will determine if the school ultimately attempts to remove Philbert as a faculty member.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s largest universities are suspending face-to-face classes, and courts have been advised to consider postponing trials. It’s the fallout after Michigan’s first two cases of coronavirus were announced. Michigan State and Michigan said Wednesday that online classes will last until the week of April 19. Similar moves have been announced at Central Michigan and Michigan Tech. Wayne State in Detroit has added another week to spring break. Michigan Chief Justice Bridget McCormack is telling judges to consider postponing jury trials unless a criminal defendant is in jail or there have been long delays. It’s a recommendation, not an order.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are buoyed that a record-high number of peopled voted in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary, which was won by Joe Biden. Nearly 1.6 million people cast ballots on the Democratic side Tuesday. That is almost 380,000 more than four years ago — a 31% increase. Michigan Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes says Democratic voters are ready to hold President Donald Trump accountable in the November election. Turnout was down on the Republican side, though that was expected since Trump faced no serious challenge.