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Michigan State News              Updated 01/29/15


(MI Poll-Prop-1)
A new poll strongly suggests that those supporting Proposal 1 in May have their work cut out for them.
The proposal would raise the sales tax by a penny, and also trigger a change in the taxation of gasoline along with vehicle registration fee increases, as part of an effort to improve funding for roads, schools and local government, by just under two (b) billion dollars.
On the surface, voters support the idea by a 46-to 41 percent margin.
But when all of the details of the proposal are explained, the numbers flip, with 49 against and 37 percent in favor.
The survey focused on those who describe themselves as "certain" voters on May 5th. It was conducted by Lansing-based Epic MRA.

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(Dearborn-Ford Earnings)
Weaker profits will mean weaker profit-sharing at Ford. The checks will average $6,900, off from record payments of $8,800 last year.
This comes as Ford posted a weaker profit overall for 2014, $3.2 billion.
Ford was hit with a number of one time charges, involving recalls and currency issues in Venezuela. That pushed fourth quarter earnings down to $52 million. Pre-tax profit was $1.1 billion. Ford’s pre-tax profit for the year was $6.3 billion.
The Dearborn automaker projects that it will be able to increase that pre-tax profit to between $8.5 and $9.5 billion in 2015, as new models come on line.
The profit-sharing numbers are based on North American earnings of $6.9 billion. Those earnings were down from $8.8 billion in 2013.
Ford expects its 2015 profits to be helped by a full year of profitable new products, including the new F-150 pickup, and improvements in European operations.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(Flint-Triple Murder Conviction)
A 19-year-old Flint man will be sentenced to life in prison without parole in March for killing three people in July 2013.
Deonte Gray was found guilty of three counts of first-degree premeditated murder Wednesday.
He killed nine-year-old Trashawn Macklin, 25-year-old James Allen, Jr., and 23-year-old Akeem Easterling at an apartment complex in Flint after an altercation with Easterling.
The 23-year-old was killed first and Gray then killed Allen when he went to tell him what happened and the victim went for a gun. The boy was killed when Gray realized the nine-year old saw what he did.
(24/7 News Source)

(Allen Park-Crash Closes Freeway)
Authorities say a section of I-94 in the Allen Park area is going to be closed for quite some time after a semi-truck rolled over, spilling fuel across the freeway.
The accident happened around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday on westbound I-94 just west of Oakwood Boulevard, near the Southfield freeway interchange.
According to police, a semi-truck driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the median wall, causing the rig to roll over. No other vehicles were involved and no injuries were reported.
Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Diane Cross says the truck was carrying thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, and spilled about 1,000 gallons of it.
Cross said the westbound lanes of I-94, between Oakwood and Telegraph, could be closed for hours past the busy morning rush hour today (Thursday) as crews continue to clean up the spilled fuel.
Motorists are strongly urged to avoid the area. Traffic backups have been reported from miles away.
(Laura Bonnell, WWJ, Detroit)

(Muskegon-Scamming Suspect)
Michigan State Police accuse a 20-year-old woman in jail in Baltimore, Maryland of scamming an elderly Muskegon man out of more than 120-thousand dollars.
Authorities in Michigan are working to extradite Jessica Traves to face charges. She is accused of convincing the victim that she was suffering from cancer and needed cash to pay for chemotherapy while the two were on a flight from Detroit to Virginia.
According to investigators, Traves used the man's name to open credit card accounts, charging over 80-thousand dollars and also securing more than 40-thousand dollars in cash advances.
(24/7 News Source)

(Grand Rapids-Mayoral Candidate)
Grand Rapids City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss has announced that she is running for mayor.
Bliss has served as a Second Ward commissioner since 2006. She is the second person to announce her candidacy, following Jared Funk.
If elected, Bliss would become the first female mayor the city has ever had.
In November, Grand Rapids voters narrowly approved a city charter amendment that would bring term limits to the mayor and city commissioners. As a result, Grand Rapids’ current mayor, George Heartwell, will be term-limited out of office by the end of the year, opening up the position.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Calhoun Co-Truck Fire)
The driver of a semi has been cited by police for equipment violations after the man’s truck caught fire and blocked traffic on I-69 near Battle Creek this morning (Thursday).
Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies say the driver told them he was northbound on I-69 near O Drive South shortly before 5:00 a.m. when he noticed his tires were on fire. The truck skidded to a stop blocking the northbound lanes.
The truck was destroyed before the fire could be put out. One northbound lane was reopened after the fire was extinguished.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Capitol-Student Loan Tax Credit)
Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would create an incentive to keep college students living and working in Michigan after graduation.
The bills would provide tax credits for college graduates regardless of whether or not Congress comes to a consensus on student loan interest rates. It's modeled after the successful Opportunity Maine program.
Eligible individuals could claim an income tax credit equal to 50 percent of the amount of qualified student loan payments made during a tax year - up to 20 percent of the average yearly tuition for Michigan's public universities.
State Representative Andy Schor of Lansing says providing $1,500 or so for five years shows the grads the state is investing in them to help make Michigan a great place for the future.
In 2013, student loan interest rates for students taking out subsidized loans doubled to 6.8 percent.

(Capitol-Protecting Referees)
A state lawmaker is launching an effort to toughen penalties against those who assault on-field sports officials.
Senate Democrat Morris Hood of Detroit is sponsoring the two-bill package that would create a new felony class punishable by up to three years in prison for anyone who assaults, batters or encourages another person to assault a referee or coach.
In addition to a physical assault, persons encouraging an assault on social social media could be charged under the proposal.
The legislation follows last year's death of a soccer referee in Livonia after he was punched by an angry player he had ejected during a match.

(MI-Economic Activity Index)
Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index grew in November, increasing 0.3 percentage points to a level of 119.4.
November's reading is 46 points, or 62 percent, above the index cyclical low of 73.8. October's index reading was 119.1.
Comerica Bank Chief Economist Robert Dye says there were several factors that contributed to the Index increase in November after easing in October.
Dye notes U.S. economic conditions are strong, creating demand for Michigan manufactured goods. Gasoline prices are low, providing a lift to household finances and supporting increased discretionary spending for Michigan consumers. And house prices are up, helping Michigan homeowners to feel wealthier and more confident.
Dye also says winter weather conditions appear to be less severe than last year and that is another supporting factor for the Michigan economy.
The index averaged 114.2 points for all of 2013, seven and one-tenth points above the index average for 2012.

