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Michigan State News              Updated 03/27/15

FRI 27MAR15

(Capitol-Welfare Truancy)
The state House has passed legislation that would cut off welfare to families with a repeatedly truant child.
The bill would codify a policy already used by the Department of Human Services that allows families removed from assistance to reapply after a child attends school for 21 days.
Bill sponsor, Republican Representative Al Pscholka says the bill would promote responsible parenting and help break the cycle of generational poverty.
But bill opponent House Democrat Marcia Hovey-Wright says cutting off benefits to an entire family gives a rebellious child a lot of power. She also says there is no consistent definition of truancy throughout the state.
The bill now goes to the Senate.



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(MIPoll-Prop-1)
A new statewide poll is showing that Proposal 1, which is on the May ballot in Michigan, is in trouble.
The survey was commissioned by the Lansing-based "MIRS" newsletter and conducted by Target Insyght.
While pro-Prop 1 ads have been aired heavily for three weeks, 55-percent of likely Michigan voters remain opposed to it. And that figure rises to 65 percent after voters are read the ballot language.
Proposal 1, whose leading advocate is Governor Snyder, asks voters to increase the Michigan sales tax by a penny, to trigger new revenue for roads, bridges, schools and local governments.
The MIRS survey did find that 72 percent have seen the ads that support a 'yes' vote. However, they don't seem to be getting the message, according to pollster Ed Sarpolus.

(Allegan Co-Triple Murder Suspect)
The 32-year old West Michigan man accused in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her two children, including his own son, before allegedly setting their Allegan County home on fire earlier this month will undergo a mental examination to determine if he is fit to stand trial.
Corey LaValley's attorney requested the exam yesterday, with the support of the Allegan County Prosecutor's Office. That will delay his prosecution until May at the earliest while he meets with doctors.
LaValley is charged with the murders of 33-year-old Debra Sheppard, his ten-year-old son Corey LaValley, Jr. and 12-year-old Emma McComber on March 10th.
Their bodies were found after firefighters put out the blaze at their Dorr Township home.
Police have not revealed a motive for the killings.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Bodies Found-UPDATE)
Wayne County prosecutors are calling 35-year-old Mitchelle Blair a danger to society.
District Court Magistrate Renee McDuffie told Blair she would need to put up a large amount of money to be released before her trial.
Two of Blair's four children were found dead in her apartment freezer by court bailiffs enforcing an eviction.
A not guilty plea for the Detroit woman on four counts of child abuse was entered yesterday.
The investigator's report states that nine-year-old Stephen Berry was beaten to death in 2012 and 13-year-old Stoni Blair was strangled in 2013.
Blair’s two other children, ages 11 and 17, were unharmed, but knew their dead siblings were inside the freezer, according to reports. They’ve been placed in protective custody.
Blair is due back in court for a preliminary exam on April. 2.
(24/7 News Source/WWJ, Detroit)

(Baraga Co-Fatal ORV Crash)
A Baraga man is dead after crashing on his Off Road Vehicle.
Michigan State Police were sent to investigate a missing person complaint shortly before 10pm last night (Thursday).
The body of 37-year-old Francis Krolik, Jr. was found on a snowmobile trail in Baraga Township.
The cause of the crash has not been determined and is still under investigation.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Huron Co-Pain Pills Recovered)
Police in Michigan's Thumb searched a house in Bad Axe Wednesday night to look for missing prescription pills.
The Huron County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Bad Axe Police Department.
Almost 2,500 Tramadol pills disappeared over a period of time from the Bad Axe Animal Clinic. The drugs are valued at around $1,200.
The pills, which were being used to treat animals for pain, were first reported missing March 23 by clinic staff.
During the execution of the warrant, some of the pills were recovered and a cell phone was seized. The occupant of the home, who is an employee of the clinic, was questioned and released.
The investigation is ongoing. No official charges have been filed at this time.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI/ON-Ice-Floe Ride)
A weekend ice-floe ride by a military reserve scuba diver from Sarnia, Ontario has more than a few heads turning on social media and radio talk shows.
The stunt brought on U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard search operations when the 32 year-old man was first spotted in the St. Clair River Saturday night. He rode another floe or two on Saturday giving way to several postings of the incident.
Some called it a senseless stunt, others a personal selfie, and many suggest he should have to pay for the search and rescue attempt.
The man has been ordered by the military to undergo counseling.
(WPHM, Port Huron)

(Capitol-Electronic Insurance)
The Michigan House yesterday (Thu) passed a measure to allow drivers to present "electronic" proof of insurance during a traffic stop, instead of being required to have a paper copy of it.
The bill is the result of complaints from some insured motorists who say they're penalized just because they forgot to have their certificate with them.
The measure includes language protecting police from liability if a smart phone or tablet is damaged. It also includes a provision allowing a motorist to immediately email proof of insurance to an officer during a traffic stop.
The bill now goes to the Senate.

(Capitol-Judges Pay)
The state Senate has approved a bill that would give Michigan judges their first pay increase in 15 years.
Currently, the salaries for judges of the state's Court of Appeals, circuit court, probate court and district court are based on a percentage of the salary paid to a justice of the state Supreme Court.
But, under the legislation passed by the Senate yesterday (Thu), a judge's pay would also be linked to pay increases for non-unionized state employees.
Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young, last month, asked state lawmakers to change the way salary increases are decided for judges in Michigan. He says if something isn't done to change the system it will become more difficult to find and retain good judges.
The bill was sent to the House Appropriations Committee.

