Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Concerns over security at Michigan’s Capitol building have reignited after the U.S. Capitol came under attack by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters last week. In Michigan, concealed and open carry firearms are allowed in the Capitol. Since last spring when armed protesters entered the Capitol and yelled at members of security outside the legislative chambers to be let inside, statewide calls to ban firearms in the statehouse have been made. Republican legislative leaders are reexamining their opposition and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is renewing her call for restrictions.
ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Grand Rapids-area high school have raised enough money to help a family acquire a home. Forest Hills Central in Ada Township raised $21,000 — more than double its goal — to help families with gifts at Christmas. The balance will be used by Family Promise of Grand Rapids to help a family with housing. Family Promise purchases and renovates affordable homes. After a year, a family gets to keep the home. Forest Hills Central principal Steve Passinault says the pandemic has given students an “opportunity to reflect on what is most important.”
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Economic Club’s annual Michigan Economic Outlook will be held online this year. The event is scheduled Tuesday and will feature Michigan State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks and Gabriel Ehrlich, University of Michigan director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics. Results of the ninth annual Michigan Economic Outlook Survey will be unveiled at Tuesday’s meeting. The survey involves input from business professionals and associations throughout the state.
CALUMET, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula cafe has been found in contempt of court and fined $2,500 for continuing to serve indoor diners. It’s the latest turn in an effort to get Cafe Rosetta to comply with coronavirus restrictions. Judge Wanda Stokes says civil disobedience is “not an option.” Stokes held a hearing Friday involving the cafe, which serves soup, sandwiches and more in Calumet in Houghton County. Co-owner Amy Heikkinen says she can’t afford to limit her business to carry-out orders. Hundreds of people rallied to support her on Jan. 2. The judge suspended the fine until Wednesday to allow the cafe’s attorney to file legal arguments against it.