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Michigan State News              Updated 08/29/14


(Detroit-Islamic Convention)
There are thousands of Muslims from all over North America in Detroit for a four-day summit at Cobo Center.
The annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America starts today (Friday), and is being held in Detroit for the first time in its 32-year history.
Governor Snyder will address the group today, and former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker. Conservatives have criticized both for agreeing to appear, alleging the group is tied to terrorist organizations.
ISNA officials deny those arguments.
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(Grand Rapids-Stabbing Death-UPDATE)
Police have identified the man who was stabbed to death in Grand Rapids early this morning (Friday).
MLive reports 33-year old James Washington was stabbed by a woman around 12:30 a.m. at the Millbrook Apartments complex. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The 36-year old woman was arrested in the area of the apartments around 6:30 a.m..
It’s unclear what led up to the stabbing. Police continue to investigate.

(Capitol-DHS Failures)
State lawmakers plan to push for answers from the Department of Human Services as to how the system apparently failed the 12-year-old boy charged in the stabbing death of a 9-year-old.
Jamarion Lawhorn is accused of killing Connor Verkerke on a Kentwood playground on August 4th, but State Senator Judy Emmons says by state law he should have been removed from his home last year due to abuse.
Lawhorn's mother gave up parental rights to two girls in 1999 in New York state, and Child Protective Services workers determined she and her boyfriend abused Jamarion last year.
Emmons chairs the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee and plans joint hearings with the House.
(24/7 News Source)

(Macomb Co-Fatal Bank Shooting-UPDATE)
One suspect is still at large after an attempted robbery and shooting outside a bank in Metro Detroit that left another suspect dead.
It happened Thursday afternoon at a Bank of America branch on Gratiot Avenue in Macomb County's Clinton Township.
Police Chief Fred Posavetz said an armored truck guard was coming out of the bank with bundles of cash when he was confronted by two robbers. According to the chief, the guard handed over the money and a “gun battle” ensued.
One of the alleged robbers was killed. In the exchange of gunfire, the guard also shot a getaway driver who was sitting nearby in a stolen minivan. The guard was not injured.
Police did not have an identification for the dead suspect.
The hunt continues for the driver who, according to police, fled the scene before ditching the vehicle.
The money was recovered and the bank reopened for business today.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Bay Co-Juvenile Home Shooting)
Bay County Sheriff deputies are continuing their investigation into the double shooting outside the Bay County Juvenile Home Thursday afternoon.
A 16-year-old Sebawaing area boy being brought into the Hampton Township facility for a probation violation managed to free one hand from his handcuffs before grabbing a Sebawaing Police officer's gun in the parking lot.
The youth shot the officer in the hand before shooting himself in the head. He died this (Friday) morning at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City. An autopsy will be held later today.
The officer, identified as Ward Carter received treatment there before being released.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Ishpeming-UP Power Company Sale Finalized)
The sale of the Upper Peninsula Power Company announced in January has been completed.
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners has bought UPPCO for nearly $300 million from Integrys Energy Group. State and federal regulators have approved the sale.
UPPCO general manager Keith Moyle will remain with the company as chief operating officer. The company will have a new CEO and a new chief financial officer.
Moyle says the sale will lead to some job gains in the Upper Peninsula as some corporate employees who currently work in Wisconsin and Illinois will be moved to the U.P.
The utility serves approximately 52,000 electric customers in 10 of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton/Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Van Buren Co-Double Fatal Crash)
A head-on crash has taken the lives of a southwest Michigan couple.
Michigan State Police say a 66-year old man and his 91-year old woman passenger were killed when their car collided with a sports utility vehicle along Red Arrow Highway in Van Buren County's Hartford Township near the Four Winds Hartford casino Thursday morning.
Both victims were from Watervliet. They were pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. Their relationship was not immediately known, and their names were not released pending notification of other family members.
The driver of the SUV, a Hartford man, 70, was injured in the crash. He is listed in stable condition.
Traffic on Red Arrow Highway had to be re-routed for several hours after the crash which remains under investigation.
(Help from: Jason Scott, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Capitol-School Opening)
In 38 states school kids are already hitting the books, but not in Michigan.
Since 2005 school districts have been ordered to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day to give families the opportunity to take one last summer trip but there's a move underway to change that.
Democratic State Representative Andy Schor of Lansing has sponsored a bill that would order schools to take the Friday off before Labor Day but his measure is getting no traction from the man who runs the House.
Republican Speaker Jase Bolger has no intention of revisiting the issue saying parents can always put their kids in a year around school.
Interestingly, many school kids are busy before Labor Day with football, band and cheerleading practice.
Schor argues for putting them in the classroom because between June and September students forget a lot especially in urban areas where they don't have the money to offer programs over the summer.
Add it all up though and Schor's bill is likely to fail meaning the school bells will not be ringing before Labor Day.

(Mi-AAA-Labor Day Travel)
With more than a million Michiganians on the road for the Labor Day holiday weekend, Triple-A Michigan is urging drivers to stay safe and follow the rules of the road as you head to that holiday destination.
In total, more than one-point-12 (M) million Michiganians will travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend, with 43-thousand taking to the air and over 79-thousand going by rail, bus or ship.
While the number of Michiganians traveling by vehicle for labor day exceeds a million, Triple-A's Susan Hiltz says safety is key to a pleasant weekend.
Nationally, Triple-A estimates 34-point-seven (m) million Americans will travel during the holiday weekend. That's a one-point-three percent increase from one year ago.

(MI Poll-Senate Race)
Democratic senatorial candidate U.S. Representative Gary Peters continues to lead Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land, according to a new poll.
The survey conducted by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA shows Peters leads Land 45-percent to 39-percent, respectively. Peters 6-point advantage is down from a July EPIC/MRA poll when he enjoyed a 9-point margin.
The poll also found that 28-percent of voters had a favorable view of Peters and 24-percent unfavorable compared to 33-percent favorable and 37-percent unfavorable for Land.
The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted from August 22 to August 25. It has an error margin of plus or minus 4-percentage points.

