Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A minority-owned financial services company is buying a popcorn business in Detroit that lost major clients after its owner posted a racially charged comment online that trivialized the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Harris Financial Group announced Thursday that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Detroit Popcorn Company. The Detroit Free Press says the deal should close in 30 days. David Farber, who sold the company to Evan Singer 18 months ago, said last week that Singer’s Facebook post contravened their sale agreement and that he would buy the 97-year-old company back and sell it to an African American investor.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan health department on Sunday confirmed three new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in the state to 5,770. The state said around 60,000 people have tested positive and thousands who were found to be positive by mid-May or earlier have recovered. As numbers have trended downward, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has eased many restrictions put in place to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus as the outbreak began in March.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Detroit area has lost out on more than $200 million through cancellations of convention and other business gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. MLive.com reported over the weekend that the actual amount of money lost amid virus-related lockdowns and closures is likely far worse. That’s because the estimate doesn’t include Detroit’s TCF Center, where the annual auto show alone generates tens of millions of dollars. Lockdowns are easing, though many in the convention and travel industry are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to further loosen restrictions to make it possible to use more conference and convention spaces.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker is proposing legislation to create a central database of disciplined police officers to boost accountability and help departments vet prospective new hires. The Detroit News reported over the weekend that State Rep. Tyrone Carter is seeking support for the idea and is open to suggestions on provisions in the bill being drafted. Critics say what’s needed is more and better training, as well as more staff to enforce current Michigan laws mandating information sharing about why officers left a department. The Police Officers Association of Michigan says one of its concerns is that a central database would maintain records about the discipline of officers for comparatively minor acts, such as calling in sick too often.