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U-Michigan strips provost of role amid sex misconduct probe

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has removed a faculty member from his job as chief academic officer over sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against him. Martin Philbert has been on paid leave since January when several allegations were made. He lost his job as provost on Wednesday but will remain on the payroll as a faculty member with tenure protection while the investigation continues. The university says Philbert was notified in a letter from President Mark Schlissel. The investigation will determine if the school ultimately attempts to remove Philbert as a faculty member.


Michigan State moves to online classes amid virus outbreak

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University and other schools are suspending face-to-face classes and moving to online instruction after the state’s first two cases of coronavirus were announced. The move will last until April 20. School officials say they learned of a “probable case linked to our campus,” which local health officials are investigating. The university is urging students who do “purely remote work” to return to their permanent residences instead of staying on campus. Central Michigan University and Michigan Tech University are making similar changes. Wayne State University has extended spring break through March 22.


Democrats buoyed by high turnout in Michigan primary

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are buoyed that a record-high number of peopled voted in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary, which was won by Joe Biden. Nearly 1.6 million people cast ballots on the Democratic side Tuesday. That is almost 380,000 more than four years ago — a 31% increase. Michigan Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes says Democratic voters are ready to hold President Donald Trump accountable in the November election. Turnout was down on the Republican side, though that was expected since Trump faced no serious challenge.


Michelle Obama rally canceled due to coronavirus concerns

DETROIT (AP) — A voter participation rally in Detroit that was to feature former first lady Michelle Obama has been canceled due to concerns over the new coronavirus. When We All Vote says Wednesday that the March 27 event at the University of Detroit Mercy will not be held “out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of attendees and individuals traveling to Detroit.” The nonpartisan, nonprofit voter advocacy organization says it’s exploring options to reschedule the event. Obama helped launch When We All Vote in 2018 to boost voting. Michigan officials announced Tuesday night that two people in the Detroit area have tested positive for COVID-19.


3 former track athletes suing NCAA, coach over alleged abuse

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes who say they were sexually abused by a track coach are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and the coach, alleging the governing body doesn’t do enough to protect it’s athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were molested by John Rembao while he worked at the University of Texas and the University of Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA.


Biden wins Michigan primary, denying Sanders a state repeat

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A resurgent Joe Biden has continued his momentum with a win in Michigan’s Democratic primary, denying Bernie Sanders’ attempt to rekindle his presidential campaign in what will be a presidential battleground in November. Tuesday’s primary is the largest delegate prize in this week’s slate of contests, in what effectively is a two-man race after Biden’s big Super Tuesday wins winnowed the field. Michigan is part of the “blue wall” that flipped to Donald Trump in 2016. Voters backed the former vice president who pointed to the auto bailout under President Barack Obama and pledged to expand health coverage.


AP VoteCast: Michigan voters say health care is top issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters in Michigan’s Democratic primary ranked health care as the most important issue facing the country, well above climate change, the economy, race relations, foreign policy and many other social issues. That’s according to a wide-ranging AP VoteCast survey of the Democratic primary electorate in Michigan. VoteCast also found voters in Michigan’s Democratic primary were closely divided over whether they wanted a candidate who would bring fundamental change to Washington or one who would restore the political system to how it was before Donald Trump was elected in 2016. Close to 9 in 10 said it was very important that a nominee can beat Trump. The Associated Press called Joe Biden the winner in Michigan.


‘Very much alive’: Biden victorious in 4 more primary states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has had another big night in the Democratic presidential primary, capturing four more states, including Michigan. The key battleground state helped propel Bernie Sanders’ insurgent candidacy four years ago, and the loss on Tuesday dealt a serious blow to his 2020 campaign. The former vice president also won Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho, showing strength with working-class voters and African American voters. Sanders won North Dakota and awaited results in Washington state, where votes are still being tabulated. He said at a news conference in Vermont on Wednesday afternoon that he will stay in the race and plans to appear at the Democratic debate against Biden on Sunday.


2020 primary takeaways: Joe Biden’s nomination to lose

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden’s march to the Democratic presidential nomination quickened its pace Tuesday with dominating victories in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi. The win in Michigan was most significant because it was a state that Bernie Sanders won four years ago. This time, Biden assembled a coalition of voters that was broad enough not only to handily defeat Sanders, but also make a statement about his potential in the state if he were to challenge President Donald Trump in November. 


Michigan deal funds virus outbreak, tuition aid, tourism ads

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed to $321 million in spending that will be used to combat the coronavirus, provide financial assistance for older adults go to community college and partially revive the state’s tourism advertising campaign. The supplemental bills won bipartisan approval from the Republican-led House on Tuesday and could be passed by the GOP-controlled Senate on Thursday. The Democratic governor will sign the legislation. Some of the money will partly restore funding that she vetoed last fall amid a budget impasse over fixing the roads.