Michigan to destroy some blood spots in fight over consent
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has agreed to destroy more than 3 million dried blood spots taken from babies and kept in storage. It’s all part of a partial settlement in an ongoing lawsuit over consent and privacy in the digital age. Hospitals routinely prick the heels of newborns to draw blood to check for more than 50 rare diseases. That practice isn’t being challenged. The dispute in Michigan is over leftover samples. A blood spot from each child is stored in Lansing while more are stored in Detroit for possible use by scientists. Michigan must get permission from parents to use spots for health research. But attorney Philip Ellison argues that the program might not be constitutional. And the agreement to destroy some blood spots doesn’t end the lawsuit.
Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration is dropping a rule adopted under former President Donald Trump that limited which lands and waters could be designated as critical habitat for imperiled animals and plants. The government wrote a definition of “habitat” under the Endangered Species Act shortly before Trump left office. It prevented federal agencies from selecting areas for protection that don’t presently meet a species’ needs — even if those places might be suitable in the future because of restoration work or natural changes. Biden administration officials say the definition limited agencies’ ability to make habitat protection decisions based on science.
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Police: man shot during traffic stop suspected of impairment
WAYLAND, Mich. (AP) — State Police say a motorist shot in a struggle with a sheriff’s deputy during a western Michigan traffic stop had been pulled over for suspicion of impaired driving. Twenty-two-year-old Joseph Nagle of Comstock Park was shot and killed by an Allegan County sheriff’s deputy on June 16. State police said in a news release Thursday that Nagle showed signs of impairment during sobriety tests. Police say Nagle started to fight with the deputy when he was told he was under arrest, and the deputy shot him once in the chest.
States make pitches to vote 1st in 2024 Democratic primaries
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen states and Puerto Rico are jockeying for early slots on a new Democratic presidential primary calendar, offering presentations for party bosses on why they deserve to go first — or at least close to it. Iowa has held the leadoff position since 1972, but technical glitches undermined its Democratic caucus two years ago. That sparked clamor for change. States are pressing their case over three days of Democrats’ Rules and Bylaws Committee meetings. The full Democratic National Committee plans to vote in August. It could opt to alter the current order of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — or keep it the same.
US rep blames abortion supporters for Michigan office damage
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Republican U.S. representative says he believes abortion rights activists may be behind vandalism at the building his campaign office shares with an anti-abortion group in southern Michigan. U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg’s campaign says attackers smashed windows and a front door of the building in Jackson, Michigan, early Wednesday. Fire officials say a nearby sign was also spray-painted pink, but there’s no evidence anyone entered the building. Walberg, of Tipton, says the graffiti indicates the vandalism was done by someone who supports abortion rights. Walberg says he opposes abortion. Jackson Right to Life shares the building with his campaign office.
Michigan teen’s trial in school shooting moved to January
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A judge has postponed a murder trial until January in the case of a teenager accused of killing four fellow students and wounding others at a Michigan high school. Lawyers for Ethan Crumbley say a September trial date wouldn’t leave enough time to go through evidence and prepare. The Oakland County prosecutor’s office didn’t object. Judge Kwame Rowe set a trial for Jan. 17. The 16-year-old Crumbley is charged with murder and other crimes in the November shooting at Oxford High School. Earlier that day, his parents were summoned to discuss the boy’s disturbing drawings on a math assignment, but they declined to take him home. James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Man shot, wounded during confrontation with Albion police
ALBION, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of threatening a relative has been shot and wounded after allegedly raising a gun toward police officers in southern Michigan. The Albion Public Safety Department says three officers confronted the man Wednesday evening at a home and ordered him multiple times to drop the gun. One of the officers fired his service weapon, striking the man who was taken to an area hospital. His name was not released and his condition was not immediately available. Police said the man’s family reported that he “was having psychological issues and was taking psychological medication and drinking.” Police also were told the man said he wanted to kill a relative he previously had fought.
Fire damages hotel, other downtown Holly buildings
HOLLY, Mich. (AP) — A hotel was among several businesses damaged as a fire swept through part of the downtown of a northern Oakland County village. Dozens of firefighters from area departments battled the blaze which started about 4 p.m. Tuesday in Holly, about 53 miles northwest of Detroit. About a half-dozen people, including five firefighters, required medical treatment due to the heat from the flames and hot weather as temperatures Tuesday topped 90 degrees. The fire appears to have started near a building that housed an antiques and collectibles shop. Jon Ruthenbeck, a member of the Oakland County Incident Management Team, told The Detroit News that about a half-dozen structures suffered flame or smoke damage.
Minnesota releases updated draft gray wolf management plan
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers say Minnesota’s gray wolf population is resilient and robust, and they’ve released a draft updated plan to keep it that way. The Department of Natural Resources on Thursday laid out a blueprint for the next 10 years to strengthen conservation and minimize conflicts between people and predators. It calls for maintaining a statewide population of 2,200 to 3,000 wolves. That’s in line with recent estimates of about 2,700 and around where it’s been since the late 1990s. The plan does not take a position on whether Minnesota should resume wolf hunting if they’re removed from federal protection.
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Man found not responsible for Times Square vehicle rampage
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who used his car to hit pedestrians in Times Square has been cleared of responsibility because of mental illness. The verdict came Wednesday at the New York City trial of Richard Rojas. The jury affirmed an insanity defense claiming Rojas was so mentally ill he didn’t know what he was doing during the 2017 attack. It injured 20 people and killed a young tourist. The judge has said the finding would qualify Rojas an open ended “involuntary mental commitment” instead of a lengthy prison term. He ordered Rojas held while he drafts an examination order, and said there would be a hearing on the matter Thursday.
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