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New Michigan absentee rules could impact Biden-Sanders race

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bernie Sanders is looking to Michigan to rekindle his presidential campaign in the same way his surprise primary victory here four years ago did. The state’s primary, the largest delegate prize in this week’s slate of Democratic contests, also presents a resurgent Joe Biden with a chance to continue his momentum. Voters will enjoy expanded rights in the state’s first major election since the approval of a 2018 constitutional amendment that has resulted in a surge of early voting which started Jan. 25. The numbers of people voting were sparse at several Detroit-area polling places. Michigan’s polls close at 8 p.m.


Michigan primary could make or break Sanders’ campaign

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan boosted Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid, but four years later the state could either revive his campaign or relegate him to the role of protest candidate. Michigan and five other states hold presidential contests on Tuesday at a critical point in the Democratic race. Former Vice President Joe Biden is looking to cement his front-runner status after winning the most delegates during Super Tuesday last week. Sanders is in an urgent fight to turn things around as the primary calendar quickly shifts to other states in the coming weeks that could favor Biden and narrow his path to the nomination.


The Latest: Sanders nabs endorsement of 2016 Clinton backer

DETROIT (AP) — Bernie Sanders is picking up the endorsement of a U.S. House member who backed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and praises the Vermont senator for leadership on issues affecting veterans and working families. Rep. Mark Takano of California says in a video out Tuesday from the Sanders campaign that he’s supporting him in part because of Sanders’ “ability to get things done.” His backing is the first for Sanders from a member of Congress in several weeks, while former Vice President Joe Biden has rolled out nearly 50 congressional endorsements this month alone.


Michigan school district votes to drop Redskins nickname

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A school district in southwestern Michigan is dropping its Redskins nickname and mascot after the superintendent urged school board members to end the contentious name. The Paw Paw school board voted 6-1 on Monday to retire the Redskins nickname by the end of the school year. Superintendent Rick Reo said last week he believes the district originally chose Redskins to “celebrate the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.” But he said times have changed, even if the intent has not. The American Civil Liberties Union last year asked the U.S. Education Department to investigate a “racially hostile environment” for Native American students at Paw Paw’s high school.


‘Odd’ quirk raises delegate stakes in Tuesday’s elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — A quirk in how delegates are won under Democratic Party rules is raising the stakes for Tuesday’s primary elections, allowing a candidate to make up ground in the race quickly — or fall further behind. The 352 delegates up for grabs in Michigan, Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota makes for only the fourth-largest delegate night on the primary calendar. But the intricate arithmetic of how delegates are won under Democratic Party rules makes it possible for a candidate to reap a bigger haul of delegates with a smaller margin of victory on this Tuesday than on any other night. 


Detroit set to restore water service amid coronavirus fears

DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of Detroit residents who have had their water service shut off due to nonpayment of bills can have it restored under a plan that aims to allow them to wash their hands at home as a way to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Officials announced Monday that the plan will be in effect for the duration of the global outbreak. A water department spokesman says close to 3,000 households have had service disconnected. Several thousand others have been notified this year of pending shutoffs. The shutoffs have spawned protests in recent years. The state will cover the costs of re-connection for the first 30 days. Customers then can have service restored or keep their water on for $25 per month.


Ex-Michigan football player suing school over alleged abuse

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man who played football at the University of Michigan is suing the school and its board of regents, alleging the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson sexually abused him. The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit seeks certification to be class action and aims to include anyone who says they were molested by the deceased school doctor. The lawsuit identifies the plaintiff as John Doe. He says he was on an academic scholarship from 1989 to 1993 and played football for the Wolverines. A message seeking comment on the lawsuit has been left with the school.


Officials: High water pushes shipwreck to Michigan shore

ROGERS CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say wreckage from a freighter that sank in Lake Huron around 115 years ago has moved toward Michigan’s shoreline due to high water levels and waves, weakening the ruins further. The Alpena News reports the Joseph S. Fay was a ship that sank on October 19, 1905. Lighthouse caretaker Eric Klein says that one side of the shipwreck had moved about 10 feet (3 meters) inland during an October storm. He says now it has been pushed further inland following a series of storms and estimates that is about 25 feet (7 meters) from its original location near the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, where it is crushed up against trees.


6 questions heading into next set of Democratic primaries

Democrats’ two-man race for the 2020 presidential nomination debuts Tuesday. The next set of Democratic primaries takes place a week after Joe Biden benefited from a rapid consolidation of moderate and establishment voters to accumulate the most number of delegates on Super Tuesday of any candidate, including Bernie Sanders. There are big questions heading into six primaries that put a combined 352 delegates at stake between Biden and Sanders. Does the Vermont senator have a legitimate shot at catching the former vice president? If not, will he stick around as a protest candidate? Where will Elizabeth Warren’s supporters turn? Will non-Southern black voters reflect Southern trends?


Booker endorses Biden, says he’ll ‘restore honor’ to office

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has endorsed Joe Biden. Booker announced on Twitter early Monday that Biden will “restore honor to the Oval Office and tackle our most pressing challenges.” Booker ended his own presidential bid in January, pledging to do “everything in my power to elect the eventual Democratic nominee for president.” Booker’s decision follows Biden endorsements over the last few days by several failed Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Kamala Harris of California and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.