Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s new governor and attorney general are moving quickly to review the legality of a contentious state deal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her request for a legal opinion from Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel. Nessel welcomed the opportunity and expressed concern with a law that facilitated the agreement between the state and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is directing state employees to immediately report all “imminent” threats to public health, safety or welfare higher up the chain. The Democrat issued her first executive directive Wednesday, a day after taking office. She was joined by employees of the state Department of Environmental Quality, which came under fire for its role in Flint’s water crisis. Whitmer says she wants to ensure that employees are empowered to speak up “when they feel our public health is at risk.”
SEBEWAING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff says a man found dead in waist-deep water had fallen through ice on a Thumb region river. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says 21-year-old Parker J. Haire of Cass City was found dead Wednesday morning in the Sebewaing River, more than 2 miles from where his vehicle was found stuck in mud a day earlier.
CHESANING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have removed the wreckage of a small plane after a weekend crash killed an 83-year-old pilot in Saginaw County. The plane carrying Williams Burns of Vernon crashed Saturday in a park in Chesaning in Saginaw County, 40 miles northwest of Flint. Sheriff Bill Federspiel says federal aviation investigators had asked him to keep an eye on the scene because of the government shutdown. Burns, an Army veteran, was a pilot for more than 60 years.