(Grand Ledge-American Sniper-Moore)
A Lansing-area movie theater will allow active duty members of the military as well as all veterans to see the movie “American Sniper” for free but a State Senator says controversial filmmaker Michael Moore has been banned for saying snipers are cowards and not heroes.
Republican Rick Jones says Moore's comments were inappropriate and although the Flint native can say anything he wants, he won't be welcome at the Grand Ledge Sun Theater which will show the movie starting Friday through Thursday February 12th.
Moore made his comment on Twitter after noting that his uncle was killed by a sniper in World War Two.
“American Sniper” is based on the autobiography of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who is considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. It has smashed January box offices records.

(MI-STEP Program Enrollment)
Nearly 6,000 Michigan fifth-graders have been enrolled in a classroom curriculum that enables teachers to prepare students for various emergencies, including tornadoes, flooding and storms.
The Student Tools for Emergency Planning program, known as STEP, is offered through the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.
The STEP program provides teachers with emergency preparedness materials at no cost to the school, including instructor guides, copies of student handouts and starter emergency supply kits for each student. It can be taught by teachers, school officials, first responders or volunteers.
To date, 92 schools statewide are enrolled in the STEP program, reaching 5,968 students. Last year, 5,494 fifth-graders were enrolled at 88 schools.
Officials say schools still have an opportunity to register students in the preparedness program, but applications must be received no later than February 6. More information is available online at michigan.gov/step.
The STEP program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

(Detroit-Joe Weekley Charges Dismissed)
There will be no third trial for Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley, who was charged in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl during a chaotic raid in 2010.
Following a second mistrial last October, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the case will not move ahead.
In a statement, Worthy said (quote) "Today we personally informed the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones that we have made a decision that we would not be going to trial for a third time in the Joseph Weekley case."
Aiyana was shot during a raid being filmed for the A&E reality show “The First 48.” The incident led to a ban by then-Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on TV crews going out with police.
Worthy’s office will move to dismiss the case on Friday, January 30th.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Flint-Missing Shotguns)
The Flint Police Department says it's missing 20 shotguns.
Chief James Tolbert has confirmed that an inventory audit conducted on January 22 found that a department owned Mossberg and 19 Remington duty shotguns are missing.
Tolbert told MLive he's hoping a full departmental audit will reveal the shotguns' whereabouts.
Tolbert says the department hasn't undergone a firearms equipment audit for a long-time. He says evidence shows a partial audit 12 years ago. He says upon completion of the weapons audit, the department will determine if there is an issue they need to look a little further into or not.
Police says the weapons' serial numbers have been entered into the state Law Enforcement Information Network and reported as missing.

(Kent Co-Storage Rental Thefts)
A Muskegon woman, who used her managers job at a storage rental business to cover her thefts from those units, is going to prison.
Amy Lynn Jones was sentenced Wednesday in Kent County Circuit Court to 4 to 30 years in prison.
The 32-year old Jones pleaded guilty in November to larceny by conversion and receiving and concealing stolen property as a fourth time offender.
Authorities say Jones stole more than $100-thousand dollars in property during the two weeks she worked at Evergreen Storage in Comstock Park in August 2012. The items included the puck from the first NHL goal scored by Detroit Red Wing Gustav Nyquist. The framed and signed puck has since been recovered.
Detectives say Jones tried to cover her tracks by disabling security cameras. She emptied out numerous units of items ranging from jewelry and televisions to inexpensive knick-knacks from more than a dozen customers.
One locker was worth $40-thousand dollars, and another worth $30-thousand.
Jones hid the property she stole with friends in Muskegon and organized auctions to sell it.
She also must pay restitution in an amount now estimated at more than $108,000.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)



(MI/WS-Plane Crash)
A Northern Michigan pastor died in a plane crash in Wisconsin Monday morning.
Clark County Sheriff Department officials identified the victim as 56-year old Pastor Martin Siegwart of the Boon Baptist church in Wexford County. Two others were injured in the crash that happened near Owen, Wisconsin.
Authorities say the Cessna 182 began having problems and the pilot, Siegwart's son, 27-year-old Mark Siegwart of Hammond, Indiana, circled the area and attempted to land in the town of Hoard. That's when a wing hit a tree and caused the plane to crash into several other trees ending up in a ditch.
Siegwart was pronounced dead at the scene. His son and the other passenger were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The flight originated in Menominee and was enroute to Minnesota when the wings iced over and subsequent crash occurred when the wing struck the tree in an emergency landing attempt.
Weather is listed as the factor in the crash.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)(MI-Drone Authorization)
The Michigan State Police hope to get permission to fly an aerial drone to photograph vehicle crash scenes and other emergency situations.
If the Federal Aviation Administration gives the green light next month it would be a first.
State police officials say the helicopter drone will reduce the time required to survey and reconstruct major crash scenes by taking hundreds of overlapping photos and creating a three-dimensional map of the crash.
(24/7 News Source)

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(Roseville-Dumpster Baby-UPDATE)
A metro Detroit mother is facing charges after police say she wrapped up her 3-day-old baby and left him in a shed on Christmas Day.
Roseville police have released more details in the case of the infant who was found frozen in a recycling center dumpster.
According to Police Chief James Berlin, the 24-year-old Eastpointe woman gave birth to the baby boy at a friend’s house on December 22. Three days later, she disposed of the child in freezing temperatures.
Berlin said the suspect told them that after the baby died, she wrapped it up and placed it inside a shed; and someone must have taken it from the shed and placed it in the recycling bin thinking it was garbage.
The infant was found the night of January 15 in a dumpster at the ReCommunity Recycling Center in Roseville.
He was naked, wrapped in a black T-shirt with the umbilical cord still attached. It’s not yet been confirmed whether the baby was indeed already dead when the mother abandoned him.
The Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to confirm a timeline.
The suspect was arrested Monday after police received tips from her family and friends who knew she was pregnant and became suspicious when they saw the story about the baby on the news.
The suspect’s name will be released following an arraignment set for Wednesday in Eastpointe District Court. Charges in the case could include murder, child abuse and unlawful disposal of a body.
Berlin says the woman has three other children who previously had been removed from her custody but no criminal record. They have no idea who the father is.
No one else is expected to be charged in the case.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Branch Office Locator)
Finding a local Secretary of State's branch office just got easier.
A newly upgraded Branch Office Locator now features the latest online mapping technology to provide personalized directions to an office from a customer’s location and is optimized for mobile devices.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says it also allows customizable searches for services, such as offices with Saturday hours, Self-Service Stations open 24 hours a day for convenient license plate tab renewals and offices that feature the revolutionary get-in-line-online MI-TIME Line service.
Customers can get in line at select MI-TIME Line offices from the locator.
Officials say the office locator draws more than 2 million visitors a year.