Michigan’s retail industry posted strong sales numbers in July for the second month in a row, based on a new survey released by the Michigan Retailers Association.
The MRA's "Michigan Retail Index" found 63-percent of retailers polled in July reported increased sales over the same month last year, creating a seasonally-adjusted performance index of 74.9, up from 66.7 in June. A year ago the July the Index stood at 63.9. Index values above 50 generally indicate positive activity; the higher the number, the stronger the activity.
Meantime, 58 percent of retailers expect sales during August-October to increase over the same period last year, with a seasonally-adjusted outlook index at 74.9, up from 66.7 in June. A year ago the Index stood at 63.9.
MRA president and CEO James Hallan says it's been an unusually good summer for retailers. He says shoppers were open to summer’s sidewalk and other clearance sales as well as discounts on back-to-school merchandise. Hallan says the latest numbers show consumers were confident enough to go shopping and spend money and the summer’s sales appealed to their continued caution and desire to stretch their dollars.

(Grand Traverse Co-West Nile Virus)
State officials are urging Michigan residents to protect themselves against the West Nile virus after it was found in a young horse and a turkey flock.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says an 8-year-old gelding in Grand Traverse County tested positive for the virus this month and was euthanized after failing to respond to treatment. A small turkey flock downstate in Ingham County was also affected by the virus.
Michigan’s chief medical executive, Matthew Davis, says while there has not been a positive human case so far this season, they know the virus is circulating in the environment so residents should take precautions to protect themselves and their families.
West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that is spread by infected mosquitoes. Health officials say people should protect themselves from mosquito bites and can help control the mosquito population by removing any standing water, where the insects breed, from their yards.

(Cheboygan-Land Lease Scam)
A judge in northern Michigan says she will rule at a later date on whether Chesapeake Energy will stand trial on racketeering and fraud charges for scamming private land owners across the region.
The Oklahoma City-based company was accused in Cheboygan District Court of recruiting multiple landowners to lease their land to Chesapeake during the summer of 2010 and telling them that existing mortgages would not be an obstacle in the deal.
When competition from competitors stopped, Chesapeake allegedly cancelled nearly all the leases, using the mortgages as the purported basis for the cancellation.
Attorney General Bill Schuette alleges Chesapeake therefore obtained uncompensated land options from these landowners by false pretenses, and prevented competitors from leasing the land.
Chesapeake is charged with one count of conducting criminal enterprises and eight counts of false pretenses, $1,000 to $20,000. The company faces fines of up to $100,000.
The energy giant is already charged with anti-trust violations in a collusion scheme to suppress the prices at Michigan oil and gas lease auctions.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Grand Rapids-Ad Scheme Charges)
A former official from Southwestern Michigan College is facing decades in prison if convicted of an alleged massive fraud against the Dowagiac college.
Gregory DeRue of Granger, Indiana has been indicted on 11 counts of money laundering and fraud, and pleaded not guilty this week in federal court in Grand Rapids to the charges.
Federal prosecutors accuse DeRue of using his own company, DMG Media of Mishawaka, Indiana to purchase television, radio and billboard ads for SMC that never actually happened. He's accused of pocketing over $200,000 from the college through the phantom advertising while employed as the college's marketing director before he was fired in May 2013.
The government seized over $115,000 from DMG Media's bank account in July. They're also after DeRue's SUV, which was allegedly paid off using a check he wrote to himself from the college, and another $92,000 that he obtained through the scheme.
The federal indictment does not say how the college or authorities uncovered the scheme.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Ishpeming-Double Fatal Trial)
The driver of a rental truck that struck a motorcycle killing a man and woman in Ishpeming back in June will go to trial this fall.
19-year old Raymond Anderson of Ishpeming is charged with two counts of moving violation causing death, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.
Police say Anderson pulled into their path of the motorcycle while attempting to make a left turn from U.S. 41 on to South Lakeshore Drive on June 5.
64-year-old Gary Kappler of Ahmeek and 52-year-old Diane Palosaari of Mohawk were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was wearing a helmet.
Anderson is scheduled for a jury trial October 15 in Marquette County Circuit Court. He is free after posting $500 bond.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Detroit-Ilitch Arrest)
Ronald Ilitch of the prominent Ilitch family of Detroit, was released from jail on Thursday evening. Ilitch was arraigned on one count of drug possession after he was arrested Wednesday night.
Ilitch allegedly had crack cocaine on him at The Riviera motel on the city’s west side. Police said that Ilitch was also with a prostitute at the time.
A not guilty was entered on his behalf in court, and a bond of $5,000 was set.
Ilitch faces charges of one count of possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams, which carries up to four years in prison.
The next court in the case is September 4th. The 56-year-old was being booked at the detention center.
Mike Ilitch is founder and owner of the Little Caesars Pizza and he owns the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers.
(WWJ, Detroit)



(Macomb Co-Fatal Bank Shooting-UPDATE)
One suspect is dead and another is still at large after an attempted robbery and fatal shooting outside outside a bank in Metro Detroit.
It happened this afternoon (Thursday) at a Bank of America branch on Gratiot Avenue in Macomb County's Clinton Township.
Police said an armored truck guard was coming out of the bank with bundles of cash when someone tried to rob him - and that’s when shots were fired.
The body of one of the suspects remained in the bank parking lot, covered in a sheet, where he fell after apparently being shot by the guard. More than 10 bullet casings were on the ground.
The hunt continued for a second suspect who police said fled the scene in a minivan, before ditching the vehicle.
The guard was apparently unhurt and was being interviewed by police.
(Jon Hewitt, WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Haveman Resigns)
Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman has resigned.
Governor Rick Snyder announced that Haveman decided to step down to focus on his own health after recently experiencing a mild stroke.
Haveman had intended to stay on the job into 2015. His resignation is effective September 12.
Haveman was appointed director of Community Health in 2012. It's the second time he has headed up the agency. Previously, Haveman served as the DCH director from 1996 to 2003. He was the director of the Department of Mental Health from 1991 to 1996.
Community Health Deputy Director Nick Lyon has been named as the new director of the department.