(MI-Fastest-Growing Counties)
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau says the fastest-growing county in Michigan is Keweenaw County in the western Upper Peninsula, whose population rose 1.7 percent between 2013 and 2014.
Allegan, Kent, Ottawa and Wexford counties also showed population growth of at least one percent over the July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 period.
Kent County added more than 6,800 people over the period, more than any other county in the state. It was followed by Oakland County, which grew by more than 6,000.
Macomb, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties rounded out the top five.
Wayne County is the most populous county in Michigan, with 1,764,804 residents, followed by Oakland County and Macomb County.

(Capitol-Breast Milk Bank)
Got milk?
For those who don’t, one Michigan lawmaker has introduced legislation that calls for a government-regulated non-profit breast milk bank.
State Representative Erika Geiss says a breast milk bank is a place where mothers who are nursing can donate their excess milk.
The Taylor Democrat believes breast milk donated in Michigan should stay in Michigan - where it can be used to feed premature and ill infants - and that this new law is needed to help curb the state’s high infant mortality rate.
Geiss’ bill would also set safety and quality standards for milk donation. She says mothers who smoke or use drugs - whether it’s illegal or a prescription - will not be able to donate.
Geiss says her legislation will hopefully prevent exploitation of mothers on the for-profit side, and put in very clear standards for ensuring the milk that is collected in Michigan makes its way to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
If this bill is successful, Geiss says she would consider a measure regulating, for-profit, internet sales of breast milk.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Capitol-February Elections)
A state House committee has approved a package of bills designed to save local communities money by eliminating February elections where turnout is often low.
Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, Republican chair of the House Elections Committee, said the bills started out last term as simply stating an increase in a millage or sinking fund could not be put on a February ballet, but changed into eliminating the election date all together after conversations with various stakeholders.
Currently, there are only four days a year elections are allowed to be held in the state, one of which is the fourth Tuesday in February.
The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration.

(Capitol-Military-Child Custody)
The state Senate Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would ensure active-duty military parents are not punished for not appearing in court over custody disputes while serving overseas and that they would retain custody as long as the child is in a safe environment.
The measure would mandate that - unless the best interests of the child are being violated - the court shall not modify the current parenting time order if one of the parties has filed a motion of stay under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says his legislation will ensure Michigan respects previous custody rulings while a parent is serving the nation overseas and will fill in loopholes in the law so that no member of our armed forces has to go through the ordeal.
The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

(Birmingham-Chickenpox Email)
Health officials are telling parents of unvaccinated students in Birmingham Public Schools district to get their kids vaccinated or keep them home, after three cases of chickenpox were diagnosed earlier this week.
The school district emailed parents yesterday (Thu) strongly urging parents to get there kids immunized or keep them out of school until April 14. But the Oakland County Health Department is now mandating the kids stay out of school for 21 days or get vaccinated.
School district spokeswoman Marcia Wilkinson says they currently working with about 13 parents whose children were in a class with affected children and who have vaccination waivers.

(Ypsilanti-Murder Investigation)
Police in Ypsilanti are investigating the murder of a 71-year-old man.
Officers were performing a welfare check Thursday when they found the body of a man inside a home.
Police did not release the victim's name, but family members of the victim identified him as Gary Schneider.
Few details about Schneider's death were made available, but police say they believe a cutting instrument was used as a weapon.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information about the case are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK UP.

(MI-K-12 Testing Vendors)
The two companies that are administering state standardized tests for 2015 will continue that work for the next three years under contracts awarded Thursday by the Department of Education.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan says Data Recognition Corporation and Measurement, Inc. were the two highest scoring bidders and are among the most experienced education service and test administration providers in the nation.
The two companies were chosen from among five bids for the testing contract.
Flanagan says this now allows Michigan schools and teachers to move forward and fully transition from the 40-year-old MEAP to M-STEP, a 21st Century assessment system.
The nearly $104 million contract will still have to be approved by the Administrative Board.
As with the current academic year, the Smarter Balanced consortium content will be used for the math and English questions, and state officials will write the content for science and social studies.

(Detroit-Red Wings Arena Change)
The developer of the new Detroit Red Wings arena is hoping to demolish a historic hotel to make way for a better loading dock.
Olympia Development of Michigan's consultants also said they want to renovate another historic hotel to offer up to 100 residential units. The consultants told a Detroit City Council committee Thursday that the developer wants to make a public park next to the arena larger than originally proposed.
The City Council will consider the changes as part of Olympia's request to rezone land in the Cass Corridor area.
(24/7 News Source)

