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VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Michigan posts new record of virus cases as deaths climb

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has posted a record number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases, near 6,500. And also on Tuesday the state reported its deadliest day in 6 months, with 59 deaths in 24 hours. COVID-19, which subsided over the summer after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed sweeping stay-at-home and other restrictions, has rebounded this fall. The latest average positivity rate in Michigan is 9.4%, up from 4.9% two weeks ago. The seven-day average of daily new cases in Michigan has more than doubled over the past two weeks from 2,221 to 4,855.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS-AID

Public aid for private schools lands at Michigan’s top court

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a dispute over public aid for private schools. The dispute involves more than $5 million earmarked for private schools by the Republican-controlled Legislature when Rick Snyder was governor. The money would help schools comply with health, safety and welfare rules. Critics say the Michigan Constitution states that no public money can aid a private school. But the state appeals court in 2018 said tax dollars can go to private schools in some circumstances. Attorney General Dana Nessel argued that the provision is illegal.

JUDGE-ABUSE

Judge accused of covering up son’s abuse of her grandsons

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area judge has been accused of misconduct. The Judicial Tenure Commission says Judge Tracy Green knew that her grandsons were being abused but she covered it up and then lied about it when testifying in court. The commission serves as a watchdog over Michigan’s judiciary. According to the complaint, Green was aware that her son was striking his two sons with a belt and slapping them. In 2019, after Green had become a judge, she was questioned by commission staff and denied knowing about abuse. Green also has denied wrongdoing in interviews with Detroit news media.

BC-NEIGHBORHOOD FLOODING-DETROIT

Crews clean 30,000 street catch basins in Detroit since 2017

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has cleaned 30,000 street catch basins as part of a program to reduce flooding in city neighborhoods. The city says the 30,000th catch basin was cleaned Tuesday on Detroit’s westside. The catch basin cleaning program was started 2017. It uses a mapping system and tablets to track catch basin maintenance. That also helps determine when and where repairs will be needed. The city says complaints of street flooding have been cut by 70%. Road debris and composted yard waste are among the materials that clog the basins which carry storm water into the city’s combined sewer system.

VETERAN EMPLOYMENT

Gov. Whitmer, state leaders introduce bills to help veterans

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a group of Michigan leaders have introduced legislation to help veterans and their families get work. The legislation introduced Tuesday in Lansing on the eve of Veterans Day aims to remove barriers to professional licensing by allowing military families who have out-of-state licenses to be eligible for in-state licensure. Fees associated with certain professional occupational licenses can already be waived for veterans. This legislation would extend waivers to health professions for military spouses and their children under age 26.

AP-US-ELECTION-2020-DEAD-VOTERS-MISINFORMATION

Election breathes new life into false ‘dead voter’ claims

As baseless allegations of voter fraud continue to circulate online, social media users are falsely claiming that people cast extra votes using the identities of dead people in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan. There’s no evidence that this happened. Experts tell The Associated Press it is common for state voter rolls to include voters with birthdates that make them appear impossibly old, but these are usually explained by human error, software quirks or voter confidentiality issues. And sometimes a person simply shares a name and birthdate with someone else.

HOTEL ROOM-OVERDOSE DEATHS

Man, 20, charged in overdose deaths of 3 in hotel room

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old Oakland County man has been charged after three young people fatally overdosed this summer in a hotel room. Lorenzo Brabo of Lake Orion was arraigned Monday on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance causing death. On July 29, police in Auburn Hills found the bodies of a 17-year-old girl, and two brothers, ages 19 and 18, at the hotel, about 33 miles northwest of Detroit. All three lived in Rochester Hills. Authorities say Brabo was found unconscious in the hotel room and later was hospitalized. Brabo was ordered jailed on bond. A probable cause conference is scheduled on Nov. 16.

AP-US-ELECTION-2020-VOTING-SYSTEM-MISINFORMATION

Posts falsify ties between election tech firm and Democrats

False claims are spreading online about an election tech company this week after many social media users interpreted a clerk’s error in Michigan as vote-rigging because it wrongly favored Joe Biden before being fixed. Posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram claim without evidence that prominent Democrats have deep ties to Dominion Voting Systems, the company that supplies election equipment to Michigan and at least 30 states nationwide. Claims that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Clinton Foundation have interest or influence in Dominion are all unsubstantiated. Dominion did not respond to a request for comment on these claims.

CHILD SHOT-FOOD DELIVERY ORDER

Woman shoots 20-month-old daughter during food order dispute

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman shot and wounded her 20-month-old daughter during a dispute with a neighbor over a food delivery order. Police say the girl was sitting in a car Monday evening on the city’s westside when she was struck. The child’s mother arrived home and confronted the neighbor after learning her food order was taken. Police said she pulled and fired a gun after the neighbor allegedly grabbed a hammer. She was arrested. Police said she has a concealed pistol license. Her daughter was in critical condition at a hospital.

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR

Whitmer: Virus response to be better coordinated under Biden

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the United States will have a coordinated, science-based response to the coronavirus once President-elect Joe Biden takes office. She expressed optimism about the election result Monday while warning that Michigan’s surging cases will likely continue to grow in coming months. The Democratic governor’s criticism of President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic has led him to lash out at her. Whitmer told The Associated Press that Biden will “be a wonderful partner as we confront a lot of hard issues going forward.”