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Judge delays case against parents of Michigan school suspect
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) – A judge has given a Michigan prosecutor more time to collect and share additional evidence against the parents of a boy accused of killing four high school students in Oxford. In part, that’s because Attorney Karen McDonald wants to give the Michigan community “time to heal” over the holiday season. James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with manslaughter. They are accused of giving Ethan Crumbley, 15, access to a gun and failing to intervene when confronted with his disturbing drawings just before the November 30 shooting. The teenager is charged separately as an adult with murder and other crimes.
Far too little election fraud to tip Trump election, AP says
ATLANTA (AP) – An Associated Press review of the six battlefield states disputed by former President Donald Trump found fewer than 475 cases of potential voter fraud, a number that would have made no difference during the 2020 presidential election. Democrat Joe Biden won Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and their 79 Electoral College votes by a total of 311,257 votes out of 25.5 million of votes cast for the president. Contested ballots represent just 0.15% of Biden’s margin of victory in those states. Trump, a Republican, continued to insist the election was fraudulent, citing a wide range of complaints. The PA review also showed no collusion aimed at rigging the vote.
Michigan lawmakers consider $ 1.5 billion in trade and relief incentives
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan lawmakers begin to pass a $ 1.5 billion bill with state incentives to expand major business operations, including an electric vehicle battery plant that General Motors wishes to build in the Lansing region. Once Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs off on the funding and related invoices, the money will go to the new Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund. Legislative budget committees are expected to approve transfers from the account to site preparation and “critical industry” funds before Michigan can distribute grants, loans and other aid to businesses. Lawmakers are in session Tuesday night.
Board of Directors approves wording for payday loan vote petition
LANSING, Mich (AP) – A coalition has gone one step further in its efforts to get voters to decide how Michigan should cap payday loan interest rates. Michiganders for Fair Lending on Tuesday obtained the approval of the Council of State Solicitors for the language of its petition proposal to put the issue to the ballot in November 2022. Payday loans are short-term loans with low interest rates. ‘high interest. The coalition says payday loans can get expensive for borrowers and trap them in a cycle of debt. The petition calls for a ban on fees on payday loans that total over 36% APR.
VIRUS OUTBREAK FUNDING
Michigan Legislature to Accept $ 841 Million in COVID and Other Aid
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Michigan lawmakers are set to approve an additional $ 841 million in COVID-19 and other spending, including for coronavirus testing in schools and emergency aid for help low-income tenants. The proposed additional funding was put forward by a House and Senate floor conference committee on Tuesday. It includes non-discretionary aid that Congress and President Joe Biden enacted nine months ago: $ 150 million for schools to detect and test for the virus; $ 168 million in relief for airports; and $ 140 million in emergency rent assistance. The bill has $ 36 million in public funding to address the water crisis in Benton Harbor.
BROTHER TRUMPED FOR DEER-SHOT
Teenager mistakes brother for deer and shoots him (deputies)
TOWNSHIP OF SOLON, Mich. (AP) – Authorities say a teenager mistook his 12-year-old brother for a deer and shot him with a rifle. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said the young boy went to call his 17-year-old brother for dinner on Monday night when the shooting took place in Solon Township, north of Grand Rapids. MPs say the teenager was hunting in a tree at the time. WOOD-TV reports that the 12-year-old has been hospitalized in serious but stable condition. The names of the brothers have not been released.
MSU expresses “gratitude” and offers $ 1,500 bonus to professors
EAST LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Michigan State University awards bonuses of $ 1,500 to campus employees. The bonuses, which will cost around $ 27 million, will go to regular and term faculty, support staff and graduate students who teach. Last month, MSU announced 2% increases for non-union faculty and academic staff hired before June 30. The winter holidays have also been extended by three days. Some faculty members welcomed the latest bonuses, but said they do not replace cuts made earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Samuel Stanley Jr. says he is grateful for what campus workers have accomplished during the pandemic.
PHOTO ROCKS ENTRY FEE
Pictured Rocks will start charging the first entry fee in March
MUNISING, Michigan (AP) – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will soon begin charging entrance fees to visitors for the first time in the 55-year history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula tourist destination. Park officials announced Monday that the park along Lake Superior will begin charging visitor fees from March 1, 2022, and that camping fees and lighthouse tour fees will increase as of January 1. improvements to the 70,000-acre park, which saw a record more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The lakeside destination is known for its colorful sandstone cliffs, rock formations, waterfalls and acres of sand dunes.
AP-US-SCI-VEHICLE EMISSIONS-PUBLIC HEALTH
Falling vehicle emissions have cut fatalities, study finds
Researchers studying the environment and public health say thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars have been saved in the United States thanks to recent reductions in vehicle emissions. Researchers at Harvard University looked at the impact of lower emissions from cars and other vehicles between 2008 and 2017 on deaths from air pollution. They found that the death toll had increased from 27,700 in 2008 to 19,800 in 2017, and the economic benefits of reduced emissions amounted to $ 270 billion.
Provide details of the AP’s review of potential electoral fraud cases
The Associated Press has spent months contacting hundreds of local election offices in political battlefield states where former President Donald Trump and his allies contested his loss to Democrat Joe Biden. In total, the review found less than 475 cases of potential voter fraud in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. That’s far from Biden’s total margin of victory in those states of over 311,000 votes. Here are the details of the AP exam in each of those states.