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Associated Press • Sep 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Some Michigan schools close early amid fall heat wave

DETROIT (AP) — Some Michigan schools closed early for the day Monday amid a fall heat wave that's broken records for high temperatures across the state.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District sent students home following a half-day and canceled afternoon sports. Schools in the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas also are among those that closed early.

In the Detroit area, the National Weather Service said Saturday's high of 90 surpassed the record of 89 for Sept. 23 set in 1937, while a high Sunday of 89 tied the record from Sept. 24, 1891.

In West Michigan and the Flint area, record highs were reached four consecutive days.

The heat wave is expected to end Wednesday.

Granddaughter of state senator dies in apparent drowning

FRANKENMUTH (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker said his granddaughter has died in an apparent drowning at his home in Frankenmuth.

Republican state Sen. Ken Horn said Zelda "Zellie" Rowan Horn, 2, died Sunday evening.

Frankenmuth police said the girl managed to get out of the family's home and into an in-ground pool. Officers arriving on the scene found the girl's father, Kevin Horn, in the front yard administering CPR, but she died at a hospital.

WJRT-TV reported Sen. Horn and his wife were not home at the time.

Horn thanked friends and family for support and first responders for their efforts to save his granddaughter's life.

University of Michigan students protest against racism

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classes and blocked streets at University of Michigan as part of a planned weeklong protest against racism.

The demonstrations at the Ann Arbor school began Monday morning and included people blocking roads and sitting on medians studying. Some buses had to be rerouted and students sought other stops.

Traffic resumed within about an hour.

Organizers said the actions intended to draw attention to inconveniences experienced by the minority black student body. They cited racial epithets recently written on name tags affixed to dormitory doors and on a building.

Demonstrations also were held last week, and a fight broke out at one between a black student and a white man. The white man was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Flags being lowered for state trooper who died after crash

PLAINFIELD TWP. (AP) — Flags will be lowered today for a Michigan State Police trooper who died after crashing his motorcycle.

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of 28-year-old Trooper Timothy O'Neill, who died last Wednesday.

State police said the three-year veteran was on patrol when the crash occurred near Rockford. No one else was injured.

O'Neill was due to be married Oct. 7.

A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. today at the Apostolic Church of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit.

Schuette endorsed by Engler, Miller in governor's race

SAULT STE. MARIE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette has won the endorsements of former Gov. John Engler and former congresswoman and Secretary of State Candice Miller.

In comments released by Schuette's campaign Monday, Engler told Gongwer News Service the Michigan attorney general is "in some ways the most experienced and most varied in background of anybody who's run in a very long time." When Engler was governor, he chose Schuette to lead the agriculture department.

Miller, Macomb County's public works commissioner, also endorses Schuette. She called him "our strongest candidate."

Schuette, who's visiting Upper Peninsula businesses this week, is vying to succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder. Other Republicans running are state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley may also run.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has been endorsed by former Gov. Jim Blanchard.

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