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Democrats push LGBTQ protections for Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two Democratic state legislators say LGBTQ protections will be added to Michigan’s civil rights laws through the legislative process or voter approval. Sen. Jeremy Moss and Rep Laurie Pohutsky are introducing legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression protections to Michigan law, 40 years after the Elliott-Laren Civil Rights Act was signed. Meanwhile a ballot initiative that would meet the same goal could be put to voters in 2022. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined the two Democratic state legislators at a news conference Monday saying they believe a majority of people in Michigan support the changes.
Whitmer: Please turn on lights to remember pandemic victims
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking Michiganders to turn on the lights outside their homes for an hour to remember thousands of people who have died from COVID-19. The remembrance will occur from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, one year after Michigan first confirmed coronavirus cases. Michigan has seen more than 16,600 confirmed or probable deaths tied to the disease and over 658,000 infections — spurred by surges last spring and in the fall and winter. Whitmer says turning on porch lights will “remember those we’ve lost and remind ourselves that even in times of darkness, we’re in this together.”
Police: Student accidentally detonates explosive at school
NEWAYGO, Mich. (AP) — Police say a teenager brought a homemade explosive device to a western Michigan high school and accidentally detonated it in class. He and five other people were injured, including a teacher at Newaygo High School. The Newaygo superintendent says the 16-year-old showed a “serious lack of judgment.” Peg Mathis says the student wasn’t trying to hurt others. The high school was evacuated and students were sent home because of odor and smoke. The student with the device had “moderate to severe injuries” while four more students had minor injuries. A teacher also sought treatment.
Judge: Flint water charge against Snyder aide OK for now
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has declined to dismiss an indictment against a former state official who is charged with perjury in an investigation of the Flint water crisis. Genesee County Judge Elizabeth Kelly says the indictment against Jarrod Agen remains valid despite a lack of details and can be updated. Kelly says she won’t decide whether the indictment was filed in the wrong county or whether the one-man grand jury had proper jurisdiction. Kelly says she needs to wait until another judge determines what grand jury material can be released. Agen was Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff. He’s accused of making a false statement while speaking to Flint water investigators in Ingham County in 2017.
Detroit public schools reopen for in-person learning
DETROIT (AP) — Students in Michigan’s largest school district returned to classrooms for in-person learning Monday for the first time in months. Detroit schools stopped face-to-face learning in November because of rising COVID-19 infection rates in the city. High schools statewide were also told to suspend in-person learning at that time. Despite the resumption of in-person classes, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says many teachers are declining to participate. Teachers who agree to work inside classrooms will get a quarterly bonus of $750. Vitti says online learning has been a challenge for many students but still will be offered. The district has about 50,000 students.
Former minor league hockey star is found after weekend crash
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An Indiana minor league hockey star from the 1970s and ’80s has been found after disappearing from a car crash in Michigan. Terry McDougall’s family filed a report with Flint police over the weekend. But his wife’s daughter, Amber Moss, says now that McDougall is safe. The 67-year-old McDougall played for the Fort Wayne Komets. The team retired his No. 19 in 2017. McDougall was MVP of the International Hockey League in the 1978-79 season. He finished his career with the Flint Generals.
Man linked to 3 Ohio homicides dies after Detroit shooting
DETROIT (AP) — A man suspected in three homicides in Ohio has died in Detroit, four days after he was shot by police in the city. Detroit police say 55-year-old Chandra Moore died Friday. Moore was shot a week ago while exchanging gunfire with police outside a Detroit motel. He was wanted in Cincinnati after the deaths of his estranged wife, Brittany Wagoner, and two men: Timothy Dugar and Andrew Wesley. Detroit authorities say officers were watching the Rivertown Inn and Suites when Moore emerged from a room and began shooting at police.
Police: Lansing teen, 15, killed in accidental shooting
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old has died after what Lansing police say was an accidental shooting. In a statement Sunday, the Lansing Police Department says another 15-year-old male was arrested and is being held at the Ingham County Youth Home. The shooting happened Saturday evening. Police initially said it was being investigated as a homicide. The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
US states look to step up wolf kills, pushed by Republicans
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wolf hunting policies in some U.S. states are taking an aggressive turn as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups push to curb their numbers. Antipathy toward wolves for killing livestock and big game dates to when early European immigrants settled the American West in the 1800s. It flared again as the animals rebounded under federal protection. Former wildlife officials and animal advocates say what’s emerging now is different: a politicized campaign to drive down wolf numbers including with methods long shunned by wildlife managers. Those methods include shooting wolves from the air and payments to hunters reminiscent of bounties that widely exterminated the species last century.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE YEAR-DETROIT LIVES
Mass testing, mask wearing help Detroit slow virus’ pace
DETROIT (AP) — Early last March, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan warned of a virus that already had sickened tens of thousands around the globe, saying it wouldn’t be long before a city resident would be infected. He was right. COVID-19 hit Detroit hard. More than 30,000 cases have since been confirmed in the city, and close to 1,900 residents have died. But Michigan’s chief medical executive says fast action by city leaders early in the pandemic slowed the rampant advance of the coronavirus in Detroit and its majority Black population. Now the push to vaccinate is gaining steam.