(MI-Tobacco Vendor Survey)
The majority of tobacco vendors in Michigan did not sell tobacco products to minors in 2014, but the number of retailer violations were up, according to a recent study.
The Michigan Department of Community Health report shows that 82-percent of retailers did not sell tobacco to youth under age 18 last year, making it the eighth consecutive year Michigan vendors were in compliance with the federal minimum rate of 80 percent.
But MDCH spokesperson Jennifer Smith says, unfortunately, the retailer violation rate has increased to 18 percent over the last two years. In 2012, Michigan’s retailer violation rate was 10.6 percent and now in 2014, 18 percent of retailers violated the law.
In response to the increased violations, the MDCH says the state will increase education outreach to establishments known to sell tobacco, including on-line education opportunities to reinforce education of their staff, avoid fines, and safeguard the public.

(MI-Study-Earnings Inequality)
A new study says the top 1 percent of wage earners in the state captured 82 percent of the income growth from 2009 until 2012.
The study released Monday also shows that the top 1 percent in Michigan took home 25 times more than the bottom 99 percent in 2012.
The authors of the study called The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, update their analysis of IRS data. It's published by the Economic Policy Institute for the Economic Analysis and Research Network.
The study said Michigan is one of four states where between 1979 and 2007 only the top 1 percent experienced rising and the average income of the bottom 99 percent fell. It notes incomes at all levels declined as a result of the Great Recession, but that income growth has been lopsided since the recovery began.
The study said to be in the top 1 percent of the state's earners, a person must earn $300,750 per year.

(Oakland Co-Nursing Home Embezzlement)
A former employee has been convicted for her role in an embezzlement scheme from an Oakland County nursing home.
44-year old Tina Binkley of Lapeer County pleaded guilty to one count of Embezzlement from Vulnerable Adults $100,000 or more.
Binkley pleaded guilty in connection with her scheme to embezzle more than $460,000 from approximately 136 residents of Boulevard Health Center, a Rochester Hills nursing home facility.
The embezzlement scheme took place between May 2010 and April 2013 while Binkley was employed as the facility’s business office manager.
Attorney General investigators found that Binkley transferred residents’ overpayments for room and board from the BHC general account into the Resident Trust Fund account and later made cash withdrawals from that account for personal expenses.
Binkley will be sentenced on March 2. She faces 20 years in prison. As part of the plea, Binkley has agreed to pay restitution of more than $460,000 to the victims.

(Berrien Co-Body Found-UPDATE)
The woman found dead near train tracks in Berrien County's New Buffalo Township on Sunday is being identified as 42-year-old Elizabeth Brooks of Chicago.
Michigan State Police are continuing to investigate her death, with help now from the Chicago Police Department.
An autopsy on Monday revealed a preliminary cause of death, but it is being withheld pending toxicology test results. State Police investigators believe Brooks died somewhere else and her body was dumped alongside the tracks sometime Saturday night because there were no visible signs of trauma.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Gladstone-Recall Petitions Filed)
Recall petitions have been filed against three Gladstone City Commissioners.
Local resident Tim DeClaire filed the petitions against Hugo Mattonen, Joe Maki, and Dave Nemecheck because they voted last year to raise the city's millage without having a public hearing. The city commission said that because the vote merely restored a previous millage level, it was not a "tax increase", and no public hearing was required by law.
Language for the recall was approved last August, and County Clerk Nancy Kolich says that DeClaire had up to 180 days to submit the petitions. The petitions were submitted on January 16th, and Kolich says there were more than the 432 valid signatures that are needed for a recall.
The targeted commissioners have until February 16th to challenge the signatures, and a recall election will be held May 5th if there are still enough valid signatures.
Anyone else who wants to run for these three seats will have to file within ten days of Kolich calling the election…then they, too, would be on the May 5th ballot.
Nemecheck's term expires this November, while the seats of Maki and Nemecheck don't expire until 2017.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Three Rivers-Day Care Assault)
Police are investigating allegations of sexual assaults at a home-based day care in Three Rivers.
Michigan State Police Detective 1st Lt. Chuck Christensen told MLive the investigation began last week when a parent came forward after their child had disclosed to them some sexual contact had taken place. He says several other victims have since come forward.
Christensen says an adult male who resides at the home, but does not work at the day care, is currently under investigation.
No charges have yet been filed. The day care has been closed as police investigate.

(Marquette-Park Smoking Ban)
Marquette officials are moving ahead with a plan to ban smoking at one of the city’s most popular parks.
The Marquette City Commission instructed city staff to develop a new ordinance that would ban smoking at Presque Isle Park.
The 4-3 vote came following a report and recommendation from the city’s Presque Isle Advisory Committee. The committee felt that banning smoking at the park would improve the health and welfare of park users and would also serve to cut down on smoking-related litter.
Details of the ordinance and it’s enforcement will be worked out by the city staff.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette)

(Ann Arbor-UM Med Student Death)
The last of three suspects in the shooting death of a University of Michigan medical student during a robbery nearly two years ago has been has been convicted in his murder.
A Washtenaw County jury Tuesday found 21-year-old Joei Jordan of South Carolina guilty of felony murder, home invasion and conspiracy to commit home invasion. He will be sentenced March 11.
Jordan and two others broke into the off-campus home of Paul DeWolf in July of 2013. The 25-year old DeWolf was shot as he struggled for the gun of co-defendant Dajeon (DAY-zhee-ON) Franklin of Pittsfield Township.
The 22-year-old Franklin was convicted last year of multiple charges including felony murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
22-year-old Shaquille Jones, also of South Carolina, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this month and was sentenced last week to 25 to 50 years behind bars.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Muskegon-Bomb Threat)
Police say the person who phoned in a bomb threat targeting Orchard View High School in Muskegon Tuesday is probably the same person who made "hoax" threats at other schools in Ottawa and Kent County.
Muskegon Township Police say they were made aware of a threat which was called to the Muskegon Police Department at shortly after 9:30 a.m. A second call came in a few minutes later making the threat specific to the high school building.
The school was evacuated and about 600 students were moved to the middle school. The building has been deemed safe after a search by the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad and a K-9 unit failed to turn up any explosives.
Students returned to classes before noon.
Investigators say the calls came from public phones in California.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)



(Saginaw Co-School Threat Arrest)
Michigan State Police and Tittabawassee Township Police have announced an arrest in the case of an anonymous Internet threat concerning area schools.
The threat originated Thursday night over the social media site Yik Yak. A specific school was not identified in the posting.
The Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies closed for the day Friday while other schools in Bay and Saginaw Counties went on modified lock down.
Investigators initially traced the origin of the message to the 4-8-6-2-3 area code before later determining the location of where it came from.
A Freeland resident later declared involvement in making the post after questioning. Investigators then seized the subject's computer and cell phone.
An investigation is continuing as police confer with the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office on possible charges.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

