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Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking legal action to force the shutdown of a pipeline that carries oil beneath the channel linking Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Whitmer’s office notified Enbridge Inc. on Friday that it will revoke the easement granted in 1953 that allowed the Canadian company to run its Line 5 across the Straits of Mackinac. Her legal counsel says the move results from a persistent pattern of noncompliance with conditions for safely operating the line. Michigan’s attorney general filed a lawsuit to carry out Whitmer’s order to stop the flow of oil within 180 days. Enbridge says there is “no credible basis” for Whitmer’s action.
MICHIGAN GOVERNOR-KIDNAPPING PLOT
Bond greatly reduced for man linked to Whitmer kidnap plot
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A judge has reduced bond to $150,000 for a man accused of allowing his property to be used by an anti-government group plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor. Joseph Morrison is described as the commander of the Wolverine Watchmen. He’s been in custody in Jackson County for more than five weeks. Judge Michael Klaeren says the $10 million bond was too high. Klaeren reduced it and set conditions if Morrison is released, including a GPS tether. Authorities allege members of paramilitary groups took part in plotting the kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Six men are charged in federal court. Morrison is among eight others who are charged in state court.
Can Trump win with ‘fantasy’ electors bid? State GOP says no
Republican leaders in four critical states won by President-elect Joe Biden say they won’t participate in a legally dubious scheme to flip their state’s electors to vote for President Donald Trump. Their comments effectively shut down a half-baked plot some Republicans floated as a last chance to keep Trump in the White House. State GOP lawmakers in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have all said they would not intervene in the selection of electors, who ultimately cast the votes that secure a candidate’s victory. Several noted that such a move would violate state law and a vote of the people.
2 more Michigan lawmakers test positive for virus amid surge
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At least two more Michigan legislators have tested positive as the coronavirus continues surging to record heights, including one who attended Senate session and committee hearings on Thursday. That was same day the House canceled votes due to infections among members. Those with COVID-19 include Sen. Kim LaSata and Rep. Ann Bollin, both Republicans. Another Republican, Rep. Scott VanSingel, confirmed Thursday he was recovering from the virus. Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, a Democrat, announced his infection last week. All told, at least seven lawmakers have tested positive this year while an eighth died from a suspected case.
Judge refuses to stop certification of Detroit-area votes
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has refused to stop certification of Detroit-area election results. Wayne County Judge Timothy Kenny said Friday that allegations of absentee ballot fraud in Detroit were “not credible.” It’s the third time that a judge has refused to intervene in steps that are necessary to bless the Michigan results. Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump by 146,000 votes. The lawsuit claims Republican challengers were removed from the TCF Center in Detroit while absentee ballots were being processed. The court filing also alleges that ballots were backdated, signatures on ballot envelopes weren’t verified and other irregularities. Election officials deny it.
Michigan officer on leave after rough arrest of suspect
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A police officer in Michigan’s capital has been placed on leave after video shows an aggressive arrest of an assault suspect who pleaded “I can’t breathe.” The incident involved at least five Lansing officers who pinned the 25-year-old man to the ground Tuesday night and ordered him to stop resisting. Lansing police spokesman Robert Merritt says officers were responding to a report of a street fight involving five or six people. Merritt says a Taser was used and officers “delivered strikes.” The man was arrested, taken to a hospital for an evaluation and then transported to a police lockup.
Federal fugitive captured after nearly 50 years on the run
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The FBI says a man who was serving a life sentence for murder when he escaped custody while attending his grandmother’s funeral nearly 50 years ago has been captured in Michigan. Leonard Rayne Moses was 16 when he was convicted in the 1968 killing of Mary Amplo during civil unrest in Pittsburgh over the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Moses escaped custody in 1971. The FBI says he’d been living under an assumed name in Michigan. Moses was charged with stealing pills from a pharmacy earlier this year and the FBI said Friday the fingerprints from that arrest came back a match.
SAGINAW VALLEY-CAMPUS CLOSED
Saginaw Valley St. campus closed for employee suicide threat
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The campus of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan was closed Friday after an employee threatened and then died by suicide. The school near Saginaw, about 85 miles northwest of Detroit, had warned people Thursday night to avoid its Science West building until further notice. Early Friday, the school tweeted that the campus would be closed for the day. It said: “Police continue to be on campus, responding to an individual in distress.” The school says the employee died by suicide in the Science West building around 6:30 a.m. Friday. It says no students were involved in the incident and no one else was injured.
CHEVY BOLT-FIRE RECALL
GM recalling nearly 69K Bolt electric cars due to fire risk
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will recall nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars worldwide because the batteries have caught fire in five of them. The company says it doesn’t know yet what’s causing the fires, but engineers are working to figure it out. Two people have suffered smoke inhalation due to the fires and a house set ablaze. U.S. safety regulators said the cars should be parked outdoors until recall repairs are done. Bolt Executive Chief Engineer Jesse Ortega says dealers will install software that limits charging to 90% of the battery’s capacity until a permanent fix is developed. The recall covers Bolts from the 2017 through 2019 model years.
Republicans face court setbacks, Trump law firm steps down
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday as a national law firm that came under fire for its work for President Trump’s campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania case. The legal blows began when a federal appeals court rejected an effort to block about 9,300 mail ballots that arrived after Election Day in Pennsylvania. The judges noted the “unprecedented challenges” facing the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, a Michigan judge found no evidence of fraud in refusing to stop the certification of Detroit-area election results. And in Arizona, a judge dismissed a Trump campaign’s lawsuit seeking the inspection of ballots in metro Phoenix