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Michigan State News              Updated 10/21/14


(MI-Mega Millions Jackpot)
Michigan Lottery officials say tonight’s (Tuesday) $200 million Mega Millions jackpot is the game’s second highest jackpot of 2014.
In March, two players from Florida and Maryland split a $414 million jackpot.
The cash option for tonight’s jackpot is about $122 million.
Lottery officials say if someone from Michigan wins tonight’s $200 million jackpot, it would be the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won in the state. On April 22, 2005, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, of Port Huron, won $208 million.
Mega Millions tickets for tonight’s drawing may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m.

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Governor Rick Snyder this afternoon (Tue) approved a measure that clarifies state law by requiring new cars in Michigan to be sold only by franchised dealers.
The measure clears up language in the law, according to the governor. However, the law reportedly is also an effort to discourage Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly through company stores.
General Motors had urged the governor to sign the bill.
The measure also prohibits car makers from dictating fees that the franchises charge customers.
A growing number of states have approved bills blocking Tesla from conducting direct-sales of new vehicles, according to the Detroit Free Press.

(Capitol-Charter Schools)
House Democrats in Lansing have introduced bills that put new regulations on taxpayer-funded charter schools in Michigan, particularly those run by for-profit companies.
The bills require financial disclosure of how those companies spend their money, the posting of audited financial statements and the posting of compensation packages for all employees who make more than 100-thousand dollars. The proposal also prohibits authorizers from issuing new charter contracts if their charters don't provide proper oversight to their current charter schools.
The House Democratic Caucus also recently proposed legislation calling for a moratorium on new charter schools until new regulations on them are approved.
The Detroit Free Press recently published a series of articles pointing out what it says are flaws in the current charter school system.
But the bills clearly face a tough road ahead. Majority Republicans in Lansing have said there's already enough oversight of charter schools in Michigan.

(Flint-Clinton Visit)
Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Michigan Democrats in Flint on Wednesday.
Clinton will be with U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial nominee Mark Schauer. Tickets for the rally are available at Michigan Democratic Party offices in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Pontiac, Lansing, and Detroit among others in southeast Michigan.
The former president's campaign visit comes after his wife rallied for Schauer and Peters last week on the campus of Oakland University.
(24/7 News Source)

(Equality MI-Gift)
The largest gay rights group in Michigan has named beneficiary of three (m) million dollars.
Equality Michigan has announced it's the beneficiary of two gifts from the late Dr. Henry Messer.
Dr. Messer, a noted Michigan neurosurgeon who died in February, left one million to the organization. In addition two (m) million dollars was given to Equality Michigan's endowment at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
Dr. Messer co-founded the Triangle Foundation in 1991, which merged with Michigan Equality to form Equality Michigan in 2010.   Dr. Messer served on the organization's board of trustees for over a decade and continued to volunteer weekly for the organization until his death.

(Manistee-College President Retires)
A college president in West Michigan has agreed to early retirement following his arrest on drunk driving charges.
The Board of Trustees of West Shore Community College in Manistee unanimously approved a separation agreement between President Charles Dillon and the college Monday evening allowing Dillon to retire with normal benefits.
Dillon's contract with the college was to run until June 2018.
Dillon was arrested in Manistee in August and charged with driving under the influence. Tests showed that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.186% which allowed the prosecutor to charge him under Michigan's 'super drunk' law.
Dillon pleaded guilty in September to operating while intoxicated and was sentenced to $925 in fines and was put on probation for two years. The super drunk charge was dropped with the plea.

(Marquette Co-Double Fatal Sentence)
An Upper Peninsula man will be sentenced in December after admitting to reckless driving which lead to the deaths of two people last summer.
19-year old Raymond Anderson of Ishpeming pleaded guilty last week in a Marquette County District courtroom to two counts of moving violation causing death. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 3. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.
Police say Anderson was driving a rental truck when he pulled into the path of a motorcycle on US-41 at Lakeshore Drive in Ishpeming 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 free on bond.

(Emmet Co-Doctor Sentenced)
A doctor in Northwest Lower Michigan is on his way to prison for sexually assaulting a patient.
60-year old Richard Ferguson of Harbor Springs was sentenced today (Tuesday) by an Emmet County judge to no less than 38 months and no more than 10 years behind bars.
Ferguson pled guilty in August to criminal sexual conduct, assault with the intent to commit sexual penetration.
Ferguson was arrested in April for inappropriately touching a patient in June of 2012 while he was a family care physician in Petoskey.
According to the Emmet County Sheriff's Department, the victim was treated by Ferguson since she was a child. During this time, he hired the victim to work in his office, and would continue to sexually assault her under the guise of "therapy."

(MI-Sea Lamprey Kill)
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service plans to take its battle against sea lamprey to the Ford River in the Upper Peninsula over the next ten days.
Technicians will be dumping chemicals in the river as well as to offshore areas near the river in Delta, Marquette, Menominee and Dickinson counties in an effort to kill the lamprey larvae that are burrowed into the lake bottom.
The plan is to do the treatment sometime between today (Tuesday) and October 30th, as weather permits.
Biologists say the chemicals are not harmful to humans or wildlife. But agricultural irrigation using river water should be suspended for 24 hours during and following treatment, just to be safe.
Officials want to kill the sea lamprey before they grow into adults which then kill sport and commercial fish.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Sault Ste. Marie-New Toll Booths)
Two of the six planned new toll booths at the International Bridge in the Upper Peninsula are now open.
They are part of an eight-point-nine million dollar project to have six new booths serving seven lanes of traffic crossing into Canada by the end of the year. The entire project is slated for completion next October.
The bridge links Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan with Sault St. Marie, Ontario.
(24/7 News Source)

Two people were fatally shot in a Lansing hospital parking lot in what police believe is a deadly case of domestic violence.
Lansing Police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said the shooting happened around 7 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) outside a facility at the McLaren Orthopedic Hospital on the city's south side.
Merritt said a 44-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 43-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. He says officers have recovered a firearm and they are confident this is a murder-suicide.
The woman was a hospital employee, although the nature of her relationship with the man was not immediately disclosed. Names have not yet been released.
The hospital was briefly placed under a lockdown as police were investigating the scene.
Additional information on the shooting is expected to be released later today.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Odors Settlement)
The State has reached a settlement with two Delaware-based companies to end chronic odors from the nation’s largest municipal waste incinerator affecting Midtown Detroit residents.
The deal was announced today (Tuesday) by Attorney General Bill Schuette and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant.
Michigan Waste Energy and Detroit Renewable Power assumed operations of the incinerator facility in late 2010.
Each summer since 2010, Midtown Detroit citizen complaints of severe odors emanating from the facility increased dramatically, from sixteen complaints in 2009 to more than 170 complaints in 2014.
Field investigations conducted by DEQ verified chronic “strong sour garbage odors” from the facility powerful enough to warrant violations of Michigan's air pollution control laws.
The incinerator facility also supplies steam power to heat and cool many downtown Detroit commercial buildings.
The companies will re-engineer the facility within two years with a new air ducting system that will send foul-smelling air into the incineration process for destruction.
Both companies will be charged up to $5,000 for each day they do not implement the measures to control the nuisance odors and additional penalties if they fail to comply with this schedule - fines of up to $5,000 per day for future violations of Michigan Air Pollution Control law.
The companies will pay a $350,000 fine for past odor violations which will go into the State General Fund.

