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Students to slowly return to school after Oxford shooting
OXFORD, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Michigan high school will return to classes next week at a different location, weeks after four were killed during a shooting. Oxford High School still isn’t ready to reopen. But the superintendent announced a tentative plan to share the middle school for two weeks, starting next Monday. Tim Throne says the high school could reopen for classes during the week of Jan. 24 after families are given an opportunity to visit the site. Four teens were killed and others were injured on Nov. 30. Fifteen-year-old Ethan Crumbley is charged with murder, and his parents are charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Tlaib running for new Detroit-area seat after redistricting
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she will seek reelection in a new Detroit-area seat created through redistricting, an announcement that came hours after fellow Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence said she will retire from Congress. The new 12th District includes portions of Detroit along with suburbs including Dearborn and Southfield. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, says the seat includes nearly two-thirds of people she currently represents. The move leaves open the new 13th District, which has much of Detroit and other areas of Wayne County. Declared candidates so far include state Rep. Shri Thanedar and former state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo.
Snow slamming western Michigan; more than a foot possible
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Forecasters are extending a winter storm warning to Friday in western Michigan with some areas likely to get more than a foot of snow. Counties west of U.S. 131 and closer to Lake Michigan are expected to see the largest amount. The National Weather Service says, “It’s just going to keep snowing.” Dozens of schools were closed Wednesday morning before snow began accumulating. Drivers who used north-south roads faced whiteout conditions. State police reported vehicle crashes on U.S. 131 in Kent County, north and south of Grand Rapids. In the Upper Peninsula, a similar storm warning was posted for Marquette and the western edge.
Lawmakers want info about troubling prison conditions
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two lawmakers from different parties are demanding answers from the state Corrections Department about conditions at prisons. Sen. Jeff Irwin, an Ann Arbor Democrat, says his office has been told about staff shortages at the women’s prison in Washtenaw County. Irwin says they’ve led to “forced overtime, mandatory 24-hour shifts, and individual officers being left alone.” Irwin asked the chairman of the Senate Oversight Committee to hold a hearing about the Huron Valley prison. Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz acknowledged staff shortages at the women’s prison over the New Year’s weekend but said safety wasn’t compromised. Sen. Ed McBroom, a Republican from the Upper Peninsula, said he would hold hearings about conditions across the prison system.
Whitmer’s COVID-19 lab test comes back negative
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 lab test has come back negative after her husband tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor tested negative with a rapid test Tuesday but was awaiting the results of the PCR test. In a social media video Wednesday, she said First Gentleman Marc Mallory has cold-like symptoms. They both are fully vaccinated and have gotten a booster shot. Whitmer urges people to get the vaccine and boosters, saying boosters are keeping residents out of the hospital amid the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant. Whitmer is continuing to isolate from Mallory in the governor’s residence.
Michigan US Rep. Brenda Lawrence won’t seek 2022 reelection
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence says she plans to retire from Congress at the end of her term, becoming the 25th House Democrat to decide against seeking reelection in 2022. She announced Tuesday on Twitter that “this year marks my 30th year in elected public service, and I’ve had the good fortune of serving Michiganders on the local and national level.” The 67-year-old former Southfield mayor is the only Black lawmaker representing Michigan in Congress and the only Michigan Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. She has been in the U.S. House since 2015, representing a district that includes parts of Detroit and surrounding communities.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOVERNOR’S HUSBAND
Whitmer isolating after husband tests positive for COVID-19
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is isolating from her husband in their Lansing home after he tested positive for COVID-19. The governor, who has no symptoms, had a negative rapid test Tuesday and is awaiting the results of a PCR test out of an abundance of caution, a spokesperson says. Marc Mallory, whose home test came back positive after he became sick, is seeking confirmation from a PCR test. Both the governor and the 61-year-old first gentleman are fully vaccinated and have received a booster. Michigan, like the U.S., is facing an explosive increase in coronavirus cases fueled by the omicron variant.
New GM electric truck faces competition and skeptical buyers
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Even though the consumer appetite for electric pickup trucks is a bit murky, the competition for buyers just got a whole lot tougher. General Motors officially unveiled the Chevrolet Silverado EV Wednesday with a virtual press conference at the CES gadget show. Work truck versions go on sale in the spring of next year, and by then they’ll face competition from Ford’s electric F-150, startup Rivian’s R1T, and possibly Tesla’s Cybertruck. Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, has promised an all-electric Ram pickup. Industry analysts say the intense competition in the electric pickup market means that battery-powered vehicles are moving into the mainstream after years of confinement to luxury or smaller vehicles.
Bills open window for Anderson victims to sue U of Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — About 1,000 sexual abuse victims of a University of Michigan sports doctor would get a window to sue the school for damages under pending bills in the state Legislature, as lawmakers revive efforts to ensure the athletes and others face no barriers in court. Similar legislation was enacted following the conviction of ex-women’s national gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who molested hundreds of girls, including at Michigan State University. Under bills announced Tuesday, victims of the late Dr. Robert Anderson would have 30 days to sue regardless of the statute of limitations. The university couldn’t use the government immunity defense.
Remains found in 1997 identified as Benton Harbor woman
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 25 years later, authorities have identified the remains of a woman found in a roadside park in western Michigan. Investigators learned that she was Stephanie Judson, a Benton Harbor woman in her 20s who moved to the Grand Rapids area and was killed in 1997. DNA and genealogy tracing revealed the identity. Dustin Cook, a detective at the Kent County sheriff’s office, says the process was “incredible.” The investigation stretched from Kent County to distant relatives in Mississippi and then back to Michigan. Detectives found Judson’s sister, but their mother died before the mystery was solved.