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CHILD SHOT-FOOD DELIVERY ORDER
Woman shoots 20-month-old daughter during food order dispute
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman shot and wounded her 20-month-old daughter during a dispute with a neighbor over a food delivery order. Police say the girl was sitting in a car Monday evening on the city’s westside when she was struck. The child’s mother arrived home and confronted the neighbor after learning her food order was taken. Police said she pulled and fired a gun after the neighbor allegedly grabbed a hammer. She was arrested. Police said she has a concealed pistol license. Her daughter was in critical condition at a hospital.
Whitmer: Virus response to be better coordinated under Biden
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the United States will have a coordinated, science-based response to the coronavirus once President-elect Joe Biden takes office. She expressed optimism about the election result Monday while warning that Michigan’s surging cases will likely continue to grow in coming months. The Democratic governor’s criticism of President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic has led him to lash out at her. Whitmer told The Associated Press that Biden will “be a wonderful partner as we confront a lot of hard issues going forward.”
ROAD WORKERS KILLED
Driver charged in deaths of 2 road workers near Ypsilanti
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman has been charged in the deaths of two road workers who were killed last weekend in Washtenaw County. Ryann Musselman appeared in court Monday on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death. Nicholas Sada and Dayvon Rose were both 23 years old and from Lansing. Police say they were struck on Interstate 94 early Saturday. There was no immediate comment from Musselman’s attorney.
AP Explains: Trump’s baseless tweets about vote in 4 states
President Donald Trump is tweeting a series of claims about four states where he is currently trailing President-elect Joe Biden. In all four cases, his tweets were baseless or misstated how the electoral process works. While The Associated Press and other media outlets have already declared Biden the winner, Trump has pursued legal challenges in several states and repeatedly made a barrage of false or dubious claims about voter fraud and the counting of mail-in ballots. On Monday afternoon, he tweeted about four states: Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The AP has called three of those states — Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — for Biden.
Michigan rolls out statewide coronavirus exposure app
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is rolling out statewide a voluntary, free coronavirus app that notifies users if they have potentially been in close contact with infected people. Monday’s launch comes weeks after the state began piloting the technology in Ingham County, including at Michigan State University. State Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon is encouraging all Michiganders to download the app onto their smartphones, especially as COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations are surging after an initial wave subsided last spring. App users who possibly were within 6 feet of infected people for at least 15 minutes are notified.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN-CITY HALL
Warren shuts down city hall due to spike in virus cases
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Warren City Hall in suburban Detroit has been closed to the public due to a spike in positive COVID-19 cases among city employees in several departments. Mayor James Fouts says the building will be closed this week and disinfected. Confirmed virus cases also are up at the city’s police department and district court which also are being disinfected. Fouts said Warren currently has more employees testing positive for the virus than at any other time during the coronavirus pandemic. Steps are being taken to make sure all city employees receive testing. Virus cases have been going up across Michigan. On Saturday, state health officials reported 6,225 new coronavirus infections.
FORD-ELECTRIC VEHICLE JOBS
Ford adding 350 jobs at 2 plants to make electric vehicles
DETROIT (AP) — Ford plans to add 350 jobs at two U.S. factories to meet expected demand for electric vehicles that haven’t gone on sale yet. The automaker said Tuesday it will add 150 workers at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, to build the new E-Transit full-size van that will go on sale late next year. Another 200 workers will be hired at Ford’s Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, which will build an all-electric F-150 pickup starting in mid-2022. In addition, Ford says it will invest $100 million in the Kansas City plant for an assembly line that will build the electric vans.
ELECTION 2020-BLACK VOTERS
‘This is proof’: Biden’s win reveals power of Black voters
DETROIT (AP) — Black voters were the main constituency to push Democrat Joe Biden to victory in the presidential race. Activists tell The Associated Press that the Biden campaign owes Black voters and the organizers who worked tirelessly to turn them out for that victory. According to AP VoteCast data, an expansive survey of the electorate, 9 in 10 Black voters nationwide supported Biden over President Donald Trump. Black organizers say they intend to follow through with a set of demands for the new administration.
Walmart teams with GM to test autonomous deliveries
DETROIT (AP) — Walmart is teaming up with the General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit to test driverless delivery in Arizona. The companies say battery powered Chevrolet Volt vehicles will begin deliveries in Scottsdale early next year. At first they’ll have human backup drivers who will monitor the cars and help to deliver packages to doors. But Ray Wert, spokesman at GM’s Cruise autonomous vehicle unit, says they’ll eventually move to fully autonomous deliveries. Wert says the testing with Walmart will start small and gradually ramp up to more vehicles. He did not know how many Bolts would be used at the beginning.
Hospital worker allegedly set off explosives in trash cans
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A 59-year-old man has been arraigned on charges accusing him of setting off explosives in trash cans at the eastern Michigan hospital where he works. The Detroit News reports that Michael Patrick Barna, of Cylde Township, faces charges of explosives violation of a vulnerable target and explosives with intent to frighten. His arraignment was Sunday and his next scheduled hearing is set for Nov. 17. Police say no one was hurt and there was no major damage when three incendiary devices detonated Wednesday afternoon at McLaren Port Huron Hospitals, but the blasts “frightened and terrorized staff inside the hospital.”