Governor Rick Snyder became only the second sitting governor to address the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Monday, according to Administration officials.
Governor Snyder outlined a few of his priorities for the coming year during the short visit, and asked for the commissioners help with a Disability Directive presented during his "State of the State" message last week, better enforcement of human rights through the use of body cameras and drones, working to improve race and ethnic relations to avoid a Ferguson-like situation in Michigan...and discussing changes to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to provide protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Snyder says that Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act discrimination is wrong, and wants the legislature to continue its dialouge on that issue and hopefully "make positive progress."
The Governor also told the commission he would like to see more done with an Immigration Commission that he has created and creation of other commissions to address Chaldean and Native American concerns as well.
Administration officials say Snyder's appearance was the first since Former Governor George Romney, during whose tenure the commission was created, and could have attended an early meeting after appointing members
in 1964. Former Governor Jennifer Granholm reportedly presented to the commission, but during her tenure as Attorney General prior to becoming Governor.

(Roseville-Newborn Death Arrest)
There’s been a break in the case of a baby boy found in a dumpster at a metro Detroit recycling center.
Roseville police say a 24-year-old woman has been arrested. It’s not known where the woman is from, but the baby was found among newspapers from several northern Michigan counties so detectives have been searching Up North.
The infant was found the night of January 15 in a dumpster at the ReCommunity Recycling Center in Roseville.
The baby boy was estimated to be between one and three days old. Police said the umbilical cord was still attached, so the child may have died just after birth.
Police initially suspected the baby might be that of a 25-year-old Lansing area woman, now behind bars in connection with the 2013 death of her baby girl, but that was ruled out based on DNA evidence. That woman’s second child, a newborn boy, is still missing.
The name of the woman arrested was not immediately released.
A $2,500 reward was offered by Crime Stoppers for the tip leading to an arrest in this case.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(UM-Greeks Suspended)
The six University of Michigan Greek organizations involved in vandalizing two northern Michigan ski resorts during weekend trips earlier this month have been suspended by their national chapters.
The organizations include the fraternities Sigma Alpha Mu, Pi Kappa Alpha and Chi Psi, while the sororities were Sigma Delta Tau, Delta Gamma and Alpha Phi.
MLive reports more than 200 members of Sigma Alpha Mu and Sigma Delta Tau booked about 40 rooms at Treetops Resorts in Gaylord from January 16-18 and caused in excess of $50,000 in damages, including broken doors and furniture, holes in drywall, broken fixtures and soiled carpet during the trip.
Pi Kappa Alpha, Chi Psi, Delta Gamma and Alpha Phi rented 12 condo units at Boyne Highlands ski resort in Harbor Springs during the same weekend and caused more than $25,000 in damages to the units. Officials at the resort said the damage was similar to what the groups caused at Treetops.
U-M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said the suspensions will give the university time to gather more information about the trips before going forward.
Michigan State Police told MLive no arrests have been made, but the cases could be turned over to prosecutors as early as this week to determine whether they will pursue criminal charges.

(MSU-Super Bowl Ads)
For advertisers planning to buy commercial time during this year’s Super Bowl, it’s not a matter of if they’ll buy, but when their ads will air.
Although the airtime could cost more, earlier in the game is better, according to Robert Kolt, a Michigan State University instructor of advertising and public relations who tracks and analyzes the high-profile Super Bowl ads.
Kolt says advertisers are thinking about the gamble, and the smart money is on ads in the first quarter.
That’s because last year many great commercials went unseen because the game was such a snoozer. Seattle defeated Denver 43-8, in a game that was pretty much decided by halftime.
Advertisers are being extra cautious this year because prices for an ad are at a record high of about $4.5 million for 30 seconds of airtime.
Kolt says this year the usual suspects are buying ads, although the auto companies are holding back a bit, buying about half as much as they did in 2014. He says food, beer and pop advertisers will all buy big and, based on the creative ad previews he's seen, it will be a good year for quality.
This year will be the 18th consecutive year that MSU advertising professors will gather to watch and rate the Super Bowl commercials. Using a five-point grading scale, the voting faculty will rate each commercial on creativity, production and overall quality.
Last year’s winner was a Budweiser beer commercial in which a puppy and a horse develop a special relationship.
This year’s Super Bowl is Sunday, featuring the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. Kickoff is 6:25 p.m. on NBC.

(Detroit-Home Discounts)
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is offering city workers and retirees a 50-percent discount on houses that are purchased through the Detroit Land Bank's auction.
The discount will be applied after the person makes the winning bid. The goal is to entice city workers, retirees and their families to live in the city.
Under the program, the buyer has to agree to live in the house for at least three years or they will pay a penalty.
The Land Bank auctions off two homes each day.
(24/7 News Source)

(Berrien Co-Body Found)
Michigan State Police are investigating the discovery of a body near train tracks in New Buffalo Sunday morning.
The woman is believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, and does not appear to have been hit by a train.
Investigators believe her body was dumped by the tracks on a private driveway in New Buffalo Township.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, and police are checking missing persons reports in an attempt to identify the woman.
She is black, and troopers note there were "no outward signs of trauma."
State Police are asking anyone who is aware of a missing African-American woman to contact authorities to help with the woman's identification.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(MI/DC-Post Office Closings)
Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator has introduced an amendment stopping the U.S. Postal Service from closing facilities for two years.
Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow of Lansing joined with 12 other senators in authoring the measure, which seeks to prevent delays in services that she says will impact Michigan families and small businesses.
The amendment would also re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail.
The Postal Service announced last July that they would begin consolidating facilities.
So far, 82 mail processing facilities are being consolidated, including mail processing centers in Kingsford, Kalamazoo, and Lansing.
Last November, Stabenow sent a letter to the Postmaster General asking for the consolidations and closures to be delayed until studies are completed and customers are informed and given an opportunity to share concerns.

