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Michigan virus cases approach 19,000; 118 new deaths
DETROIT (AP) — Officials say Michigan deaths from the coronavirus rose 16 percent and made the largest daily jump since the outbreak hit the state. The state reported 118 additional deaths related to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, raising the total to 845. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose 10 percent to nearly 19,000. Gov Gretchen Whitmer says “It’s another tough 24 hours” in Michigan.
Michigan lawmakers extend emergency declaration in pandemic
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has lengthened Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declaration by 23 days, through April, rather than adopt a 70-day extension she sought into mid-June. Republicans say they had to vote Tuesday to keep Whitmer’s emergency declaration from expiring. But Democrats say it would not have lapsed because she issued a declaration last week, meaning legislators did not have to vote until April 29. Lengthening Whitmer’s emergency is important because the original declaration is the basis for roughly 30 subsequent executive orders, including those telling people to stay home and closing schools and businesses.
Judge: Man wrongly convicted can take Detroit cops to trial
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for a trial or financial settlement in the case of a Detroit man who spent 25 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. Desmond Ricks was released in 2017 after proving that a gun seized from his mother couldn’t have been used in the fatal shooting of his friend in 1992. Ricks claims he was framed with fake or falsified evidence. Federal Judge Paul Borman ruled last Thursday that retired police sued by Ricks don’t have immunity in the lawsuit. Ricks hopes the city of Detroit will agree to settle the case.
U. of Michigan reaching out to ex-athletes about late doctor
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is sending a letter to thousands of former student-athletes, asking them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of molesting people. The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday the letter is going out to most of the 6,800 former student-athletes who were on campus between the mid-1960s and the early 2000s. Many men say they were molested by Dr. Robert E. Anderson while seeking treatment for various injuries. Anderson died in 2008. He worked at the university for decades until his retirement in 2003.
James raises $4.8M, Peters $4M in Michigan’s Senate race
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan says his campaign has raised $4.8 million in the last three months. The fundraising total topped first-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters despite Peters raising $4 million — his biggest quarterly haul to date. James is the president of an automotive logistics company and he out-raised Peters for the third straight quarter. Peters’ campaign said Tuesday that its fundraising was powered by a surge of small-dollar donations, with 94% at $100 or less. Neither campaign released how much money it has on hand. The quarter closed a week ago, but campaign finance reports aren’t due until April 15.
Beloved Tigers star, Hall of Famer Al Kaline dies at 85
DETROIT (AP) — Al Kaline, the Hall of Fame outfielder who played his entire 22-season career for Detroit, has died. “Mr. Tiger” — as he was affectionately known — was 85. Kaline was the youngest player to win the American League batting title, in 1955 at age 20 with a .340 average. He was an All-Star in 15 seasons, won 10 Gold Gloves and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980 in his first year of eligibility. Kaline also sat behind a microphone as a Tigers broadcaster and was a special assistant to the general manager.
Ex-police chief to stand trial in military surplus case
THETFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A former Flint-area police chief will stand trial on embezzlement and obstruction of justice charges tied to his department’s use of surplus military equipment. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says Monday that a circuit court judge has determined that a district judge abused her discretion in September in dismissing charges against Robert Kenny following his preliminary examination. Kenny had been chief in Thetford Township. He was charged in August 2018 following an investigation into alleged government money deposited into a personal bank account and that the surplus military equipment had been given to family and friends.
Boat recovered of father, son reported missing in March
SOUTH ROCKWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A boat belonging to a 29-year-old man and his 6-year-old son who were reported missing in late March while fishing on a southeastern Michigan river has been found. The Monroe News reports that police in Flat Rock say on the department’s Facebook page that the boat was recovered Sunday. Justin Oaks and his son, Jaxon, were last heard from via a text message March 29. They were in a 14-foot boat and fishing the Huron River between Lake Erie and the Interstate 75 overpass in the South Rockwood area. They have not been found.
POLICE CHASE-BABY ON BOARD
Man sought by Detroit police after chase with child in car
DETROIT (AP) — A 26-year-old man is being sought following a police chase in Detroit in which his 3-month-old child was in the rear of the car during part of the pursuit. Police say a 23-year-old woman reported about 11:30 a.m. Monday that the baby’s father had kidnapped the child following an argument and demanded money to return the baby. The man returned to the woman’s location but drove off when officers approached. Police say officers called off the pursuit as the man drove through stop signs and traffic lights. A short time later the man allowed the child’s mother to remove the baby from the car before he again drove off. The child was unharmed.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-RACIAL DISPARITY
Rate of deaths, illness among black residents alarms cities
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor pledged an aggressive public health campaign aimed at the city’s black and brown communities amid alarm that black residents make up an overwhelming number of those to die of COVID-19. Black residents accounted for 72% of deaths from COVID-19 complications in the city despite making up only 30% of the city’s population. Public health experts in Chicago said the trend was unsurprising to anyone familiar with decades-old barriers to health care here. The same conditions exists in other large cities with large black populations that are considered hot spots for the coronavirus, including New York, Detroit, Milwaukee and New Orleans.