(MI-Road Funding Petition)
A petition drive being discussed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to find a solution for road funding in Michigan is being met with criticism.
Chamber President and CEO Rich Studley says they're looking at three or four different alternatives for the November 2016 ballot, including earmarking all the revenue generated by the sales tax on gasoline unless lawmakers find the one-point-two billion dollars requested by Governor Snyder for roads before the end of the year.
Currently, that money is mostly divvied up between the School Aid Fund, revenue sharing aid to local governments and the General Fund.
The Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business says they are not on board with increasing gas taxes to come up with the money, but said it might support an effort that dedicated the sales tax on gasoline to roads instead of schools and local governments.
However the Michigan League for Public Policy says roads shouldn't be fixed "at the expense of kids and communities."

(Kalamazoo-Teen Murder Conviction)
All three people charged in the Memorial Day murder of a 13-year-old Kalamazoo boy have now been convicted.
A Kalamazoo County jury Monday found 18-year-old Rashad Perez guilty of second degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a felony gun count.
Perez will be sentenced November 17. He faces up to life in prison.
Police believe the shooting death of Michael Day in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood was gang-related.
Then 15-year old triggerman Victor Garay was convicted on Friday of first-degree murder and other charges in Day's death. 24-year-old Octavavius Snell was acquitted of murder, but was found guilty of felony firearms charges.

(Lansing-Heroin Bust)
Authorities in Lansing have announced the seizure of just over four ounces of heroin at the home of a suspected heroin dealer in the Capital City.
The search warrant was executed one week ago following an undercover operation.
Thirty-seven year old Roshawn Marcell Carroll of Lansing has been arraigned on several charges, including possession and intent-to-deliver.
The investigation was led by the Michigan State Police with the help of several law enforcement agencies.

(Mount Pleasant-NoSchool-Pepper Spray)
Classes had to be dismissed early on Monday at Mt. Pleasant High School, after a hallway became tainted when two students were playing with a can of pepper spray.
Firefighters were called in to ventilate the hallway where the irritant had been sprayed.
The investigation is continuing.
(Help from: Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)



(MI-Unvaccinated Children)
Figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show there is increasing numbers of unvaccinated children in kindergarten in Michigan, making the state the fourth-highest in terms of parents who have not gotten their kids immunized against a number of infectious diseases.
The CDC survey showed that 5.4 percent of Michigan parents with kindergarten-aged children had not had them vaccinated during the 2013-14 school year. That was up 0.1 percentage point from the year before.
It was also up 1.6 percentage points from the 3.8 percent of parents who refused to have their children vaccinated in the 2009-10 school year.
Michigan allows parents greater leeway to refuse to have their children vaccinated for religious and philosophical reasons.
The report said despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are safe for children, some parents remain worried that the substances in vaccines can cause autism or other health problems for their children.
The 5.4 percent of parents in Michigan not having children vaccinated contrasts with Virginia and the District of Columbia where only 0.4 percent of parents had refused to have their children vaccinated.
Ahead of Michigan were Oregon at 7 percent of parents who would not vaccinate their children and Vermont and Idaho where just over 6 percent of the parents refused.

(Detroit-UN-Detroit Water)
Two United Nations officials are trying to determine if the water shutoffs by the city of Detroit amount to human rights violations. They held a forum in the city on Sunday, with more than 300 people gathering at Wayne County Community College to share their stories.
The city has been turning off the water service to people who are more than 60 days behind on their their bill and have not entered into a payment arrangement.
One UN official told the crowd that they will meet with city officials today with their recommendations, but cannot force Detroit to make any changes.
(24/7 News Source)

(UM-Enrollment Up)
The University of Michigan is reporting that fall 2014 undergraduate enrollment on its Ann Arbor campus grew by four-tenths of a percent to 28,395 students, an increase of 112 students.
The university notes that there were nearly 50-thousand applications for admission.
It includes an entering class of just over 65-hundred, a four-and-one-half-percent increase over 2013 figures.
And school officials add that applications for the entering class set an all-time record: 49,776, which is 2,963 (6.3 percent) above 2013.

(Kent Co-New Bridge)
A week after it was supposed to be moved, a new bridge over I-96 south of Lowell in Kent County has been slid into place.
The M-50/Alden Nash Avenue bridge over I-96 was replaced using the slide-in bridge construction method.
The new bridge was built next to the old, then the old bridge was demolished and crews used a high-tech lubricant to slide the new bridge was slid into its permanent spot.
the Michigan Department of Transportation said the slide was scheduled to start on October 10, but was delayed due to unexpected equipment problems. Instead, crews started sliding the bridge into place on Friday night.
Crews expect to continue work in the area until November.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Holland-Fatal Fire)
A 29 year-old man died when a fire swept through a home in Holland early Saturday morning.
Firefighters found Jeremiah Smith of Holland after putting out the blaze in the two-story rental unit. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Four people who lived in the home escaped the blaze with non-life threatening injuries.
The landlord told WOOD-TV that Smith was not a tenant and was visiting for the weekend.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Van Bureno-Drunk Driver)
A southwest Michigan woman is locked up after mistaking the county jail for a bar over the weekend.
According to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department, the Hartford woman pulled into the parking lot of the jail in Paw Paw just after 2 a.m. Sunday with a blood alcohol limit more than twice the legal limit. She was seen by a deputy trying to get her boyfriend to get back into the car, and told police she thought she was in the parking lot of another bar in the area.
The 39-year-old woman was arrested without incident.
(24/7 News Source)

(Capitol-Med Marijuana)
While lawmakers return to Lansing for a session day on Wednesday, not much is expected.
But proponents of medical marijuana are hopeful to push their legislation during the lame duck period after the election and before the end of the year.
Their proposal would allow for the return of regulated marijuana dispensaries.
Supporters say dispensaries are essential, since not everyone can find a personal, legal provider and few really know how to grow their own.
There is also a proposal to allow for non-smokable forms of the drug, including edibles.
Opponents have said expanding the law will open the door for more illegal use of the drug.

(MI-Home Depot Breech-UPDATE)
Two Michigan men are under investigation in connection with the massive Home Depot data breach.
Last month, information on 56-million debit and credit cards was stolen from the home improvement chain.
Police say they found card-reading devices linked to that breach inside a car during a traffic stop in Texas.
Antoine Lee of Oak Park and Stephen Parker of Detroit have been charged with possession of criminal devices.
(24/7 News Source)

(AAA-Gas Prices)
Gas prices remain unchanged this week, AAA Michigan reports. The current average is about $3.13 per gallon, unchanged from last week and about 35 cents less than this same time last year.
Metro Detroit gas prices dropped about 8 cents. The current average is about $3.09 per gallon, down about 8 cents from last week and about 35 cents less than this same time last year.
Of the cities surveyed by AAA Michigan, the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel can be found in the Traverse City area, where it’s about $3.07 a gallon. The highest average is in the Marquette area at about $3.26 a gallon.

A Walled Lake man won the men’s division of the Detroit marathon, while a woman from Dearborn took the women's title.
Mike Andersen finished the 37th Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 54 seconds Sunday morning.
The 27-year-old is a cross country coach from Milford High School.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old Courtney Brewis won the women’s division. The ex-Grand Valley State distance runner finished the race in 2 hours, 45 minutes, 53 seconds.

(MI-Great Lakes-Algal Blooms)
Federal grants will soon be on the way to Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, to reduce algal blooms in Lake Erie.
The Gongwer News Service reports that the amounts of the grants will be released today (Mon) in Ohio. The grants are being released through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The GLRI says on its website that scientists have traced high levels of harmful algae that chokes aquatic life, creates "dead zones" devoid of oxygen in the Lakes, harms coastal economies and threatens human health, back largely to phosphorus runoff.
While most of the Great Lakes are cold and deep, thereby providing a natural buffer against the effects of harmful algae, warmer and shallower portions of the lakes may be hit harder.

