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Woman enters plea in fatal stabbing of high school classmate

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a classmate during a fight inside a Detroit-area high school. Tanaya Lewis’ plea Wednesday came during a pretrial conference in Macomb County Circuit Court. She’s scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 16. Lewis was 17 when 16-year-old Danyna Gibson was stabbed twice in the upper chest with a steak knife Sept. 12, 2018 at Warren Fitzgerald High School. Witnesses told police Lewis smiled and laughed as she chased Gibson with the knife. Authorities have said the fight was over a male student, and that both girls were straight-A students who had posed no history of trouble.


Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan and private partners are taking steps toward building or assigning dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Eventually, autonomous buses and shuttles will run along the Interstate 94 corridor, linking the University of Michigan to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the city’s downtown. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other officials announced the project Thursday afternoon. A two-year study will determine whether existing lanes or shoulders can be used, or new lanes need to be built. Organizers say the project is the first of its kind in the U.S. 


Bald eagle shows air superiority, sends drone into lake

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A bald eagle launched an aerial assault on a drone operated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy — which is known as EGLE — ripping off a propeller and sending the aircraft into Lake Michigan. The department says the attack happened July 21, when the drone was mapping shoreline erosion near Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Drone pilot Hunter King says he had completed about seven minutes of the mapping flight when satellite reception became spotty and the drone began to twirl. King and two birdwatchers saw the eagle flying away, apparently unhurt. Tracking data indicates the drone landed in the lake, about 150 feet offshore. It has not been found.


Michigan hospital reinstates visitor limits after cases rise

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area hospital says it will reinstate visitor restrictions out of an abundance of caution following a rise in coronavirus cases among staff, patients and visitors. Beaumont Health said the limits will begin Thursday at its Farmington Hills campus. Beaumont hospitals have cared for more COVID-19 patients than any other system in Michigan. No one will be allowed in the rooms of patients with pending or positive tests except in end-of-life or other extreme circumstance. In cases unrelated to COVID-19, one person can visit under a number of exceptions. Michigan reported nine additional coronavirus-related deaths and 517 more confirmed cases. 


Whitmer’s meteoric rise leaves Democrats excited for future

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s quick ascension to the national stage has left Democrats excited about what her future holds and thankful she will continue to lead Michigan. A year ago, she was struggling to get legislative traction for fixing the roads. But in the past six months, Whitmer has delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, confronted the pandemic and been vetted as Joe Biden’s running mate. He announced Kamala Harris as his pick. Jill Alper, a Democratic strategist, says Whitmer has made a “meteoric rise.” Trump previously dismissed her as “the woman in Michigan.”


Michigan officials investigate fish kill on Escanaba River

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a fish kill that affected a dozen species on the middle branch of the Escanaba River in the Upper Peninsula. The die-off was reported Aug. 9 on the 52-mile-long river, which is popular with anglers. It happened near Gladstone, downstream of Verso Corp.’s Escanaba Paper Mill. The plant had reported the rupture of a pipe at its wastewater treatment plant the previous week. Officials say the pipe failure has been fixed and quality of outflowing water is improving.


Funeral home director charged in cousin’s fatal shooting

DETROIT (AP) — The director of a Detroit funeral home has been charged in the fatal shooting of his cousin outside the business. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 37-year-old Major Clora Jr. was expected to be arraigned Thursday on second-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony charges. Police officers responding to a report of shots fired found the body of a 58-year-old man about 10:45 a.m. Monday in the rear parking lot of the east side funeral home. Clora was arrested at the scene. The prosecutor’s office says the shooting allegedly occurred during an argument between the two men. Court records did not list an attorney Wednesday for Clora.


Paraglider strikes power lines, hits ground; man, boy hurt

CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 69-year-old man and 6-year-old child have been hurt after the paraglider they were using struck power lines in southeastern Michigan. Authorities say the pair took off Tuesday evening in St. Clair County’s Casco Township, about 44 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The paraglider failed to gain altitude quickly enough, struck high-tension power lines and fell to the ground. The man was operating the paraglider. Both he and the boy have been hospitalized. Their injuries and conditions were not available Wednesday.


Black victims of U-Michigan doc seek equity in settlements

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers representing dozens of Black former University of Michigan student-athletes who say they were abused by a sports doctor who worked there for decades are asking the university to treat them fairly as it settles hundreds of lawsuits expected. They’re demanding that victims of Dr. Robert Anderson receive fair compensation “based on their trauma rather than based on their color.” Attorney Parker Stinar says most personal injury cases are settled out of court with amounts often based on data that projects lower lifetime earnings for Blacks, Latinos and women than white men. Stinar says nearly half of the 750 men claiming to have been sexually abused by Anderson are Black.


Water condition warning system not in park’s upgrades plan

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Improvements planned for Holland State Park in western Michigan include a new restroom building, an automated parking notification system and even upgrades to a campground’s electric service. But a draft of the park’s new $4.6 million general management plan by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources does not include an updated water condition warning system for visitors. The Holland Sentinel reports Wednesday that the plan — for the next decade — includes exploring “development of an AM radio station or interactive application to convey real-time park information. Three people have drowned this year at the park which is in Park Township and abuts Lake Michigan.