Nightside Report March 29, 2021: Judge dismisses terrorism threat charges in Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot case, Michigan unveils new projects to fix roads and the tool for tracking them

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Judge dismisses terrorism threat charges in Whitmer kidnapping plot case

Judge dismisses terrorism threat charges in Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot case

DETROIT – Three men the state said helped plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were in court on Monday.

Judge Michael Klaeren dropped a 20-year felony against two of the men. The decision challenged the Michigan Attorney General’s office over the charges against Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison.

The men had been charged with making terroristic threats online and in secret conversations on encrypted apps. The state said that both men spent time and money to train so they could attempt to kidnap Gov. Whitmer.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 660,771; Death toll now at 16,034

Metro Detroit weather: Snowflakes possible for Opening Day

Our last few days of March will bring in some dramatic swings, but the biggest exclamation point arrives on Thursday.

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4 Fast Facts

  • On Monday, a group of legal scholars called for an ethics investigation into Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido. Click here to read more.
  • As COVID cases in Michigan rise, Macomb County is ramping up its efforts to get more people vaccinated. Click here to read more.
  • The pandemic and changes it has brought have been uniquely challenging for the hearing impaired. Click here to read more.
  • Thousands of Michigan residents are still struggling with the Michigan Unemployment Agency while trying to get their benefits. Click here to read more.

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Fixing the roads: Michigan unveils big new projects and the tool for tracking them

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced new projects regarding Michigan roads that are expected to get underway soon.

Officials also announced a new tool to help residents track road projects in their area. Some projects had been started, but when the pandemic hit things seemed to stall.

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Dr. Joneigh Khaldun voices concern as COVID cases in Michigan increase

The Chief Medical Executive of the State of Michigan Dr. Joneigh Khaldun spoke with Local 4 about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Monday’s update includes a total of 8,202 new covid cases and eight additional deaths over the past two days. On Saturday, the state reported 652,569 total cases and 16,026 deaths.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.