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ELECTION 2020-MICHIGAN

Biden won Michigan with surge in cities, suburbs

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden reclaimed Michigan for Democrats with a surge of support in urban regions like Detroit and Grand Rapids, offsetting high turnout in rural and exurban areas for President Donald Trump. Biden’s 146,000-vote margin, 2.7 percentage points, was powered by gains in big, vote-rich counties such as Oakland near Detroit and Kent, which includes Grand Rapids — amid a record 5.5 million people casting ballots statewide. Biden won Oakland by 14 points, besting Hillary Clinton’s 8-point edge in 2016. He carried Kent by almost 6 points after Trump netted it by 3 points four years ago.

ELECTION 2020-ANTRIM COUNTY

Officials: Clerk error behind county results favoring Biden

BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — State officials say a clerk’s error in a small Republican-leaning northern Michigan county earlier this week led to the reporting of unofficial voting results favoring Democrat Joe Biden. Questions were raised after Antrim County first reported a local landslide for Biden against incumbent Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election. The Republican National Committee included it among several allegations of voting irregularities in Michigan that favored Biden and Democrats. But Michigan’s Department of State said Friday evening that the clerk accidentally did not update software used to collect voting machine data. More than 16,000 votes were cast. Revised totals show Trump defeating Biden in Antrim County, getting 56% of the vote.

EDMUND FITZGERALD MEMORIAL

Church to honor 45th anniversary of Fitzgerald shipwreck

DETROIT (AP) — Mariners’ Church of Detroit will observe the 45th anniversary Sunday of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The church is holding its yearly memorial service for the thousands of sailors who have died in Great Lakes shipwrecks over the years. The Fitzgerald ore carrier plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975. All 29 crew members were lost. The annual service will be live-streamed on Facebook for the first time. Because of social distancing requirements, those wishing to attend in person must contact the church beforehand. The email address is info@marinerschurchofdetroit.org.

WMU-LAW SCHOOL

WMU ending partnership with Cooley Law School

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan University is ending its partnership with Cooley Law School. Trustees voted Thursday to end the collaboration and wind things down over three years. The school won’t have WMU in its name. The association began in 2013. WMU President Edward Montgomery says the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the university to focus on its “core mission.” Cooley once had nearly 4,000 students, with four Michigan locations and one in Florida. It will be down to Lansing and Florida next year.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-U-M

U-M tells students in dorms: Stay home during winter term

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is announcing major steps to reduce the number of students on campus for the winter term because of the coronavirus. Housing contracts will be canceled. Undergraduates living in residence halls should not return after the holidays but participate in online classes from home. Undergraduates who must live on campus will stay in single rooms, and weekly virus tests will be mandatory. President Mark Schlissel says the “pandemic hasn’t gone away” and COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Michigan. There are 5,300 undergrads in dorms this fall, way down from a typical year.

ELECTION 2020-WRONG BALLOTS

New election in small town; some voters got wrong ballots

EDMORE, Mich. (AP) — A handful of Edmore and Home Township voters were mistakenly given wrong ballots for their respective communities. The mix-up occurred because residents of the two communities vote at the same location in Montcalm County. Some Edmore residents didn’t get to vote for village president, while some Home Township residents wrongly voted in that race. The incumbent, Gloria Burr, won by just five votes. But that result has been set aide for a do-over: Roughly 500 voters in Edmore will get a new ballot in the mail. County Clerk Kristen Millard says “it could change the outcome.” The presidential race is not affected. 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Whitmer asks Michigan Legislature for statewide mask law

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging the Michigan Legislature to impose a statewide mask-wearing law to fight the coronavirus. The Democratic governor said Thursday that she asked Republican leaders to pass a measure requiring masks indoors and in crowded outdoor areas. That’s already state policy under an emergency order. But Whitmer says compliance might improve if the requirement were made law with bipartisan support. Michigan continues to shatter records for coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are steadily rising. Whitmer says mask wearing is the single most important weapon in the fight against the virus.

ELECTION 2020-SENATE-MICHIGAN

Peters says James’ refusal to concede election ‘pathetic’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Celebrating his reelection, Sen. Gary Peters is pledging to fight for Democratic values and be bipartisan in his second term while saying it is “sad” and “pathetic” that Republican challenger John James refuses to concede defeat. James, without citing evidence, issued a written statement Thursday saying he had “deep concerns that millions of Michiganders may have been disenfranchised by a dishonest few who cheat.” Peters, who won, was up by about 87,000 votes, or 1.6%, with almost all precincts reporting. Peters laughed off James, calling his allegations “sad” and “pathetic.”

FOURTEEN BOYS-NOW A GIRL

Michigan couple with 14 sons welcome their first daughter

LAKEVIEW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple whose large family attracted attention by growing to include 14 sons has welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child. Kateri Schwandt gave birth Thursday to Maggie Jayne, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and entered a world filled with 14 older brothers. Jay Schwandt tells the Detroit Free Press that he and his wife, both 45, “are overjoyed and beyond excited to add Maggie Jayne to our family.” They live in the rural community of Lakeview, about 30 miles northeast of Grand Rapids. The couple’s oldest child, 28-year-old Tyler Schwandt, says his parents thought they would never have a daughter after 14 sons.

GIRL’S DEATH-SENTENCE

Michigan woman gets 13 years in Indiana death of girl, 10

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to neglect charges in the drug-related Indiana death of her boyfriend’s 10-year-old daughter. An Elkhart County judge sentenced 31-year-old Erica Reschke to 16 years, with three years suspended, on a charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. The Elkhart Truth reports the Cassopolis, Michigan, woman also received a two-year sentence on a neglect of a dependent charge, with the two sentences to be served concurrently. Investigators say Reschke and her boyfriend didn’t seek medical help before his 10-year-old daughter died in June 2018 after ingesting methamphetamine.