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CAPITOL BREACH-MICHIGAN

Michigan man who climbed Capitol wall charged in riot

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who climbed a wall at the U.S. Capitol has become the seventh Michigan resident to be charged in the Jan. 6 riot. Social media photos and an interview with MLive.com are part of the evidence against 25-year-old Jeramiah Caplinger of Taylor. He was arrested Tuesday and released on bond. Photos and video show Caplinger wearing a Donald Trump hat while making a risky climb up a Capitol wall. Inside, he carried a U.S. flag. In February, Caplinger told MLive that he was inspired by Trump to travel to Washington and participate in the rally. 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Whitmer gets COVID-19 vaccine alongside teen daughter

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gotten her first COVID-19 vaccine shot, touting it as the most effective way to protect people and to return Michigan to normalcy. The 49-year-old governor was vaccinated at Ford Field in Detroit alongside her 19-year-old daughter, a day after eligibility expanded to everyone ages 16 and older. Whitmer is urging parents to ensure their high school- and college-age kids are inoculated, too. Michigan is facing the country’s highest rate of new coronavirus cases in the past two weeks. The governor blames the surge on pandemic fatigue, residents’ increased movement and more contagious variants.

CRANBROOK GIFT-DAN GILBERT

Dan, Jennifer Gilbert give $30M to Detroit-area art academy

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert and his wife, Jennifer, have given $30 million to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit to help accelerate the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The Bloomfield Hills school says Tuesday that the funding also will help with long-term fiscal sustainability. Twenty full-tuition fellowships for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups will be funded through the Gilbert Fellows program A permanent endowment to fund the fellowships also will be established. Tuition relief and general support for the academy’s existing scholarships and visiting faculty artists over the next five years will receive funding.

FATAL FIRE

2 people die in Benton Harbor fire; cause not yet known

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A house fire killed two people before dawn in southwestern Michigan. The roof had collapsed when Benton Harbor firefighters arrived after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. One victim was in a front room while the other was in the kitchen. Their names and ages were not immediately released. The Public Safety Department in Benton Harbor says the cause is under investigation.

PRISON-GUN

Records: Parole violator entered prison with gun in coat

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A loaded gun was discovered on a man inside a Michigan prison after he was transported there for a parole violation. The Detroit Free Press says the incident occurred in January at the Egeler center, near Jackson, which is typically the first stop for people entering the state prison system. The 9-millimeter gun was not fired. Records don’t indicate if Armani Shabazz was arrested and transported by Corrections Department staff or another police agency. Byron Osborn, head of the prison officer union, says the incident was “very unusual.” The Corrections Department says Shabazz was appropriately disarmed by staff. It had no additional comment.

KIDS HURT-HIT-AND-RUN

Hit-and-run driver injures 3 children in southern Michigan

SHERWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police have recovered the vehicle and interviewed the driver who was involved in a hit-and-run incident that injured three children in southern Michigan. One child was in critical condition Tuesday, a day later. A Chevy Equinox SUV left the road Monday in Branch County’s Sherwood Township and struck three siblings. Police say the 42-year-old driver from Sturgis is cooperating. Investigators are looking at the vehicle for evidence. 

UNIVERSITY-CHRISTIAN GROUP

Judge: School violated rights of Christian student group

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge says the constitutional rights of a Christian student group were violated by a Detroit university. The ruling came in a dispute between Wayne State University and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. In 2018, Wayne State objected to certain leadership rules as discriminatory and declined to recognize the group as a registered student organization. Wayne State reversed that decision, but the lawsuit continued. Judge Robert Cleland says no religious group can be turned into an outsider on campus simply because it requires leaders to believe in the group’s cause. Wayne State says it already has granted everything that InterVarsity requested.

AP-US-OCEAN-CASINO-ILITCH

Detroit’s Ilitch family buying half of Atlantic City casino

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New York hedge fund says it’s selling as much as half of its ownership of Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino to Detroit’s Ilitch family. Officials of the Luxor Capital Group told The Associated Press on Tuesday they have reached a deal with the Ilitch organization. The family owns the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, the Little Caesars pizza chain, and a casino-hotel in Detroit. The deal would close after all regulatory approvals have been obtained. The amount of the Ilitch family’s investment was not disclosed. The Ocean casino opened nine years ago as Revel. The resort immediately ran into trouble that led to two bankruptcy filings and its closure.

GM-ELECTRIC PICKUP

Electric Chevy pickup to get estimated 400 miles per charge

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says an electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck will get an estimated 400 miles of range per charge. The company announced the range on Tuesday and said the truck would be built at a factory straddling the border of Detroit and the enclave of Hamtramck. It also announced that the plant would build the new 2024 GMC Hummer SUV. The pickup announcement raises the level of competition for future buyers in the hot truck market. Ford already has announced plans to build an electric F-150 starting next year in Dearborn, Michigan, while Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis) has said it plans to have an all-electric Ram pickup. GM didn’t say when the electric Silverado would arrive in dealerships. 

PARENTAL RIGHTS-TRUANCY

Michigan’s top court sides with dad in parental rights case

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned the decisions of a Kalamazoo-area judge who terminated the parental rights of a poor couple after their two children had missed 25% of school. The absences in 2017-18 were higher than the school’s average. But the Supreme Court says there was no evidence of resulting harm or neglect. It’s a key threshold when a judge decides whether to take jurisdiction over children. The case was closely watched by advocates for poor families, especially during a pandemic when education has been significantly disrupted. The case now will return to Kalamazoo County court. The children’s mother did not appeal the termination of her parental rights at the Supreme Court.