(Capitol-Debtors Prison)
Legislation has been introduced in Lansing by lawmakers who say Michigan needs to ensure it's longstanding constitutional ban on debtors prisons.
Debtors prison is where people go if they can't afford to pay their court debts.
One bill in the package requires that a defendant's socioeconomic status be factored into their sentence, meaning that alternatives such as community service or a payment plan are possible. Other bills cap the amount a court can charge and provide a defendant one last chance to talk to a judge before a warrant is issued.
While the Michigan Constitution and even state law prohibits debtors prison, the sponsors say people are still ending up behind bars because they can't pay up.
The sponsors are Senate Democrats Jim Ananich of Flint and Bert Johnson of Detroit, along with Senate Republican Tom Casperson of Escanaba.

(Mackinac Bridge-Traffic Down)
Traffic on the Mackinac Bridge was down last month.
Robert Sweeney, Executive Secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, reports that 381,450 vehicles crossed the span during September down three-percent compared to 393,178 in 2013.
Fare revenue is down 2.5% compared to last year.
Officials say all revenue collected is used to maintain, operate, and protect the 56-year-old bridge linking Michigan's two peninsulas.

(West Bloomfield-Black Market Phones)
A 29-year-old West Bloomfield man pleaded guilty to transporting stolen cell phones in foreign commerce.
Federal investigators say Jason Floarea recruited people to enter into contracts to get free phones from cell phone companies. Those people would then take cash for the phone and never pay the contract. Floarea then sold those phones to overseas buyers and used his ACE wholesale business as a front.
Floarea will be sentenced in January.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ypsilanti-EMU Student Aid)
Eastern Michigan University is increasing the amount of financial aid available to its students.
The EMU Board of Regents, earlier this month, approved a financial aid package of $48 million for the 2015-16 school year. That's up from $44 million in 2014-15.
MLive reports, of that $48 million, $33.5 million will be used for undergraduate scholarships, awards and grants, $8.98 million will be set aside for athletic grants-in-aid, $500,000 for federal and state matches, and more than $5 million for graduate student aid.
Last year, EMU increase the amount offer by 11.8 percent and over the last two years increased the number from $39.2 million to the $48 million announced last week.

(MI Tech-UP Energy Efficiency)
Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center is partnering with another organization to do their part in finding solutions to the Upper Peninsula’s energy efficiency issues.
Along with the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission, the KRC is looking to research affordable energy options for industrial parks.
The collaboration has received funding through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Local Technical Assistance program which will be used during their studies that are set to take place starting this month and last until April 2016.
The study will encompass many energy options including solar, wind and geothermal. Houghton County Memorial Airport Industrial Airpark will be among the parks where the solutions found in the studies will be applicable.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(UM-LGBT Leader)
The University of Michigan Health System says, it has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a leader in LGBT healthcare equality.
The HRC foundation is the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
UMHS says it earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who may face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
UMHS was one of a select group of 426 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.
Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

(Grand Rapids-Laker Line)
A second rapid transit bus line is now being planned in Grand Rapids to connect the Medical Mile to the Grand Valley State University campus in Allendale.
Officials at The Rapid have dubbed it the "Laker Line," and have plans to launch the 13-mile route by 2018. The Rapid launched the Silver Line in August that runs from the Medical Mile to Kentwood.
Plans are to have 14 stops along the 45-million dollar Laker Line.
(24/7 News Source)



(MI-Ebola Preparations)
The Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Public Health says the state is preparing in case an Ebola case is diagnosed here.
According to Dr. Matthew Davis, doctors, nurses, first responders and others in the health care field are being trained, and running drills to be ready. He adds another challenge is to work on keeping the public calm.
Davis says the state's Syndromic Surveillance System Network keeps the state up-to-date on patient information, and that network of 90 facilities helped to identify the Enterovirus-D68 outbreak earlier this fall.
(24/7 News Source)


(Flint-UM President Disappointed)
University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel was critical of the Athletic Department at a Board of Regents meeting in Flint Thursday.
U-M Athletic Director Dave Brandon was not mentioned by name during the meeting but Schlissel did say he was disappointed with the way the department handled the concussion suffered by Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris in a game against Minnesota where he was allowed to go back in after the injury.
Schlissel has called for a review of safety procedures. Several Regents say they stand by the president in the way that he is handling the very complex situation.
The Regents also were presented with a petition signed by more than eleven-thousand people seeking the firing or resignation of Brandon but on Thursday Schlissel received a letter of support for Brandon signed by every U of M varsity head coach including football coach Brady Hoke and basketball coach John Beilein.
(Help from: Stephanie Davis, WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(Macomb Co-Coach Arrested)
A 53-year-old high school volleyball coach in Michigan's Thumb is facing multiple charges after authorities say he tried to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl.
Charles Goubert of Emmett was arraigned Thursday in District Court in Macomb County on three counts each of child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.
Goubert, the assistant volleyball coach at Yale High School, was arrested Wednesday after a lengthy investigation by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Computer Crimes Unit. Officials say undercover detectives had been conversing with Goubert via e-mail and text messages after responding to an ad that he had posted on a social media website.
Detectives arranged to meet Goubert at a predetermined time and location. When he showed up, Goubert was immediately arrested. He remains lodged at the Macomb County Jail on a $100,000 bond and is due back in court on October 27 for a preliminary examination.
Yale Public Schools immediately placed Goubert on administrative leave upon learning of his arrest. A spokesperson said he did not teach at the school, but had been on the volleyball coaching staff for the past decade.
(WWJ, Detroit/WPHM, Port Huron)

(Marquette Co-Largest Methamphetamine Bust)
Narcotics officers have seized the largest single amount of "meth-making" materials ever captured in Marquette County.
Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team detectives raided a pair of methamphetamine labs last night (Thursday). A 37-year-old woman was arrested at house in Ishpeming Township while a 40-year-old man was taken into custody at a home in the city of Ishpeming.
Meth lab components and other evidence from both locations were cleared by crews and the investigation is continuing.
Authorities say the two locations were within a few miles of each other and suspects were in a dating relationship and working together to produce the drugs. The woman is expected to be arraigned sometime today (Friday).
(Help from: Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette)

(Marquette Co-Boater Drowns-UPDATE)
Marquette County Sheriffs Deputies have released the names of the people involved in Wednesday's fatal boating accident.
Deputies say the man who was killed was 48-year-old Paul Albert-Charles Maki of Big Bay.
Maki and two other Huron Mountain Club employees were working on Mountain Lake in a 16-foot boat when a wave came over the bow and knocked them into the water.
29-year-old Charles Demay and 29-year-old Suzette Stephenson survived the incident, but Maki did not.
Deputies say there were life jackets in the boat, but none of the three were using them. The incident remains under investigation.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Marquette Co-Fatal Hit And Run Conviction)
A Marquette County man has been convicted in a hit-and-run accident last year that left a woman dead.
A Circuit Court jury on Thursday found 46-year-old Michael Nelson of Big Bay guilty of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, when at fault resulting in death.
Nelson was accused of driving a vehicle that struck and killed 54-year-old Robin Rahoi of Big Bay as she was walking on
a Powell Township road in the early morning hours of December 17.
Sentencing is expected to be set later today (Friday), Nelson faces up to 15 years in prison.
He is currently free on bond.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette)

(KentCo-I-96 Closure)
Motorists heading to West Michigan could encounter traffic backups this weekend.
The Michigan Department of Transportation will be sliding the new M-50 bridge over I-96 east of Grand Rapids tonight (Friday). Consequently, the freeway will be closed from 9:00 tonight until 7:00 tomorrow morning (Saturday).
During that time, traffic will be detoured off and back on the freeway on the exit and entrance ramps.
M-DOT says I-96 will be back normal tomorrow morning and M-50 should be open again on Monday.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

Thursday State health officials began an annual campaign of encouraging Michigan residents to get flu vaccinations and have confirmed three cases of influenza in adults already in the 2014-2015 season.
One case was identified by a state laboratory as H-1-N-1, one is H-3-N-2 and one is an Influenza-B virus.
Officials add that influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death - especially for infants and the elderly, and urge anyone six-months-of-age-and-older to get vaccinated.
They also say each season is different and that's why you need to get vaccinated each year, and do it early since it takes about two weeks to produce an immunity.
During the 2013-2014 flu season there were three influenza-associated pediatric deaths in Michigan.
Flu shots are available at your doctor’s office, many drug stores and grocery stores.
The peak of seasonal flu typically comes between January and April.

