Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators are soliciting more applications for low-interest loans to upgrade public drinking water facilities. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says community water systems have requested about $53 million in loans through the Drinking Water Revolving Fund for 2019. More than $60 million in additional funding is available. Officials say projects eligible for this second round of funding should address a particular public health threat, such as lead contamination.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area woman won’t go to prison but must repay $170,000 in Social Security benefits that were directly deposited into a bank account for years after her mother’s death. Candace Johnson was sentenced to three years of supervised release. Johnson and her mother jointly had a bank account. Social Security payments should have ended after her mother’s death. But the government says Johnson made dozens of withdrawals between 2000 and 2009 and again from 2015 to last year.
BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff says federal authorities have declined to investigate a small plane crash on a Lake Michigan island. The crash last weekend on Beaver Island killed Donald Falik, a 72-year-old pilot from Eaton County, near Lansing. Charlevoix County Sheriff Charles Vondra says the Federal Aviation Administration has no plan to travel to northern Michigan, even when the government shutdown ends. He says he finds it “unusual.”
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The size of the jury pool could delay the start of testimony in the high-profile trial of a man who is charged with killing six strangers in southwestern Michigan. Jason Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder. . He’s accused of shooting eight people in three locations in the Kalamazoo area in 2016, in between picking up riders for Uber. Prospective jurors reported to court Thursday. Trial testimony was scheduled to start Monday but it could slip to Tuesday.