(MI-License Suspended)
The state has suspended the license of a South Haven doctor.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says it pulled the license of Dr. James Wertheimer based on his felony conviction in U.S. District Court in South Carolina last July on one count of Acquiring Controlled Substance by Fraud.
State law requires the license of a healthcare professional to be suspended if that person was convicted of a felony, a controlled substance violation, or a misdemeanor that carries at least two years in jail.
Wertheimer was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $600.
(Help from: Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(MI-New Trail Name)
Michigan's newest trail now has a name.
The Department of Natural Resources says Michigan's Iron Belle Trail was selected from more than 8,800 suggestions that were submitted last fall during a trail-naming contest. The submissions were reviewed by a team, and DNR Director Keith Creagh chose the final name based on their recommendations.
The cross-state trail extends from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. It features a 1,259-mile hiking route and a 774-mile bicycling route.
The DNR says more than 270 people submitted some kind of variation of the final name and three people were chosen at random to receive a Michigan vacation prize package.
Amanda Mailer of Rochester, Matthew Husted of Jerome and John Meikle of Lapeer will each will get one of three vacation prize packages for locations along the trail: the Detroit area, Mackinac Island and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
The DNR's goal is to have the trail substantially complete by 2017. Portions already are open in both peninsulas, with additional segments planned to debut this year.

(Kent Co-Shooting Death Plea)
A West Michigan teen has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a friend on the day he was scheduled to go to trial.
17-year-old Marquis Kilgore entered the guilty plea today (Monday) in Kent County Circuit Court on charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony firearm in the death of Ta'Carhi Richardson of Wyoming.
The 17-year old Godwin Heights High School student was shot in the early morning hours of August 3, 2014.
According to reports, Kilgore told investigators he was playing with a loaded gun while sitting in the backseat of a car driven by Richardson when the gun went off by accident. The bullet traveled through the front seat, striking Richardson. Kilgore was arrested soon after.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Marquette Co-Accidental Shooting Death)
A Marquette County woman died over the weekend from injuries suffered in an accidental shooting.
Michigan State Police say 67-year old Athena Engle accidentally shot herself in her left leg with a .38 caliber handgun at her home in Marquette County's Republic Township Friday afternoon.
Engle had called 911 for help and she was taken to U.P. Health Systems Marquette for treatment, where she died Saturday.
An autopsy was scheduled Monday. Troopers say their investigation did not discover any signs of foul-play.

(Berrien Co-Possible Murder)
The investigation continues into a possible murder last week at a southwest Michigan retirement home.
Police were called out to the West Woods of Bridgman Nursing Home on Friday night on a report of an assault. Upon arriving, officers learned that an 83-year old resident had sustained a head injury when being shoved to the floor.
Floyd Perham was conscious during the initial investigation, and taken to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph to be treated. However, Bridgman police were contacted by hospital officials and told that Perham died on Sunday from his head injury.
The case is now being reviewed for possible referral to the Berrien County Prosecutor.
(WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Keewenaw Co-Suspect Sentenced)
A 52-year-old man is on his way to prison for a series of breaking and entering incidents in Keewenaw County dating back to 2012.
Jeffrey Koski of Copper City plead guilty to home invasion charges earlier this month. He will spend a minimum of three years and seven months to a maximum of 15 years behind bars.
Koski was arrested last fall after breaking into a camp in Sherman Township.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Grand Rapids-Sledding Accident)
Police have found the car that ran over a four-year old West Michigan boy in a sledding accident.
Gabriel Castillo was hit by the car after going down a hill at Richmond Park in Grand Rapids and sliding into the road. He was sledding with his father when the accident happened around 7 p.m. Saturday.
Police found the vehicle in Walker, but the driver has not been found.
The boy suffered a severe concussion, several broken ribs and internal injuries. He is listed in stable condition this morning (Monday).
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)



(State Legislature-Preview)
Michigan Lawmakers return to Lansing Tuesday, and Republican leaders will soon announce their agenda for this year.
Two proposals that have already been formally introduced, involve issues the governor has clearly not been interested in approving.
They include re-introduction of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which, among other things, would protect businesses from providing services that may be in violation of their religious beliefs.
A second measure would eliminate Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law, which sponsors say inflates the price of government construction projects.
Asked if the house could approve them this year, House Speaker Kevin Cotter says "I think we could," but he noted that his GOP caucus won't formally unveil their agenda until next week.
Cotter is not concerned about putting the governor in a difficult spot with the bills, saying that "we're going to have a lot of issues like that, and it's going to go both ways," where "there will be things the governor wants us to do that will be difficult for us, and vice-versa," but he's confident they'll "work things out."

(Snyder-Civil Rights Meeting)
Governor Rick Snyder is planning to attend the Civil Rights Commission's meeting in Lansing this afternoon (Monday), potentially making him only the second sitting governor to make that trek.
Snyder announced Friday that he would be attending the meeting to outline his priorities for the coming year. An issue likely to be discussed is changes to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to provide protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
A survey of Department of Civil Rights and Executive Office officials as well as some former administration officials showed that, in fact, Snyder could be the first governor to have made such a visit.

(Jackson-Consumers-Storm Help)
Consumers Energy has mobilized more than 50 employees and equipment to assist New York and New England energy providers bracing for a severe winter storm expected today (Monday) and Tuesday.
The Consumers Energy contingent of utility crews, technicians, mechanics and supervisors from around Michigan left Dundee around 9 a.m. this morning. Another 100 contractors are being released from work on Consumers Energy’s electric system to help restore power on the East Coast.
Michele Kirkland, Consumers Energy vice president of energy operations, says the Jackson-based utility has been fortunate in the past to be helped by out-of-state crews, and this is an opportunity to help them.
Blizzard conditions are forecast for parts of New York and New England, starting at noon (Monday), with the potential for hurricane-force winds and two feet of snow.
Consumers Energy crews and contractors will travel initially to New York state, although where they work will depend on storm damage. They could work on the East Coast for a week or more.
Consumers crews last traveled to East Coast states after Hurricane Sandy struck in late 2012. Crews were last dispatched out of Michigan in March 2014 ahead of an expected ice storm in Kentucky.

(Romulus-Flight Delays)
With a powerful nor'easter bringing up to three feet of snow to the east coast, anyone traveling out of Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus is advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport.
Across the country thousands of flights to New York, Boston and New Jersey have already been cancelled with more potential cancellations and delays on the way.
Arriving flights that originate out east may also be cancelled, so officials say be sure to check before going to pick up people heading to Detroit as well.
(24/7 News Source)

(AAA-Gas Report)
Gas prices increased slightly from last week, AAA Michigan reports.
Michigan’s current statewide average is about $1.96 per gallon, about 3 cents more than last week’s average and about $1.35 less than this same time last year. This is the fourth week in a row that statewide average weekly gas prices have remained below $2.
The current Metro Detroit average is about $1.94 per gallon, about 6 cents more than last week and about $1.33 less than this same time last year. This is the fourth week in a row that Metro Detroit gas prices have remained below $2.
Of the cities surveyed by AAA , the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel can be found in the Marquette area, where it’s about $1.91 a gallon. The highest average gas price can be found in the Traverse City area where it’s about $1.99 a gallon.