(MI-Women's Health Non-Profit)
The top Democrat in the Michigan Senate says years of relentless attacks on women’s access to healthcare by special interests and the Legislature have prompted her to launch Right to Health, a new non-profit organization focusing on education around women’s health care.
Senator Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing says after the legislature rammed through what she calls the "rape insurance" bill late last year, she was overwhelmed by women and men, pro-choice and pro-life, Democrat and Republican who asked what could be done on the issue.
Whitmer says Right to Health is dedicated to educating the public about and creating a network of people interested in the importance of quality, accessible healthcare for women; the right of women to make their own private healthcare decisions; and the need for healthcare providers to provide women with healthcare that is based on best practices.
The organization plans to travel the state holding forums, conferences and fundraisers. Partners include Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan

(MI-Gas Price Gouging)
As Michigan drivers confront frequently fluctuating gas prices, Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning retailers against any attempt at price gouging or price fixing during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Schuette also released an infographic for consumers, Price at the Pump, which explains the average costs, fees, and taxes that go into the cost of a gallon of gasoline.
The AG says his office is watching the situation and will not hesitate to take action if retailers break the law.
Under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, a retailer may not charge a price that is "grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold." Anti-trust laws also prohibit gas stations from entering into agreements to arbitrarily fix prices in unison.
In 2012, five Michigan station owners were convicted of gasoline price-fixing and are now required to submit to monitoring after they spiked prices well above the statewide norm on a particular day or after a severe weather event.
AAA Michigan reports the current statewide average today (Thursday) is just over $3.54 per gallon while pegs the average at just under $3.57.

(St. Joseph Co-Accountant Murder Sentencing)
A Kalamazoo County man will be sentenced tomorrow (Friday) for killing a Sturgis accountant last year.
A St. Joseph County Circuit Court jury last month found 37-year old Andy Brown of Portage guilty of second-degree murder and felony firearm.
70-year old David Locey was found dead October 2, 2013 in his Sherman Township office on M-66 north of Sturgis. Locey died from a single gunshot wound to the head. The weapon used in the crime was never recovered.
Brown was formerly employed by Locey before he was fired and initially charged with allegedly embezzling more than $100,000 over a 2 year period from 2010 through 2012.
Judge Paul Stutesman is expected to deliver Brown's sentence. He faces up to life in prison.
(WLKM, Three Rivers)

(Detroit-Quadruple Shooting-UPDATE)
Detroit police are investigating an early morning shooting that claimed the life of an 18-year-old woman.
Aundrea Garland was spending the night with friends at a home on the city's east side last night.
Authorities say a car pulled up in front of the house and someone opened fire with an assault rifle. Garland was killed and three others were injured in the shooting.
Two of the people shot remain in critical condition and another remains in serious condition at area hospitals.
Police say there may be a link to this shooting and two others, one at Eastland Mall yesterday and a shooting on East State Fair this morning (Thursday).
Detroit Police Chief James Craig called the shooting gang related and vowed to apprehend those who killed Garland and wounded the three others.
Police were not immediately able to provide detailed descriptions of the suspects, other than to say that all are black males.
(Help from: Mike Campbell, WWJ, Detroit)

(St. Joseph Co-Teacher-Child Sex Abuse)
A former teacher, administrator and coach in southwest Michigan has waived a preliminary examination and will stand trial on sexual assault charges.
59-year old David Wing of Three Rivers was bound over to St. Joseph County Circuit Court this week on three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of child sexually abusive activity involving a person under the age of 13. No trial date has been set,
Wing allegedly allowed a 16-year-old boy to engage in a sexually abusive activity for the purpose of producing child sexually abusive material during an unspecified date this year.
The criminal sexual conduct charges in the case stem from 2008-2009, as well as this June and July.
Personnel records for Wing show he was investigated for six incidents of alleged inappropriate conduct with young, male students beginning in 1997.
Wing agreed to resign and nullify his teaching certification in January 2013, in exchange for Constantine Schools paying for two additional years of retirement credit, a one-time $10,000 payment, and payout of unused sick time and insurance coverage.
Wing has denied the allegations. He is free on a $100,000 bond.
Wing is a former coach at Three Rivers and Marcellus, where he was also the assistant principal. He also worked in the Hillsdale school district.
(WLKM, Three Rivers)

(MI-School Improvement Grant)
Nineteen low-performing schools in the state will share 114-million dollars in federal funding over the next three years to increase student achievement.
The Michigan Department of Education says the recipients of the School Improvement Grant are in the bottom 5 percent of the state’s annual Top-to-Bottom rankings. The schools will each get two-million dollars a year for the next three years, with the goal of improving academic performance.
The grants will go to 19 schools from 11 traditional and charter schools districts starting with the 2014-15 school year. Four of the schools are in Detroit with the rest in Ecorse, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lincoln Park, Litchfield, Redford Township, River Rouge and Roseville.

(St. Joseph Co-Firefighter Arraigned)
A Sturgis firefighter was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.
36-year old Joshua Snyder is being held on $40,000 bond after he was charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count CSC third degree and two counts CSC fourth degree. A preliminary hearing is set for next Thursday.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the charges stem from an alleged inappropriate relationship with a female student that allegedly started when the Snyder was teaching a class at Sturgis High School.
Police said the alleged encounters began in November of 2013 and continued into this month. Investigators also found sexually explicit texts Snyder had sent the victim.
Snyder was arrested at his home Tuesday.
The four-year veteran of the Sturgis fire department was placed on non-paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
(WLKM, Three Rivers)

(MI/GA-Runaway Suspect)
The 29-year old man accused of running off with a 14-year old Michigan girl is charged with aggravated child molestation in Georgia and is expected to also face charges in Michigan.
Victor Martinez is accused of taking 14-year-old Hannah Amaro from her home in Marshall on Saturday and driving her to the Atlanta area, where she was found Tuesday night at a hotel.
According to police, the two talked online for roughly a month before Martinez drove to Michigan.
Investigators were able to figure out his name during the course of their investigation. They tracked him down by asking his cell phone carrier to ping his phone. It came back to that motel.
Amaro is due home within the next few days, while the Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office has not yet received the case to charge Martinez in Michigan.
(24/7 News Source/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Van Buren Co-Child Abuse-UPDATE)
A Van Buren County man and his mother are jailed on one-million-dollars bond each for allegedly badly abusing an eleven-year-old boy.
The child was found early Tuesday morning walking along a county road in Geneva Township north of Bangor, and told police he was not going back home.
His mother's boyfriend, 28-year-old Randall Hamilton and Hamilton's 46-year-old mother, Peggy Hamilton, were arraigned yesterday (Wednesday) in South Haven on child abuse and torture charges.
Deputies allege the suspects would keep the boy nailed to the floor using metal clamps for hours at a time, and say he is extremely malnourished.
Family members of the suspects, however, blame the boy's mother and are calling the 11-year-old a liar. Peggy Hamilton's husband told WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids that the boy has been caught stealing from neighbors and frequently lies. Her son denies any abuse ever took place.
Van Buren County Sheriff's deputies say the injuries the 11-year-old had are consistent with the abuse he described. The boy and a two-year-old sibling are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Marquette-Union Fund Embezzlement)
An Ishpeming man has been arrested on embezzlement charges.
Marquette Police say they picked up 49-year-old Steven Harvala and charged him with stealing between $1,000 to $20,000 from a local union training fund.
Harvala was released on a personal recognizance bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in 96th District Court in Marquette on September 2. He faces up to five years in prison, if convicted.
(Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette/Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)