(Saginaw-Second Shooting Arrest)
State Police have announced a second arrest in connection with a Saturday shooting in Saginaw.
28-year old Edna Lowe of Saginaw has been arraigned on single counts of carrying a concealed weapon, weapons-felony firearms and accessory after the fact to a felony. Lowe continues to be held in the Saginaw County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
25 year old Devario Lipsey is also jailed without bond after being arraigned on four counts of assault with intent to commit murder plus several weapons charges.
A nine year old girl sustained a grazing wound as the result of the gunfire.
Detectives from the State Police and Saginaw Police Departments are continuing their investigation.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Ann Arbor-Weapons Policy)
The Ann Arbor Board of Education discussed three policies that will prohibit any visitor from bringing dangerous weapons on to school property.
The proposal defines guns, bombs, and incendiary devices as dangerous, along with knives with blades longer than three inches. The policy includes brass knuckles. The proposals outlined by the board gives the Superintendent of Schools the power to implement regulations and to enforce them.
Officials promised to ban guns after a man, who has a legal permit, openly carried his gun with him to a choir concert at Pioneer High School.
The board votes on weapons policy April 15.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Veterans Benefits)
Veterans in nine counties will find it easier to file a federal benefits claim with an accredited county veterans service officer, thanks to grants awarded by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
The County Incentive Grant program was created last year with $250,000 to fund new county departments of veterans affairs, hire additional accredited county veteran counselors or upgrade or invest in new technology.
To date, $100,000 in one-time grant funding has been distributed to seven county veterans service offices, covering nine counties.
Rob Price, MVAA acting director for targeted outreach, says there are currently six Michigan counties remaining without a local department of veterans affairs, down from 10 in 2013.

(MI-Spinach Recall)
Frozen spinach sold at West Michigan-based Meijer stores has been recalled due to Listeria concerns.
The packages of Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach is one of several products grown by a California farm and distributed nationwide by Twin City Foods in Washington state, which the FDA says may be tainted by the sometimes deadly bacteria.
The Meijer product included in the recall is a 16-ounce frozen package, with a ‘use-by’ date of February 2017, distributed in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Meijer says customers are urged not to eat the spinach and return the products at the point of purchase for a full refund.
Related recalls announced this week in connection with the same spinach include Carmel Food Group’s Rising Moon Organics frozen ravioli and several varieties of frozen meals by Amy’s Kitchen.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recall.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Genesee Co-Missing Student Body)
Michigan State Police have confirmed that a body found Thursday in a Genesee County pond is that of a missing Wayne State University student.
Ken Gruno disappeared in Otisville over Christmas break last December.
The Air Force veteran had a credit card on him but left his coat behind when he stepped outside of the Otisville Hotel Bar telling friends he wanted to get some fresh air. But he was never seen or heard from again.
The Shiawasee County Search and Rescue Team was to resume searches for Gruno this coming weekend.
Friends and Family had set up a “Help Find Ken Gruno” Facebook page, posting a $2,500 reward for information about what happened to him.
State Police Lt. Ryan Pennel said Gruno was carrying identification. He says there are no signs of foul play.
A neighbor spotted the body in the pond in Forest Township, just outside Otisville, which remains mostly frozen over.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Livingston Co-Counterfeit Sentencing)
A judge is sentencing a Howell man to federal prison for producing counterfeit money.
Robert Watkins will serve 18-months behind bars for manufacturing 20-dollar bills that were passed at a number of businesses in Livingston County. Authorities say Watkins used a scanner to make the cash that was discovered in late 2013.
Watkins and his girlfriend Angela DeBord were caught after a number of merchants notified police.
Debord was sentenced in February to probation, home confinement and ordered to undergo a psychological exam. The couple was also ordered to pay more than 14-hundred dollars in restitution.
(24/7 News Source)

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THU 26MAR15

(Bay Co-Bay Ice Rescue)
Authorities in Bay County say four people stranded on the weakening Saginaw Bay ice late Wednesday afternoon across from a mobile home park on Bay Street east of Patterson are OK.
The situation developed when the four fishermen found they could not move because of a crack in the ice that exposed open water some 150 to 200 yards from shore.
Coast Guard personnel responded along with Bangor Township firefighters. They were told by the group that a salvage operator would pick them up.
That operator took two of the people and dropped them off at Wenona Beach. The operator then transferred to a larger boat before taking the other two people and their A-T-V and dropping them off at Bay City State Park.
No injuries were reported.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Detroit-Bodies Found-UPDATE)
Bond has been set at $1 million for a mother of two Detroit children whose frozen bodies were found in their low-income apartment home.
35-year old Mitchelle Blair was arraigned by video feed in 36th District Court today (Thursday), charged on five counts of first-degree child abuse - and she could face murder charges once investigators determine how the children died.
Blair was arrested Tuesday after court officers serving an eviction notice at the home on the city’s east side opened a deep freezer to make the horrifying discovery: the bodies of young Stoni Ann Blair and Stephen Gage Berry in plastic bags.
Wayne County Prosecutors believe that when the children died, the girl was 13 years old and her brother was 9.
Blair’s two other children, ages 11 and 17, were unharmed, but knew their dead siblings were inside the freezer, according to reports. They’ve been placed in protective custody.
Autopsies were scheduled to take place today but could be delayed due to the frozen condition of the bodies.
Blair is due back in court for a preliminary exam on April. 2.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Capitol-February Elections)
A state House committee has approved a package of bills designed to save local communities money by eliminating February elections where turnout is often low.
Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, Republican chair of the House Elections Committee, said the bills started out last term as simply stating an increase in a millage or sinking fund could not be put on a February ballet, but changed into eliminating the election date all together after conversations with various stakeholders.
Currently, there are only four days a year elections are allowed to be held in the state, one of which is the fourth Tuesday in February.
The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration.

