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OBIT-JOHN CONYERS-THE LATEST
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.
MICHIGAN BUDGET-GOVERNOR POWERS
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.
FALSE ID BACKFIRES
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.
Study: Few Michigan residents try to get convictions erased
(Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A study has found few Michigan residents are taking advantage of a legal option that allows people to erase their criminal convictions, even though an expungement can open doors to housing, student loans and employment.
The Lansing State Journal reports that a University of Michigan law school study estimates just 6.5% of people who meet the requirements end up having their convictions set aside within five years of becoming eligible.
Attorneys and law students volunteered their time last week at a free clinic in Lansing to educate more than 100 people on how to clear their records.
The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is using a $20,000 grant from the Michigan State Bar Foundation to host a series of free clinics around the state.
Mott Foundation to hold event honoring late leader
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint is holding an event in memory of its longtime leader.
The foundation plans what it’s calling “A Celebration of Life Honoring William S. White” on Nov. 4 on the Flint Cultural Center Campus. White died Oct. 9 at 82.
Events will be held at The Whiting and the Flint Institute of Arts.
White, who rose to become the Mott Foundation’s CEO, passed the leadership reins last year to his son, Ridgway White. William White joined the foundation in 1969.
In 1961, the elder White married Claire Mott, granddaughter of the man who created the foundation that bears his name. White served the foundation in numerous capacities over a half-century.
HEALTH CARE DELAYS
Michigan bill would curb pre-approval rules in health care
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Fed-up doctors and health advocates want Michigan lawmakers to curb insurers’ cost-control methods they say are delaying care, frustrating patients, and creating unnecessary red tape and expense.
Physicians say requirements to get pre-approval from insurance companies once were limited to newer, expensive services and medications. But now, they contend, it has been expanded to necessary, routine and lower-priced treatments — posing an administrative hassle and hurting patients.
A coalition is joining together to spearhead new legislation this coming week. It would place limits on insurers’ cost-control policies known as prior authorization and step therapy.
The bill almost certainly will be opposed by insurers. They say they are ensuring that the most clinically appropriate care is being provided amid medical advances and exploding drug costs that are driving up premiums.
DETROIT MUSEUM-ADMISSION FEES
Historical museum in Michigan will reinstate an entrance fee
(Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/)
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit museum will begin charging patrons an admissions fee for the first time in seven years to remedy an increasing budget deficit.
The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Historical Museum will charge adults $10, while seniors, students, active-duty military and first responders will pay $8. Children ages 6 to 17 will pay $6.
Museum executive director Elana Rugh says the museum lost $297,000 in 2018. The museum’s 2019 operating budget is about $4.5 million.
Residents of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck will be able to enter at no cost.
Detroit historian Ken Coleman says he worries the fee will prevent low-income people from other places from visiting the museum.
Northern Michigan officers shoot dead suicidal man with gun
WALLOON LAKE, Mich. (AP) — State Police say officers in northern Michigan have fatally shot a suicidal man who pulled out a gun after being confronted by them.
Police say the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the Charlevoix County community of Walloon Lake.
They say a Charlevoix County deputy and Boyne City officer were dispatched to locate a suicidal person and located him at an intersection in Walloon Lake. A struggle ensued, and the man produced a gun, and the officers opened fire.
Police say the officers provided first aid and called for medical assistance, but the man died. His name hasn’t been released.
The officers weren’t injured.
CORRECTIONS OFFICER DEATHS
2 Michigan corrections officers found dead in their home
KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Police say two veteran Michigan corrections officers have been found dead in the northern Michigan home they shared.
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of 53-year-old Tara Kelley and 49-year-old Angelina Winn at the home near Kingsley. They were found dead Friday. Both worked at Oaks Correctional Facility near Manistee.
The causes of their deaths have not been released, but the sheriff’s office said in a news release there was no reason to believe there was a threat to the public.
Both women spent most of their corrections careers at Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley and moved to the Oaks in 2016 when Pugsley closed.
MDOC Director Heidi Washington sent an email to employees informing them of the deaths.
‘It’s a fine target’: Census bureau to fight misinformation
CHICAGO (AP) — Census officials are preparing to battle the spread of fake news by internet trolls and foreign powers for the first time in the count’s 230-year history.
The stakes are huge. Who participates in the 2020 census count could influence how U.S. congressional seats and billions of federal tax dollars to educate children, help low-income families and pave new roads are divvied up.
“It’s a fine target,” former U.S. Census Bureau director John Thompson said of the form, which is sent every decade to households in America to count the population. “If you want to disrupt a democracy, you can certainly go about it by disrupting a census.”
Facebook and Twitter said they will use a mix of people and artificial intelligence to spot, review and remove troublesome posts.