Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — A commission has released the 47,000-student Detroit Public Schools from more than a decade of state financial oversight, restoring full control of the district’s finances to the city’s elected school board. The Detroit Financial Review Commission on Monday approved waivers handing control back to the district. The last time the district was fully in charge was in 2009 before a series of state-appointed emergency managers were installed with the directive to fix a district neck-deep in red ink whose students routinely scored at or near the bottom on standardized tests. The federal government raised questions in 2008 about the district’s $53 million in spending.
DETROIT (AP) — Police in Detroit say a 2-year-old girl was mauled by a dog and accidentally shot by her father who was trying to stop the animal. The girl was rushed to surgery because of bites on her head and face. Capt. Gary Johnson says a “huge” dog charged at the girl when someone opened the front door at her home. The girl’s father fired many shots at the dog but also struck his daughter in the arm. Police say she’s expected to survive. The dog was killed.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge has rejected a challenge to Michigan’s online request system for absentee ballots. Critics claim the online option violates Michigan law, which requires a signed application. But Judge Cynthia Stephens says critics waited too long to seek an injunction and “merely theorize” that fraud might occur. The secretary of state started online absentee voter applications in June. Signatures on file for a driver’s license or a state ID are good enough to get a ballot. More than 74,000 voters have submitted online applications for an absentee ballot.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to give them an extra 40 days until mid-December to seek a grand jury indictment in an alleged scheme to kidnap Michigan’s governor. Prosecutors say they’re sorting through evidence, including explosive-device components. The components and firearms could lead to additional charges. Authorities allege members of two anti-government paramilitary groups plotted the kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat. Six men are charged in federal court. A judge previously said there is enough evidence for prosecutors to seek an indictment by the first week of November. Prosecutors say defense attorneys have raised no objections to an extension.