(Capitol-Military-Child Custody)
The state Senate today (Thursday) unanimously approved legislation that would ensure active-duty military parents are not punished for not appearing in court over custody disputes while serving overseas and that they would retain custody as long as the child is in a safe environment.
The measure would mandate that - unless the best interests of the child are being violated - the court shall not modify the current parenting time order if one of the parties has filed a motion of stay under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says his legislation will ensure Michigan respects previous custody rulings while a parent is serving the nation overseas and will fill in loopholes in the law so that no member of our armed forces has to go through the ordeal.
The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

(Capitol-Speed Limits)
Once thought to be dead, legislation that would increase the speed limit to 80 miles per hour on some outstate rural freeway sections in Michigan is being resurrected in the state House.
Representative Brad Jacobsen says I-69 between Flint and Lansing, areas north of the Saginaw/Bay City area and US-131 around Cadillac would seem logical for inclusion in the measure. But urban freeways such as I-696 in metro Detroit would likely be left out of the bill.
Jacobsen says the legislation could be introduced in the lower chamber in the coming days.

(Ann Arbor-Weapons Policy)
The Ann Arbor Board of Education discussed three policies that will prohibit any visitor from bringing dangerous weapons on to school property.
The proposal defines guns, bombs, and incendiary devices as dangerous, along with knives with blades longer than three inches. The policy includes brass knuckles. The proposals outlined by the board gives the Superintendent of Schools the power to implement regulations and to enforce them.
Officials promised to ban guns after a man, who has a legal permit, openly carried his gun with him to a choir concert at Pioneer High School.
The board votes on weapons policy April 15.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Veterans Benefits)
Veterans in nine counties will find it easier to file a federal benefits claim with an accredited county veterans service officer, thanks to grants awarded by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
The County Incentive Grant program was created last year with $250,000 to fund new county departments of veterans affairs, hire additional accredited county veteran counselors or upgrade or invest in new technology.
To date, $100,000 in one-time grant funding has been distributed to seven county veterans service offices, covering nine counties.
Rob Price, MVAA acting director for targeted outreach, says there are currently six Michigan counties remaining without a local department of veterans affairs, down from 10 in 2013.

(MI-Spinach Recall)
Frozen spinach sold at West Michigan-based Meijer stores has been recalled due to Listeria concerns.
The packages of Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach is one of several products grown by a California farm and distributed nationwide by Twin City Foods in Washington state, which the FDA says may be tainted by the sometimes deadly bacteria.
The Meijer product included in the recall is a 16-ounce frozen package, with a ‘use-by’ date of February 2017, distributed in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Meijer says customers are urged not to eat the spinach and return the products at the point of purchase for a full refund.
Related recalls announced this week in connection with the same spinach include Carmel Food Group’s Rising Moon Organics frozen ravioli and several varieties of frozen meals by Amy’s Kitchen.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recall.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Genesee Co-Missing Student Body)
Michigan State Police have confirmed that a body found today (Thursday) in a Genesee County pond is that of a missing Wayne State University student.
Ken Gruno disappeared in Otisville over Christmas break last December.
The Air Force veteran had a credit card on him but left his coat behind when he stepped outside of the Otisville Hotel Bar telling friends he wanted to get some fresh air. But he was never seen or heard from again.
The Shiawasee County Search and Rescue Team was to resume searches for Gruno this coming weekend.
Friends and Family had set up a “Help Find Ken Gruno” Facebook page, posting a $2,500 reward for information about what happened to him.
State Police Lt. Ryan Pennel said Gruno was carrying identification. He says there are no signs of foul play.
A neighbor spotted the body in the pond in Forest Township, just outside Otisville, which remains mostly frozen over.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Livingston Co-Counterfeit Sentencing)
A judge is sentencing a Howell man to federal prison for producing counterfeit money.
Robert Watkins will serve 18-months behind bars for manufacturing 20-dollar bills that were passed at a number of businesses in Livingston County. Authorities say Watkins used a scanner to make the cash that was discovered in late 2013.
Watkins and his girlfriend Angela DeBord were caught after a number of merchants notified police.
Debord was sentenced in February to probation, home confinement and ordered to undergo a psychological exam. The couple was also ordered to pay more than 14-hundred dollars in restitution.
(24/7 News Source)

(Barry Co-Child Struck-Front End Loader)
A one and a half year old child has died after being hit by a front end loader Wednesday afternoon south of Nashville in Barry County.
State Police say the father of the child was operating the machine on his property when he accidentally struck his child.
The victim's name has nt been released.
(Dave McIntyre, WBCH, Hastings)

(Detroit-Cab Driver Shot-UPDATE)
Detroit police are identifying the cab driver found shot to death in his vehicle on the city's west side.
Investigators say 41-year-old Babul (bah-BOOL) Miah (MY-uh) was killed and they've arrested a man who was walking away from the cab as officers arrived on the scene. The unidentified suspect threw down a handgun and tried to run by was quickly captured.
Officials with Checker Cab said Miah has worked for the company for ten years.
Police have not yet revealed a motive for the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.
(WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(Escanaba-Drug Arrests)
Fourteen people are behind bars for drug-related charges in Escanaba.
Detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team made the arrests on charges of selling and distributing the prescription drug Bupren-orphine, which is also known as Suboxone and Subutex. The drug is prescribed to people who are battling drug addiction, and is also used to manage chronic pain.
Three others were arrested on charges that were not related to the drug investigation.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

