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ABORTION-MICHIGAN

Whitmer urges GOP lawmakers to repeal ‘arcane’ abortion ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal a 90-year-old law that criminalizes abortion, warning that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn women’s constitutional right to abortion. GOP legislative leaders oppose abortion and will not support Whitmer’s request. Legislation that would rescind the 1931 law is stalled in a Senate committee. Whitmer made her appeal days after the high court decided not to block a law banning most abortions in Texas. She says the court’s 5-4 order “sets the United States on a dangerous towards overturning Roe v. Wade,” the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

MICHIGAN STORMS

More than 154,000 Michigan customers lose power after storms

DETROIT (AP) — More than 154,000 Michigan homes and businesses lost power Tuesday evening after severe storms swept across the state. There were nearly 70,000 Consumers Energy customers without power as of 8 p.m. DTE Energy had more than 80,000 customers without power, and Great Lakes Energy had more than 4,400 customers without power. High winds, hail, lightning and rain began about 3 p.m. in northern Michigan and moved southeastward through the evening. The National Weather Service says egg-sized hail was reported in Cadillac. It says the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport recorded wind gusts up to 69 mph.

LAKE MICHIGAN DROWNINGS

2 men drown in Lake Michigan in Michigan over weekend

LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — At least two people drowned over the holiday weekend while at Lake Michigan beaches in Michigan. Authorities say 30-year-old Ryan Harms from the Chicago area drowned Sunday at Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Allegan County. In Ottawa County, a 67-year-old man from Mason, near Lansing, drowned Saturday while swimming at a beach in Park Township. His name wasn’t released. There have been at least 77 drownings this year in the Great Lakes, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.

CLIFF DEATH

Visitor at UP park falls from cliff, dies on holiday

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A visitor fell from a cliff and died at a park in the Upper Peninsula. The death occurred Monday at Presque Isle Park in Marquette. Police believe the man fell while descending the cliff to take photos. No other details were released. The victim was found in Lake Superior near shore. Efforts to save the man were unsuccessful. At least two other people have died this summer from accidental falls at parks in the Upper Peninsula.

ELECTION 2022-TRUMP ENDORSEMENTS

Trump backs Upton challenger, secretary of state candidate

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is endorsing a challenger to longtime Republican Rep. Fred Upton and a secretary of state candidate, both of whom have pushed to audit the results of the presidential election. Trump has falsely claimed there was widespread fraud that let Joe Biden “steal” the presidency. Trump backed first-term state Rep. Steve Carra over Upton in the 6th Congressional District. Upton was among 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. Trump also endorsed Kristina Karamo for secretary of state. Democrat Jocelyn Benson is up for reelection in 2022.

BRIDGE WALK

Labor Day walk returns to the Mighty Mac; 21,000 join

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — More than 20,000 people participated Monday in the Labor Day walk on the Mackinac Bridge, an annual event that was canceled last year because of COVID-19. Officials say attendance was down compared to past years but there still were “thousands of very happy faces” on the bridge between the Lower and Upper peninsulas. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led the pack. People had many options: They could walk the entire bridge, walk to the middle and return to St. Ignace or Mackinac City or make a 10-mile round trip.

GAS LEAK

Risks ease from gas leak but people still out of homes

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — Organizers have canceled a popular two-day festival that was planned for the upcoming weekend in Flat Rock. It’s part of the fallout from a gasoline leak in the sewer system that was traced to a Ford Motor factory. Authorities say the factory is no longer releasing contaminants into the Flat Rock system. But some residents agreed to voluntarily leave their homes. Drinking water lines have not been affected. Flat Rock officials are awaiting air-monitoring equipment from the state. Meanwhile, Flat Rock Riverfest, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, has been canceled. Ford Motor has created a $1 million relief fund and lined up hotel rooms for people.

FORD-APPLE EXEC

Ford hires exec formerly in charge of Apple’s car project

NEW YORK (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has hired a former Apple and Tesla executive to be the company’s head of advanced technology and new embedded systems. It’s a critical position for Ford as the auto industry moves to adopt vehicles powered by electricity and guided by computers. Before Doug Field joined Ford, he was a vice president of special projects at Apple and a engineer at Tesla. Apple has been rumored to be working on its own car project for some time, but the details of that project have been kept under tight wraps. Field also worked on Tesla’s Model 3 vehicle.

HORSE ATTACKED-DOGS

Court affirms death sentence for 2 dogs in horse attack

ROGERS CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two American bulldogs blamed for an attack on a horse could be put to death. The Michigan Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision to euthanize the dogs. The horse was attacked in its barn in Presque Isle County in 2019. The injuries were so severe that the owner decided to euthanize the horse. In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court says there’s no evidence that any other animal had been in the barn with the horse. In a dissent, Judge Amy Ronayne Krause wasn’t entirely convinced. She says the dogs might have fought off a wild animal that had attacked the horse.

CLASSIC CARS-FIRE

Fire destroys classic cars in shop near Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say fire destroyed about a dozen classic cars at a restoration shop near Traverse City. Sensors triggered a fire alarm Sunday morning at the shop in East Bay Township. Firefighters were able to save a few cars but many were destroyed. Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker says, “It’s sad to see that kind of loss.” He said there was no easily accessible water to fight the fire. Water was trucked to the site with assistance from at least five townships. There were no injuries.



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