News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A lawsuit challenging Michigan's ban on public aid for private schools is moving to federal court. The case was filed in state court in March by a Grand Rapids Catholic school, parents and some lawmakers. But it was withdrawn Tuesday after lawyers decided that federal court is a more appropriate venue. Critics of the ban say the prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution in a number of ways, including equal protection and free speech.
BEULAH, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area man convicted of killing his wife by dragging her into a northern Michigan lake has lost a key appeal, likely exhausting efforts to get a new trial 15 years after the death. Mark Unger argued that his rights were violated because his trial lawyer was ineffective during certain times of the trial, especially when he failed to object to provocative comments by the prosecutor. But an appeals court last week rejected that claim, saying evidence against Unger was "overwhelming."
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - Twin sisters from western Michigan are running for county commissioner seats, but they aren't endorsing one another. Monica Sparks is running as a Democrat for Kent County's 12th district seat while her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, hopes to represent the 13th district. Tyson's decision to run inspired her sister to launch her own campaign. The sisters say they don't clash on the issues but that they'll remain loyal to their parties and endorse each other's opponents.
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit mother has been arraigned in connection with the death of her 11-month-old daughter who drowned in standing water and sewage after falling through a hole in an upstairs floor and into their basement. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 26-year-old Dasiah Jordan appeared Tuesday in 36th District Court on manslaughter and child abuse charges. Ca'Mya Davis was unattended July 6 when she fell through the hole in a bedroom floor. The medical examiner ruled her death accidental.
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