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WED 25MAR15

(Otsego Co-Frat Members Charged)
Two of three University of Michigan students have waived their arraignment on charges in connection with over 400-thousand dollars in damage to the Treetops Resort in Gaylord during a fraternity ski trip in January.
Sigma Alpha Mu chapter president Joshua Kaplan and Zachary Levin, both 19, face misdemeanor charges of allowing drug and alcohol use by minors. Their next court date has not been set.
A third fraternity member who was charged with a felony, malicious destruction of a building, less than $20,000, is awaiting arraignment next month.
Police say more than 120 Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity members tore up the ski resort destroying ceiling tiles, exit signs, breaking furniture and doors and urinating on carpets. Members from its sister sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, were also at the resort but none have been charged. Forty five rooms were damaged.
Otsego County Prosecutor Mike Rola says it took over two months to bring charges because of how long it took to identify people due to Treetops not having cameras in the common area. Additional charges are expected.
The Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity's International Board of Directors voted to permanently suspend the charter of its University of Michigan chapter and to disband the group. The ruling came after the fraternity had already been suspended for a period of four years by U-M officials.

(MI-Unemployment Rate)
Michigan’s unemployment rate in February was the lowest for the state since October 2001.
According to the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the jobless rate fell by four-tenths of a percentage point last month to 5.9 percent.
Total employment increased by 13,000 in February, while the number of unemployed declined by 18,000. As a result, the state’s labor force edged down by 5,000 over the month.
Michigan's jobless rate in February was one and nine-tenths percentage points below the state’s February 2014 rate of 7.8 percent. The U.S. jobless rate last month was 5.5 percent.

(Capitol-K-12 Budget)
A state Senate committee has essentially held to Governor Snyder’s recommendation in overall K-12 school funding.
The budget approved by the Senate Appropriations Education and K-12 School Aid Subcommittee provides increases ranging between $50 and $100 per student, with more going to lesser-funded districts. The governor had proposed $75 per pupil for all districts.
The Senate plan also changes the pupil count weighting to 85 percent from current fall and 15 percent from prior spring, which provides some more funds for declining enrollment districts. It drops the governor’s proposal to direct $75 million to distressed districts, but maintains Snyder’s proposal to increase funding for at-risk students by $100 million.
The subcommittee adopted Snyder’s recommended spending levels for grants for school technology improvements and so-called “best practices” for school district management.
The budget overall provides $13.97 billion for school funding. It still needs approval of the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate.

(Detroit-Bodies Found-UPDATE)
A 35-year-old Detroit woman has reportedly confessed to killing two of her children years ago and stuffing their bodies inside a freezer.
The bodies were discovered late Tuesday morning when a court officer attempted to serve an eviction notice at the Martin Luther King Apartments on the city’s east side.
A bailiff saw the body of a girl, believed to be 14-years-old, inside a deep-freezer and called 911. When officers arrived on the scene, they found another body in the freezer, a boy believed to be 11-years-old.
A tip from a neighbor led police to the children’s mother, identified in reports as Mitchelle Blair, who was found nearby and questioned. She was arrested later Tuesday.
According to reports, Blair confessed to killing both children after apparently discovering that they had molested a younger sibling. She reportedly killed her son in May of 2012, and later killed her daughter.
The bodies were then apparently placed in plastic bags and stored in a freezer inside the apartment, where Blair continued to live with two other children, ages 11 and 17.
Those children, who were found at a neighbor’s home, are now in protective custody. Both were unharmed.
Autopsies on the bodies have been delayed because of their frozen state, but authorities say the process should be completed by Thursday.
Blair remains in police custody. It’s unclear what charges she might face.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the case is being investigated as a double homicide.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Dearborn-AAA-Teen-Crash-Report)
Distraction is the major factor in 58-percent of all crashes involving teenagers, based on a new report from the Triple-A Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The report cites video analysis that found distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports.
Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders.
Interacting with other passengers and cell phone use were the most common distractions leading up to a crash by a teen driver, followed by looking at something inside or outside the vehicle, singing or moving
to music, grooming or reaching for an object.
The report also says parents must take a more active role in educating their teens about distracted driving and creating a parent-teen driving agreement, especially during the first six months of driving.
Teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. About 963-thousand drivers age 16-19 were involved in police-reported crashes in 2013, which is the most recent year of available data. These
crashes resulted in 383-thousand injuries and 2,865 deaths.