(Report: Gender Wage Gap)
Michigan has the seventh-highest gender wage gap in the country, according to a report from the Michigan League for Public Policy.
And that comes despite what the report calls "dramatic" wage losses for men since 1979 and stagnating or modest increases for women.
In Michigan, women earn only 74 cents for each dollar earned by a male, according to the report.
In the meantime, Michigan's minimum wage increases to eight-dollars and 15 cents per hour on Monday from the current $7.40, something the MLPP says is a "step in the right direction."
But the MLPP says that while the minimum wage helps more female workers due to their high employment in low-wage jobs, it's not enough to close the gender gap.
The MLPP says an increase to $10.10 per hour would have been better.
Under the new minimum wage law, the increase will eventually phase in to $9.25 per hour in 2018. It also includes a small increase for "tipped" workers, which the group says is also not enough to eliminate the gap, as many women are also employed as "tipped" workers in Michigan.

(Van Buren Co-Child Abuse)
Police have arrested a southwest Michigan couple in connection with the beating of an 11-year old boy.
Van Buren Sheriff Dale Gribler says his deputies found the boy walking about a road alone early Tuesday. The child told the office he'd been beaten and ran away from home.
The boy's 46-year old mother and a 28-year old man were arrested at their home in Geneva Township. Their names have not yet been released pending arraignment.
State child protective services has taken custody of the boy and his two-year old brother.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids/WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Grand Rapids-Welfare Scam)
Five brothers are facing federal charges for running a welfare scam out of a Grand Rapids grocery store.
According to federal court documents, they had customers at their Middle Eastern Market use their Bridge Cards WIC benefits to get cash and buy ineligible items they could sell like phone cards in order to pay off credit the brothers had extended to them at their store.
Federal authorities say the brothers illegally collected nearly $1,300,000 in welfare funds between May 2001 and June 2010.
Court documents say the brothers were warned about Bridge Card misuse in August 2006, but that it continued anyway. Then, federal authorities allege, the brothers lied about the fraud.
The brothers are free on bond with arraignment set for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Battle Creek-City Manager Hired)
Battle Creek has a new city manager.
City commissioners voted last night (Tuesday) to authorize the mayor to enter into contract negotiations with Rebecca Fleury, currently the Village Manager in Middleville. Fleury and Interim-City Manager Susan Bedsole were the final two candidates for the job out of forty-six applicants.
Five commissioners voted for making the offer to Fleury and four voted against.
The commissioners who supported Fleury believe she will bring a fresh perspective to the city.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek/24/7 News Source)

(Muskegon Co-Car-Pedestrian Fatal)
A Muskegon man died after he was struck by a minivan overnight.
Investigators say the 57-year old man was crossing a busy Norton Shores intersection against a red light when he was hit by the crossing vehicle.
First responders arrived at the scene shortly after 1 o'clock this morning (Wednesday) and took the victim to Mercy Health Partners Hackely campus where he was pronounced dead of his injuries. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of family.
No other injuries were reported.
(Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Grand Haven)

(Detroit-Apartment Complex Fire)
An early morning fire is leaving tenants of an apartment complex in Detroit in the street.
The fire damaged at least five units of the Ramblewood Apartments on Fullerton near I-96 on the city's west side.
Those living in the building reported hearing an alarm but saw just a small amount of smoke. The fire grew and the smoke became much heavier prompting the evacuation of the building.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported.
(24/7 News Source)

(Capitol-Wolf Hunting)
The Michigan House of Representatives holds a session day today (Wed), and it could vote on a proposal called the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
The measure would put decisions on game species in the hands of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, instead of the legislature. The voter initiated proposal would effectively keep the door open for wolf hunting seasons in the state.   Anti-wolf hunting organizations have opposed the proposal.
The bill also renders as moot, two ballot proposals that would let voters decide on wolf hunting. And the bill would also be immune from rejection by a ballot proposal since it includes a small appropriation. The Michigan Constitution prohibits ballot proposals that change appropriations bills.
The appropriation in question is designed to help fight the Asian carp.
The group "Keep Michigan Wolves Protected" will rally outside the Capitol today (Wed), calling on lawmakers to reject the pro-wolf hunting proposal.

(Capitol-LGBT-Civil Rights)
A bill could be introduced in the Michigan House next month to add sexual orientation and gender identity protections to Michigan's civil rights law.
The idea of extending the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights act to gays is an issue that's been around the Michigan capitol for many years, but has never gained enough momentum for approval.
Those in the L-G-B-T community are hoping for movement on the legislation, saying its not fair that an employer can fire a person because of their sexual orientation. Opponents of the idea fear it could endanger the religious freedom of business owners.
Others have said that the only chance for such a move would be after the election, during the "lame duck" period between November and the end of the year.
Michigan House Republican Frank Foster, who was defeated in his primary election after he supported rights for gays, has been expected to sponsor the legislation.   

