BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
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STRAIGHT PARTY VOTING-MICHIGAN
DETROIT — A federal judge in Detroit has told Michigan it can’t eliminate straight-party voting. U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued the ruling Wednesday. He argued that not allowing voters to make a single mark on a ballot to pick candidates of one party would lengthen long lines and increase wait times for all voters. Drain also ruled the change would discriminate against African-American voters because they use straight-party voting at higher rates and frequently cast ballots for Democrats. By Corey Williams. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state’s congressional and legislative districts are drawn after the state Supreme Court kept an anti-gerrymandering proposal on the ballot. In a 4-3 decision issued late Tuesday, the state Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit challenging the initiative, meaning it will go to a statewide vote in November. The constitutional amendment, if approved, would entrust redistricting to an independent commission instead of the Legislature and governor. It is a bid to stop partisan gerrymandering, the once-a-decade process of a political party drawing electoral maps to maintain or expand its hold on power. By David Eggert. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FLINT WATER-LAWSUIT: A judge says a class-action lawsuit against Michigan and Flint officials stemming from the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis can proceed but has dropped Gov. Rick Snyder and others from the case. U.S. District Judge Judith Levy ruled Wednesday that the suit filed on behalf of residents and businesses didn’t claim Snyder knew of risks when the city switched to Flint River water in 2014.
— GOVERNOR’S RACE-SANDERS: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign in Michigan for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed two days before the primary.
AROUND THE STATE:
DETROIT — The Michigan attorney general’s office is defending the conduct of Larry Nassar’s sentencing judge and asking that she deny a defense request to disqualify herself from the former Michigan State University sports doctor’s appeal. The attorney general’s office says in court documents filed Tuesday that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s role was different than a trial judge when she sentenced Nassar after he pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.
FORMER INMATE DEATH
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — The son of a Detroit man who died after being held at the Macomb County Jail is alleging in a lawsuit that the county and several jail employees ignored his father’s health issues. Malik Jeter filed a federal lawsuit last week over the death of his father, Andrew Jeter, in October 2017. The lawsuit says Andrew Jeter entered the jail in November 2016 and was held for five weeks after being found “unresponsive in his vehicle.” UPCOMING: 250 words.
NEW YORK — Five teenagers have been selected National Student Poets, a program that will have them serve as ambassadors at everything from literary readings to community service. The poets include Darius Atefat-Peckham of Interlochen, Michigan. National Student Poets, founded in 2011, is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Each poet will receive a $5,000 “academic award.” SENT: 250 words, photo.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards. Transportation experts dispute the arguments, contained in a draft of the administration’s proposals prepared this summer, excerpts of which were obtained by The Associated Press. By Tom Krisher and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 800 words, photos.
Tesla’s second-quarter revenue should grow by more than $1 billion as it delivered more Model 3 electric cars. But analysts predict it won’t be enough to stop the company’s net loss from rising dramatically when the Palo Alto, California, company reports earnings after the bell Wednesday. Analysts polled by FactSet expect a net loss of $629.9 million, 87 percent worse than the same quarter a year ago. Revenue should rise 43 percent to $3.99 billion. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 500 words, photo.
— NUCLEAR PLANTS: The owner of nuclear power plants slated for closure in Massachusetts and Michigan says it plans to sell the facilities after they are shut down. Entergy Corp. said Wednesday the transfer of ownership to Holtec International will speed up decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Palisades Power Plant in Covert Township, Michigan. SENT: 130 words.
— COURTHOUSE THREAT-ARREST: A man who authorities say threatened a shooting at a mid-Michigan courthouse has been sentenced to 3 to 5 years in prison.
— STERLING HEIGHTS-MOSQUE: A judge has ruled that a Detroit suburb violated no laws when it approved a consent judgment allowing the construction of a mosque in a neighborhood. U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an order Wednesday in favor of Sterling Heights.
— TRAFFIC STOP-SHOOTING: A prosecutor says the fatal shooting of a man by a suburban Detroit officer after police say he sped away from a traffic stop was justified. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says the Royal Oak officer acted in self-defense and to protect others.
— MOST WANTED: A man accused of a double homicide in southwestern Michigan has been captured in Georgia about a month after authorities announced he was added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted.
— MICHIGAN DUNES-DEVELOPMENT: An environmental group has been granted standing in its effort to challenge a planned development of high-end homes in sand dunes along Lake Michigan. With AP Photos.
— GRASS FIRES: Authorities say tips generated by media coverage helped them find a suspect in a series of Michigan grass fires over the past two months.
— SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rain on the Detroit area, leaving some roadways flooded. The National Weather Service says early Wednesday that 2½ to 3 inches of rain fell overnight in parts of Wayne and Monroe counties.
— ESTATE DISPUTE: The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that a woman can inherit from her husband’s estate despite living apart for more than 30 years.
— INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS-FLINT AIRPORT: More than $4 million in infrastructure grants have been awarded to Bishop International Airport in Flint.
DETROIT — Mike Fiers, after remaining with the Tigers through the trade deadline, takes the mound Wednesday against Cincinnati’s Sal Romano. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. ET.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay insists he was not scared when his right knee needed to be evaluated during practice. Slay limped off the field Wednesday after falling in coverage, trying to keep weight off his right leg. He returned to participate in drills and was running full speed to keep up with Detroit’s wide receivers. By Sports Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words.
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