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VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN UNIVERSITIES
Pandemic university: Michigan students adjust to COVID-19
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students at Michigan universities are receiving emails from their schools welcoming them back for the fall, but a cloud of concern is hovering because of the coronavirus pandemic. To go online or to come in person has been the debate, but since Michigan State University announced Tuesday it will go online for the next semester, the debate is reaching a fever pitch. All 15 of Michigan’s public universities have public COVID-19 mitigation plans. They include mandatory health checks, wearing symptoms monitors and a mask requirement in campus buildings. But some students are not so sure those steps are enough.
FUGITIVE ARREST-WEST VIRGINIA SHOOTING
Man wanted in West Virginia shooting arrested in Michigan
RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted in a January shooting in West Virginia that wounded seven people attending a party has been apprehended in suburban Detroit. The U. S. Marshals Service announced Friday’s arrest of Kymoni Davis, who had been a fugitive since he was indicted in January with being a felon in possession of ammunition. The 31-year-old also faces state felony charges in West Virginia in connection with a Jan. 1, 2020, shooting. That shooting at a bar in Huntington wounded seven people. Detroit police arrested Davis on Friday in River Rouge, just southwest of Detroit and turned him over to federal agents.
RESCUED GIRLS-FIREFIGHTER DIES
Body recovered of Detroit firefighter who helped save girls
Crews have recovered the body of a Detroit firefighter who vanished in the Detroit River while helping save some girls from drowning. Detroit Fire Sgt. Sivad Johnson’s body was pulled from the river on Saturday afternoon following a six-hour search. Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department, says Johnson was off-duty and walking with his 10-year-old daughter Friday night when they heard three young girls screaming for help from the river. Johnson jumped in to help a civilian and a nearby boat in the rescue but he vanished in the water at some point.
Ballmer Group gifts $3 million to Motown Museum expansion
DETROIT (AP) — The Motown Museum’s expansion effort has gotten a $3 million boost from the philanthropic Ballmer Group. The Ballmer Group’s gift means the Detroit museum has now raised about $25 million of the $50 million it needs for the project that will expand the venue into a 50,000-square-foot entertainment and education tourist destination. The expansion is designed around the existing museum, which includes the Motown studio with its “Hitsville U.S.A.” facade. Plans include interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, more retail and meeting spaces. It also is expected to serve as a catalyst for new investment and tourism.
Earthquake occurs near Monroe in corner of Michigan
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a magnitude 3.2 earthquake occurred Friday night near Monroe in the southeastern corner of Michigan. The U.S. Geological Survey says the depth was about 5.7 miles. The earthquake was felt in Ohio, which is just minutes from Monroe. It happened around 7 p.m. Earthquakes of that magnitude aren’t considered major, although people say they felt it. Vicki LaVelle of Temperance says there was a “loud boom” and her “entire house shook.” Earthquakes of 3.2 magnitude aren’t considered major. State police had no reports of damage.
Michigan apple harvest looks good, comparable to 2019
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan apple growers are predicting a good harvest that will look similar to 2019’s haul. The Michigan Apple Committee says this year’s harvest will be an estimated at 22.5 million bushels, in line with last year’s crop. Diane Smith, director of the trade group, says she’s hearing reports of a good crop with minimal frost damage. She says honeycrisp apples, a consumer favorite, are having an “exceptionally good” growing season. Michigan typically is the third-largest apple producer in the U.S. behind New York and top-ranked Washington. Michigan apples are sold in 32 states and 18 countries.
GREAT LAKES EROSION-WORLD’S FAIR HOMES
Seawalls shored up to protect 2 historic World’s Fair homes
BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Crews are shoring up seawalls that protect two historic homes along Lake Michigan’s northern Indiana shoreline from the lake’s worsening erosion. The Wieboldt-Rostone House and the Florida Tropical House were featured in the 1933 World’s Fair in nearby Chicago, but were moved after the fair closed to lakeside property that’s now part of the Indiana Dunes National Park. They’re owned by the National Park Service and leased to residents who are paying for the seawall work and restoration of the historic buildings. The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that crews are spending nearly month to make the seawalls taller due to record high water levels.
New affordable apartments coming to Detroit’s New Center
DETROIT (AP) — Work has started on a new affordable housing development in Detroit that’s set to open next spring. The city’s Housing & Revitalization Department says the 22,845-square-foot, four-story Milwaukee Junction Apartments will cost about $8 million to build. They complex is expected to serve as a vital component of the neighborhood revitalization in Detroit’s New Center. Low-income housing tax credits will allow 20 of the 25 units to be offered at rents ranging from 40% to 80% average median income, or about $454 to $945 per month. The units are slated to open next May.
Michigan appeals court upholds governor’s emergency powers
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s appeals court says Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declarations and orders to curb the coronavirus clearly fall within the scope of her legal powers. The court on Friday rejected Republican lawmakers’ contention that she cannot indefinitely act without their approval. Republicans vowed to appeal the 2-1 ruling to the state Supreme Court. The appeals court denied GOP lawmakers’ contention that a 1945 law only lets a governor indefinitely extend emergencies that are local, not statewide, in nature. Also Friday, Michigan was approved by the federal government to provide an additional $300 weekly benefit to 910,000 unemployed residents.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-FARM WORKERS
Judge won’t stop virus tests for migrant farm, food workers
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge won’t block a requirement that Michigan farm workers get tested for the coronavirus, rejecting claims that it violates the rights of Hispanics. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a handful of workers as well as some fruit producers. But farm worker advocates are in favor of the tests. Compliance starts Monday under an order from the state health department. Federal Judge Paul Maloney says the order is neutral, noting it doesn’t mention Hispanics or any other race. The state says the tests are intended to protect vulnerable people who live in close quarters.