(Grand Rapids-River Restoration)
The Grand Rapids city commission voted Tuesday night to pursue a Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to buy up property along the east side of the Grand River.
The four acres just north of 196 would be turned from parking lots into green space for a new park. It's part of an overall plan to develop the city's riverfront.
City officials envision a paved terrace design leading from street level down to the river's edge.
If the city wins the seven and a half million dollar state grant to launch the 10 million dollar project, work would probably begin before the end of next year.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Sault Ste. Marie-Locks Open)
The Great Lakes shipping season officially started this morning (Wednesday) at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie.
Lockmaster Jason Wojnaroski says the Edwin H. Gott, a 1,004-foot freighter, was the first ship to enter the Poe Lock at 11:05 a.m. It was followed by the Roger Blough also going up-bound into Lake Superior.
The locks were closed on January 15 and underwent critical repairs and maintenance during the winter shutdown.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District says crews have battled the elements to put the Poe Lock back into operation at the scheduled time. The MacArthur Lock, located beside the Poe, will continue undergoing maintenance for several weeks.

(Detroit-UAW Convention)
As complaints about the current “two tier” wage system dominate the two-day UAW bargaining convention in Detroit, the union’s president shot down speculation that car companies might be able to bring in new non-manufacturing workers, who might be paid at an even lower rate.
UAW President Dennis Williams, in a keynote address to members, said they got too many tiers now.
With car companies now making billions in profits, Williams let it be known that he feels workers need to share in that prosperity. Members to this convention point out that they haven’t had a raise in more than a decade.
The second day of the two day feature also included a lot of debate about work rules, and health care, with complaints about the impact of long shifts and flexible schedules.
Contract talks are expected to begin in mid-summer, and intensify around Labor Day, as the parties work to meet a mid-September deadline. Williams says the union will go into those talks unified.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Charter Authorizers)
Only four charter authorizers remain at risk of having their authority suspended after an announcement by Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan.
Of the original 11 authorizers he had listed at risk of losing authority, only Detroit Public Schools, the Education Achievement Authority, Highland Park Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University remain on the at-risk list.
Several of the others had, at the time the original list was released, questioned their inclusion given overall performance.
Flanagan said those authorizers would remain on the at-risk list for now, leaving a decision on suspending their authority to incoming state superintendent Brian Whiston.

(Mackinac Bridge Bridge Open Again)
The Mackinac Bridge has reopened.
The span linking Michigan's two peninsulas was closed for a brief period of time this afternoon (Wednesday) when snow and freezing rain iced up the suspension cables.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says crews have been able to remove the ice and traffic is flowing again in both directions.

(East Lansing-MSU Student Death)
Foul play is not suspected in the death of Michigan State University student.
Police were called to an East Lansing apartment building around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night where they discovered the body of 28-year-old Kelly Smith.
Police say a preliminary investigation indicated the veterinary medical student from Grand Rapids likely died of “natural causes” and her death did not appear suspicious.
Smith reportedly did have some known medical issues.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.
Smith is the fifth MSU student to die on or near campus during this academic year.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Ottawa Co-Healthy County)
Ottawa County in West Michigan once again towers above all the other counties in the state when it comes to the overall health of those who live, learn, work and play here.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute today (Wednesday) released their 2015 County Health Rankings and Roadmap ranking Ottawa County #1 in the state for its overall health.
Leelanau County was number two and Alger County in the Upper Peninsula was third. Houghton and Charlevoix counties round out the top five.
The rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. They also look at a variety of measures that affect the future health of communities, such as high school graduation rates, access to healthy
foods, rates of smoking, obesity, and teen births.
Wayne County is at the bottom of the list followed by Genesee and Arenac.
(Help from: Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Holland)

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TUE 24MAR15

(MI-Dingell Calls Out Madonna)
Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell took to social media today (Tuesday) to state her displeasure with Madonna bashing her home state in interviews.
The pop star has gone on the Howard Stern show and stated that she couldn’t go back to her hometown of Rochester Hills and be around “basic, provincial-thinking people.” She also told “US Weekly” that she misses “absolutely nothing about growing up in Michigan.”
After all this bashing, the first-term member of Congress took to Facebook to defend Michigan. Dingell wrote the she is "tired of Madonna and her cheap shots at Michigan and her hometown …...if you cannot say something nice don’t.”
Dingell added that “Michigan contributed to her success….we don’t take shots at her, her style, her life…..so something good must have happened here …..”
The Dearborn Democrat is the lastest to come out to support the state and Rochester after Madonna made her comments.
Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett wrote a letter to the Material Girl and invited her back to see how the city has changed since she left decades ago.
NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski, a Rochester Hills native, took to Twitter to defend his hometown.
(Edward Cardenas, WWJ/CBS, Detroit)