(Detroit-Storm Outages)
Storms rolled through Metro Detroit yesterday (Tue) knocking out power to about 150,000 homes, flooding freeways and knocking down trees and power lines.
DTE Energy Spokesperson Erica Donerson says the 150,000 DTE Energy customers lost power due to the storms and about 120,000 were still without power at the close of the day Tuesday.
She says Oakland and Wayne counties were the hardest hit … when winds gusted up to 60 mph.
Donerson says crews didn’t immediately know how long it will take to get everyone back on the grid but crews were working longer shifts to get customers back on line.
Rising water also prompted the temporary closure of Westbound I-95 at I-75. It re-opened by night fall.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Detroit-Pay Cuts Canceled)
The Detroit Public Schools won’t be cutting teachers’ pay as was previously planned.
That’s according to the district’s emergency manager Jack Martin, who announced DPS will not increase class sizes and will cancel a 10 percent employee wage reduction that had been set to take effect October 1.
Earlier this month, the district announced several cost-cutting moves as part of the district’s five-year deficit elimination plan, which included larger class sizes and cutting teacher pay; and then, just last week, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan signed off on the plan.
However, school officials said they were updating the plan.
The district says class sizes will remain at 25 for grades K-3, 33 for grades 4 and 5, and 38 for grades 6-12. Martin also noted that based on average daily attendance, the class size across the district last year averaged only 16 students.
Martin says bringing in more students will be key to keeping the district running.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Detroit-Casino Fraud)
Twenty-three licensed casino workers at Greektown and Motor City casinos in Detroit have surrendered or had their licenses suspended as the state investigates alleged unemployment compensation fraud.
Officials with the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) announced the action Tuesday saying the 23 were part of as many as 60 workers who were alleged to have taken part in the fraud.
A spokesperson for the MGCB says the investigation began last March after the board had been notified by the two casinos of the alleged fraud.
The MGCB says the workers fraudulently claimed they were underemployed, meaning their hours were cut and they earned less than 1.6 times their unemployment benefits, and therefore entitled to benefits.
The investigation has been turned over to the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency and Attorney General Bill Schuette's office.
The state is seeking repayment from the workers ranging from $1,000 to as much as $65,000, including penalties.

(MI-Land Roads Plan)
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is pitching a road funding plan that she says would give Michigan more flexibility in deciding how best to generate funds for road projects.
Land's proposal to cut federal gas taxes from the current 18-cents a gallon to 4-cents, was accompanied by an ad attacking her Democratic opponent, U.S. Congressman Gary Peters for supporting efforts to preserve the current system of using gas tax money to maintain the nation's highways.
Land says her plan to reduce the federal government's take on driver's gasoline purchases will allow states to take greater responsibility for U.S. roads that are currently maintained by the federal government.
Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Kevin McAlister has criticized Land's plan, describing it as far-fetched and irresponsible. He says it would liquidate the highway trust fund, reject over a billion dollars in federal funds, and cede all control to a Republican Legislature that left for vacation without fixing this problem.

(Benzie Co-Newborn Murder Plea)
A Chicago-area woman has pleaded guilty to killing her newborn baby at a campsite in northwest Lower Michigan last summer.
Alyce Morales entered the guilty plea to a manslaughter charge Tuesday in Benzie County District Court. Prosecutors dropped an open murder charge.
Authorities say Morales, who was 18 at the time, had been hiding her pregnancy from her parents, and gave birth to the child while alone in July 2013 at the Platte River Campground where she was vacationing with relatives. Her father later walked into the tent and found the baby then called 911.
Morales and the infant girl were taken to a hospital but the baby died the following morning. An autopsy showed the child died of blunt force trauma.
Morales could face a possible 15 years behind bars. No date has been set for sentencing.

(Detroit-GM Bike Sharing)
General Motors works to put its customers on four wheels, now the company is putting its workers on two wheels.
The automaker is doing a bike sharing program at its 330 acre Technical Center in Warren in conjunction with ride sharing service Zagster.
Employees can use a smart phone app to borrow the bikes, which have baskets for carrying items as large as a laptop.
GM hopes the bike sharing cuts down on traffic, allowing workers an easier, healthier way to move between the complex’s 61 buildings.
Zagster CEO and co-founder Timothy Erickson says the program is strictly voluntary. Workers can still use their own personal cars, or wait for a shuttle bus. But, Erickson thinks many people will find the bikes more convenient.
GM’s David Tulaskas says this new bike sharing program will help them compete with other auto companies and companies in other fields - like technology - for young talent.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Missing Teens)
A search for one missing Michigan teenager has ended while the search for another continues.
Police say a 14-year-old Hannah Amaro from Marshall, who was last seen Saturday, was found Tuesday at an Atlanta-area hotel with a 29-year-old man.
Marshall police say Amaro met the unnamed man online and that the man drove to Michigan from Georgia on Saturday to pick Hannah up. He has taken into police custody and could face criminal sexual conduct charges in both Michigan and Georgia.
Meantime, Detroit police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 16-year-old girl.
Storm Bolding was last seen at her home on August 18. Her mother says the girl was at the home until around 2:30 p.m. but then disappeared.
The teen is black, five-feet-five-inches tall, with short dark hair and brown eyes.
Anyone who sees either girl should contact police.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek/WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Wife Murder Extradition)
The man accused of killing his wife in Detroit and trying to hide her body in a nearby abandoned home is being extradited to Michigan to face charges Wednesday.
A frantic search for Alicia Fox, her baby son and six year old daughter Kayla began in June. The family put up flyers, concerned they hadn’t heard from Fox for days. Her body was discovered shortly after in an abandoned home on Penrod, police believe she had been shot in the head in late May.
Over two months after his arrest in Georgia, Fox’s husband Erin Justice will finally be extradited to Michigan this week.
The Wayne County Prosecutor says that Justice will appear in 36th District court Wednesday to face charges of first degree murder.
His associate Timothy Jones has already been charged with tampering with evidence and concealing a death.
Fox’s two young children have never been found.
(WWJ, Detroit)



(MI/OH-Plane Crash Fatalities)
A 20-year-old Saginaw man and three others died in a plane crash in Ohio Monday night.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says William Felton was piloting the 1999 Cessna 172R. He had just taken off from the Cuyahoga County Airport in Willoughby Hills, 20 miles northeast of Cleveland. Their final destination was not known.
One witness reported hearing what sounded like a loud firecracker just before the crash, while others saw a ball of fire.
The other victims were two 18-year-olds and a 20-year-old, who were residents of Massillon, Ohio; St. Simons, Georgia and Rockville, Maryland.
The four men, all students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, were trapped in the plane when it caught fire on impact. According to reports, engine trouble caused the plane to crash.
The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department have been called in to assist in the investigation.
(Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI Clean Energy Jobs)
A new report from an environmental group says that Michigan ranks Michigan among the top ten states in clean energy jobs.
The report comes from the group Environmental Entrepreneurs.    Its based on the number of new clean energy job announcements during the second quarter of this year.
The analysis also includes clean transportation jobs.
Others in the top ten are: Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Utah.