(Detroit-Auto Show Attendance)
The 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) finished strong Sunday after a two week celebration of the world’s love affair with the automobile.
A steady flow of more than 102,000 people on the last day of the show brought the total ticketed attendance to 808,775, edging out last year’s total of 803,451.
Press Preview days brought more than five-thousand journalists from 60 countries and 40 states for the reveals of 55 vehicles and seven concept cars.
The Charity Preview raised five-point three million dollars for children's charities.   The total economic impact to the region from the auto show is an estimated 400-million dollars.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Ypsilanti-EMU Students Killed)
Eastern Michigan University is mourning the death of two students who were killed in a car accident in Ypsilanti Township on Sunday.
One of the students is 21-year-old Shannise Heady of Hazel Crest, Illinois, who was a junior forward on the Eagles' women's basketball team. Twenty-three-year-old Jordan Hopkins of Dexter was also killed.
According to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, Heady crossed the center line on Hewitt Road near Michigan Avenue around 1 a.m. and hit another vehicle head-on.
The driver of the other vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Heady played Saturday for the Eagles in the team's 75-61 road win over Toledo, playing 29 minutes and contributing 8 points and 8 rebounds to the cause. She transferred to EMU in January 2013 from Seton Hall in New Jersey.
(24/7 News Source)

(Capitol-Civics Test)
High-school students would have to pass a civics test similar to an immigration citizenship exam in order to graduate under a new education reform bill unveiled in the state House last week.
Republican Representative Peter Lucido from Shelby Township says U.S.-born citizens should have the same basic understanding and appreciation for American civics as people from other countries who want to become citizens here.
The legislation would require the State Board of Education to include the requirement for students to pass a civics test in the high-school competency requirements for graduation beginning in the 2016-17 school year.
Students would be required to get at least 60 percent of the questions correct on the test in order to graduate, the same requirement for individuals taking a citizenship test.

(Capitol-State Vehicle Tracking)
A bill before the state Senate would require all state-owned or leased vehicles to have a tracking device.
Senator Tonya Schuitmaker is sponsoring the measure after a state elevator inspector in Kalamazoo was caught golfing several times last summer instead of being at work.
The Lawton Republican says devices that record how far and where a vehicle is driven would make sure they are only used for state trips and that the worker is doing his or her job.
That inspector was put on leave last fall and the state Attorney General's office is still investigating.
(24/7 News Source)

(MSU Study-Charter School Foes)
As charter schools continue to expand, new research indicates liberal opponents are failing to make effective arguments aimed at curbing the education reform movement.
A Michigan State University study says opponents’ strategy of stressing the role of private companies in running the schools has been largely unsuccessful. Supporters, meanwhile, have created enduring support for charters partly by pointing out that most charter teachers are not unionized.
The number of charter schools in the United States has more than doubled in the past decade, to more than 6,400, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
MSU political scientist Matt Grossmann, co-author of the study, says because there are more Democrats than Republicans in the U.S., opponents have a better chance of slowing charter school expansion if they can persuade more conservative and moderate Democrats to oppose the movement, but that could be difficult.
Grossman notes the study found that even people who oppose charters in their own communities tend to support them in other cities, particularly poor urban areas.
The study, which appears in Policy Studies Journal, involved embedded experiments in a survey of more than 1,000 people.

(WMU-Sexual Assault Policy)
Western Michigan University has implemented a new interim policy designed to make it easier for students and staff to report if they've been victims of sexual assault.
The WMU Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Interim Policy and Procedures were implemented earlier this month and will remain in effect until a final version of the policy is in place for the fall semester.
The policy will be finalized following a period of feedback from students, faculty and staff. An online feedback site has been set up to gather input.
The new policy consolidates the reporting and investigation of sexual misconduct into the Office of Institutional Equity. The university's investigation will operate independent of any criminal charges and investigation by police.
Other major features of the new policy and procedures are a list of carefully defined terms central to the issues of sexual misconduct. They include consent, force, coercion and incapacitation.
WMU officials say the Kalamazoo school began work on the policy before federal investigations into violations of Title IX at 85 colleges and universities, including three in Michigan, and a high-profile case at the University of Virginia.

(Keweenaw Co-Dead Bats)
The Department of Natural Resources says it has received the first reports this winter of bats dying from white-nose syndrome.
The dead bats were found outside the opening of an abandoned copper mine near Mohawk in Keweenaw County.
White-nose syndrome is a fungus that causes bats to wake up prematurely from hibernation, causing them to burn off fat reserves. With no insects to hunt during the winter, they end up dying on site or flying outside and dying from the elements.
It was first discovered in Michigan last winter in Alpena, Dickinson, Keweenaw, Mackinac and Ontonagon counties.
DNR officials say widespread die-offs of hibernating bats are expected in all of these counties, and potentially others, this winter. Most dead bats are found within 100 yards of the openings of mines, caves or other places in which they hibernate.
The DNR asks that bat die-offs this winter be reported on its website or by calling 517-336-5030 but the agency will not be collecting and disposing of the bat carcasses.
Officials say residents can safely dispose of dead bats by picking them up with a shovel or heavy gloves and placing them in plastic trash bags for routine garbage disposal.

(MI-Voter Registration)
The deadline to register to vote in the February 24th election is today (Mon).
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says although elections are not widespread this February, school districts and municipalities in 30 counties are holding elections.
To find out if there is an election in your community, visit michigan.gov/vote.
To register, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register.
Voters may register by mail or in person at their county, city or township clerk's office or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at michigan.gov/elections.
The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

U-S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gisnburg is coming to Michigan next month.
Justice Ginsburg will present the university's 2015 Tanner Lecture on Human Values on February 6 at Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
The event, titled "A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," is open to students, faculty and the general public. It runs from 10-am to 11:30-a-m.
Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning today (Mon).



(MI-Flu-Child Death)
State health officials are reporting that the flu-related death this year among adolescents in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Community health reports the death occurred in southeastern Michigan. Names and other details are not released by the state due to privacy concerns.
The state says while this the first child death related to the flu in Michigan, there have been a dozen or so adults who have died. Adult flu-related deaths are not tracked as closely by the state.
Department spokesperson Jennifer Smith says indications suggest that Michigan's flu season may have peaked, as only 41 hospitalizations were reported the week ending January 10th, compared to 140 the week before, but she also notes that Michigan "could see an uptick with a different strain, and we've seen that before."
The vaccine is not considered as effective this year compared to previous years but still provides some protection, according to experts.

