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Girl, 13, dies of apparent drowning in Lake Michigan

LAKESIDE, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 13-year-old Otsego girl has been found near a beach along Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan following an apparent drowning. The Berrien County sheriff’s office says the body was reported about 12:30 p.m. Friday in Lakeside, southwest of Grand Rapids. The girl was reported missing about 9 p.m. Thursday at Warren Dunes State Park in Lake Township. A search for her was suspended Thursday night due to darkness. It was resumed Friday morning.


Gov vetoes nursing home bill; says based on ‘false premise’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have let nursing homes house coronavirus-infected residents — but only in a building separate from other residents. In a letter to senators Friday, the Democratic governor said she has protected nursing home residents and the bill was “based on the false premise that isolation units created within existing facilities are somehow insufficient to protect seniors.” The measure had attracted some Democratic support, too. The bill was a response to the governor’s order that lets people with the virus be transferred and isolated in nursing homes that also have non-infected residents.


Court orders release of teen detained over schoolwork

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has granted an emergency motion releasing a 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl from a juvenile facility where a county judge sent her for failing do schoolwork and because the teen was a threat to her mother. An emergency order signed Friday releases the teen into her mother’s custody pending appeal or further order by the appeals court. ProPublica reported earlier this month that the girl has been in Oakland County’s Children’s Village since mid-May for violating probation in a case involving allegations of assault and theft. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan initially cited a “failure to submit to any schoolwork and getting up for school” as behind her decision. 


Report: U-Michigan’s academic official was serial harasser

DETROIT (AP) — A University of Michigan professor who became the school’s top academic officer committed sexual misconduct during his long career. That’s the conclusion of an investigation by a law firm hired by the university. The report says Martin Philbert harassed graduate students and staff and regularly had sex in campus offices. Philbert was fired as provost in March, weeks after being put on leave. President Mark Schlissel had promoted him in 2017. Philbert spent 25 years on campus, rising from toxicology professor to dean of the School of Public Health and then provost. He declined to speak to investigators.


Whitmer signs bills to resolve $2.2 billion budget deficit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed spending bills as part of an agreement to resolve a $2.2 billion deficit in the current budget by using federal coronavirus relief aid, tapping savings, shifting funds and banking cost cuts from employee furloughs that are now complete. The laws enacted Friday include additional funding for K-12 schools and essentially shield universities and community colleges from reductions. Teachers in public and private schools will each get a $500 bonus. The state still faces a multibillion-dollar shortfall in the fiscal year that starts in two months due to declining tax revenues in the pandemic.


Michigan high court won’t hear absentee ballot deadline case

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a case seeking to extend the deadline to receive absentee ballots ahead of the presidential election in the swing state. In a 4-3 order Friday, justices said they were not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed. A dissenting justice says he is “baffled and troubled.” The decision leaves intact an appeals court decision that says state law requires that absentee ballots be received by the time polls close on Election Day to be counted. Plaintiffs wanted them to count as long as they were postmarked on or before Election Day.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks bluntly on gun violence

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says President Donald Trump’s plan to send federal agents to Detroit amid police brutality protests shows his administration doesn’t know anything about what is happening in Michigan. She also called out the Legislature, during a livestream with Everytown for Gun Safety Action and Moms Demand Action on Friday for refusing to work with her administration to address gun violence. Whitmer says people can make a difference at the polls, whether it be for the White House or statehouse.


Father drowns trying to save 2 children in Lake Michigan

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old Indiana man has drowned in Lake Michigan while trying to save his two children. Police say four people were seen struggling in the lake about 8 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park Beach in southwestern Michigan’s St. Joseph. The man’s two children, ages 17 and 12, were swept away. They were rescued by a St. Joseph reserve officer. Their father was pulled from the water, but later was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was from Lakeville, Indiana, south of South Bend. A man on a surfboard was able to rescue the other two people.


ATV hits tree; 12-year-old operator, 2 other children hurt

MECOSTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three children have been injured after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding in slammed into a tree in western Michigan. The Mecosta County sheriff’s office says a 12-year-old girl was operating the ATV at a high rate of speed about 8 p.m. Thursday in Mecosta Township, north of Grand Rapids. She was unable to handle a curve, which caused the ATV to hit the tree and overturn. The operator, another 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were thrown from the vehicle. Each was wearing helmets and suffered minor injuries.


Police: Man wielding sword fatally shot by Detroit officers

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police have shot to death a man they say was wielding a sword in the middle of a street and who threw a dagger at an officer. Police Chief James Craig says after the man was shot late Thursday, he continued to approach officers while swinging the sword. He was able to climb into a police vehicle before he was captured. The unidentified man in his 20s was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Craig said based on a description of the man’s behavior, he suspected the man may have been experiencing a mental breakdown. Craig says a Taser deployed by an officer in an effort to stop the man was ineffective. It was third fatal shooting by Detroit police this month.