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Report: Nearly half of western Michigan prison has COVID-19
DETROIT (AP) — Almost half of the men incarcerated at a western Michigan prison have tested positive for COVID-19. The Detroit Free Press reports 612 of 1,296 prisoners, or 47% of the population at Muskegon Correctional Facility, have tested positive. Fifteen staff members have also tested positive. Some prisoners are blaming the facility for an inadequate response to the virus, but prison officials say they took proper safety steps. Since March, 4,620 of 37,497 state prisoners have tested positive and 68 prisoners have died. State health officials on Sunday reported 768 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths in Michigan.
Parishioner sacraments in limbo after invalid priest baptism
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The validity of some parishioners’ sacraments like marriage and confession are under question after a Dearborn priest learned his baptism was invalid. The Detroit Free Press reports Father Matthew Hood learned that he was not a baptized Catholic earlier this month after watching a family video of his baptism where some words were changed. Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit has acknowledged “human error has resulted in disruption to the sacramental lives of some members of the faithful” and vowed to remedy the situation for those impacted.
Election officials criticize Detroit primary ballot counts
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials say issues with counting primary ballots in Detroit are “alarming.” The Detroit News reports that all four members of the State Board of Canvassers criticized issues with ballot counting and one questioned whether the secretary of state should step in for November. The questions came after the newspaper’s report showing 72% of absentee voting precincts in Detroit had ballot tallies that were out of balance by at least one ballot. That meant that voter tracked in precinct poll books didn’t equal the number of ballots counted.
Park redeveloped after damage by tornado in 2014
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan park that was damaged six years ago by a tornado has been redeveloped. WOOD-TV reports the city of Wyoming has invested more than $2.9 million in Ideal Park after the tornado nearly destroyed it in 2014. Trees downed during the storm were removed. A new playground and basketball courts have been added. Ideal Park was developed in the 1930s. The tornado tore out about 98% of the trees in and around the park and caused about $5 million in citywide damage. Redevelopment began in 2019. The city secured a $300,000 state grant to help fund the project.
UP college extends tuition break to local high school grads
HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — A college in the Upper Peninsula is extending a significant tuition discount to students who come from a local high school. Graduates of Hancock Central will pay no more than $2,500 a year to attend Finlandia University. The agreement between the Hancock district and Finlandia began in 2009. Besides tuition, the agreement includes sharing certain properties. Finlandia is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was founded in 1896 by Finnish immigrants. Finlandia had more than 400 students last year.
HARBOR SPRINGS-INVENTOR’S BOAT
Group restoring 1800s steel boat for display in Michigan
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — A rusted and damaged boat built in the late 1800s by a northern Michigan inventor is undergoing an extensive restoration. The goal is to put the revamped vessel on display in the Lake Michigan resort community of Harbor Springs. The Petoskey News-Review reports that the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society began restoring the Aha after city officials requested the removal of the decaying boat near the city’s Department of Public Works building. Inventor Ephraim Shay built the vessel 1891. The all-steel Aha was a rarity because most boats built during that time were made of wood.
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.
PARKLAND STUDENTS-VOTER REGISTRATION
Parkland shooting survivors hit the road, target youth vote
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A group of Parkland school shooting survivors are hitting the road to help register young voters across the country before the November election seeking to bring about their vision for gun reform. The student group March For Our Lives was founded by David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and several other students after the 2018 Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. Starting Monday, members from the organization will visit nine states including Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Texas and Georgia, creating on-the-ground art exhibitions that will parallel digital rallies all aimed at capturing the elusive, hard to engage youth vote.
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.