(MI-Flood Damage Assessments)
Some two weeks after devastating floods struck the Detroit metro area, state and federal officials will begin damage assessments of the area.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of State Police and the federal Small Business Administration, along with local government officials, began touring damaged areas in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties today (Tuesday). The assessments will help determine if federal assistance will be available for homeowners and businesses.
Among the factors the officials will consider is the scope of the damage, the threat to overall safety, the number of houses and businesses affected, and the length of time people will be displaced.
The officials will also consider the ability of the local communities to recover on their own from the flood.
The floods happened after the region was hit with as much as six inches of rain, turning the freeways into rivers and flooding thousands of houses and commercial buildings.

(Detroit-Biden-Labor Day Parade)
According to multiple reports, Vice President Joe Biden will be visiting the Motor City for Detroit’s Labor Day Parade next Monday.
It would be the second time in three years, the Vice President is slated to stop in Detroit for Labor Day. In 2012, Biden spoke at the parade and in 2008 and 2011, before he was elected President, Barack Obama attended.
Biden has been to Detroit frequently throughout the last few years, as he also headlined a fundraiser for Michigan Democrats last April.
The parade and speeches are designed to celebrate the achievements of American workers.
The first Labor Day celebration - designated as the first Monday in September - occurred in 1882 in New York City. It became an official national holiday in 1884.
(WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Szoka Funeral)
Cardinal Edmund Szoka (SHOCK-uh) is laid to rest today (Tuesday).
The former Archbishop of Detroit died of natural causes last week. He was 86.
Cardinal Szoka served from 1981 to 1990 as the eighth chief shepherd of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He then served at the Vatican until 2006.
Cardinal Szoka was celebrating his 60th anniversary as a priest this year, having been ordained on June 5, 1954.
(24/7 News Source)

(Jackson-Steel Worker Killed)
An employee at a steel fabricating company in Jackson was killed Monday when a steel plate fell on him.
Police say the steel plate fell on 60-year-old Kim Duong of Jackson at a John Crowley Inc. plant Monday morning and he died as a result of the accident.
No foul play is suspected in Duong's death.

(Benton Harbor-Consent Agreement)
Benton Harbor Area Schools is making it official, a consent agreement is being sought to help navigate the district out of deep deficit.
The school board Monday voted to send a resolution to Governor Snyder to enter into an agreement with the state of Michigan rather than go through bankruptcy or have an emergency manager, which were among the options available. Last week Snyder confirmed a determination the school system was in a financial emergency.
The district has 30 days to forge the agreement.
Superintendent Dr. Leonard Seawood says he hopes the deal will work to the district's advantage. The school system faces a $15-million deficit.
(Jason Scott, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Gwinn-Fatal Motorcycle Accident)
An Upper Peninsula man is facing charges after a motorcycle accident over the weekend left a woman dead.
The Forsyth Township Police Department said the accident happened near The Happy Hour Bar in Gwinn early Saturday morning.
Police say William Toyra Jr. of Rock was allegedly driving the motorcycle on M-35 in Delta County when he collided with the building killing his female passenger. Her name is being withheld until the notification of family members.
Toyra was also injured in the accident. He was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, a charge that carries a penalty of a maximum 15 years in prison.
His next court appearance is September 5.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Capitol-Wolf Hunt Protest)
Opponents of a wolf hunt in Michigan will be at the Capitol in Lansing Wednesday to urge lawmakers to vote 'no' on a citizen's initiative that effectively would allow a wolf hunt in Michigan to continue.
The group "Keep Michigan Wolves Protected" want state House members to vote no on the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, which would let the Natural Resources Commission decide which animals should be designated as game animals. If approved it would render two anti-wolf hunting proposals on the fall ballot, moot issues.
Since the proposal also includes a one (m) million dollar appropriation to fight the spread of the Asian carp, the legislation cannot be challenged by referendum, as Michigan's constitution prohibits the public from rejecting budget bills via referendum.
The Senate has already approved the initiative, so it now needs only House passage as citizen's initiatives do not need a signature from the governor. If the legislature does not approve it, the proposal will go to the statewide ballot.

(MI-Bridge Walk Memories)
For the third year in a row, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Mackinac Bridge Authority are asking the public to share their Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk experiences on social media with photos and videos.
Today through September 8, you can post your memories of walking the bridge, either this year or a previous year, on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MightyMacWalk14. Memories also can be posted on M-DOT's Facebook page and can include photos or videos.
One person sharing their memories will be chosen at random to receive a once-in-a-lifetime tour for two to the top of the Mackinac Bridge.  Last year's winner was Rachel Baldwin from the Remus area, while Lisa Hensel from Parker, Colorado won a Pure Michigan prize pack for traveling the furthest to walk the bridge and share her memory with M-DOT.
More details and the official rules of the 2014 Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk social media promotion are on the M-DOT website.

(MI-National Universities Rankings)
The University of Michigan and Michigan State University are among the top 30 universities in the nation according to an annual ranking that measures what colleges and universities "are doing for the country.”
In Washington Monthly’s 2014 National Universities Rankings, U-M was ranked 13th while MSU came in at number 29.
The publication analyzed the 277 higher education institutions based on whether they’re improving social mobility, producing research and promoting public service.
Of the 14 universities in the Big Ten, three others also cracked the top 30 this year: Wisconsin is 17th, Ohio State is next at 18 and Illinois is 26th.
The number one-ranked school, for the fifth straight year, was the University of California-San Diego.

(Kent Co-Baby Suffocation Death)
A 20-year-old Grand Rapids mother has rejected a plea deal and will stand trial for the suffocation death of her 5-month-old son more than one year ago.
Diva Bonita-Louise Robinson is charged with involuntary manslaughter as a result of the death of her son, Jaiven Ke’are Tyler, whom police say was left alone at his southeast side home on August 21, 2013.
Police say Robinson was pulled over for traffic violations and later told officers she had left the child in the care of another adult.
The Kent County Medical Examiner’s office determined that the boy somehow came in contact with a plastic bag leading to his death.
Robinson's trial starts September 22. She remains free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

(Ypsilanti-Holtzclaw Charges)
Former Eastern Michigan University football player Daniel Holtzclaw is expected to face charges later this week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on nine counts of sexual assault while working as an on-duty Oklahoma City police officer.
The 27-year-old was arrested Thursday and is expected to be arraigned on charges of first-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, two counts of sexual battery and two counts of indecent exposure. Mlive reports his alleged victims were seven black women ranging in age from 34 to 58.
Holtzclaw is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail on $5 million bond. If convicted, he could face life in prison without the possibility for parole.
Holtzclaw is an Oklahoma, native who attended EMU from 2005 to 2008 on a football scholarship.

