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MICHIGAN FLOODING

Detroit-area water leader quitting weeks after floods

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DETROIT (AP) — The head of a regional water agency in southeastern Michigan says she's resigning, weeks after thousands of homes were spoiled by sewage backups during a tremendous storm. Sue McCormick didn’t cite the June 25-26 flooding as the reason for her departure, though the controversy has tarnished the Great Lakes Water Authority. She said she had been contemplating retirement. Power disruptions at pump stations have been blamed for the backup of water and sewage in basements in Detroit and many suburbs. A storm that dropped more than 6 inches of rain in a short period in late June.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Michigan governor resumes wearing mask at indoor events

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has resumed wearing a mask at indoor events, citing revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recommendation from the state’s chief doctor. The Democratic governor, who is vaccinated, says she does not anticipate reinstating a face covering requirement, though "not in the near future and maybe not ever." The CDC on Tuesday reversed course and recommended that even vaccinated people return to being masked indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. While COVID-19 cases have been rising in Michigan, the state’s two-week rate is lower than in all but three states.

MICHIGAN BUDGET-HOUSING

Whitmer: Use $100M in rescue funds for affordable housing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $100 million in federal COVID-19 rescue funds to expand access to affordable housing. The aid would go to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The authority provides financial and technical assistance develop housing-related projects. The Democratic governor said the funding would leverage an additional $380 million in private spending. Whitmer says it has the potential to assist 6,000 families and produce 2,000 rental units. It was her latest proposal to use $6.5 billion in discretionary aid approved by Congress and President Joe Biden.

DETROIT CORRUPTION

Attorney: Detroit Councilman Spivey expects bribery charge

DETROIT (AP) — Another Detroit elected official could be in trouble with the law. An attorney for Andre Spivey tells the Detroit Free Press that the three-term city councilman expects to be indicted for bribery as early as Tuesday afternoon. Elliott Hall says Spivey allegedly took $1,000 from an undercover agent about three years ago but did nothing in return for the money, and that he has been cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s office. Hall told WXYZ-TV that it has nothing to do with Spivey's vote or actions as a public official. Former City Council member Gabe Leland was sentenced in county circuit court in June to 2 1/2 years of probation after pleading guilty to accepting an illegal cash campaign contribution.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

Court erases conviction of man in sex offender registry case

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who was accused of failing to register under an old version of the state’s sex offender registry. The court became the latest to declare that the 2011 law was unconstitutional when applied retroactively to certain offenders. The Legislature last year revised the law after two federal courts said the 2011 version was unconstitutional. Critics contend the new edition isn’t much better. The new law lifts restrictions on living near schools and attending school events. But it still requires offenders to report personal information for years. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the law despite opposition from the ACLU.

COLD CASE-MICHIGAN

Man charged in death of Michigan woman missing since 2005

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of killing two women in Pennsylvania has been charged with murder in the death of a pregnant Michigan woman. Ashley Parlier disappeared in 2005. Authorities say Harold Haulman III lived in the Battle Creek area when the 21-year-old Parlier was reported missing. Sheriff Steve Hinkley says Haulman admitted to killing Parlier during interviews with his detectives. Investigators haven’t found Parlier’s remains despite searches in a wooded area. Haulman is in custody in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Haulman is charged with killing Tianna Phillips of Berwick and Erica Shultz of Bloomsburg.

AP-US-BIDEN-MILEAGE-STANDARDS

EXCLUSIVE: Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years. He's then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules after that to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nudge 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by decade’s end. That's according to proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation that are expected to be released as early as next week. Industry and government officials who have been briefed on the plan tell The Associated Press the requirements would start for model year 2023.

MARIJUANA SEIZURE-DETROIT

U.S. Customs agents seize more than a ton of pot in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — More than a ton of marijuana has been seized by federal agents in Detroit. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Tuesday that about 2,583 pounds of pot was found Wednesday packed among pallets during an inspection of a tractor trailer at the Fort Street Cargo Facility southwest of downtown. The truck had entered Detroit from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge and was sent to a secondary inspection area at the facility. Its manifest listed aluminum caps as cargo. The agency says results of an x-ray scan were inconsistent with what the truck was listed as transporting.

MICHIGAN DAM-REPAIRS

Water levels change in pond, river after dam stoplogs fail

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — Stoplogs at a city-owned dam in western Michigan have failed, causing significant changes in water levels in an upstream pond and downstream-flowing river. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says White Cloud in Newaygo County is working on repairs. The agency received reports Tuesday of the problem. Stoplogs on a dam are panels used to block water flow. Local officials report the dam is stable and the failed stoplogs are expected to be replaced within days. The state says the White Cloud dam is rated as a high-hazard dam. Its most recent state inspection in 2019 rated it in fair condition.

POLICE DOG STABBED-MAN SLAIN

Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man after police dog stabbed

GOBLES, Mich. (AP) — A man who stabbed a police dog has been shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy in southwestern Michigan. The Van Buren County sheriff's office says deputies were called to a home in Gobles about 7:30 p.m. Monday for a reported assault. The police dog was sent inside about 9:30 p.m. to force the 39-year-old man out, but was stabbed several times. MLive.com reports that the man later was shot as he charged and tried to stab a deputy. The man’s name was not immediately released. MLive.com reports that the dog’s name is Kuno. It was being treated by a veterinarian for its wounds. Gobles is southwest of Grand Rapids.

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