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VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Whitmer: K-12 schools can reopen; rules coming on June 30

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is optimistic about a return to in-person instruction at K-12 schools in the fall, announcing she will release further guidance on June 30. The governor said Wednesday she will issue an executive order that will provide details on what will be required and what will be recommended. Schools were closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and schools later finished the academic year with online or other forms of remote learning. Whitmer said the roadmap will set minimum health and safety requirements, though districts can enact more aggressive ones.

SMALL BREWERS

Michigan Legislature OKs bills to help grow small breweries

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Small breweries could sell and deliver more craft beer to stores without having to go through Michigan’s three-tier system for alcohol distribution under legislation advancing to the governor’s desk. The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of the main measure, which would let microbrewers self-distribute up to 2,000 barrels annually — up from 1,000. On-premises sales would no longer count against the limit, either. The proposed changes, which are part of a bipartisan 16-bill package, won House approval in February and are expected to be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

TEEN SLAIN-RELATIVE ARRESTED

Boy, 14, fatally shot in Detroit; relative arrested

DETROIT (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has been fatally shot in northwest Detroit. Police say Wednesday that a 22-year-old woman who is related to the teen has been arrested. The shooting was reported about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. A weapon was recovered. Police did not release any other details and said the shooting was under investigation.

AP-MD-CHESAPEAKE BAY-DEAD ZONE

Researchers predict smaller ‘dead zone’ in Chesapeake Bay

Researchers are predicting a slightly smaller-than-average oxygen dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year. One of the main reasons why is because there was less rainfall washing pollution off of farms and cities and into the nation’s largest estuary. The forecast was released Wednesday by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Program. The dead zones are created when nitrogen pollution fuels an overgrowth of algae that eats up the water’s oxygen. Swaths of water that have little or no oxygen cannot support the bay’s vast ecosystem. It includes crabs, oysters and various species of fish.  

TODDLER KILLED-DRIVEWAY

Toddler dies after being struck by pickup truck in driveway

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A toddler has died after she was struck by a vehicle on a private driveway in western Michigan. The Oceana County sheriff’s office says the 16-month-old wandered about 9:18 p.m. Tuesday from the sight of family members at a gathering in Crystal Township, northwest of Grand Rapids. A family member was moving a pickup truck in the driveway when the vehicle struck and rolled over the girl. She later died at a hospital.

AMERICA PROTESTS-MICHIGAN-POLICE CHIEF

Police chief suspended after online posts on Floyd protests

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A white suburban Detroit police chief has been suspended for 30 days without pay and will undergo diversity training after calling in social media posts for “body bags” for “vicious subhumans” protesting the death of George Floyd. Shelby Township trustees voted 5-2 on Tuesday night on the punishment for chief Robert J. Shelide. He had been on administrative leave the past two weeks while township officials investigated posts made on a now-deleted Twitter account. Shelide, who earlier apologized, said Tuesday night that he’s not racist and he said law enforcement is his calling. Two township board members wanted Shelide fired.

GENERAL MOTORS-LORDSTOWN

Ohio may force GM to repay $60M after it shut down plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are weighing whether to force General Motors to repay $60 million in public incentives after it shut down an assembly plant near Youngstown. The issue is centered around an economic development agreement that gave GM millions in tax breaks in exchange for a promise to keep the Lordstown plant operating at least through 2027. But GM closed the plant last year. GM later decided to build a new electric battery cell factory in the same area, but it will have far fewer jobs. The automaker says it hopes the state will take into its significant manufacturing presence in Ohio.

REMAINS IDENTIFIED-FLINT PARK

Authorities identify remains of 2 women found in Flint park

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say remains found more than two years ago in a Flint park belong to two women missing since 2017. The remains were identified Tuesday as Claudia Wilson and Misty Kerrison-Steiber. Wilson last was seen in August 2017, while Kerrison-Steiber last was heard from that September. A man walking his dog Nov. 7, 2017 in Broome Park found what appeared to be one human skull in a parking lot and another near a baseball diamond. A public bus driver also spotted remains about two hours later in the park. Investigators are trying to piece together events that led to the disappearances of the two women.

AMERICA PROTESTS-FLINT

Flint prosecutor limits some cases linked to police stops

DETROIT (AP) — A Flint-area prosecutor says his office will no longer authorize criminal charges in cases that begin with a police officer stopping someone for simply walking in the street. Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton says the tactic can lead to a gun or drug charge. Leyton says it’s used more in urban areas where minorities live instead of suburban communities. The prosecutor calls it unfair and “likely unconstitutional.” Leyton says the new policy in Genesee County comes while officials across the U.S. talk about how minorities have been treated in the justice system since the death of George Floyd.

AMERICA PROTESTS-2014 MALL DEATH

Michigan AG to review 2014 shopping mall death of black man

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Attorney General will review the 2014 death of a 25-year-old black man who died during a struggle with security guards at a suburban Detroit shopping mall. Dana Nessel’s office says Tuesday that it will look into how McKenzie Cochran died as protests continue in the Detroit area and across the country following last month’s death of George Floyd. Police in Southfield initially investigated Cochran’s death before turning the case over to the Oakland County prosecutor’s office which decided not to issue criminal charges against the security guards. Nessel’s office says Southfield police and the prosecutor’s office have request that she review the case.