Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University’s interim president says he’s stepping down in a week in response to a request from the school’s governing board. John Engler sent an 11-page letter Wednesday to Dianne Byrum, chairwoman of Michigan State’s Board of Trustees. It makes no mention of recent criticism of his remarks about victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar. Instead, he lists what he considers to be his accomplishments in his one year of service.
COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A legal dispute over school band instruments has ended with a sour note for a western Michigan company. West Michigan Band Instruments claims its rights were violated when the Coopersville district excluded it from a 2017 event where students and parents could choose instruments. But a federal appeals court rejected the argument Wednesday and said the district was free to name its own tune.
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say basic services that were interrupted by the partial federal government shutdown are being restored at River Raisin National Battlefield Park in southeastern Michigan. The National Park Service has begun using revenue from recreation fees to provide crews for tasks such as plowing snowy parking lots, cleaning grounds and removing trash. Outdoor areas of the battlefield will remain accessible in coming days. But the visitor center in Monroe is still closed.
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Police in Texas say the bodies of a man and a woman found in shallow graves in rural Oklahoma are those of two missing central Texas residents. The Temple Police Department says in a statement that a preliminary investigation indicates the bodies are those of 28-year-old Jenna Scott and 32-year-old Michael Swearingin. The bodies were recovered Tuesday from clandestine graves in Okfuskee County, about 75 miles east of Oklahoma City. The two friends were reported missing Jan. 4.