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Son of famed Michigan coach says doctor molested him, too
DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers say a son of legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler was among the hundreds of men who were sexually assaulted by a campus doctor. Matt Schembechler and two players who were also victims of Dr. Robert Anderson will speak about the abuse during a news conference Thursday. The accusations come a month after a report commissioned by the university found that Bo Schembechler and others were aware of complaints about Anderson, yet he remained at the school for decades. Former players Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson say they told Bo Schembechler but nothing happened. Hundreds of men say Anderson molested them. He spent 37 years on campus and died in 2008.
STUDENT STABBED-HIGH SCHOOL
Teen charged as adult in high school classroom stabbing
EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit high school student has been charged as an adult in the stabbing of another student inside a classroom. The Macomb County prosecutor’s office says the 15-year-old was arraigned Wednesday on one count of assault with intent to murder. Bond was set at $500,000. The stabbing occurred June 1 at Eastpointe High School. Police have said the victim also is 15 and both students are acquainted with one another. The wounded teen was stabbed multiple times and was hospitalized. The suspect was arrested after a short foot chase with police who recovered a knife believed to have been used in the stabbing.
JUVENILE JUSTICE ORDER
Michigan task force to look at juvenile criminal justice
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An executive order signed Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer creates a task force to examine Michigan’s treatment of juveniles in the state’s criminal justice system as well as factors that lead to youth getting caught up in that system. The creation of the Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform was announced Wednesday in Lansing. Youth advocates, government officials and members of the criminal justice system will examine areas where Michigan needs to better serve youth and reduce recidivism in young people. Whitmer says “the state of Michigan still detains youth at one of the highest rates in the nation and still detains youth for non-criminal behavior. This has to change.”
House: Require financial info from officials, limit lobbying
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Elected state officials would be required to disclose personal financial information and would be banned from becoming lobbyists until two years after leaving office under bills advancing in Michigan. Michigan is among just two states where lawmakers don’t have to file disclosure reports, which can reveal conflicts of interest. The legislation approved by the House Wednesday would mandate that legislators, the governor, attorney general, secretary of state and other state officers submit financial forms. But they would be kept secret until the officials exit office. Committees would have the information and rule on ethics violations. The bills go to the Senate next.
Police: Driver not at fault in crash; released from custody
DETROIT (AP) — A woman has been released from police custody following an early morning crash in northwest Detroit that killed a 4-year-old boy who was in her car and the driver of another vehicle. Police initially said the woman was believed to be responsible for the 1:30 a.m. Wednesday crash, but later said the 37-year-old man driving the second car appears to have been at fault. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was pronounced dead at a hospital, while the woman was hospitalized in temporary serious condition. Police also initially said the woman was 29.
Michigan governor signs bills to help veterans, families
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that makes it easier for veterans and their families who are licensed professionals to continue their careers when they move to the state. Veterans, active-duty service members and their dependents with valid out-of-state professional licenses can get their licenses in Michigan under the new laws signed Wednesday and the fees for application will be waived. Zeneta Adams is the director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs. She says the families of the 550,000 veterans in Michigan face enough struggles seeking employment after service without having to figure out how to get re-licensed when they have a valid out-of-state license.
Detroit to begin vaccinations of homebound residents
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit is taking COVID-19 vaccinations to the homes of residents who are unable to travel to vaccination sites. City officials say people considered homebound or sick and shut in will be contacted to set up appointments that could start as early as Monday. More than 150 teams, which will include nurses, will go to homes across the city with the effort expected to be completed near the end of this fall. Officials said Wednesday that an estimated 40,000 people in Detroit are believed to be homebound due to age or disability. Detroit has administered more than 341,000 vaccine doses. The city’s vaccination rate is 35.8%. The state’s vaccination rate is over 54%.
Port Huron seeks to resume summer firework show
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A firework show in Port Huron could return a year after it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. City Manager James Freed says Wednesday that a notice to proceed with the show has been authorized as part of the Blue Water Festival. The total cost for the firework show is about $8,600. A $5,000 grant from the DTE Foundation for Blue Water Festival 2020 will be used. The city is looking to raise funds to pay the remaining costs. The festival is expected to be held in July. Port Huron had prepaid half of the cost of last year’s firework show before it was canceled.
Eying deal, GM softens on tough standards for car pollution
DETROIT (AP) — The nation’s largest automaker says it can support greenhouse gas emissions limits that other car manufacturers negotiated with California — if they are achieved mostly by promoting sales of fully electric vehicles. It is a new stance for General Motors, which had supported the Trump administration’s efforts to end California’s ability to set its own limits. The shift brings GM closer to the 2019 California deal signed onto by five other automakers, offering hope for a breakthrough on an industrywide deal. But GM’s proposal of an accelerated transition to electric vehicles falls short of more strict emissions reductions for gas-powered vehicles being urged by a top Senate Democrat.
Western Michigan gets $550M gift from anonymous alumni
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A group of anonymous alumni has gifted $550 million to Western Michigan University. The school in Kalamazoo says it will receive the funding over 10 years. It will be divided among scholarships, investing in quality educators, advancing medical research and education, and bolstering Western Michigan athletics. The university says it is the largest gift ever made to a public, higher education institution in the United States. Western Michigan’s main campus in Kalamazoo is about 140 miles west of Detroit. It has more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students.