(Detroit-UAW Special Convention)
Today (Tuesday) marks the start of the United Auto Workers special convention on collective bargaining.
Thousands of UAW members are expected to converge on the Cobo Center in Detroit to discuss wages and contracts. Pay increases, health care contributions and a controversial two-tier wage structure are expected to be the focus as the union prioritizes issues for contract negotiations with Detroit automakers.
The convention is held every four years and workers from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are expected to attend.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Houghton-Medicare Fraud)
The U.P. Health System-Portage in the Keweenaw Peninsula has agreed to pay the federal government more than 4-point-4 million dollars to settle allegations that its home-health care agency submitted false claims to Medicare for services that were supposedly done by a staff physical therapist.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles says that a therapist claimed to perform between 18-hundred-89 and 33-hundred-52 hours of health care visits each year from 2006 to 2013. But there was no documentation that these patients were homebound, and there was no proof that they needed "skilled therapy services".
Miles says that Portage Hospital self-reported the violations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and should be commended for doing so.
The individual is no longer an employee of the hospital.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique/WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Grand Rapids-Police-Involved Shootings)
The investigations of any shootings involving Grand Rapids Police Department officers will now be handled by the Michigan State Police.
Chief David Rahinsky says his department will do a "parallel investigation," and says the change is part of a 12-point improvement plan that started with adding body cameras to the force. He adds the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last year was a big factor in what he calls a public relations move.
Rahinsky adds that the atmosphere is "politically-charged," and he wants to be proactive in how investigations are handled.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Energy Assistance Grants)
The Michigan Public Service Commission says low-income households struggling to pay utility bills may be able to get assistance through an additional $22 million in Michigan Energy Assistance Program grants to eight of the organizations previously awarded funds for 2015.
The Department of Human Services announced in mid-February it would make the additional federal funds available to support the program grants. The PSC notified previous grantees about the additional funds and received nine applications for more funds.
The awards, pending State Administrative Board approval, were given to Consumers Energy Company ($2.5 million), DTE Energy ($3 million), Flat River Outreach Ministries near Lowell ($34,812), Michigan Community Action Agency Association ($3.6 million), Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of Detroit ($1 million), Superior Watershed Partnership ($1,245,188), The Salvation Army ($3.725 million), and TrueNorth Community Services ($6.875 million).
The additional grants bring the total awarded in the fiscal year 2015 to $111.5 million.


(Capitol-Renters Med Marijuana)
A state House panel is examining legislation that requires medical marijuana patients that rent their home get the property owner's permission to grow or smoke marijuana on the property.
Senate Republican Rick Jones of Grand Ledge is sponsor of the legislation before the House Judiciary committee today (Tue). He says marijuana smoke can bother other apartment residents and the moisture needed to grow marijuana damages property.
Jones says two homes in his district were destroyed by marijuana grow operations.
The bill cleared the state Senate earlier this month.

(MI-ATT Michigan Investments)
AT&T announced that the company has invested more than $1.7 (b) billion in Michigan during the past three years.
The investment included new cell sites and new high-speed Internet network connections.
The improvements are part of the company’s Project Velocity IP (VIP) to provide better and faster service to business and residential customers.
Across the state, AT&T says it has established 34 new cell sites and made 49 capacity additions. There were also 38 new mobile Internet network connections and 392 new wireless high-speed Internet network connections.
The improvements included new site builds in communities including Grosse Pointe Woods, Lansing and Ypsilanti.
AT&T also added or expanded 4G LTE in communities including Battle Creek and Birch Run along with capacity upgrades in cities such as Detroit, Ann Arbor and Troy.
(Edward Cardenas, WWJ, Detroit)

(Midland-Lawmaker's Gay Alert)
A mid-Michigan lawmaker is being criticized on social media after he “alerted” his followers to the promotion of a gay journalist at a Michigan newspaper.
Twitter and Facebook posts from Republican State Representative Gary Glenn - who represents portions of Bay and Midland Counties - dealt with the recent promotion of Midland Daily News reporter Tony Lascari to News Editor.
Sharing what he called an “Agenda Alert,” Glenn posted that Lascari is a married gay man “who lives in Midland with his husband.”
Lascari says he is aware of the post and encourages Glenn to contact him about the topic.
Glenn, who is president of the American Family Association of Michigan and helped write the Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, has received heavy criticism from social media followers.
Glenn denied a request for an interview for this story.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Midland-Planet Fitness Sued)
A Midland County woman is suing national gym chain Planet Fitness over its transgender-friendly locker room policy.
Yvette Cormier (COMB-me-yay) filed the lawsuit in Midland County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 from the gym. She says Planet Fitness canceled her membership after she complained to fellow members about a transgender woman using the locker room.
Cormier claims she was wrongfully denied the benefits of her contract with Planet Fitness because she objected to the gym's unknown policy, which allows men who self-identify as women to use the women's facilities.
Planet Fitness would not comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit comes as the LGBT community continues to pressure lawmakers to expand Michigan's civil rights act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Governor Rick Snyder, earlier this year, also asked legislators to consider the expansion.

(Detroit-Health Care Fraud)
A Detroit-area doctor has admitted to participating in a health care fraud scheme.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 64-year-old Kutub Mesiwala of Bloomfield Hills pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in an $890,000 scheme.
MLive reports Mesiwala admitted to referring patients to Advance Home Health Care Services that paid him kickbacks while billing Medicare for services that were either unnecessary or never provided.
The owner of the Detroit-area home health agency, Amer Ehsan, pleaded guilty in July 2014 to conspiracy to commit fraud after collecting $3.6 million in Medicare billings. He'll be sentenced June 16.
Mesiwala is set to be sentenced October 5.

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MON 23MAR15

(MI-Dangerous Ice Warning)
Due to a high number of ice rescue cases this year, the U.S. Coast Guard is urging people to stay away from and off of ice, and to remain at a safe distance from ice formations.
The above freezing-temperatures are melting and weakening ice at a dangerous and alarming rate, and will continue to pose safety concerns for anyone venturing onto ice or into ice formations and inland rivers, streams and ponds.
Currently for the 2014-2015 ice season, the Coast Guard has participated in 69 emergency cases involving people in distress on the ice.
Officials say this shows an increase from the five year average of 68 emergencies per season since there are still about six weeks remaining before the end of this year's season and March and April are traditionally the busiest months for ice rescue crews.
Captain Eric Johnson, chief of the Coast Guard 9th District Incident Management Branch, says ice enthusiasts in the Great Lakes are likely to see deteriorating ice conditions and are strongly recommended to take extra precautions with their safety.
The Coast Guard and local agencies are reminding people who venture out onto melting and weakening ice that they are not only putting their own lives in danger, but the lives of first responders.

