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UAW watchdog getting evidence from feds in corruption probe

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Detroit put a herd of UAW officials in prison. Now they’re sharing additional evidence with a court-appointed watchdog who has authority to pursue other misconduct at the union. The independent monitor, Neil Barofsky, can investigate and bring disciplinary charges inside the United Auto Workers. A judge took the unusual step of giving prosecutors permission to share grand jury materials and other records. The government says the monitor’s staff has met with people who cooperated with agents in the criminal investigation. The investigation led to a dozen convictions at the UAW, including prison terms for two presidents, Gary Jones and Dennis Williams. 


First West Nile virus cases of year in Michigan found

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It’s the height of mosquito season in Michigan and the first West Nile virus cases have been found in residents in the southeastern part of the state. West Nile virus, as well as Jameson Canyon virus have been found in mosquitoes tested in several southeastern counties as well as Kent County in western Michigan. The state health department is advising residents to take preventive measures to keep from getting bitten by mosquitoes. That includes wearing shoes and socks, using insect repellent and ensuring that the doors and windows in homes are repaired and have tight-fitting screens.


Elderly suburban Detroit woman fatally mauled by dog

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 91-year-old suburban Detroit woman has been fatally mauled by a dog that belonged to a family member. The incident occurred Thursday evening at a home ion Bloomfield Township. Bloomfield Township Police Capt. James Gallagher says police and EMS responded to the scene and found the woman unresponsive and suffering from “significant injuries.” The woman was taken by EMS to a local hospital where she died. No other injuries were reported. The animal was taken to the Bloomfield Township Animal Shelter. The woman’s name hasn’t been released.


Michigan diner owner jailed over virus rules plans to reopen

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan restaurant owner who flouted COVID-19 restrictions and spent four nights in jail in March says she plans to reopen in a few weeks. Marlena Pavlos-Hackney says her food license has been restored. She operates Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland. Pavlos-Hackney became the face of defiance over enforcement of virus-related restrictions. She continued to serve indoor diners and broke other rules aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19. Sen. Tom Barrett called her “Michigan’s first political prisoner of the pandemic.” The restaurant could be open again by Sept. 21. It has been closed since March.


Congresswomen urge Biden to stop pipeline in Minnesota visit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and her progressive congressional allies have urged President Joe Biden to stop construction on Enbridge Energy’s much-contested Line 3 project. Omar and three other congresswomen said the pipeline project would worsen climate change and violate Native American treaty rights. But Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner says six years of reviews, court decisions and permit approvals disprove claims that Line 3 would violate treaty rights or damage the region’s environment. Pipeline supporters, including Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, state lawmakers and pipeline workers spoke Friday ahead of Omar’s visit to praise the jobs the pipeline has brought to the region.


If Roe is overturned, Michigan has abortion ban on the books

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Supreme Court’s decision to let a Texas ban on most abortions remain in force — for now — is prompting warnings and cheers from advocates who note Michigan still has a 90-year-old ban on the books if Roe v. Wade is overturned. It’s unclear whether the 1931 law automatically would take effect if the landmark case is reversed. Democrats’ attempts to repeal the 1931 law have been blocked in the Republican-controlled Legislature. An option on both sides could be to organize a ballot initiative, though it’s too early to say because of uncertainty over what the justices will do.


Oh, no: Lottery ticket worth $201,000 expires a year later

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It was a valuable piece of paper. But now it’s worthless. The Michigan Lottery says no one stepped forward with a winning ticket worth $201,144 in a Fantasy 5 game from 2020. The deadline was 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Winning Fantasy 5 lottery tickets are good for a year. The money will instead go to the state school aid fund. The ticket was sold at Superior Market, east of Ann Arbor. 


Western Michigan man fatally shoots toddler son, self

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a western Michigan man fatally shot his 3-year-old son before taking his own life. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office says deputies conducting a welfare check Wednesday at a Lowell Township home found the bodies of 32-year-old Derek Thebo and his son, Dylan Thebo. The Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office said both were shot to death. Dylan’s death was ruled a homicide and his father’s death was deemed a suicide. WOOD-TV reports court records show the 3-year-old’s mother briefly had a personal protection order against Derek Thebo earlier this year. 


Feds probe NY Tesla crash that killed man changing flat tire

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s road safety agency has added another fatality involving a Tesla to the list of crashes it is probing due to the use of partially automated driving systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says an investigation team was sent to a July crash on the Long Island Expressway in New York that killed a man. It’s the 10th fatal crash to which the agency has sent a team, nine involving Teslas. The New York Police Department says that early on July 26, a 52-year-old man was hit by a Tesla and killed while changing flat tire on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway in Queens. 


GM, Ford halt some production as chip shortage worsens

DETROIT (AP) — The global shortage of computer chips is getting worse, forcing automakers to temporarily close factories including those that build popular pickup trucks. General Motors announced Thursday that it would pause production at eight of its 15 North American assembly plants during the next two weeks, including two that make the company’s top-selling Chevrolet Silverado pickup. Ford will stop making pickups at its Kansas City Assembly Plant for the next two weeks. Shifts will be cut at two more truck plants in Dearborn, Michigan, and Louisville, Kentucky. Industry analysts say the delta variant of the novel coronavirus has hit employees at chip factories in southeast Asia hard, forcing some plants to close.