(Roscommon Co-Ducks Killed)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public's help in tracking down who killed a number of ducks near Houghton Lake in Roscommon County last weekend.
Authorities told MLive the birds are believed to have been killed during the annual Tip-Up Town celebration.
Conservation officers discovered seven dead mallards near the Iroquois Street Bridge on the southeast side of Michigan's largest inland lake on Sunday. The officers also discovered an injured mallard, which they took to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation area where it is currently being treated for a broken wing.
Officers noted the incident took place where a canal meets with the lake, a prime congregation area for ducks.
A single set of snowmobile tracks was observed near the area, and officers believe the snowmobile may have struck the large group of ducks on Saturday.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the DNR’s Report All Poaching Line at 1-800-292-7800 or via the online reporting form on the department’s website. All reports can be made anonymously.

(Capitol-Non-partisan Appointment)
There hasn't been a record roll call vote on a bill yet ..but already there's bad partisan blood in the Michigan House.
In most cases.  The Speaker selects a Minority Vice Chair of a committee based on minority party recommendations, but this year there was one exception.
House Speaker Kevin Cotter bypassed the recommended Bradford Dillon of Grand Rapids for the powerful House Budget Committee and went with Pam Faris of Genesee County.
Cotter says he never promised to rubber stamp the recommendations and was looking for someone who could be a constructive partner with Republicans but refused to say Dillon is too partisan.
Democrats say they won't have a vice chair until Cotter changes his mind.

(MI-Drug Sentencing)
A former Traverse City resident was sentenced to 9 years prison Wednesday for illegal importation of drugs, which included distributions into the Alpena area.
Twenty-seven year old Joshua David Buerman was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on a charge originally brought in the Western District of Michigan.
Prosecutors say Buerman was involved in a conspiracy to import into Michigan more than 5 kilograms of methylone from China.   Buerman also received a concurrent 9 year sentence on his plea of guilty to import and distribute more than 15 kilograms of methylone in the State of New York.
Methylone is a synthetic stimulant known commonly as “ecstasy”, commonly sold on the streets as “bath salts” or “research chemicals.”
The Department of Justice has indicated the investigation is ongoing, according to local officials.
(WATZ, Alpena)

(Ann Arbor-UM Fraternity Suspended)
The vandalism caused by Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity members from the University of Michigan at Treetops Resort in Gaylord is leading to the suspension of the fraternity.
The national group has shut down the chapter in Ann Arbor indefinitely.
Members of the fraternity caused roughly 50-thousand dollars in damage at the northern Michigan ski resort last weekend.
On the same weekend, several fraternities and sororities were also accused of causing extensive damage at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.
Like the case at Treetops, several U-M students ruined furniture and fixtures and trashed 12 condominium units at the resort, causing thousands of dollars in damages.
U-M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told MLive that U-M Greek organizations were involved with the destruction. The university's Office of Greek Life is requesting indefinite suspension from the national chapters for each organization involved.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(MI-Tire Recall Impacts GM)
Three crossover vehicles built by General Motors at a suburban Lansing plant are impacted by a recall of over 48-thousand Goodyear Fortera HL tires.
According to the Lansing State Journal, GM has ordered dealers to stop selling the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia due to the tire recall.
Goodyear is recalling the tires made between November 30th and January 10th because they may have small cracks in the tread. No accidents are linked to the defect.

(Detroit-People Mover Derailment)
The Detroit People Mover is running again after one of the trains slid off the tracks and hit a platform.
Operators are now offering passengers free rides all day (Friday) to make up for the closure.
The derailment happened just after 10:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Times Square Station between Cass Avenue and Washington Boulevard, near the Rosa Parks Transit Center.
The Detroit Transportation Corporation said the rear car of one of the trains experienced a component failure, causing that car to move out of alignment and lean toward the inside of the track. When the train pulled into the station, the rear car derailed. Three people were on the train at the time, although no injuries were reported.
All other trains were directed to the closest stations and passengers were forced off the vehicles.
The entire People Mover system was shut down for about eight hours while mechanical and electrical engineers inspected the guide way track, but started running again around 6 a.m. this morning. Passengers were allowed to start boarding about an hour later.
The vehicle involved in the incident has been removed from service. An investigation is ongoing.
(WWJ, Detroit)

A reward of up to ten-thousand dollars is being offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects who have made a half-dozen bomb threats against Rockford Public Schools.
The threats began in October, with the most recent coming on January 15th and 16th. Superintendent Mike Shibler met with local and state police along with the FBI Thursday to discuss the incidents.
He posted a video on the district's website to update parents.
(24/7 News Source)

(Allegan Co-Murder Suspect Spotted)
The West Michigan man suspected of killing his wife has been spotted in Maine.
The Allegan County Sheriff's Department says it has received word that there have been several sightings of Harold "Butch" Knight in that state in the last week.
Investigators add they've received tips that Knight has been spotted in several states in the Midwest, but have not been able to confirm those.
Knight has been missing since his wife's body was discovered January 13 in their Ganges Township home near Fennville. There is a warrant for his arrest in her homicide.
Knight is accused of strangling his 48-year-old wife, Sara, and calling to report her death several days later then fleeing the state in his wife's 2009 Subaru Forester. That car has the Michigan license plate GM74A.
(Jean Gallup, WBCH, Hastings/24/7 News Source)

(CMU-Student Suspended)
A 37-year-old Central Michigan University student is banned from campus after making a threat against a professor.
CMU police call it "poor judgment" by the student, whose name is not being released. The Mt. Pleasant man is accused of saying during an "Introduction to Human Sexuality" class that if he had a gun, he would have shot the teacher.
Police Chief Bill Yeagley says the student had been drinking prior to class and apparently disagreed with some of the comments by the instructor.
The instructor did not hear the remark, but other students did and the case is being turned over to the Isabella County Prosecutor's office for review of possible criminal charges.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

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(Calhoun Co-Gruesome Child Porn)
A 28-year-old Eaton Rapids man will appear in a Calhoun County court next week in what's being called a gruesome case of child pornography.
Benjamin Knight was arrested by Battle Creek police after he showed some video to a customer at an adult products store just after Christmas. Police then found pornographic images of kids believed to be between one and five years old on Knight's phone and computers.
An investigator says it's one of the worst cases he has ever seen.
Knight faces a preliminary hearing Monday on multiple charges including using a computer to commit a crime, and possession of child sexually abusive material.
He's being held in the Calhoun County jail on a $250,000 bond. If convicted, Knight faces up to 15 years in prison.