(MI-Health Care Cap)
Physicians and hospitals would have to charge their lowest price for a product or service to everyone under a ballot proposal that could begin circulating as early as next week.
The proposal, from Stop Overcharging, is designed to stop providers from negotiating lower prices with some health insurers than they charge those who are uninsured or no-fault insurers.
Former Republican state lawmaker Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski is heading up the effort. He says his proposal would prohibit health care providers from charging patients more than 150 percent of the lowest amount they would accept as payment in full.
The group's website currently has an online petition asking the governor and legislators to advance the idea, but official language is to be presented to the Board of State Canvassers Monday afternoon for approval as to form that could allow the issue to make the November 2016 ballot.
If a petition effort collects 285,000 signatures, the initiated bill goes to the Legislature. If lawmakers reject it, the legislation would get a statewide vote.
Raczkowski says he would drop the ballot proposal if providers would negotiate legislation to accomplish his goals.

(Detroit-Creditor Gets Arena)
As part of a deal between the city of Detroit and its last major creditor holdout, Financial Guaranty Insurance Company will receive the Joe Louis Arena and the adjacent parking garage.
The agreement calls for FGIC to tear down the old Joe and build a hotel to serve the Cobo Center.
Bond insurer Syncora already settled its deal with Detroit. That deal included cash, leases and a parking garage as well as the Detroit/Windsor tunnel.
The trial to determine whether or not the criteria has been met for the city to emerge from bankruptcy is expected to wrap up next week.
(24/7 News Source)

(Traverse City-Anti-Bullying)
Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City is the site for a one-day Anti-Bullying Conference today (Fri).
The third annual conference in the Hagerty Center runs from 8:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.
The focus this year includes being an "upstander," or one who speaks up about, or stands up to bullying and intolerance. Also kicking off today is a "Not In Our School" campaign, designed to promote a safe environment in school.

(UM-Student Ticket Prices)
Ticket prices for students at University of Michigan football games will be going down, effective next season.
The U of M Board of Regents announced the news on Thursday, but stopped short of saying what the new price will be.
A student leader told the Detroit Free Press that the price drop will be "significant."   Talks regarding the price will continue between student government and the athletic department.
The announcement has come amid reports that University of Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon's popularity among students has nose-dived. Rising ticket prices has been among their complaints.

(EmmetCo-Murder Conviction)
A northern Michigan woman has been convicted of killing her fiancé.
An Emmet County jury Thursday found 28-year old Amber Smith of Levering guilty of first degree murder and felony firearm.
Sheriff deputies found the body of 36-year old Trenton Mallory when they went to his home in Center Township near Levering on March 6. Smith had called police saying she found the home ransacked. Deputies found Mallory dead in a room with a gunshot wound to the head.
Deputies initially investigated the case as a home invasion/homicide but after the murder, the gun was found buried in a snow bank at Smith's relatives house. The couple were reportedly having financial problems.
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on November 18th.

(MI-Nursing Home Embezzlement)
A Lapeer County woman is facing charges for her alleged scheme to embezzle more than $460,000 from 136 residents of a Rochester Hills nursing home.
44-year old Tina Binkley of Almont is expected to be arraigned today (Friday) on two counts of Embezzlement from a Vulnerable Adult, $100,000 or more. The charges carry a 20 year prison term.
Attorney General Bill Schuette alleges that between 2010 and 2013 Binkley used her position as the business office manager of Boulevard Health Center to transfer residents’ overpayments for room and board from the facility's general account into the Resident Trust Fund account and later made cash withdrawals from that account for personal expenses.
Binkley was fired in April 2013 after she allegedly failed to follow standard financial reporting procedures.

(Detroit-Toddler Killed)
A toddler was killed Thursday afternoon and three other people are hospitalized after a shooting on Detroit's east side.
The family of three-year-old Amiracle Williams say she was shot in the chest in a shooting described as a gang-related incident.
Three others, a 40-year-old woman, a 17-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man, were also shot and taken to an area hospital for treatment. Their conditions were unknown.
Police say the shooting stems from a fight at nearby Denby High School that occured earlier in the day.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday night that a young man and woman have been arrested but investigators believe there are four more suspects.

(Rome-Police Officer Death)
The Lenawee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Cambridge Township police officer found dead in his home Wednesday afternoon.
Police say 41-year-old Gregory Hunt appears to have died from an accidental gunshot wound while off duty at his Rome Township home Oct. 15.
Hunt was a 14 year veteran of the Cambridge Township Police Department.
Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh told MLive investigators are awaiting autopsy and lab results before making a final determination.
Hunt's death remains under investigation.

(Dearborn-Woman Dragged)
A Dearborn man is behind bars after police say he beat the mother of his kids in front of them during a fight in the car. Surveillance video from a nearby business allegedly caught the whole incident on tape when the mother pulled over and told Hassan Sayed to get out. Instead, Sayed allegedly forced his way into the driver's seat, pushing and hitting the woman before driving off with her caught in the door.
Officials say because the two and 3-year-olds were in the backseat, Sayed is facing charges of child abuse neglect, as well as assault.
(24/7 News Source)

(Cheboygan Co-Family Found)
Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department says it has located a family that was believed to have left the state to avoid court action after the mother told police her husband had abused their children.
Police say 29-year-old Richard Fero was arrested at a relative's home in Fort Myers, Florida early Thursday morning. His wife, 31-year-old Shavon Fero and her five children were with him.
The children are now in protective custody.
Police say on Saturday Shavon Fero came to the Sheriff's office claiming her husband may have abused their children.
After interviews, deputies determined there may be evidence of abuse and the prosecutor issued a warrant for Richard Fero for felonious assault and child abuse.
A safe house in the Upper Peninsula was arranged for Shavon and her children. Shavon was to drive to the safe house, but neither she nor her children arrived.
Police believe Shavon decided to reunite with her husband and the family left the state to avoid court action with their children.

(Barry Co-Court Lockup)
A Barry County woman reported missing Wednesday was found in a court lockup.
Authorities say Tara Mathis was placed in court lockup after appearing before a probate court judge for a child support issue. Mathis was placed in the lockup during a shift change, and the message that she was to be transported back to the Barry County Jail was not passed along to the new deputy.
A sheriff's deputy was dispatched around 8:21 p.m. for a missing person report regarding Mathis.
MLive reports the sheriff's deputy and another officer discovered her in the courthouse holding area six hours after being placed in lockup.
Mathis was booked into the jail and posted bond the same night.



(MI-NOAA-Winter Weather)
A new report says that chances of an extremely hard winter like the one Michigan experienced last winter are low, according to federal weather forecasters.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says extremely cold and snowy weather is "unlikely" this winter.
However, while Michigan is not likely to get the extremely low temperatures of last winter, NOAA does forecast that there is an equal chance of Michigan either being colder or warmer than normal, this winter.
And NOAA adds that precipitation in Michigan will be below average this winter.

