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Michigan State University trustees have changed the name of a campus building after determining that a man with a long record of public service was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Stephen S. Nisbet's grandson objected Friday. He claims it's not his grandfather's signature on a klan membership card discovered in a library. The klan was a secretive society organized to assert white supremacy. A Michigan State University building was named in 1974 for Nisbet, who was a member of the school's governing board in the 1960s. He worked in education and business. Nisbet died in 1986.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer late Wednesday clarified her order requiring masks in organized sports, saying they must be worn in training and competition only when athletes cannot consistently keep 6 feet apart.

The measure explicitly mentions football, soccer and volleyball as sports where face coverings are a must due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it also now exempts sports in which athletes can keep distance “except for occasional and fleeting moments” — such as tennis, golf, cross country, baseball and softball.

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A bill that would allow Michigan clerks to start processing absentee ballots before Election Day is not dead, and the August primary legitimized concerns that some officials will not be able to quickly handle a surge of mailed-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, a legislative leader said.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a budget bill that will fund a federal $300-a-week unemployment benefit, flood cleanup costs in the Midland area and Michigan’s contribution toward a project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

The $2.8 billion in spending is almost entirely federally funded.

It is unclear how long the supplemental $300 weekly jobless benefit will last. It is less than a $600-a-week payment that expired but still more than what people typically get from the state.

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Greg Montgomery, the All-Pro punter who spent nine years in the NFL with Houston, Detroit and Baltimore, has died. He was 55.

Montgomery died Aug. 23, according to an obituary posted by Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service in Grand Rapids.

Montgomery was an All-Pro in 1993 for the Oilers, and that was one of three times he led the NFL in punting. He finished his career with a 43.6-yard average in 142 games.

Montgomery is also Michigan State’s career leader in punting average at 45.2 yards.


A new study says that safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings could prevent more than 40% of crashes in which semis rear-end other vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also found that when crashes happen, the systems cut the speeds by 50%, reducing damage and injuries.

The institute is a research group supported by auto insurers. It called on the federal government to require the systems on new large trucks and said many truck fleet operators are already adding emergency braking on their own.

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The state will work with Detroit election officials to ensure that problems encountered during the recent primary are not repeated in the November general election. The number of counted absentee ballots in the August primary didn't match the tally recorded in poll books in more than 70% of precincts. City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Secretary of State Joyce Benson said Wednesday that at least 6,000 election workers will be recruited to staff Detroit polling locations and absentee counting boards, and the method of counting and sorting ballots will be revised and streamlined.

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Ford Motor Co. will offer early retirement incentives with hopes of cutting its U.S. white-collar workforce by 1,400 more positions. President for the Americas Kumar Galhotra told employees about the offers Wednesday morning. The company says they're part of an $11 billion restructuring plan that started more than a year ago. Most of the reductions will take place in the area of Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford has its headquarters. A spokesman says Ford expects to meet its goals with the offers. If it doesn't, then it may consider involuntary separations. The offers will go to U.S.

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Michigan lawmakers have begun voting to authorize the federal government's supplemental $300-a-week unemployment benefit and provide $6 million in state funding for costs related to devastating flooding in the Midland area. The legislation cleared the House Tuesday and will receive Senate approval Wednesday. The $2.9 billion spending measure - almost all of it federal dollars - includes the $300 jobless benefit created by President Donald Trump after talks broke down with Congress.

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Michigan State University mostly found no violations of campus policy in a review of roughly 20 former or current staff members who were said to have received complaints about Larry Nassar, the doctor convicted of molesting female athletes, according to a report Tuesday.

The report is part of a 2019 agreement with the U.S. Education Department, which included a $4.5 million fine and MSU’s pledge to greatly change how it responds to sexual harassment and assault.