Daily Briefs

Governor wants to boost funding for water infrastructure 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to improve the state's water infrastructure by investing $110 million annually to help ensure access to safe drinking water.
Snyder's office says Thursday the money would come from a new state fee on water customers. It would be used for priority projects such as water main and lead service line replacement, upgrades for failing infrastructure and collection of information on water infrastructure.

Lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint has been blamed primarily on his administration's failures in 2014 and 2015.

The proposal would implement a $1 annual fee per person starting in 2020 and increase by $1 per person to $5 annually per person in 2024. The proposal would expire in 2040.
Customers of public water supply systems serving 1,000 people or more would be charged.

Trial date scheduled for man in bike crash case 

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A new trial date has been scheduled for a man involved in a 2016 crash that killed and injured multiple bicyclists in southwestern Michigan.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports a settlement conference is scheduled for April 13 for Charles Pickett in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court and jury selection is scheduled to start April 23.
The update comes after the Michigan Supreme Court recently decided against hearing an appeal of murder charges.

Pickett is accused of driving under the influence of drugs and plowing into a group of bicyclists in Cooper Township on June 7, 2016, killing five and injuring four. His girlfriend told police he downed handfuls of pain pills and muscle relaxers before driving.

Pickett's lawyer has argued the evidence established, at most, the elements of reckless driving causing death.

Wayne Law hosts Professor Beydoun to discuss Islamophobia

The community is invited to join Wayne Law to hear Khaled A. Beydoun, professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, discuss Islamophobia and policing Muslim identity during the Trump era from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. This special event  is free to attend and will be held at Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer in Detroit. Light refreshments will be served.