(Snyder-Human Trafficking)
Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a large package of bills that, among other things, makes human trafficking punishable by imprisonment for life and permanently creates the state Human Trafficking Commission within the Attorney General’s Office.
Snyder says it's unacceptable that a dangerous and appalling practice like human trafficking continues to be a prevalent problem across the state and nation.
One bill removes the statute of limitations for various crimes committed by a human trafficker.
Another would increase penalties for human traffickers and "johns"” who solicit teens for prostitution. Both would placed on the state's sex offender registry list if convicted.
The bill package would also provide a presumption of innocence for minors accused of prostitution, remove gender references in certain statutes and provide counseling services for victims.
Many of the bills resulted from a report from a Human Trafficking Commission co-chaired by Attorney General Bill Schuette. One of the bills would keep the commission together as part of the Attorney General's office.

(Marquette Co-Double Fatal Plea)
An Upper Peninsula man has admitted to reckless driving which lead to the deaths of two people last summer.
WLUC-TV reports 19-year old Raymond Anderson of Ishpeming pleaded guilty today (Thursday) in a Marquette County District courtroom to two counts of moving violation causing death. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.
Police say Anderson was driving a rental truck when he pulled into the path of a motorcycle on US-41 at Lakeshore Drive in Ishpeming 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 free on bond. No sentencing date has been scheduled.

(Eaton Co-Burned Body-UPDATE)
Lansing-area authorities say the body found in a burned out garage is the suspect in a series of arson fires.
The Eaton County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as 18-year old Conner Berthold of Eaton Township.
Fire officials in Charlotte say the body was found inside an attached garage at a home in Eaton Township. An autopsy is pending.
Officials speculate there may be a connection to the other fires, partly because the body was found near one of the other two buildings that were torched.
A knife was found on Berthold's body that investigators believe may have been used to slash the tires of several vehicles in the area.

(MI-School Funding Cuts)
The Michigan Education Association says nearly 80-percent of teachers in the state have experienced funding cuts at their schools in the past four years.
The president of the state's teachers union says K-12 funding cuts aren't campaign rhetoric ahead of the election next month.
Democrats and the MEA say Governor Snyder has cut one-billion dollars in public education funding, while the governor countered during a town hall forum with challenger Mark Schauer on Sunday that education spending in the current budget is over one-billion dollars higher than when he took office.
(24/7 News Source)

(Kalamazoo-Attempted Kidnapping)
A Kalamazoo man was arraigned Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to kidnap two kids at a bus stop.
59-year-old Ivory James Miller was charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping.
Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to North and Douglas streets at around 6:30am Tuesday. A father had dropped his daughter off at the stop and then saw a man begin to chase her as he drove off. He stopped the vehicle and punched the suspect, who was chasing another child.
Officers found the suspect walking away from the bus stop with injuries from his confrontation with the father and arrested him after he was treated at the hospital.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Grand Traverse Co-Mall Death-UPDATE)
A heart attack is the cause of death for a man found dead Tuesday morning inside the Grand Traverse Mall near Traverse City.
A medical examiner says a wound found on Ricky Billings' head did not contribute to his death.
The 64-year old Billings was a night shift employee at the mall in Garfield Township. He's believed to have died sometime after the mall closed Monday night and his body was found near the food court Tuesday morning.   
(24/7 News Source)

(Allendale-GVSU Sexual Violence Investigation)
Grand Valley State University has been added to a Title 9 sexual abuse complaint.
At issue is whether or not 85 universities across the country may have done something wrong in regard to women athletes. No one has leveled any specific charges, and no one has given the slightest hint what might have gone on, if anything, at GVSU. The school says it is innocent.
The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Michigan State University are the only other Michigan schools on the list.
The complaint will be investigated by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Detroit-Chrysler Recalls)
Chrysler is recalling over 900-thousand vehicles to fix two problems.
The automaker says around 470-thousand 2011 to 2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokees may have defective alternators.
The alternator may fail and cause the engine to stall. The vehicles are equipped with the Pentastar V-6 engine.
The second recall is for 2011 to 2013 Jeep Wrangler SUV's because water may get into the power outside mirror causing an electrical short.
Chrysler says they have evidence of one crash due to the alternator issue and found damaged wire connections in three Jeeps with the power mirror option.
(24/7 News Source)

(Marquette Co-Boater Drowns)
One person drowned when a boat capsized Wednesday on a Marquette County lake.
The Marquette County Sheriff's Office says three employees of the Huron Mountain Club in Powell Township were working on Mountain Lake in a 16 foot flat bottom jon boat winterizing campsites around the lake when the incident occurred.
According to the boat’s occupants, a wave came over the bow and caused the boat to capsize.
All three of the employees were thrown into the water. Two of them were able to swim to the shore, but the third was left distressed in the water.
Deputies say one employee was treated on scene and released. The second employee was taken to Marquette General Hospital for hypothermia. Life-saving measures were exhausted on the third employee, who was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Names are still being withheld pending notification of family and further investigation into the incident.
Deputies say life jackets and the jon boat are considered to be factors in the accident.

(Muskegon-Stabbing Death)
Muskegon Police have identified the woman they are holding for an early morning murder.
Detectives say 22-year old Shondrea Symone Parker killed the man she was living with. Police were called around 12:30 this morning (Thursday) after neighbors reported a fight inside the home that belongs to the victim's mother.
The 24-year-old man had been stabbed in the chest and died a short time later. He has not been identified.
Muskegon County prosecutors say the couple have a 6-year-old girl together.
Parker is currently lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on a charge of open murder.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Kalamazoo-Trucker Charged-Rape)
A Tennessee truck driver has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he raped a woman in Kalamazoo back in 2008.
57-year-old Calvin Kelly has been arraigned on charges of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and attempted criminal sexual conduct. He was also charged as a fourth-time habitual offender.
Authorities believe Kelly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman at knifepoint along US-131 and say that he has also been linked to rapes in Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.
Kelly faces up to life in prison if convicted. He is currently held in the Kalamazoo County Jail without bond.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(MI-Consumers Cleared)
Consumers Energy is being cleared of responsibility for an explosion and fire in Clio in 2009 that resulted in over 45-hundred people having to be evacuated.
The Michigan Court of Appeals issued a ruling this week that the statute of limitations had passed to include the utility as a defendant in a class-action lawsuit.
The State Fire Marshal's Office was unable to determine what started the fire.
(24/7 News Source)

(Grand Rapids-Beer City)
Grand Rapids holds the distinction of the best beer city in the country, according to a public-opinion survey from USA Today.
The newspaper says Grand Rapids has at least a dozen breweries and its convention and visitor bureau does a bang-up job of enticing beer drinkers, brewers and connoisseurs to visit.
Grand Rapids held the title of Beer City U.S.A. in a poll that's since ended. For this year, Grand Rapids holds the distinction of Best Beer Town.
Grand Rapids beat out nine other cities, from Denver to Burlington, Vermont.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)