(Detroit-GM Compensation)
The compensation fund set up for the families of victims and those seriously injured in General Motors vehicles has received 284 claims through Friday, including 100 claims for deaths.
The fund, which began accepting applications for funding on Aug. 1, has received 184 claims for physical injuries and 100 for deaths, according to the deputy administrator of the fund.
The Detroit News reports the fund hasn’t made any determinations if the deaths are eligible for compensation.
The fund is the result of a botched recall of over two-and-a-half million vehicles with faulty ignition switches.
GM has set aside $400 million to pay claims but says the total could hit $600 million.
The fund will accept applications through Dec. 31.



(MI-Gas Prices)
Gas prices remain stable in Michigan this week.
AAA Michigan reports the current statewide average is just over $3.50 per gallon, relatively unchanged from last week and about 12 cents less than this same time last year.
Since peaking for the year in early June at just over three-90 a gallon, Michigan prices have steadily fallen along with the national average.
Of the cities surveyed by AAA, the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel can be found in the Detroit area, where it’s about $3.47 a gallon. The highest average is in the Marquette area at about $3.58 a gallon.
Triple-A surveys 28-hundred Michigan gas stations per day.
Among Michigan's major metropolitan areas, three-dollars-47-point-three cents in Metro Detroit, three-dollars-48-point-eight cents in Traverse City and Benton Harbor,three-dollars-51-point-four cents in Ann Arbor, three-dollars-51-point-eight cents in Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Holland and Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, three-dollars-51-point-nine cents in Lansing/East Lansing, three-dollars-52-point-nine cents in Flint, three-dollars-54-point-four cents in Jackson and a statewide high of three dollars-58-point-five cents in Marquette.

(Novi-Snyder Backing Aide)
Governor Snyder says Richard Baird will remain his top political aide despite Baird's tax issues.
Snyder addressed those at the state Republican convention in Novi over the weekend for the first time since Democrats revealed Baird claimed a homestead property tax exemption on houses in both Michigan and Illinois. Baird paid nearly 17-thousand dollars on Friday to settle the tax issue in Michigan.
Snyder said people are being very political ahead of the November election, and added he's trying to stay above the fray and do his best as governor.
(24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Water Shutoffs)
Water shut-offs are scheduled to resume in Detroit today (Monday) following a month-long moratorium.
The move is expected to generate more controversy as some argue that access to water should be a right. According to officials, roughly half of Detroit's 170-thousand customers were delinquent on their water bills as of last spring.
Detroit gave its residents one last chance to make payment arrangements or access help before shut-offs resume.
A “Water Fair” held on Saturday gave residents a chance to get all the information they need to catch up on their payments. Customers could also apply for assistance through the Detroit Water Fund which has received $200,000 in donations from the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, the Ford Foundation and the GM Foundation.
(24/7 News Source/WWJ, Detroit)

(East Jackson-No Varsity Football)
The football season kicks off this week for high schools across the state but one southern Michigan school district will be on the sidelines.
Due to a lack of participation numbers, East Jackson high school will not be fielding a varsity football team this season. A statement available at the school's website cites a concern for player safety as a deciding factor in the cancelation. With just 7 seniors and 2 juniors prepared to play this season the rest of the roster would have to filled out with sophomores and freshmen.
Instead the Trojans will field a junior varsity team stocked with 26 players from grades 9 through 11 with the hopes of returning to varsity competition next season.
(WKHM, Jackson)

(MI-Candidates Set)
The gubernatorial candidates and their running mates are now officially set for the statewide election in November.
Both the Republican and Democratic parties held their statewide party conventions over the weekend where they solidified their tickets for the general election.
On the GOP side, Governor Rick Snyder will again run with Lt. Governor Brian Calley by his side. Calley held off a tea party challenge by candidate Wes Nakagiri.
Meanwhile, Democrats locked in gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown.
Democrats also nominated Michigan State University associate law professor Mark Totten faces as their candidate for attorney general and Detroit attorney Godfrey Dillard for secretary of state.
They will face off against Republican incumbents Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

More than 1.12 (M) million Michigan residents will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, or about one-percent more than those who traveled last year, according to a new survey from "Triple-A Michigan."
Of those, over 1 million people plan to travel by auto, while more than 43,000 will travel by air and over 79,000 travelers will go by rail, bus or ship.
Those driving to their holiday destinations may find less pain at the pump when gassing up, as most U.S. consumers are paying the lowest gas prices for early August since 2010. Triple-A expects gas prices to have little impact on the number of people traveling for Labor Day, though lower prices could help make travel more affordable.
Nationally, Triple-A estimates 34-point-seven (M) million Americans will travel between Thursday August 28th through Monday September 1st. That's a 1.3 percent increase from one year ago. Eighty-six percent of national travelers plan to go by vehicle.

(Capitol-Oil Drilling)
At least three townships in southeastern Michigan have approved moratoriums on oil drilling, following news that an oil drilling rig appeared adjacent to a subdivision in Shelby Township.
Local residents say they should have a say on whether or not there should be drilling in their neighborhood.
State rules allow drilling as close as 450 feet to homes. A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says they're now reviewing the state regulations.
West Bay Exploration of Traverse City -- which has been obtaining mineral rights -- also started drilling in Scio (SY-oh) Township, prompting a local moratorium. Moratoriums have so far been approved in Scio, Shelby and West Bloomfield townships.
The West Bloomfield Township Supervisor plans to protest at the Capitol in Lansing next month on the issue, according to reports.
A bill in the Michigan Legislature also allows for more local control on drilling.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Lowell-Ultra-light Crash)
An out-of-state man died Sunday in an ultra-light plane crash in Western Michigan.
Authorities say 67-year-old Bryan Bowker of Edgewood, New Mexico, was test flying the aircraft in Lowell Sunday morning. He was the only one involved in the crash.
MLive reports witnesses say Bowker made one successful flight before attempting a second takeoff from the city-owned airfield when he lost control and crashed.
Emergency responders included Rockford Ambulance, Kent County Sheriff's Dept. and Lowell Fire and Rescue.

