Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she hopes to begin reopening parts of Michigan’s economy on May 1 after weeks of a strict stay-at-home order that has crippled businesses and caused more than 1 million unemployed people to seek aid. Whitmer said relaxing the restrictions will come in phases. Her stay-at-home order that runs through April 30. Meanwhile, new coronavirus cases rose by 2% on Friday, a much slower pace than in previous days. in Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan reported upbeat news from area hospitals, declaring: “We are beating this thing.”

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors said Flint’s water scandal remains under criminal investigation. They said there’s been a “misconception” that time soon will expire for any charges to be filed. The attorney general’s office last year dropped charges against eight people and said it was starting from scratch. Next week is the six-year anniversary of the decision to distribute water from the Flint River without treating it to reduce corrosion. Lead leached from old pipes. There’s a six-year limit under Michigan law to pursue certain crimes. But Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy and state attorney Fadwa Hammoud suggest they’re looking at key decisions and events that occurred after the water switch.  

DETROIT (AP) — The owners of a Detroit apartment complex insist they weren’t trying to circumvent a state order preventing evictions during the coronavirus pandemic when they sent seven-day notices to nearly 80 tenants who are behind on their rent. Arie Leibovitz is a principal in ownership of the Jeffersonian just northeast of downtown. Leibovitz says they sent the eviction notices to protect the owners’ rights and to “fulfill fiduciary responsibilities” to lenders. He says an effort has to be made to collect rent. The Michigan Attorney General’s office says the threat to evict is illegal under an executive order issued in March.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies, after similar pacts were made earlier this week in the Northeast and on the West Coast. Thursday’s announcement covers Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The governors say they will work with experts and take a “fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protects families from the spread of COVID-19.” All together, the 17 states covered by the three pacts are home to nearly half of the country’s population.