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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NURSING HOMES
Senate: Send patients to new facilities – not nursing homes
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in a nursing home under a bill approved by the state Senate. The Republican-sponsored legislation, which passed Wednesday, is a response to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policy that allows people with COVID-19 to be put in nursing homes if they are isolated from residents without the virus. Under the measure sent to the House, people could not stay in a nursing home or be admitted there unless they have recovered from the virus or the home can provide a designated area for them.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BAR
At least 25 people who were at East Lansing bar have virus
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to self-quarantine if they recently visited a popular bar near Michigan State University where 25 customers have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Ingham County health department says people who were at Harper’s in East Lansing between June 12-20 should stay home for two weeks. The 25 cases involve people between the ages of 18 and 23. County health officer Linda Vail says more people probably were infected but have not been identified. Harper’s is temporarily closed after reopening on June 8. It said it’s modifying the air conditioning system and developing a plan to eliminate lines.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-MICHIGAN CONFRONTATION
Police investigating armed confrontation at Michigan protest
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan are investigating a confrontation in which a man serving as security for a small group of racial injustice protesters pointed an assault-style rifle at a man on a motorcycle. Protest organizer Paul Birdsong tells WLNS-TV that the motorcyclist refused to go around the group blocking an intersection in Lansing last week. The man pointing the rifle can be heard on video telling the motorcyclist “if you’re going to run us over, I’m going to protect my crowd.” Birdsong tells the television station that the man serving as security points the gun after the motorcyclist revs his engine. Attorney Lucas Dillon says his client was protecting the group.
FIREWORKS COMPLAINTS-BATTLE CREEK
Battle Creek police: Enforcing fireworks law is difficult
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Complaints about fireworks have been increasing in Battle Creek but police say enforcement is difficult. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that fireworks use is restricted under Michigan law and Battle Creek’s fireworks ordinance. Residents can only use fireworks on certain dates inside the city. But some residents say fireworks have been a daily occurrence since Memorial Day. When officers are able to handle fireworks complaints, the people calling often don’t want to talk to the officers. Battle Creek police Chief Jim Blocker says he understands residents’ frustration, but without community support and a change in Michigan’s law, the problem won’t go away.
COCKTAILS TO GO
Michigan Legislature OKs cocktails to go to boost businesses
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People could order cocktails for pickup or delivery from Michigan bars and restaurants through 2025 under a bill that has won final approval and is expected to be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The “cocktails-to-go” bill, approved Wednesday, is part of a broader package that also includes a temporary cut in state liquor prices to help businesses hurting during the coronavirus pandemic. The state already lets bars and restaurants sell unopened beer and wine to go. The package also would let local governments designate “social districts” where people could drink alcohol outside.
Filing: Victims deserve ex-quarterback’s concussion funds
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says multiple fraud victims should receive money awarded to an ex-Ohio State and NFL quarterback from a national concussion settlement. Former star player Art Schlichter is serving a nearly 11-year sentence on federal fraud charges involving college and NFL game tickets promised but never delivered. One of Schlichter’s victims was retiree Anita Barney, who was later convicted of defrauding others under Schlichter’s direction. Ron O’Brien is prosecutor in Franklin County in central Ohio. He’s asked a judge to award money Barney is owed by Schlichter to Barney’s own victims.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-FACIAL RECOGNITION
Detroit police challenged over face recognition flaws, bias
A Black man who says he was unjustly arrested because facial recognition technology mistakenly identified him as a suspected shoplifter is calling for a public apology from Detroit police. And for the department to abandon its use of the controversial technology. The complaint by Robert Williams is a rare challenge from someone who not only experienced an erroneous face recognition hit, but was able to discover that it was responsible for his subsequent troubles. Williams says his Michigan driver license photo was incorrectly flagged as a likely match to a shoplifting suspect captured on a Shinola watch store’s surveillance camera. Wayne County’s top prosecutor apologized Wednesday for her office taking up the case.
Michigan to soon resolve jobless claims filed before May
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan says it will soon resolve unemployment claims for about 11,800 people who filed before May. The Unemployment Insurance Agency said Tuesday its goal is to clear that backlog that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic and make a determination by the end of next week. The agency will soon announce a target date to resolve claims filed in May or later. For those still awaiting a decision on their eligibility, the state will pay benefits, determine the claimant is ineligible and communicate why, or deem the person unreachable after multiple attempts to make contact.
Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help K-12 schools reopen
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature are proposing a $1.3 billion one-time funding boost to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan unveiled Tuesday also calls for letting schools start before Labor Day without needing a waiver, redefining “attendance” to allow for online learning and reducing the number of snow day allowances so remote instruction occurs instead. The GOP proposal would increase state funding by $800 a student to implement robust distance-learning plans and to cover new health and safety measures. Teachers would each get a $500 bonus. Uncertainty remains on whether schools may still face cuts.
Judge orders GM, Fiat Chrysler CEOs to meet, settle lawsuit
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has taken a remarkable step by ordering the CEOs of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler to meet and settle a lawsuit. GM is suing Fiat Chrysler, saying it got a competitive edge when union leaders were showered with cash and other perks. GM says Fiat Chrysler won labor concessions during contract talks. Fiat Chrysler wants the lawsuit dismissed. Federal Judge Paul Borman says Mary Berra of GM and Mike Manley of Fiat Chrysler must meet in person by July 1. The judge describes the lawsuit as a “nuclear option” that would waste “time and resources” for years.