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FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-DETROIT
Chief: Video shows man killed by Detroit police fired first
DETROIT (AP) — Video released by Detroit police show a young man appearing to shoot at an officer at close range on Friday before fellow officers opened fire, killing the suspect. Police Chief James Craig told reporters as he released the video Friday evening that the suspect he identified as 20-year-old Hakeem Littleton was no more than 3 feet away when he began shooting. Hours earlier, dozens of protesters converged at the site of the shooting on Detroit’s west side, yelling at police and chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund DPD!” Craig said he wanted to released the videos promptly because of what he described as rumors about the shooting, which he said included erroneous social media postings that Littleton had been unarmed.
Michigan woman says fear led her to pull gun on Black family
A white woman facing criminal charges after she was captured on video pulling a handgun on an unarmed Black woman and her daughters outside a Michigan restaurant says she feared for her life. Jillian and Eric Wuestenberg have been charged by the Oakland County prosecutor with felonious assault stemming from the July 1 confrontation. Jillian Wuestenberg told Detroit TV station WXYZ that she thought she might die when she pointed a handgun at Takelia Hill and her daughters. An attorney for Hill says the Wuestenbergs were never threatened with a weapon and could have left the parking lot.
Whitmer toughens mask mandate; businesses must deny service
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is toughening a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. The governor on Friday also expanded where people must have a face covering beyond indoor public spaces. Starting immediately, they have to wear one outdoors if they can’t consistently keep 6 feet from non-household members, and while using public transit, a taxi or a ride-sharing vehicle. Violators will be subject to a misdemeanor fine. The Democratic governor wrote in an order: “No shirts, no shoes, no mask — no service.”
Trump declares disaster, releases money for flooded areas
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he approved a major disaster declaration for mid-Michigan counties swept by May floods and will provide more than $43 million to help in the recovery. Trump mentioned U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, a Republican who represents the Midland area, in his tweet. He didn’t mention Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who made a request for the declaration. The Edenville dam failed during a steady rain, draining Wixom Lake in May. The Tittabawassee River also overwhelmed the Sanford dam, about 140 miles north of Detroit.
James raises $6.4M, Peters $5.2M in Michigan’s Senate race
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican challenger John James raised $6.4 million over three months in his campaign in Michigan for the U.S. Senate, again topping Democratic incumbent Gary Peters, who collected $5.2 million. It was the fourth straight quarter in which the businessman and Army veteran outraised the first-term senator since entering the race about a year ago. Peters reported he had more than $12 million on hand, while James did not release that figure. Both candidates reported record quarterly hauls and success tapping small-dollar donors. Peters is one of two Democratic senators up for re-election in a state won by President Donald Trump.
Detroit immigrants will get a share of $750,000 from group
DETROIT (AP) — Immigrants living in Detroit without legal permission will get a chance to apply for a share of $750,000 given by a New York-based philanthropy. City council member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez estimates there are 8,000 to 20,000 people who are living in Detroit without U.S. legal permission or living with family members with that status. They’re not eligible for government payments during the coronavirus pandemic. The money comes from the Open Society Foundations and will be distributed by community groups. Advocates say families could get $500 to $2,000.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-LAKE PARTY
Michigan AG to handle prosecutions from large lake party
LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to handle the prosecution of any crimes stemming from a large party on a southwestern Michigan lake in which hundreds of people ignored state orders to wear masks or socially distance. WOOD-TV reports the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office asked the Attorney General’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor after a viral video showed hundreds of people in swimsuits Saturday gathered at Diamond Lake, near Cassopolis in Cass County. The prosecutor’s office says it asked for the review because of a conflict of interest stemming from a longtime affiliation with one of the lake associations.
Gov: Health workers must get bias training; issues mask plea
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — About 368,000 health workers in Michigan will be required to receive “implicit bias” training under a directive issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who says the mandate is intended to address the coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate impact on people of color. Whitmer also says she will soon announce steps to ensure compliance with Michigan’s mask-wearing requirement in indoor public spaces. The governor said Thursday evidence shows anti-bias medical training can “make a positive difference.” Black residents represent 14% of Michigan’s population but account for nearly 40% of COVID-19-related deaths. Whitmer says for schools to open in eight weeks, people should wear masks.
Moderate algae bloom forecast for Lake Erie this summer
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The blob of pea-green algae that covers parts of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller this summer than a year ago. That’s according to the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released its annual forecast Thursday. It predicts the algae bloom will reach 4.5 on the severity index, down from 7.3 last year but higher than the 3.8 rating in 2018. The measurements indicate the amount of algae in the water for an extended period. Scientists say the drop-off is expected because there was less spring rainfall than a year ago. Rain washes fertilizers that feed algae into Lake Erie and its tributary streams.
Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network in the past decade. But mounting political pressure and legal setbacks have put its future growth in doubt — even as the pandemic saps demand for fuel. Two major oil pipelines in the Midwest suffered courtroom blows this week and utilities in the Southeast cancelled plans for an $8 billion gas transmission line. Industry executives acknowledge their opponents have found some success in the courts, but say demand will rebound and pipelines are the safest way to move oil.