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VIRUS OUTBREAK-LEGISLATIVE FIGHTS

Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Many Republican legislators in states where coronavirus cases have surged are rejecting mask-wearing requirements, even in their own capitols. An Arkansas state senator is proposing that her colleagues risk losing their per diem if they’re caught not wearing their masks. The idea is facing pushback, despite Arkansas having the second biggest outbreak in a state legislature. Mississippi, which had the largest, is encouraging but not requiring its members to wear masks. Several others say they’re leaving the decision up to members but not enforcing any rules. That decision is worrying public health experts.

ELECTION 2020-MICHIGAN

Michigan election staff recommend certification of Biden win

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s election bureau is recommending that the Nov. 3 results be certified next week by state canvassers. The decision would bless Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump but likely not cool partisan strife over the vote. The recommendation was posted online with the formal Monday meeting notice of the Board of State Canvassers. The latest guidance came at the end of a stormy week in which Trump summoned Republican state lawmakers to the White House in an effort to try to set aside Biden’s 154,000-vote victory. The Michigan Bureau of Elections says any errors on election night did not affect the tabulation of votes.

FOUR SHOT

3rd person dies, 1 critical after northern Michigan shooting

ELBERTA, Mich. (AP) — Police say a third person has died and a fourth remains in critical condition following a shooting at a home in northern Michigan’s Benzie County. Undersheriff Gregory Hubers tells WPBN/WGTU-TV that one of the four people shot Friday died at the Munson Medical Center, where the remaining shooting victim was in critical condition. Hubers had said Friday that a mother and her adult son had died in Friday’s shooting, while the father and another son were rushed to a hospital. He said police don’t believe any suspects are at large. The shooting occurred in Elberta, a village tucked between Lake Michigan and Betsie Lake.

THREE KILLED-PAROLE

Michigan panel grants parole to man convicted of killing 3

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who was a teenager when he admitted killing three young women in 1972 has been granted parole by the Michigan Parole Board nearly a half-century after the slayings. Sixty-four-year-old Brent Koster was granted parole on Nov. 10. WWMT-TV reports the Kalamazoo area man will be released from prison on Jan. 21 after serving 48 years. Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting says he’s “very troubled by the Michigan Department of Corrections choosing to release an admitted serial rapist, serial murderer.” He says he and his staff will be reviewing the parole board’s decision “to determine what options we have.”

DETROIT TRAFFIC CAMERAS-PRIVACY

Detroit residents concerned about traffic camera expansion

DETROIT (AP) — A plan by Detroit officials to install 200 more traffic light-mounted cameras at city intersections is facing community resistance amid privacy and racial discrimination concerns. The 200 additional cameras will build off of an initial 121-camera pilot program and bring the technology to more than 300 of Detroit’s 787 traffic lights by October 2021. But Detroit resident Christopher Williams Shah said during a Monday public meeting on the proposal that the community wants assurances that police will not misuse the extra 200 cameras, resulting in Black men landing in jail. The debate centering Detroit’s traffic camera expansion comes as tensions persist over privacy and policing.

EXPLAINING ELECTION 2020-AUDITS

EXPLAINER: What’s with all the election audits?

As they seek to overturn — or at least cast doubts on — the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have zeroed in on a routine and common process: post-election audits. Until now, the Trump campaign’s flurry of legal challenges hasn’t unearthed any evidence of widespread voter fraud, and election experts as well as state and federal officials have said there was none. Still, Trump and Republicans are calling for audits in states where the president lost. At this point, however, it’s unlikely that any audit in any state could uncover problems large enough to sway election results. 

TRUMP-LEGAL CHALLENGES

Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to leverage the power of the Oval Office in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. But his pleas Friday to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appear to have left them unswayed. Trump summoned a delegation of the battleground state’s Republican leadership in an apparent extension of his efforts to persuade judges and election officials in the state to set aside Biden’s 154,000-vote margin of victory and grant Trump the state’s electors. The White House meeting came amid mounting criticism that Trump’s futile efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election could do long-lasting damage to democratic traditions.

STREET RACING-WAYNE COUNTY

Wayne County ordinance makes street racing a public nuisance

DETROIT (AP) — Street racing has been declared a public nuisance in southeastern Michigan’s Wayne County following a vote by county commissioners. The new ordinance allows police to impound vehicles and equipment used in street racing. The property also could go through civil forfeiture proceedings. County Executive Warren Evans says the new measure provides law enforcement with tools to help keep neighborhood streets safe. Commissioners consulted with local law enforcement and determined existing street racing restrictions were insufficient. Wayne County is in southeastern Michigan. Detroit is its largest city.

AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-GOVERNORS

Some governors ignore CDC advice on Thanksgiving gatherings

Republican governors in some hard-hit states are refusing to ask families to limit Thanksgiving celebrations despite warnings from federal health officials that gatherings could worsen a coronavirus surge that’s already spinning out of control. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says her administration “won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving.” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says people “should be with their loved ones over Thanksgiving” and that he will also attend a football game this weekend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleading with Americans to gather only with people in their immediate households as infections overwhelm hospitals in many states.

TRUMP-LEGAL CHALLENGES

Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to leverage the power of the Oval Office in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. But his pleas Friday to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appear to have left them unswayed. Trump summoned a delegation of the battleground state’s Republican leadership in an apparent extension of his efforts to persuade judges and election officials in the state to set aside Biden’s 154,000-vote margin of victory and grant Trump the state’s electors. The White House meeting came amid mounting criticism that Trump’s futile efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election could do long-lasting damage to democratic traditions.