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Michigan governor resumes wearing mask at indoor events
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has resumed wearing a mask at indoor events, citing revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recommendation from the state’s chief doctor. The Democratic governor, who is vaccinated, says she does anticipate reinstating a face covering requirement, though “not in the near future and maybe not ever.” The CDC on Tuesday reversed course and recommended that even vaccinated people return to being masked indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. While COVID-19 cases have been rising in Michigan, the state’s two-week rate is lower than in all but three states.
Whitmer: Use $100M in rescue funds for affordable housing
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $100 million in federal COVID-19 rescue funds to expand access to affordable housing. The aid would go to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The authority provides financial and technical assistance develop housing-related projects. The Democratic governor said the funding would leverage an additional $380 million in private spending. Whitmer says it has the potential to assist 6,000 families and produce 2,000 rental units. It was her latest proposal to use $6.5 billion in discretionary aid approved by Congress and President Joe Biden.
Attorney: Detroit Councilman Spivey expects bribery charge
DETROIT (AP) — Another Detroit elected official could be in trouble with the law. An attorney for Andre Spivey tells the Detroit Free Press that the three-term city councilman expects to be indicted for bribery as early as Tuesday afternoon. Elliott Hall says Spivey allegedly took $1,000 from an undercover agent about three years ago but did nothing in return for the money, and that he has been cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s office. Hall told WXYZ-TV that it has nothing to do with Spivey’s vote or actions as a public official. Former City Council member Gabe Leland was sentenced in county circuit court in June to 2 1/2 years of probation after pleading guilty to accepting an illegal cash campaign contribution.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
Court erases conviction of man in sex offender registry case
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who was accused of failing to register under an old version of the state’s sex offender registry. The court became the latest to declare that the 2011 law was unconstitutional when applied retroactively to certain offenders. The Legislature last year revised the law after two federal courts said the 2011 version was unconstitutional. Critics contend the new edition isn’t much better. The new law lifts restrictions on living near schools and attending school events. But it still requires offenders to report personal information for years. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the law despite opposition from the ACLU.
Man charged in death of Michigan woman missing since 2005
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of killing two women in Pennsylvania has been charged with murder in the death of a pregnant Michigan woman. Ashley Parlier disappeared in 2005. Authorities say Harold Haulman III lived in the Battle Creek area when the 21-year-old Parlier was reported missing. Sheriff Steve Hinkley says Haulman admitted to killing Parlier during interviews with his detectives. Investigators haven’t found Parlier’s remains despite searches in a wooded area. Haulman is in custody in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Haulman is charged with killing Tianna Phillips of Berwick and Erica Shultz of Bloomsburg.
EXCLUSIVE: Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years. He’s then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules after that to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nudge 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by decade’s end. That’s according to proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation that are expected to be released as early as next week. Industry and government officials who have been briefed on the plan tell The Associated Press the requirements would start for model year 2023.
U.S. Customs agents seize more than a ton of pot in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — More than a ton of marijuana has been seized by federal agents in Detroit. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Tuesday that about 2,583 pounds of pot was found Wednesday packed among pallets during an inspection of a tractor trailer at the Fort Street Cargo Facility southwest of downtown. The truck had entered Detroit from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge and was sent to a secondary inspection area at the facility. Its manifest listed aluminum caps as cargo. The agency says results of an x-ray scan were inconsistent with what the truck was listed as transporting.
Water levels change in pond, river after dam stoplogs fail
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — Stoplogs at a city-owned dam in western Michigan have failed, causing significant changes in water levels in an upstream pond and downstream-flowing river. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says White Cloud in Newaygo County is working on repairs. The agency received reports Tuesday of the problem. Stoplogs on a dam are panels used to block water flow. Local officials report the dam is stable and the failed stoplogs are expected to be replaced within days. The state says the White Cloud dam is rated as a high-hazard dam. Its most recent state inspection in 2019 rated it in fair condition.
POLICE DOG STABBED-MAN SLAIN
Sheriff’s deputy fatally shoots man after police dog stabbed
GOBLES, Mich. (AP) — A man who stabbed a police dog has been shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy in southwestern Michigan. The Van Buren County sheriff’s office says deputies were called to a home in Gobles about 7:30 p.m. Monday for a reported assault. The police dog was sent inside about 9:30 p.m. to force the 39-year-old man out, but was stabbed several times. MLive.com reports that the man later was shot as he charged and tried to stab a deputy. The man’s name was not immediately released. MLive.com reports that the dog’s name is Kuno. It was being treated by a veterinarian for its wounds. Gobles is southwest of Grand Rapids.
Detroit man charged in 2014 rape of 17-year-old girl
DETROIT (AP) — An investigation by a sexual assault kit task force has led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Detroit man in the 2014 rape of a 17-year-old girl. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Lionel Wells was arraigned Tuesday in 36th District Court on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and armed robbery. The victim, now age 24, was followed while walking home from work and attacked at gunpoint. Wells was arrested Monday. More than 11,000 rape kits were discovered in 2009 in a Detroit police evidence warehouse. Those kits contained DNA and other evidence from rape cases, but a majority of the 11,000 kits were never tested in a lab.