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Michigan Legislature gives schools flexibility in pandemic

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislators have given final approval to bills that would provide flexibility for K-12 schools as they prepare to open amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign the legislation to waive physical attendance and minimum instruction requirements to allow for remote classes. The legislation would give districts and charter schools the option to choose in-person instruction, online or a hybrid based on consulting with local health departments. Their student count, the foundation of state funding, would be weighted heavily toward last year’s figure and less so on uncertain enrollment in the new academic year.


Lot of ‘fear’: People rally in Detroit for ban on evictions

DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of people have rallied outside a Detroit courthouse to call for a renewal of the city’s ban on evictions. A monthslong state freeze on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic expired in July, although landlords can apply for millions of dollars in government assistance if they let people stay in their homes. Detroit’s 36th District Court suspended evictions in March, but the policy lapsed over the weekend, possibly putting hundreds of people at risk. About 50 people chanted and held signs as they marched outside the downtown courthouse that sits next to Ford Field.


Man pleads guilty in slayings of housemate, another man

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man has pleaded guilty in the fatal stabbings of his housemate and another man in separate incidents. WOOD-TV reports that sentencing is scheduled Sept. 3 for 37-year-old George Yzaguirre. Court records show that Yzaguirre entered the pleas Aug. 4 to felony murder and first-degree murder in the deaths of 63-year-old Ed Fuller and 34-year-old David Isner. Police said workers at a Home Depot store called 911 in December to report that Yzaguirre walked in and said he wanted to turn himself in for two killings. Isner was stabbed in late November. He had shared a Kentwood duplex with Yzaguirre. Fuller was found dead at his mobile home in Byron Township, south of Grand Rapids. He had been robbed.


Detroit priest denies abuse, gets $125K in lawsuit deal

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit priest who says he was defamed by a police officer in an investigation of alleged sexual abuse has settled a lawsuit against her for $125,000. The Rev. Eduard Perrone says he doesn’t care about the money but wants to be reinstated at Assumption Grotto Church, a parish he had led for 25 years. He was removed by the Detroit Archdiocese in 2019. A report by a Macomb County sheriff’s detective says a former altar boy had accused Perrone of assaulting him decades ago. Perrone denies it. County attorney John Schapka says the alleged victim “changed his mind.”


Priest, another man presumed dead in Detroit River

GROSSE ILE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a priest and another man who are presumed dead after a boat capsized in the Detroit River. Police say the incident occurred Sunday near Grosse Ile, a suburban island between Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Many people were aboard the boat. The missing men are the Rev. Stephen Rooney and Robert Chiles. The 66-year-old Rooney was a native of Ireland. He was pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Trenton, his latest assignment during more than 30 years as a priest. Police believe the boat might have hit a wake in the river before it capsized.


Swimming advisories extended for parts of Lake Michigan

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The National Weather Service has extended swimming advisories for parts of Lake Michigan as forecasters predict high waves and strong currents. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that beach hazard statements were issued Sunday and now run into Tuesday evening and that officials are urging people to stay out of the water. Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in Indiana are under advisories. So are Cook and Lake counties in Illinois and Michigan’s Berrien County. A 16-year-old boy went missing Sunday after he was pulled under the water in Portage, Indiana.  His body was found Monday. A man also was rescued Sunday from the lake at Porter Beach. Two men were rescued Sunday evening from the lake in western Michigan’s Park Township. 


Swimmers caught in Lake Michigan rip current rescued

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two men have been rescued from Lake Michigan after they were caught in a rip current while swimming. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says the 34-year-old and 32-year-old men were at Holland State Park in western Michigan’s Park Township early Sunday evening when they were swept into deeper water. A jet ski operator was able to get one of the men to a pier where bystanders began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was taken to a hospital and was listed in serious condition. Another jet ski operator was able to take the second man to a beach where he was evaluated by paramedics. He was not hospitalized.


Viewer makes weather data available to Michigan farmers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is making data on programs related to weather conditions available to farmers. The Geographic Information System viewer allows the agency to take different types of data sets and turn them into easy-to-understand visuals like maps. The data is from resources like the Michigan State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The viewer will be updated as new information is identified. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell said financial assistance programs can be critical for farmers as extreme weather conditions such as drought, deep freezes or flooding impacts their ability to plant, harvest or tend to their crops.


Michigan rejects Macomb County sewage treatment lagoon plan

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan regulators have rejected a suburban Detroit county’s plan to convert state waters into an open-air sewage treatment lagoon. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says it denied Macomb County’s application to place the structure at the end of the Chapaton Retention Treatment Basin near Lake St. Clair. It would temporarily store treated combined sewage overflows during heavy rainstorms. State officials say the lagoon would be too close to neighboring homes and marinas. They say there are more environmentally friendly solutions to the area’s sewage release problems.