Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
HARRISON, Mich. (AP) — A Wisconsin man suspected of ramming a Michigan State Police vehicle with a pickup truck has been arrested. State police say that 36-year-old Jonah Vaughn was arrested in Clare County on Friday, two days after he allegedly rammed the SUV into a ditch in Missaukee County in northern Michigan. Police say state troopers had pulled the vehicle and while they were talking to the driver of the vehicle, Vaughn allegedly slid into the driver’s seat and drove off. During the pursuit, Vaughn allegedly rammed the truck into the SUV with enough force to run it off the road and into a ditch.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Property owners in six Michigan counties can apply for Deer Private Land Assistance Network Grants. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says the program is designed to fund deer habitat improvement projects on private land in the northern Lower Peninsula. Funds can be used to produce tangible, on-the-ground efforts that improve deer habitat and provide quality deer hunting locations in Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties. Applications are due by Feb. 28.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has been awarded two $5 million grants to fund projects that focus on addressing racial inequity. The grants are through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative competition and will be used over the next three years. They will be led by professors Stephanie Fryberg and Earl Lewis. More than $72 million in grants for 16 humanities, arts, and humanities-inflected social sciences projects across the U.S. have been awarded by The Mellon Foundation. The foundation says the initiative was designed to support “visionary, unconventional, experimental and groundbreaking projects in order to address the long-existing fault lines of racism, inequality and injustice that tear at the fabric of democracy and civil society.”
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A small group of gun-toting demonstrators showed at Michigan’s Capitol, dwarfed by law enforcement on high alert after this month’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. About a dozen protesters openly carried guns, including some who promoted the anti-government “boogaloo” movement, a slang term adopted by the pro-gun extremist movement that is a reference to a sequel — in their case, a second U.S. civil war. A few others, who were not openly armed, wore hats supporting President Donald Trump, whose term will end Wednesday when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. State police, the National Guard and local law enforcement provided a sizable security presence at or near the 142-year-old Statehouse and other government buildings.