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Report: U. of Michigan missed chances to stop doctor’s abuse
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A report says staff at the University of Michigan missed many opportunities to stop a doctor who committed sexual misconduct against hundreds of patients over decades at the school. The report released Tuesday by the WilmerHale firm comes more than a year after former students publicly accused the late Robert Anderson of molesting them. The university has acknowledged Anderson’s abuse but hired the law firm for a comprehensive review. The report said some university officials at the time took no action despite being aware of complaints, especially in the athletic department. Anderson died in 2008.
Ex-UAW leader gets nearly 2 years in prison for corruption
DETROIT (AP) — The former president of the United Auto Workers has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for corruption. Dennis Williams took winter vacations in California covered by dues paid by members of the UAW. Williams led the union from 2014 to 2018. He’s the latest in a long line of union officials who acknowledge betraying members through corruption. Williams pleaded guilty to an embezzlement scheme that turned union dues into a pot of cash for golf, lodging and fancy meals. The government says Williams “has cast a stain” on the UAW. Eleven union officials and a late official’s spouse have pleaded guilty since 2017, although not all the crimes were connected
Lawmakers begin passing budget bills; no deal with Whitmer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control Michigan’s Senate have begun approving a $66.4 billion budget that would spend 5% more than in the current year, thanks to an influx of federal funding, but about $728 million less than what is proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Democrats voted against many bills Tuesday, showing a legislative deal with the Democratic governor remains weeks or months away. Legislators are required to pass spending bills by July 1, though the fiscal year will not start until Oct. 1. The Republican-led House also began passing budget legislation, including $9.5 billion in federal COVID-19 relief aid.
WORKER COMPENSATION-LAME DUCK
Groups sue over maneuver that weakened wage, sick-time laws
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit says Michigan Republicans’ lame-duck maneuver to weaken voter-proposed minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in 2018 was unconstitutional. The complaint filed Tuesday comes more than 16 months after the state Supreme Court declined to issue an advisory opinion on the legality of the move. In 2018, the Republican-controlled Legislature engaged in “adopt and amend,” a controversial and unprecedented strategy. To prevent minimum wage and sick time ballot drives from going to the electorate, legislators approved them so they could be made more business-friendly after the election with majority votes and the signature of outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Whitmer threatens profit seizure if pipeline keeps operating
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to go after Enbridge’s profits from a Great Lakes oil pipeline if it isn’t shut down. The Democratic governor issued the warning Tuesday in a letter to Enbridge, a Canadian oil transport company. Whitmer ordered the company last November to close the line by May 12. She agrees with environmentalists and native tribes that a section of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is vulnerable to a spill. Enbridge says the pipeline is safe and won’t be shut down unless a federal court or agency requires it. Supporters of the pipeline say losing it would cause economic damage and job losses.
BODY FOUND-STORAGE UNIT
Woman’s body found in storage unit; suspect arrested
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 31-year-old woman has been found in a suburban Detroit storage unit. The Detroit News reports that police searched the unit in Westland after learning Sunday that the woman had been shot at a Van Buren Township apartment building and her body later was moved. A 32-year-old Van Buren Township man was arrested in Monroe County in connection with the slaying. The woman’s name was not released. Van Buren Township is about 23 miles southwest of Detroit.
Michigan hits 55% vaccine rate, will end remote work rule
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has surpassed a 55% COVID-19 vaccination rate, reaching a milestone that will lead to the automatic easing of in-person work restrictions in two weeks. Employers currently must prohibit onsite work if employees’ jobs can feasibly be done remotely. The state anticipates lifting the rule on May 24. The 55% benchmark is the first of four under a plan outlined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer less than two weeks ago. More than 4.4 million Michiganders ages 16 and older have received one dose.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-US CASINOS
US casinos match best quarter ever; post-COVID hopes rise
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — America’s commercial casinos matched their best quarter ever in the first three months of this year, as customers continued returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic and internet and sports betting money helped boost revenue numbers. Figures released Tuesday by the American Gaming Association show the nation’s commercial casinos took in over $11.1 billion in the first quarter of this year. That matched the industry’s best quarter in history, the third quarter of 2019. The figures do not include tribal casinos. The CEO of Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort says people are becoming more comfortable with visiting casinos in person as vaccinations increase.
GREAT LAKES-WATER LEVELS
Great Lakes water surge eases after 2 record-setting years
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — After two years of record high water, the Great Lakes are getting a break. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the lakes have dropped steadily since last fall and should remain below 2020 levels for at least the next six months. That’s because of unusually dry weather. Winter’s snowfall was well below normal and the lakes had relatively little ice cover. Low humidity and sunny skies have boosted evaporation. But John Allis of the Army Corps says it’s too early to declare an end to the high-water period that has done heavy damage to homes and infrastructure along shorelines.
DETROIT POLICE CHIEF
Detroit police chief announces retirement effective June 1
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police Chief James Craig has announced his retirement as head of the city’s police force. He did not immediately reveal his future plans, which could include a run for political office. Craig said Monday at a news conference that his retirement is effective June 1 and is voluntary. The Detroit native was hired in 2013 by an emergency manager after the state assumed control of the financially broken city. Craig, who is Black, immediately set out to restore residents’ confidence in the department that had a history of civil rights abuses by officers against Detroit’s mostly Black population. Detroit five police chiefs in the five years before Craig was hired.