(Gaylord-Motel Death)
Police are investigating the death of a 49-year old man who was found in a Gaylord motel room on Sunday.
Authorities say the owner of the Timberly Motel said he was going to help Troy Walsh move to another room, when he discovered the body. He said Walsh looked severely beaten and had a telephone cord wrapped around his neck.
Walsh's death is being considered suspicious. The results of an autopsy on his body by the Otsego County medical examiner have not been released.
Police have taken a man into custody on unrelated charges. 58-year old Keith Luesing of Gaylord was found in the bathroom of the motel room. He was arraigned Tuesday on three counts of assaulting, resisting and obstructing police.
According to the Gaylord Herald-Times, a full police report on the incident is expected to be released today (Wednesday).(Detroit-Obama Visit)
President Barack Obama will be heading to the Detroit area to help out U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial hopeful Mark Schauer heading into the final week of the midterm campaign.
Details of his visit weren’t immediately released.
The President’s visit is the latest in a series of high-profile appearances during recent campaigns in Michigan.
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton will be in town Thursday at Oakland University, also campaigning for Peters and Schauer. Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama was in Michigan campaigning for the Democrats.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Muskegon Heights-Women Slayings-UPDATE)
A 61-year-old ex-convict considered a person of interest in the murders of two Muskegon Heights women is in police custody.
Leon Means was arrested early this (Wednesday) morning in Muskegon. Police had been looking for him in connection with the deaths of 63-year-old Anna Lawson and 62-year-old Judy Bushman. Their bodies were found in their homes, just blocks apart, on Tuesday.
Lawson was found dead of apparent stab wounds. Bushman's cause of death was not immediately reported, but police say stabbing was not ruled out.
Means was spotted sitting in the 2006 Chevy Malibu that has been stolen from one of the women. Inside the car police found evidence that links Means to the murders.
Means has been in and out of prison his entire adult life, and in the late 80's was charged with killing his estranged wife and her mother. Those charges were dropped. Both of those women had also been stabbed to death.
(24/7 News Source/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(East Lansing-MSU Student Death)
The death of a 21-year-old Michigan State University student is being investigated by East Lansing police.
The man was found unconscious and not breathing near campus in the 200 block of Cedar Street Tuesday night. He was pronounced dead at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, and the student's name has not been released.
According to police, there were no signs of foul play.
(24/7 News Source)

(Dearborn Heights-Honor Student Suspended)
A Dearborn Heights honor student has been suspended for the remainder of the school year after she was caught with a pocket knife at school.
Atiya (uh-TEE-uh) Haynes, a 17-year-old senior at Annapolis High School, said she didn’t even realize she was carrying the weapon which was given to her by her grandfather who was concerned for her safety in her Detroit neighborhood.
Haynes said she just threw the 3.25-inch knife into the bottom of her purse and forgot about it. Months later, she was in a school restroom where someone had apparently been smoking marijuana during a school football game. When Haynes was searched along with other students, the knife was found.
Michigan state law has a zero tolerance policy for weapons on school grounds.
Haynes will be allowed to enroll in online classes so she can graduate with her classmates in 2015.
(Marie Osborne, WWJ, Detroit)
(Grand Traverse Co-Mall Death)
Police say the man found dead Tuesday morning inside the Grand Traverse Mall near Traverse City was an all night custodian.
Sheriff's deputies say 64-year old Ricky Billings died sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning. His body was found in the food court area when the mall in Garfield Township opened Tuesday morning.
Officials have called his death suspicious, but have not said why. An autopsy of Billings is scheduled for today (Wednesday) in Grand Rapids.
Most of the mall was closed all day Tuesday, but the doors were open today.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Grand Rapids-Plane Hits Coyote)
A coyote that had gotten past a perimeter fence wandered out on a runway at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids Tuesday afternoon and was hit by a Delta Airlines jet headed towards takeoff.
Passengers on the Cincinnati-bound plane said they felt a thump, and the pilot aborted his takeoff.
The runway was closed long enough to get the dead animal off to the side. The plane wasn't damaged and no one was hurt.
Crews are slated to inspect the fencing soon.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Holland Twp-Suspicious Deaths)
Police are investigating two suspicious deaths after discovering the body of a 31-year-old woman in her father's condo in Holland Township, then finding the father dead almost 100 miles away.
Police say the body of Stacey Grotenhuis (GROTE-en-HICE) was found October 5th at her father's Crystal Waters condominium. MLive reports that she died of a laceration to her neck.
Waters' father, Gary Volkers, was found dead from a gunshot wound near his vehicle in LeRoy Township on Sunday. State Police First Lt. Chris McIntire says it is not known if his gunshot wound was self-inflicted
McIntire says they are not looking for any suspects, but they're not ready to call it a murder-suicide.

(Pontiac-Silver Dome Future)
The owners of the Pontiac Silver Dome may be announcing future plans for the former home of the Detroit Lions soon.
A hint at the upcoming news came from an official with Triple Investment Group which purchased the stadium in 2009.
The roof on the Silver Dome collapsed last year and is in shreds.
An auction of items was held earlier this year with fans purchasing seats, artificial turf and portions of the collapsed roof.
(24/7 News Source)



Some good news in the fight against Bovine Tuberculosis.
State agriculture officials say seven more counties in the state are considered free of the infectious disease that affects cattle and other animals. The disease has not been eradicated as yet in four Michigan counties, Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda.
The newly added counties that are free of the disease are Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Otsego, and Presque Isle.
The state has been conducting surveillance testing for bovine TB since it was found in a wild free-ranging deer in 1994.

(MI Poll-Debate)
Ever since Sunday's gubernatorial debate between Governor Rick Snyder and Democratic Challenger Mark Schauer, the spin masters on both sides have claimed their candidate won.
But what does the public think?
A new statewide poll shows that Governor Snyder won, by a 42-to-30 margin, with 18 percent saying it was a tie. The rest did not know.
Fifty-three percent of Democrats thought Schauer won. Eleven percent say he lost. And 26-percent said it was a tie.
Seventy-nine percent of Republicans thought Snyder won, and seven percent thought he lost.   Six percent called it a tie
The survey was conducted by Mitchell Research. The poll had an error rate of plus or minus two percentage points.

Chrysler group has announced the recall of more than 184-thousand SUV's worldwide.
The recall is due to a possible short circuit that could disable airbags and seat belt pre-tension mechanisms.
An electrical short circuit could occur, according to the company, in some 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUV's.
So far no injuries or accidents have been reported in connection with the short circuit, according to Reuters.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(MI Workman's Compensation Rates Down)
Workers' Compensation rates are on the decline in the state.
Michigan Workers' Compensation Director Kevin Elsenheimer says businesses in Michigan have saved more than 277- (m) million dollars since 2011.
The decrease in costs to business this year is six and one-half percent, and the lower payment will take effect January first.
Elsenheimer says the biggest reason for the decline is a 2011 law that requires a worker take the next reasonable job available, instead of waiting until they're well enough to do their original job.   
He also cites an improving economy, and better efficiency at the agency.

(MI Revamped Plate)
Michigan has released a new and improved version of the state license plate, because of complaints by police.
Michael Yott of the St. Clair Shores Police collected more than 700 signatures in an online petition. He told M-Live that the earlier plates had low roadway viability.
The Secretary of State responded and 'easier to read' plates are now appearing on cars and trucks.
At issue are the plates that included the Mackinac Bridge with a bright orange sunset. The white letters on all of that made it difficult to read. The new version has a yellow-orange background with black letters.
(Help from WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Muskegon Hts-Apparent Homicides)
Two apparent homicides are being investigated in Muskegon Heights.
WZZM-TV reports that two women have been found dead several blocks from one another.
Sixty-Three year old Anna Lawson was found at 12:45 am with a fatal wound in a local residence. And 62-year old Judy Bushman was found dead in another residence several blocks away.
Police say there is no evidence at this point on whether the deaths are related.

(MI Poll-Obamacare)
A new statewide poll in Michigan says that most Michiganders believe the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," should be maintained.
The poll was conducted by Lansing-based "EPIC-MRA."
Forty five percent of the respondents support ending Obamacare, but 52-percent support keeping it.
Twenty five percent believe it should be repealed entirely and not replaced. And 20-percent believe it should be completely replaced with an alternative health care law.
Forty-one percent, the largest individual share, believe that while Obamacare should be kept, Congress should improve it.
The survey has an error rate of plus or minus four percentage points.  The poll was performed in highly populated areas and does not reflect the opinion of rural voters.

