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Ex-Michigan State president to stand trial; trustee quits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has been ordered to stand trial on charges she lied about her knowledge of allegations against now-imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Eaton County District Judge Julie Reincke ruled Monday.

Authorities say Simon knew in 2014 that Nassar had been accused of molesting a patient at a campus clinic. But Simon told police she knew only that a complaint had been filed against a sports doctor.

The ruling came after it was disclosed that Michigan State trustee Nancy Schlichting resigned Saturday over the governing board’s decision to drop a promised independent investigation into the handling of complaints against Nassar.

Schlichting, who was appointed less than a year ago, says she could no longer serve after the board wouldn’t proceed with the review.


Automakers side with Trump in legal fight with California

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many others in the auto industry are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards.

The companies and the Association of Global Automakers say they plan to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Defense Fund against the administration over California’s ability to set standards that differ from federal rules.

The new move widens the gap between the industry and four other automakers, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda. They have sided with California in what is shaping up to be an epic legal battle over the state’s right to control pollution. At least a dozen other states follow California’s greenhouse gas emissions standards.


2 young brothers die following fire in suburban Detroit home

(Information from: WDIV-TV,

GROSSE POINTE, Mich. (AP) — Two young brothers have died following a fire in a suburban Detroit home.

WDIV-TV reports that the fire was reported Monday morning in Grosse Pointe, just east of Detroit.

Officials say firefighters found the boys incapacitated and trying to hide from the smoke. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The boys were in fourth and fifth grade at Richard Elementary in Grosse Pointe Farms.



2 Michigan prison officers found dead at home were shot

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Police say two Michigan prison officers found dead last week were shot.

Authorities in Grand Traverse County won’t publicly say it was a murder-suicide, although they say there’s no threat to the public.

Tara Kelley and Angelina Winn were found dead Friday at their home near Kingsley. Both transferred to Oaks Correctional Facility, near Manistee, after the Pugsley prison was closed.

The 53-year-old Kelley was named officer of the year at Pugsley in 2013. The 49-year-old Winn got the same award in 2014.


Shooting at Lansing party leaves 1 dead, 4 others wounded

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One man has been slain and four other people wounded during a shooting at a party at a Lansing home.

Lansing police say 22-year-old Tayveon Williams of Jackson died at a hospital following the early Sunday morning shooting.

Victims were found inside and outside the home. An 18-year-old Lansing woman and a 22-year-old Jackson man were listed in stable condition at a hospital. A 21-year-old Lansing man and 29-year-old Lansing woman have been treated at hospitals and released.

Police say the shooting does not appear to be random. No arrests have been made as of Monday morning.


Michigan shop’s Halloween display: Trump holding Obama head

(Information from: Detroit Free Press,

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A mid-Michigan auto shop has replaced a Halloween display depicting a scowling President Donald Trump holding the severed head of former President Barack Obama by a black rope.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Quality Coatings owner Dave Huff removed the rope and Obama mask Friday outside the business in Fowlerville, about 66 miles (106 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, following criticism on social media. He added yellow tape reading: “PC-POLICE.”

Huff says he’s not racist and “no race ever went into this thing.”

The newspaper reports Sunday that the original display was put up three weeks ago. A machete smeared with what appeared to be red paint was impaled into the Trump figure’s midsection.

The Trump figure’s foot also was on a head representing 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.



The Latest: Jackson says no King holiday without Conyers

DETROIT (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says there would be no federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. without the work of John Conyers.

Conyers, the longest-serving black member of Congress, died Sunday at his Detroit home, two years after leaving the U.S. House.

Jackson, the Chicago-based civil rights leader, tells The Associated Press that even some of Conyers’ allies doubted that he could persuade Congress to create a public holiday for King. Jackson says Conyers’ death and the recent death of Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore have been “real painful.”

Jackson says “it’s like a hole in the sky.”

Conyers was in Congress for nearly 53 years.


GOP leaders want Whitmer to weaken her budget powers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature say Michigan’s budget won’t be resolved until Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer restricts her unilateral power to shift money within departments.

Nearly a month has passed since Whitmer signed a spending plan while vetoing nearly $1 billion in proposed funding to reopen budget negotiations following a breakdown in talks.

The vetoes got most of the attention because of the impact if the cuts aren’t reversed. But Whitmer’s use of the State Administrative Board to transfer $625 million is what Republicans want addressed first.

House Speaker Lee Chatfield says there should be caps on how much money can be moved within each department

Whitmer isn’t interested in signing changes to the Administrative Board law. She says the standoff can be resolved by finally reaching a budget deal.


Man’s attempt to fool police with different name backfires

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A man thought he would fool police by giving them a false identity. It backfired: A man with that name was wanted by authorities.

The case in Shiawassee County ended Friday when Deonte Wilson was sentenced to about 18 months in prison for a drug charge and other crimes.

The Argus-Press reports that Wilson was stopped by police in September 2018. Officers arrested him when he identified himself as someone who was wanted by police. The mix-up was solved at the jail, but Wilson was in trouble at that point.

Judge Matthew Stewart says it’s “humorous” although not for Wilson.

Wilson’s lawyer attributed his client’s troubles to alcohol and drug abuse. Wilson apologized in court.