Morning Briefing Nov. 11, 2021: Michigan AG Dana Nessel says she drank too much at football tailgate, UAW local treasurer accused of spending funds on personal expenses

Here are this morning’s top stories

FILE - In this March 5, 2020 file photo, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel addresses the media during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File) (David Eggert, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

‘Tailgate-Gate’: Michigan AG apologizes for drinking too much at Michigan vs. Michigan State game

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is apologizing for drinking too much alcohol ahead of the big Michigan vs. Michigan State college football game last month. Nessel wrote Wednesday in a Facebook post that she drank too much on an empty stomach at an East Lansing tailgate before attending the game, which resulted in her feeling ill and leaving early.

See the story here.

Feds: UAW local treasurer used union money to pay for child support, gambling

If you’re a United Auto Workers union official, you get a card for the company account, or the union account. Federal officials say Timothy Edmunds used his card to spend about $2 million in UAW funds on personal expenses.

Learn more here.

Deep Dive: What to know about ‘Unlock Michigan’ petition drive

Most pandemic restrictions have been lifted in Michigan at this point, but that’s not stopping one group from trying to make sure they’re hard to come by in the future.

Read about the goals of the Unlock Michigan petition drive here.

Whitmer signs bill to allow 2-year Michigan vehicle registration

Michigan drivers will soon be able to select a two-year option for renewing vehicle registration under new legislation signed Wednesday.

Learn more here.

EXPLAINER: Why US inflation is so high, and when it may ease

For months, many economists had sounded a reassuring message that a spike in consumer prices, something that had been missing in action in the U.S. for a generation, wouldn’t stay long. Yet as any American who has bought a carton of milk, a gallon of gas or a used car could tell you, inflation has settled in.

Read more here.

Weather forecast: Mild Veterans Day with rain; snow chances coming

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 6,283 new cases of COVID-19 and 163 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- an average of 3,141.5 cases over a two-day period. Of the 163 deaths announced Wednesday, 88 were identified during a review of records.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,172,800, including 22,684 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,166,517 cases and 22,521 deaths, as of Monday.

Read the latest COVID report here.

About the Author:

Cassidy Johncox is a senior digital news editor covering stories across the spectrum, with a special focus on politics and community issues.