(Detroit-GM Death Claims)
The number keeps going up in the approved death claims for General Motors.
At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving GM cars with defective ignition switches.
According to the GM compensation fund website, more than 13-hundred claims have been submitted since August.
The fund will continue to accept claims through December 31st.   
(24/7 News Source)

Chrysler is back on the New York Stock Exchange.
The recently merged Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles NV began trading shares Monday morning.
The stock opened at nine-dollars a share and rose by as much as eight-percent before falling back.
Fiat SpA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles officially merged Sunday with stock also being traded on the Milan, Italy exchange.
(24/7 News Source)

(UM-Rats-Drug Addiction)
A pair of professors at the University of Michigan have received a one-point-five (m) million dollar, five year grant to study addiction-related behaviors among rats.
The goal is to gain a better understanding of substance abuse by people.
Terry Robinson and Shelly Flagel, are participating in a new national Center of Excellence at the University of Chicago, which is funded by a $12 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
They will study the genetic basis for individual differences in reward-seeking behavior and other traits related to addiction.
The researchers have a rat model that allows them to study how reward-associated cues can lead to behaviors that contribute to substance abuse.

Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a package of bills that, among other things, is designed to help save people who overdose on drugs.
The law requires EMS responders be trained to administer opioid medications aboard life support vehicles. Those medications can reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose.
The governor says that the new training "will give Michiganders a better chance of survival.”
The new law also says that "prescribers" can dispense the medication -- under certain circumstances -- to friends or family of individuals who may be at risk of experiencing a heroin-related overdose.
First responders and civilians are immune from criminal prosecution or professional sanctions under the law, as long as they administer the drugs "in good faith to those with immediate need," according to the governor.

(MI-Enterovirus Precautions)
State health officials are urging people to take precautions after the first reported death in Michigan from the enterovirus. Twenty-one-month-old Madeline Reid from Clinton Township died Friday after complications with the seasonal respiratory and stomach virus.
Enterovirus D68 has made thousands ill in 21 other states and has contributed to several deaths mostly among children.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI Poll-Gas Tax)
A new poll shows that a big chunk of Michiganders are unwilling to pay more tax to fix the state's roads.
The survey by Lansing-based polling firm EPIC/MRA found that 43-percent of those polled said they were not willing to spend anything more on roads. Twenty-percent said they were willing to pay an additional $12 a month as suggested by Governor Rick Snyder when he first began his push for additional transportation dollars. Just 12-percent said they would pay between $10 and $20 a month, and 8 percent said they would pay more than $20 a month.
The survey also found that toll roads are not a popular solution, with 49-percent opposed to the idea and 45-percent in support.
The poll off 600 people was conducted August 22-25 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.
The poll did not ask voters how they felt about how expensive road construction is.  One-million dollars a mile is about average, and those costs could be better with wiser governmental spending on contractors who perform road work in the state.

(MI-Blight Fight)
Michigan plans to fight blight in 12 cities with the help of 75-million dollars in federal funding.
The plans were created by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and follow the 2013 kickoff of a major blight removal effort for the state.
Eligible cities were selected based on an evaluation system that included residential housing vacancy rates.
(24/7 News Source)



October 21, 2014

World Series begins. American League champions host Games 1, 2, 6 (if needed), and 7 (if needed), after a 5-3 win in July's All-Star Game. Marks first World Series starting on any day other than Wednesday since 2006.

28th annual American Cinematheque award presented to actor Matthew McConaughey. Previously known as 'The Moving Picture Ball', the event recognizes an artist currently making a significant contribution to the art of the Motion Picture.

Chinese Government announces its latest quarterly GDP data for the third quarter of the year.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform Annual Legal Reform Summit - The Enforcement 'Collidescope': The New Litigation Paradigm. Including keynote from possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

McDonald's Q3 earnings for the U.S. foodservice retailer, with over 35,000 restaurants around the world.

Slipknot release their fifth studio album, '.5: The Gray Chapter', their first without drummer Joey Jordison, who left the band in December, and bassist Paul Gray, who died of a drug overdose in 2010 and after whom the album is named. It is unknown who has played the rhythm parts on the new recording, although Donnie Steele, a guitar player from the band's early days, has been playing bass live since 2011.

Uzbekistan national Fazliddin Kurbanov on trial after his arrest on federal charges including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device. Kurbanov was arrested after an investigation into his activities in Idaho and Utah late last year and this year, with the Idaho indictment alleging that, between August 2012 - May 2013, Kurbanov knowingly conspired with others to provide support and resources, including computer software and money, to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and that he possessed an explosive device, consisting of a series of parts intended to be converted into a bomb. In Utah, investigators allege that, in January 2013, he taught and demonstrated how to make an 'explosive, destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction'.

National Constitution Center 26th annual Liberty Medal ceremony, honoring Malala Yousafzai for her 'continued demonstration of courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been denied their basic human rights and liberties'.

2014 Washington International Horse Show.

October 22, 2014

Boeing Q3 earnings, for the U.S. aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, including the 787 Dreamliner passenger jet.

New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute, Ninth Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference.

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, including Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities Summit, Materials & Human Health Summit and Leadership Awards Luncheon. Brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building for three days of speakers, networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings.

NOAA National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center changes its severe weather outlooks, to better communicate risk and describe the likelihood of severe weather, with the 'See Text' descriptor in the Day 1 through Day 3 outlooks replaced with the term 'Marginal' - denoting areas with a 5% probability of severe weather - and the upper end of the 'Slight Risk' category renamed 'Enhanced' (short for 'Enhanced Slight') - denoting a total severe probability of around 30%. 'Moderate' and 'High Risk' thresholds remain essentially unchanged.

October 23, 2014

Forbes Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities list published, based on earnings coming into the estate of the deceased between October 2013 and October 2014 without deductions for how the estate handled the money.

3rd anniversary of the National Transitional Council (NTC) declaring Libya 'liberated', three days after its fighters had found and killed Col Moammar Gadhafi in his birth city of Sirte following a six-month civil war.

Amazon.com Q3 earnings for the online retailer and maker of the Kindle e-reader and the Fire tablet devices and smartphones.

Ford Motor Q3 earnings for the U.S. carmaker.

Microsoft Corp Q1 earnings, for the U.S. tech company with products incl Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Skype, Surface tablets, and Xbox games console.
General Motors Q3 earnings for the U.S. automaker.

U.S. Census Bureau release three-year (2011-2013) American Community Survey (ACS) estimates, covering all one-year estimate geographies and counties and places with populations of 20,000 or more.

NFL Thursday Night Football: San Diego Chargers at the Denver Broncos.

Gotham Independent Film Awards nominations announced. 24th annual ceremony celebrating independent filmmaking takes place December 1.

October 24, 2014

Knotfest, heavy metal band Slipknot curate their own three-day camping metal and hard rock music festival, headlining both the Saturday and Sunday nights with unique sets following a Friday night VIP Pre-Party Bash. First time the festival has been held in the same location on multiple days. Other performers including Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society, Testament, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Atreyu and Carcass. All ticket holders received a digital copy of Slipknot's new album, '.5: The Gray Chapter', when it was released on Tuesday.

Former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Commander Alexander Beltran Herrera sentenced in Washington, DC, after he pleaded guilty in March to taking three American citizens hostage after their single-engine plane crash-landed in the Colombia jungle in 2003. Defense contractors Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves, and Thomas Howes were conducting counter-drug aerial surveillance when their plane made an emergency landing and they were taken captive. Two other men - American Thomas Janis and Colombian Sgt. Luis Alcides Cruz - were murdered at the crash site. The three hostages were rescued by Colombian military forces in 2008. As a condition of Herrera's extradition, he faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

Food Day, sponsored by Center for Science in the Public Interest, celebrating healthy, affordable, and sustain ably-produced food.  Day intended to represent a grassroots campaign for improved food policies.

