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Judge: Teen jailed over homework released from probation

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge who sent a 15-year-old girl to a juvenile detention facility for not doing her homework has released the teen from probation, after an appeals court ordered her release. Oakland Circuit Judge Mary Ellen Brennan on Tuesday adopted a caseworker’s recommendation that the case be terminated and the girl continue receiving mental health treatment at home. The Detroit News reports Brennan said a Michigan Court of Appeals decision July 31 ordering the teen’s release from Children’s Village effectively tied the lower court’s hands. The girl has been detained since May for violating probation in a case involving allegations of assault and theft.


Whitmer to speak at Democratic National Convention

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to be featured on the opening night of next week’s Democratic National Convention. Whitmer will speak Monday during the four-day event, which will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. She would move to Wednesday if Joe Biden selected her as his running mate. The first-term governor was on Biden’s short list for running mate until he chose California Sen. Kamala Harris. Whitmer’s profile grew nationally in the spring as she confronted the COVID-19 crisis. At the convention, Democrats will formally nominate the presidential ticket and also adopt a party platform and rules.


Hackers breach customer data at Michigan State online store

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University says hackers have breached its online store, gaining access to customer credit card numbers and other personal information. The university on Monday began notifying customers who may have been affected by the hack. Officials say Michigan State’s information security team has corrected the site’s vulnerabilities that allowed the intrusion between Oct. 19, 2019 and June 26. The university is offering free credit monitoring to anyone affected by the breach. Hackers used code to expose the names, addresses and credit card numbers of about 2,600 customers, but no social security numbers were exposed.


Whitmer vetoes bill to expand immunity from medical lawsuits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have given additional health providers legal protection from lawsuits in any state-declared emergency and extended the immunity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Democrat said Monday she would have considered signing the bill if it only had attempted to “mop up” an issued created when the Legislature refused to lengthen the COVID-19 emergency. But she says the measure goes “much further” and would have given health facilities broad immunity in any emergency regardless of the circumstances. The legislation was supported by hospitals, doctors and nursing homes but opposed by plaintiffs’ lawyers.


Summer jobs for young people are vanishing with the pandemic

The iconic summer job for high school and college students has been on the wane for nearly 20 years. But the pandemic is squeezing even more young people out of the workforce. Some are borrowing more money. Others have turned to pick-up jobs like Instacart, only to compete with older people who are similarly sidelined. A Drexel University education professor says summer work remains crucial for young people’s development, often leading to higher earnings and higher levels of education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for people ages 16 to 24 was 18.5% in July compared with 9.1% the same month last year.


Rising star in Detroit departs suddenly for Silicon Valley

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The chief financial officer at General Motors, Dhivya Suryadevara, is leaving Detroit for Silicon Valley in a surprise departure for the payments startup Stripe. A rising star in the auto sector, Suryadevara became GM’s first female CFO in 2018 at the age of 39, and quickly became a trusted voice for Mary Barra, the first woman to head a major U.S. auto manufacturer. She makes the move at a critical time for both companies. Since COVID-19 was first detected in the US, the payment system for online business says it has processed $1 billion in sales from companies that began using the technology this year.


Michigan to assess remaining portion of failed dam

LANSING, Mich (AP) — State investigators and contractors will this week start assessing the remaining portion of a failed Michigan dam. The failure of the Edenville dam and another barrier in May destroyed 150 houses and caused more than $200 million in damage to the Midland County area. The state said it took over the duty to assess Edenville after the owners failed to comply with a federal court order to look into what additional work might be needed to stabilize the dam and ensure the safety of nearby residents. 


Family rescues dog nearly 4 miles offshore in Lake Michigan

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — A dog treading water nearly four miles offshore in Lake Michigan has been rescued by a family out on a boating trip. Jeannie Wilcox tells WOOD-TV that they were boating from Grand Haven to Frankfort in northwestern Michigan on Friday when she saw a “red animal in the lake” and started screaming, ‘dog in the water!’” They were able to get the dog onto the boat’s swim platform and dried her off. The family had the dog scanned for a microchip. The owners later were located and reunited with their dog.


Michigan chosen for pilot program that funds health services

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will be part of a federal project that funds mental health and addiction services in community health clinics. The Detroit News reports that the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center pilot program was created through a law that Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt fought for in 2014. Eight states, including Oklahoma and Oregon, were selected for the first round of the program in 2016. Now, as part of an expansion under the federal coronavirus relief or CARES Act, Michigan and Kentucky will be in the project. Stabenow says twelve Michigan centers will participate in the program and receive funding through Medicaid.


Powerful storm leaves 2 dead, heavy crop damage in Midwest

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of thousands across the Midwest remained without electricity after a powerful storm packing 100 mph winds battered the region. Monday’s storms caused widespread property and crop damage, and the deaths of at least two people in Indiana and Iowa. The storm known as a derecho tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. In Iowa, three mobile coronavirus testing sites were temporarily closed after suffering storm damage. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said early estimates indicate 10 million acres have been damaged in the nation’s top corn producing state.