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School shooting suspect may testify at parents’ trial
Lawyers representing the parents of a Michigan teenager charged in a shooting at Oxford High School that left four of his fellow students dead say they plan to call him to testify at the couple’s trial. Defense attorney Shannon Smith told Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews on Monday that Ethan Crumbley’s testimony would be related to “extraneous matters” and not the Nov. 30 shooting. The disclosure came during a hearing in Pontiac, where Matthews ruled against the defense’s motion for a change of venue for James and Jennifer Crumbley’s upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial. Matthews sided with the couple’s arguments that some evidence, such as the condition of their home, would not be admitted at trial.
Supreme Court’s abortion ruling sets off new court fights
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The fall of Roe v. Wade shifted the battleground over abortion to courthouses around the country, as abortion foes looked to quickly enact statewide bans and the other side sought to buy more time. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday to end constitutional protections for abortion opened the gates for litigation from all sides. Much of Monday’s court activity focused on “trigger laws” that were designed to go into effect when Roe v. Wade was overturned. On Monday, judges in Louisiana and Utah issued orders blocking trigger laws from going into effect. In South Carolina, a federal court ruled that a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy can take effect immediately.
Ford receives $101M incentive package to expand in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have approved a $101 million package as they try to encourage large companies to invest and create jobs in the state. Ford in return has promised to invest $1.14 billion in five production plants throughout the state and create over 3,000 jobs. The tax-funded incentive will be paid in increments and is contingent on Ford hitting promised employment targets. The incentive package comes just weeks after Ford announced plans to add 6,300 new jobs in the Midwest and invest $3.7 billion in manufacturing facilities across Michigan, Ohio and Missouri.
Detroit woman charged after body of son, 3, found in freezer
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman has been charged in the death of her 3-year-old son after police found the boy’s decomposing body in a basement freezer. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Sunday the 31-year-old woman is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and torture and concealing the death of an individual. She had an arraignment Sunday and was remanded to jail. Detroit police officers and members of Child Protective Services were conducting a welfare check at the home early Friday when they discovered the boy’s body. Detroit Police Chief James White said it was not immediately clear how or when the boy died or how long his body had been in the freezer.
ELECTION 2022-MITT ROMNEY
‘Mitt Romney Republican’ is now a potent GOP primary attack
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney isn’t up for reelection this year, but his name is surfacing in Republican primaries throughout the nation. Candidates are using the label “Mitt Romney Republican” to frame opponents as insufficiently conservative and enemies of the Trump-era GOP. Candidates have employed the concept in attack ads and talking points in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In Romney’s home state Utah, Republican challengers taking on incumbent congressmen are using the attack, even though Romney won overwhelmingly only four years ago. The fact that Romney remains potent attack fodder reflects his singular position in politics and ongoing divisions within the Republican Party.
Trudeau: US abortion ruling could mean loss of other rights
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn a constitutional right to abortion could lead to the loss of other rights. And he’s indicating that his country will continue to allow Americans to get abortions in Canada. Trudeau on Saturday called the court’s decision “horrific” and voiced concern that the ruling could someday allow a rollback of legal protections for gay relationships, including the right for same-sex couples to marry. He says it is a reminder that people has to stand up for the rights of all.
Michigan’s top court urged to quickly address abortion ban
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging the Michigan Supreme Court to quickly determine whether abortion will be legal in the state. Lawyers made the plea in a court filing Friday, a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ended a national right to abortion. Abortion in Michigan is legal — for now — because a judge in May suspended a 1931 law that made it a crime. Whitmer has been urging the state Supreme Court to swiftly settle the issue by reaching over the lower courts and declaring the law illegal under the Michigan Constitution. In May, the Supreme Court asked for more information. Several parties met an early June deadline to file documents. Abortion opponents say the old law is valid and should stand.
Detroit man who was Tuskegee Airman dies at 100
DETROIT (AP) — Alexander Jefferson, who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, has died. He was 100 years old. Jefferson was born in Detroit and remained a lifelong resident. The city announced last fall that it plans to honor him by building Jefferson Plaza at Rouge Park. That’s where he flew model airplanes as a child. Mayor Mike Duggan says Jefferson “represented the very best of humanity.” Jefferson flew 18 missions before he was shot down and held as a prisoner of war for eight months during World War II. He eventually returned to Detroit and was a teacher and school principal for decades.
Manufacturers struggle to keep pace with vinyl record demand
Demand for record albums continues to soar in the United States, and the manufacturing base is having to reinvent itself to meet demand. The Recording Industry Association of America says record album sales grew a whopping 61% last year — and reached $1 billion for the first time since the 1980s. Dozens of record-pressing factories have been built to try to meet demand in North America — and it’s still not enough. Industry officials said they don’t know the ceiling for albums because of supply constraints. There are now about 40 plants in the U.S. — most of them smaller operations — and backlogs of six to eight months remain.
Michigan to destroy some blood spots in fight over consent
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has agreed to destroy more than 3 million dried blood spots taken from babies and kept in storage. It’s all part of a partial settlement in an ongoing lawsuit over consent and privacy in the digital age. Hospitals routinely prick the heels of newborns to draw blood to check for more than 50 rare diseases. That practice isn’t being challenged. The dispute in Michigan is over leftover samples. A blood spot from each child is stored in Lansing while more are stored in Detroit for possible use by scientists. Michigan must get permission from parents to use spots for health research. But attorney Philip Ellison argues that the program might not be constitutional. And the agreement to destroy some blood spots doesn’t end the lawsuit.