October 25, 2014

Musee Picasso Paris aka Paris Picasso Museum re-opens to the public in the heart of the city's Marais district on the anniversary of Pablo Picasso's 1881 birth following a five-year renovation. Administrative departments have been relocated to a neighboring building, freeing up new exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections and visitors services covering a total 5,700 square meters. The museum houses some 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents relating to Picasso.

October 26, 2014

NFL 10th International Series game: Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium in London, UK, where previous NFL games have all drawn crowds of over 76,000. The Falcons have given up a home game to participate. Game is second of three being played at Wembley this year. Early kick-off marks a fourth 'game window' on a Sunday for the first ever time. Other games: St. Louis Rams at the Kansas City Chiefs; Houston Texans at the Tennessee Titans; Minnesota Vikings at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Seattle Seahawks at the Carolina Panthers; Baltimore Ravens at the Cincinnati Bengals; Miami Dolphins at the Jacksonville Jaguars; Chicago Bears at the New England Patriots; Buffalo Bills at the New York Jets; Philadelphia Eagles at the Arizona Cardinals; Oakland Raiders at the Cleveland Browns; Indianapolis Colts at the Pittsburgh Steelers; Green Bay Packers at the New Orleans Saints.

2014 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, inducting performer Ronnie Milsap (Modern Era category), songwriter Hank Cochran (Songwriter, posthumous) and CMA founding secretary-treasurer Mac Wiseman (Veteran).

mhpa2014 - Medicaid Health Plans of America annual conference, titled 'Making It Personal: Focusing on the Enrollee in the Tangled Era of Health Reform.

Ukraine parliamentary elections, called by President Petro Poroshenko in August after the coalition which replaced the government under ousted head of state Viktor Yanukovych collapsed in July. Moscow's annexation of the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea in March has caused the most serious East-West rift since the end of the Cold War. Action in eastern Ukraine by pro-Moscow separatists has further soured relations between The West and Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with the downing in July of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, flight MH17, in a part of the country controlled by the rebels.

October 27, 2014

Taylor Swift releases her fifth studio album, '1989', which she has described as 'my very first documented, official pop album' and 'heavily keyboard and beat driven'. Deluxe version featuring three additional songs and three songwriting voice memos also available. The seven-time GRAMMY winner and youngest ever winner of the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year has previously been known for her country music, with her last album, 'RED', selling more than 6 million copies worldwide.

Apple Q4 earnings, for the makers of the Mac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Tim Cook is CEO, having succeeded co-founder Steve Jobs shortly before his death in October 2011.

NFL Monday Night Football: Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys.

10th anniversary of the Boston Red Sox breaking the 'Curse of Bambino' to win the 2004 World Series. The 'Curse of Bambino' was thought to have started in 1918 when the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth, nicknamed 'The Bambino' to the New York Yankees. Previously, the Red Sox had won five World series titles but did not win any once they sold Ruth until 2004. The Red Sox won the World Series, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in four straight games.

October 28, 2014

2014/2015 NBA season begins with Orlando Magic at the New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets at the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks at the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James plays his first game since rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. Charlotte Bobcats renamed the Charlotte Hornets this season.

Advance Report on Durable Goods - Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders, September.

Scott County GOP Ronald Reagan Dinner, headlined by possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio.

Jack Kemp Foundation Annual Kemp Leadership Award Dinner. The Jack Kemp Foundation seeks to advance the values of the American Idea of growth, freedom, democracy, and hope.

October 29, 2014

Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates following two-day meeting.

Second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in New Jersey. The storm, which became known as Superstorm Sandy as it moved over the northeast, left at least 125 people dead, knocked out power to an estimated 8.5 million homes and businesses, and caused over $62 billion in total physical and economic damage. New York was among the states seriously affected. The storm also disrupted the closing stages of the presidential race, with President Barack Obama taking time off the campaign trail to view damage alongside New Jersey's Republican governor Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise for Obama's handling of the situation.

5th anniversary of U.S. emerging from recession, when GDP data showed an annual growth rate of 3.5% in the third quarter of 2009.

Facebook Q3 earnings for the social networking website founded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Washington Ideas Forum, hosted by 'The Atlantic', the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum. Audience of government officials, business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities expected. Speakers including U.S. Trade Representative Amb. Mike Froman, Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, The Onion Editor Cole Bolton, BP Capital Management Chairman T. Boone Pickens, The Cook Political Report Editor and Publisher Charlie Cook, The Carlyle Group co-founder and Co-CEO David Rubenstein, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, 'Netherland' author Joseph O'Neill, 'House of Cards' and screenwriter Beau Willimon.

October 30, 2014

Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its advance GDP data for the third quarter of 2014, Q3.

NBA games including New York Knicks at the Cleveland Cavaliers, which sees LeBron James play his first regular season game for the Cavaliers since he rejoined them on 1 Jul. James left Cleveland in July 2010 to join Miami Heat where he won the 2012 and 2013 NBA Championship. He was selected first overall by the Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft. Other matches: Washington Wizards at the Orlando Magic; Detroit Pistons at the Minnesota Timberwolves; Utah Jazz at the Dallas Mavericks; Oklahoma City Thunder at the Los Angeles Clippers.

23rd BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America, BAFTA Los Angeles' highest accolade, honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the entertainment arts. Hosted by actor and comedian Rob Brydon for the second year in a row. Broadcast on BBC America 2 Nov as a two-hour special.

Starbucks Q4 earnings for the global coffee shop chain.

Exxon Mobil Corp Q3 earnings, for the international oil and gas company.

Social Security Administration announces size of the Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2015. COLA is pegged to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

NFL Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints at the Carolina Panthers.

Change of venue hearing in murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, charged with the first-degree murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17, 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez's home. Authorities allege that Hernandez - who was cut by the Patriots the day he was arrested - became upset June 14, 2013 at a Boston nightclub when Lloyd began talking with people Hernandez apparently didn't like. He also faces weapons charges, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. He pleaded not guilty to all six counts at a previous hearing.

40th anniversary of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman - considered to be one of the sport's greatest ever encounters as Ali fell back to the ropes and allowed the previously unbeaten Foreman to attack and eventually wear himself out before knocking him out in the eighth round. This technique became known as the 'rope-a-dope'. Before the fight in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), Foreman had been such a heavy favorite organizers had arranged for Ali to be airlifted to a Lisbon hospital after he was beaten.

TCS New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. The TCS New York City Marathon, with over 45,000 runners, begins on Staten Island and finishes in Central Park on November 2.

October 31, 2014

Halloween, celebrated on the eve of the Christian festival of All Souls and historically viewed as a time when souls could wander freely across the earth and evil spirits, the devil and witches were at their most powerful. The word Hallowe'en is of Scottish origin meaning 'Hallows Evening'. Tonight is also known as 'All Hallows Eve' and 'Trick or Treat night'

2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, 16th annual music festival headlined by Outkast (Friday), Skrillex (Saturday) and Foo Fighters (Sunday) with Zedd, Slayer, Arctic Monkeys, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Pretty Lights and AWOLNATION.

31st Breeders' Cup World Championships begin in California, with 13 races - with purses and awards totaling nearly $25 million - including the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic tomorrow.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Q3 earnings, for the world's largest brewer with brands including Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's.

30th anniversary of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi assassinated by two Sikh members of her bodyguard. Assassination sparked Hindu-Sikh clashes across the country. The government said over 2,700 people, mostly Sikhs, were killed, while newspapers and human-rights groups put the death toll between 10,000 and 17,000.

Final results of annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at end of year published.




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