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Michigan Senate OKs more time to process absentee ballots

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Larger Michigan municipalities could begin processing an expected surge of absentee ballots sooner in the November presidential election under a bill approved by the state Senate. The 34-2 vote Tuesday follows a monthslong delay in the Republican-led chamber amid lobbying from clerks in both parties who warned of significant delays in counting the votes. The GOP-controlled House will consider the measure next. Absentee voting is an increasingly popular option during the coronavirus pandemic and following the passage of a 2018 ballot initiative that lets people cast one for any reason.


Charges filed against 2 police officers after state reviews

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan police officers have been charged with misconduct in separate incidents involving allegations of excessive force and an illegal search. Former Saginaw Officer Adam Collier is accused of striking a handcuffed woman with his fist while she was handcuffed for an alleged assault in July. She had resisted and spat at the officer. In Jackson County, Blackman-Leoni Township Officer David Lubahn is accused of searching a gun safe without a warrant last October and then presenting false information to get a warrant. In another case, no charges will be pursued against a Washtenaw County deputy who punched a woman who was biting him as he was investigating a shooting in Ypsilanti.


U-Michigan sues over strike by graduate students who teach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is suing to stop a strike by graduate-student instructors after they voted to extend their walkout. The lawsuit, filed Monday, seeks an injunction that would stop the strike by the Graduate Employees’ Organization, which represents 2,000 graduate-student instructors and graduate-student assistants. The university said a strike is illegal under the contract. The strike began Sept. 8. Union members said the university isn’t doing enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It also wants the campus police budget cut by 50% and an end to cooperation with Ann Arbor police, among other demands.  


Boy, 11, fatally shot while hunting; stepfather arrested

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy has been shot and killed by his stepfather while hunting with his family in southeastern Michigan. The Times Herald in Port Huron reports that police were called out to a hunting accident Sunday night in Clay Township, about 45 miles northeast of Detroit. Police said it is believed the family was looking for deer in some woods when the boy was “struck by a round discharged by his 40-year-old stepfather.” The boy later died at a hospital. The stepfather was arrested. The shooting was being reviewed by the St. Clair County prosecutor’s office.


DNR: Avoid eating deer livers in Marinette area

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is warning people to avoid eating livers of deer killed around Marinette to avoid being exposed to PFAS chemicals. DNR officials said Tuesday that a study of 20 deer harvested around the JCI/Tyco Fire Technology Center in Marinette found significant levels of PFAS in the animals’ livers. DNR and state health officials issued a do-not-eat advisory for livers of deer harvested within five miles of the JCI/Tyco facility. PFAS are human-made chemicals that research suggests can cause health problems in humans. The chemicals have been used for decades in firefighting foam and nonstick cookware.


Lawmakers, Whitmer reach budget framework with no K-12 cuts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed to a budget framework, saying there will be no cuts to K-12 schools or municipalities despite the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on tax revenues.The deal announced Monday came 17 days before the start of the fiscal year. Few specifics were released, including whether spending will be reduced in some areas. The chairs of legislative budget subcommittee will now take their spending “target” levels and work to iron out bills. Legislators will take final votes next week. The agreement was announced three weeks after the state received a better-than-expected revenue forecast.


MSU frats, sororities ordered to quarantine for 2 weeks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A county has ordered a two-week quarantine for 23 fraternities and sororities and seven large rental houses near Michigan State University following a coronavirus outbreak that a local health official says is turning into a “crisis.” The quarantine, which is mandatory, means students or others living in the buildings cannot leave except for medical care or necessities that cannot be delivered. Ingham County Heath Officer Linda Vail said Monday that the surge in cases is alarming. Vail acted two days after she urged all MSU students living locally to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days.


Man who twice sold Trump-Maples ring pleads in diamond scam

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit jewelry buyer, auctioneer and appraiser who twice auctioned an engagement ring presented by Donald Trump to Marla Maples has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a multi-million dollar diamond-buying scheme. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit says 58-year-old Joseph DuMouchelle entered the plea Monday in federal court. The owner of Birmingham, Michigan-based DuMouchelle Fine & Estate Jewelers, faces sentencing in January. Authorities say that in 2018 DuMouchelle proposed to a client that the diamond known as “Yellow Rose” could be purchased for $12 million and later sold for more. The money was transferred to DuMouchelle’s account instead of a seller’s account, withdrawn and used to pay debts and expenses.


Ex-Catholic school teacher charged in 1970’s sex abuse cases

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A 66-year-old former Michigan Catholic school teacher sexual abuse allegations stretching back more than four decades. The office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says Monday that charges against Joseph Comperchio are part of an ongoing investigation into clergy abuse. Comperchio was arrested Monday in Fort Myers, Florida. He was expected to be arraigned Tuesday on two counts of first-degree and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Nessel’s office says two people said they were between 9 and 11 years old when abused between 1974 and 1977. At the time, Comperchio taught drama and music at St. John Catholic School in Jackson, 80 miles west of Detroit. Ten people connected to the Catholic Church have been charged in the state’s probe.


Board delays final decision on gun ban at Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A board that oversees Michigan’s Capitol building has put off making a final decision about whether to ban guns there. The Michigan State Capitol Commission on Monday voted against two motions to ban all long guns and the open carrying of any gun at the Capitol. Commissioners say they want to meet with lawmakers to discuss funding for enforcement making a final decision. Their vote came more than four months after armed protesters opposed to the governor’s coronavirus shutdowns entered the building.