(Emmet Co-Hotel Embezzlement)
A northern Michigan woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her employer.
50-year old Colleen Loar of Conway was arraigned this week in Emmet County on a charge of embezzlement by agent or trustee, more than $100,000.
Loar is accused of stealing nearly 200-thousand dollars from the Comfort Inn north of Petoskey where she was the manager for 17 years.
According to the Emmet County Sheriff's office, the alleged embezzlement took place over a nearly five year period from April of 2008 to January 31, 2013.
Loar is free on bond pending a preliminary hearing set for February 11. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

(NMU-Coach Suspended)
Northern Michigan University hockey coach Walt Kyle and associate athletic director Bridget Berube Carter have been placed administrative leave.
No reason was given for the decision. Athletic Director Forrest Karr said, (quote) "It's the university's standard practice not to comment on personnel issues." It's not known if the two incidents are related.
The leaves took effect Monday and Karr said that he was unsure how long they would last.
Kyle has coached at Northern for 13 seasons, leading the Wildcats to six 20-win seasons.
Assistant coaches Rob Lehtinen and John Kyle will co-coach Northern this weekend at Penn State.

(Roseville-Dog Loses Leg)
Police in metro Detroit are on the hunt for two suspects who were caught on video leaving a dog out in the freezing cold - tied to a fence behind a local retail store.
Residents nearby heard the animal Monday and called police but not before the dog had experienced considerable trauma.
The tan and while beagle mix was found tied to a fence behind a Walmart store in Roseville.
Police Chief James Berlin says the dog had a cable wrapped around the leg that was so tight that it was embedded in the skin and apparently, the dog had gnawed its own foot off in an attempt to escape from the cable that was holding him.
The dog did need to have its leg amputated but is expected to recover. He will then be available for adoption.
(Jon Hewett, WWJ, Detroit)




January 30, 2015

Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its advance GDP data for the fourth quarter of 2014, Q4.

Bud Light House of Whatever opens ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX, of which Bud Light is an official sponsor, with a performance from Steve Aoki. House of Whatever features three days of parties, concerts and one-of-a-kind activities.

Drug Facts Chat Day: NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse scientists hold their annual web chat with teens around the country.

Annual Voting and Elections Summit, hosted by Overseas Vote Foundation and U.S. Vote Foundation. Brings together the election community to discuss the challenges of improving voting and elections policy and processes for overseas, military, and domestic voters.

NHL games: Pittsburgh Penguins at the New Jersey Devils; St. Louis Blues at the Carolina Hurricanes; Nashville Predators at the Colorado Avalanche; Buffalo Sabres at the Vancouver Canucks; Chicago Blackhawks at the Anaheim Ducks.

NBA games: Minnesota Timberwolves at the Philadelphia 76ers; Sacramento Kings at the Cleveland Cavaliers; Toronto Raptors at the Brooklyn Nets; Houston Rockets at the Boston Celtics; Portland Trail Blazers at the Atlanta Hawks; Dallas Mavericks at the Miami Heat; Los Angeles Clippers at the New Orleans Pelicans; Golden State Warriors at the Utah Jazz; Chicago Bulls at the Phoenix Suns.

January 31, 2015

Australian Open tennis women's singles final.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee annual meeting. Committee considers 15 modern-era candidates plus Seniors and Contributor Committee candidates Mick Tingelhoff, Bill Polian, and Ron Wolf. Board elects Class of between four and eight, announced at the 4th Annual NFL Honors awards ceremony this evening.

2015 Sundance Film Festival continues with annual awards ceremony.

75th anniversary of the first Social Security payment, in the form of check number 00-000-001, issued to 66-year-old Ida May Fuller for a pension to the amount of $22.54. She received Social Security checks each month until her death on 31 Jan 1975 at age 100. By that time she had collected $22,888.92 compared to her contributions of $24.75 to the system.

'4th Annual NFL Honors' awards show, with the National Football League saluting the best players, performances, and plays from the 2014 season. Salute to Service Award winner also recognized. Broadcast on NBC.

NASA Day of Remembrance, honoring NASA family who lost their lives while 'furthering the cause of exploration and discovery', and paying tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, and other NASA colleagues.

General Motors deadline for victims claiming compensation for crashes caused by faulty ignition switches. General Motors extended compensation deadline after news that the family of a Connecticut woman who died in a 2003 crash had not been notified that her crash had been linked to a faulty switch, even though GM had known. The fund is being administered by Kenneth Feinberg, who has said that notices about the fund have been sent to nearly 4.5 million current and prior owners of the affected cars.

42nd annual Annie Awards, Hollywood's animation awards ceremony, presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. Best Animated Feature nominees are 'Big Hero 6', 'Cheatin', 'How to Train Your Dragon 2', 'Song of the Sea', 'The Book of Life', 'The Boxtrolls', 'The LEGO Movie' and 'The Tale of The Princess Kaguya'. New categories this year including Best Character Animation in a Video Game.

'Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume', traveling exhibition exploring the importance and effect of the costumes used in the 'Star Wars' film series. The display is a joint collaboration between the museum, the Smithsonian Institution, LucasFilm and the Lucas Museum, and features 60 hand-made costumes from the first six 'Star Wars' films. Highlights including the 'monk-like' robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, the suit and breathing apparatus of Darth Vader and Chewbacca's yak hair and mohair costume.

DirecTV Super Saturday Night, annual invitation-only party ahead of tomorrow's Super Bowl XLI.

NHL games: Washington Capitals at the Montreal Canadiens; New York Islanders at the Detroit Red Wings; Arizona Coyotes at the Ottawa Senators; Los Angeles Kings at the Boston Bruins; Florida Panthers at the New Jersey Devils; Carolina Hurricanes at the New York Rangers; Toronto Maple Leafs at the Philadelphia Flyers; Dallas Stars at the Winnipeg Jets; Columbus Blue Jackets at the Tampa Bay Lightning; Edmonton Oilers at the Calgary Flames; Chicago Blackhawks at the San Jose Sharks.

NBA games: Toronto Raptors at the Washington Wizards; Dallas Mavericks at the Orlando Magic; Sacramento Kings at the Indiana Pacers; Houston Rockets at the Detroit Pistons; Philadelphia 76ers at the Atlanta Hawks; Cleveland Cavaliers at the Minnesota Timberwolves; Oklahoma City Thunder at the Memphis Grizzlies; Portland Trail Blazers at the Milwaukee Bucks; Los Angeles Clippers at the San Antonio Spurs; Charlotte Hornets at the Denver Nuggets; Phoenix Suns at the Golden State Warriors.








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