(MI-Early Fall Color)
Nature’s palette is starting to take shape in parts of Michigan.
Leaves on some trees around the state are already turning yellow, a sign that fall “leaf peeping” season is near.
Mel Koelling, retired forestry professor at Michigan State University, said the cooler summer weather isn’t to blame for the early arrival of fall color. Instead, it’s things such as drought, fungus and even bug infestations that put stress on the tree causing leaves to change hues.
But Koelling says don’t be fooled, the unseasonably cool summer weather does have somewhat of an impact on the leaves in the long run.
He says lots of sunshine is needed to make lots of sugar to be converted into some brilliant red pigments. So, at this point Koelling thinks color might be somewhat muted this fall based on our weather patterns for the summer.
He adds that the recent mild weather can be traced back to last winter’s Polar Vortex.
(Scott Ryan, WWJ, Detroit)

Michigan educators are being trained this month on the use of epinephrine (ep-uh-NEF-rin) injectors to treat students suffering from severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.
Lawmakers earlier this year voted to require all public schools to have two of the EpiPens and two staff members able to administer the dosage starting this academic year.
The instruction includes recognizing when a student is having an anaphylactic reaction. Food allergies induce up to half of anaphylaxis cases, according to the National Association of School Nurses.

(Isle Royale-Ballast Tests)
Tests on ballast water on Isle Royale National Park’s Ranger 3 vessel are wrapping up as part of a study in identifying invasive species.
After an outbreak back in 2007, Park Superintendent Phyllis Green formed a team of U.S. Geological scientists to treat the water ballasts that may carry things like bacteria that could be harmful to the local ecosystem. Green says similar tests have created in the past but funding remained an issue.
She adds that permanent testing is still many years away but tests like these are a step forward in the right direction.
Isle Royale National Park has already identified close to 58 areas that harbor invasive species.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Chelsea-Ferris Wheel Fall-UPDATE)
Investigators say they believe they know what caused to kids to fall from a Ferris wheel cab Thursday night.
Police say one of the victims, a 16-year-old girl, got on the ride with crutches. They say it looks as though the crutches slid out of the cab and got stuck in a position that caused the cab to tip. The girl and her 8-year-old brother both fell 15 feet to the ground.
The siblings were taken to CS Mott Children's hospital in Ann Arbor, where they were both treated for non-life threatening injuries.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Partners For Success)
The new Michigan Partners for Success program will soon see a request for proposals issued.
The program is designed to team up state government with service providers and investors from the philanthropic community to fund new approaches to improve health and early childhood development for high-risk mothers and their babies.
Governor Rick Snyder says that successful bidders for the program, which uses home visitation, community programs and better coordination of care from pregnancy through the child's second birthday, will see government funding if they meet their goals.
A public meeting and bidder's conference is scheduled for September 4. Bids are due in October with finalist interviews planned for November and programs set to start in 2015.
Groups interested in submitting proposals can receive additional information online at

(Lapeer Twp-Parade Accident)
One woman is dead and ten others injured after an accident involving a parade vehicle Saturday.
The Lapeer (luh-PEER) County Sheriff's Office says 80-year-old Jeanette Rumptz died at the scene after she turned into the path of a specialized novelty vehicle that was heading to the Metamora Country Days Parade. The parade vehicle was a truck converted to look like a steam train. Seven passengers riding in the bed of the truck were ejected, and ten passengers in all were taken to area hospitals for their injuries.
Two of those passengers have life-threatening injuries according to deputies.
While the crash remains under investigation, deputies believe neither alcohol nor speed played a role in the accident.
(24/7 News Source)

(Byron Twp-New Tanger Outlet)
A Grand Rapids suburb will be the home to a new 80-store Tanger Factory Outlet Center.
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. is spending $80 million to build its third shopping center in Michigan in Byron Township.
Steve B. Tanger, chief executive of the North Carolina retail development company, says the 350,000-square-foot shopping center is expected to generate at least $7.3 million in annual sales tax for the state.
It's also estimated the shopping center will create 1,000 permanent full- and part-time jobs in addition to 300 construction workers building the structure over the next year.

(Saginaw-Dow Re-branding)
Saginaw's Dow Event Center will soon be simply known as 'The Dow'.
The re-branding effort is part of a 10-year, $4.18 million sponsorship renewal. It's an increase from the current sponsorship agreement which expires this year, and it also includes new signage at various outdoor and interior locations.
Renewal of the agreement between the county, The Dow Chemical Company, Saginaw Spirit and management arm SMG was announced by Dow earlier this summer.
(WSGW, Saginaw)



August 29, 2014

9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall as it ripped through the Gulf coast states of Mississippi and Louisiana, flooding the city bowl of New Orleans and killing over 1,500.

Air Guitar World Championships final in Finland.

Telluride Film Festival, film festival that only announces its program the day before it opens and charges the press for entry, yet still attracts high-profile guests.

Final report from comprehensive review of the military health system - announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in May - due to be delivered to Secretary Hagel by today. Review, led by Deputy Secretary Robert Work with the assistance of the acting under secretary for personnel and readiness and the assistant secretary for health affairs, and the direct participation of the secretaries of the military departments and the service chiefs, focused on the core areas of access to health care, safety of care, and quality of care.

August 30, 2014

Budweiser Made In America, music festival hosted by JAY Z returns for a 3rd consecutive year at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia with an additional event added at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, making it the first American festival to run simultaneous events on both coasts.

30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Discovery taking off on its maiden voyage, to deploy three communications satellites.

International Day of the Disappeared, annual commemoration day created to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives.

August 31, 2014

4th anniversary of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq ending at midnight on the evening of August 31, 2010, over seven years after Operation Iraqi Freedom began with the March 2003 invasion to remove Saddam Hussein. U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed the withdrawal of the final combat troops from the country in a televised address to the nation in which he said the U.S. had paid a 'huge price' to 'put Iraq's future in its people's hands.’

20th anniversary of Russia officially ending its military presence in East Germany and the Baltic countries after nearly 50 years.





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