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Deputy rescues 2 people from boat sinking in Lake Huron

PORT SANILAC, Mich. (AP) — Two people have been rescued from a boat as it was sinking in Lake Huron. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports that a Sanilac County sheriff’s deputy pulled a 33-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man Thursday afternoon from the water near Port Sanilac. The woman was flown to a hospital in Saginaw. The man was treated at a Port Huron hospital and released. The newspaper reports that the sinking boat was removed from the lake. Port Sanilac is about 93 miles north of Detroit.


County prosecutor won’t seek re-election as Republican

ATLANTA, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula said she will seek re-election in November as an independent, not as a Republican. Vicki Kundinger is the prosecutor in Montmorency County. Kundinger says she can no longer support the national Republican Party. Kundinger has been the prosecutor since 2015. She also was Montmorency’s prosecutor from 1984 to 1999. There’s a July 16 deadline for anyone who wants to challenge Kundinger in the fall by also running as an independent. No Democrats or Republicans have filed to run for prosecutor in the August primary election.


Arrest made in fatal shooting during Detroit protest

DETROIT (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been arrested and police were seeking a second man in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred during the first night of protests in Detroit over the death of George Floyd. Omoni Bryant was arraigned Thursday on two counts of being an accessory after the fact and a gun charge. A first-degree murder warrant also has been issued for 19-year-old Tyjon Hites. Detroit police say the May 29 shooting followed an argument between two groups of people. Shots were fired into a car, striking a 21-year-old man from Eastpointe, Michigan, who later died. Deputy Chief Marlon Wilson told the Detroit Free Press that the shooting was not connected to the demonstration.


Former Michigan gymnast says doctor assaulted him in 1969

DETROIT (AP) — A University of Michigan gymnast from decades ago is speaking out as a victim of Robert Anderson, the deceased campus sports doctor. Ward Black is 68 years old and lives in Las Vegas. Black says he was molested by Anderson during annual physicals and while seeking help for injuries, from 1969 to 1973. Black says he tried to speak to his coach about Anderson back in 1969, but Newt Loken “changed the subject.” Hundreds of former athletes have made complaints about Anderson. The university says it believes athletes were assaulted. It says it wants to compensate victims outside court.   


Budget chairs: Lift July deadline; Senate wants federal help

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are backing legislation that would waive a requirement that they pass the next state budget in less than three weeks, citing uncertainty over a major shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, a Republican, said Thursday he’ll push for passage of the Democratic-sponsored bill. It would, for one year, lift the new July 1 deadline by which legislators must send Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a spending plan for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The Republican-led Senate also urged Congress to give the state flexibility to use federal relief aid to fill budget holes.


‘It’s broken’: Fears grow about patchwork US election system

ATLANTA (AP) — Political leaders and election experts are concerned about the strength of the U.S. voting system ahead of the November presidential contest. With less than five months to go, fears are mounting that several battleground states are not prepared to administer problem-free elections under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s because of long lines disproportionately affecting voters of color in places with a history of voter suppression, a dramatic shortage of poll workers scared away by the coronavirus and an emerging consensus that it could take several days to determine a winner because of an increase in mail voting.


Court: Michigan Great Lakes tunnel deal constitutional

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals says the Legislature did not violate the state constitution by approving a deal to drill an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a Great Lakes channel. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, a three-judge panel sided with a lower court that upheld the plan last November. Former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder made the deal with pipeline company Enbridge to build the tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. Lawmakers approved the agreement in 2018, shortly before Snyder left office. Attorney General Dana Nessel contends the bill authorizing the deal was unconstitutional because its provisions went far beyond what its title specified. The courts disagreed. Nessel’s spokeswoman says her office will appeal.


Coal tar, fuel barge grounded in eastern Michigan river

DE TOUR VILLAGE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating why a 302-foot-long barge carrying coal tar and diesel fuel ran aground in a river in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. reports that the Canadian barge became stuck in the St. Marys River Wednesday. Its owners and the Coast Guard are working on plans to remove the vessel. The river acts as a maritime highway for freighters, barges and other vessels traveling between lakes Superior and Huron. The Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the barge, which means other vessels have to stay 500 yards away from it.


Data protection measure could end up on Michigan ballot

LANSING, Mich (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to consider electronic communication and data as personal property has unanimously passed the Michigan Senate. If it passes the state House, voters would decide in November whether or not to amend the Michigan Constitution to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to search emails and cellphones seized during an arrest. Sponsor Sen. Jim Runestad says the change is essential to preserve personal privacy now that smartphones and other technologies are an integral part of daily life. He says “Americans shouldn’t be forced to choose between using new technologies and protecting their privacy from authority.”


Thousands without power after storms sweep through Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — About 168,700 homes and businesses were without electricity in Michigan after thunderstorms barreled through the state, downing hundreds of trees and power lines. Detroit-based DTE Energy says that as of 8 p.m. Thursday about 49,700 of its customers in southeastern Michigan remained without service following Wednesday’s latest round of storms. Jackson-based Consumers Energy says its crews were trying to restore power to 116,700 customers. It says about 240,000 lost service from the start of the storms on Tuesday evening. The storms were remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal which moved from the Gulf of Mexico north into the Midwest before continuing into Canada.