(MI-Google Trekker)
State officials say a new partnership between Google and Pure Michigan will make Michigan's most iconic destinations accessible to people all around the world on Google Maps.
Using Google Trekker technology, attractions such as Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - not previously accessible on Google Street View - now have 360 degree, fully navigable imagery that will allow potential travelers to explore these destinations to inspire and plan a visit to Michigan.
Lt. Governor Brian Calley say the initiative combines Michigan's natural beauty with innovative technology in a way that really speaks to all that the state has to offer visitors, residents and businesses alike.
Google’s partnership with Pure Michigan is the first state-wide Trekker Loan partnership in the Midwest.
The Trekker images, captured last fall, were unveiled today (Monday) at the 2015 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, being held in Grand Rapids.
More than 44,000 panoramic photos were taken by members and volunteers on the Pure Michigan team and the Department of Natural Resources, which borrowed the Trekker and traveled for four weeks to capture some of the scenes around the state.

(MI-Tourism Outlook)
Despite unusually cold, wet weather, Michigan’s tourism industry experienced steady growth in 2014. And thanks largely to an improving economy, that momentum should continue this year.
Michigan State University researchers Sarah Nicholls and Dan McCole presented their annual report on the state of the industry today (Monday) at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Grand Rapids.
Nicholls said 2014 was 6 percent cooler and 11 percent wetter than normal. Nevertheless, two major indicators of tourism activity increased modestly, as hotel occupancy was up more than 2 percent and car traffic increased about 1 percent.
She added that consumer confidence was up 19 percent and gas prices were down nearly 5 percent in 2014.
The MSU researchers say tourism is expected to increase 1.5 percent this year while tourism spending, as measured by hotel and motel tax receipts, will climb an estimated 2.5 percent compared to 2014.
Tourism in Michigan supported 200,000 jobs and generated $18.7 (b) billion in direct spending in 2013, the latest year figures were available.

(Muskegon Co-Husband Stabbing Death)
A 28-year old Muskegon woman will be arraigned today (Monday) on an open murder charge in the stabbing death of her husband over the weekend.
Police say Angela Kelsey-Mahoney and her 35-year old husband John were fighting early Saturday morning when she stabbed him in the chest. He died at the hospital.
Police say the stabbing occurred while the couple was having a verbal dispute that apparently escalated. Friends have said the two had a volatile relationship.
Kelsey-Mahoney is being held on a $5,000,000 bond.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(MI-Jobless Rate Ranking)
Michigan along with four other states recorded seasonally adjusted unemployment rates of 6.3 percent in January, meaning they all tied for the 11th highest rate in the nation among the 50 states.
According to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alaska, New Jersey, Connecticut and Oregon all had jobless rates of 6.3 percent in January along with Michigan.
Mississippi and Nevada at 7.1 percent had the highest unemployment rate. North Dakota again led the nation with the lowest jobless rate at 2.8 percent.
Michigan again had the highest unemployment rate among the Great Lake states. Minnesota had the lowest at 3.7 percent. Behind Minnesota came Wisconsin at 5 percent, Ohio and Pennsylvania both at 5.1 percent, New York at 5.8 percent, Indiana at 6 percent and then Illinois at 6.1 percent.

(Detroit-Malibu Parental Control)
General Motors says they will have technology installed on the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu that will give parents a report card on their teenage drivers.
The Teen Driver System will mute the radio when the front seat passengers are not wearing a seatbelt, and will warn the driver if they are exceeding a pre-set speed.   The system will also let parents know how far the car was driven, what the maximum speed was during that time and the number of warnings they were given.
The new Malibu is going to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, and scheduled to go on sale later this year.
(24/7 News Source)

(Berrien Co-Cook Plant Refueling)
Indiana Michigan Power is working to refuel Unit 2 of the Cook Nuclear power plant in Berrien County.
The unit had been running for 18 months with no issues, and the refueling outage will start at midnight Tuesday.
About 25-hundred contracted workers are being brought in to help about 12-hundred regular employees at the Cook plant, according to Cook plant spokesman Bill Schalk. He says in addition to refueling, there is a big project related to the Life Cycle Management program.
Schalk explains that they are putting in large Feedwater Heaters. A pair of them weigh 70 tons. He says they've been under fabrication for about three years, were shipped to the site, and will now be installed during this outage.
Cook officials do not release details on the expected length of the outage for commercial reasons.
The plant received license renewals back in 2005 from the Nuclear Regulator Commission to run Units 1 and 2 to 2034 and 2037 respectively, which is 20 years beyond the original licenses.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Lansing-Body Found)
Lansing police have launched an investigation after a body was pulled from the Grand River over the weekend.
Divers from the Capital Area Dive Team found 44-year-old Roberta Christie of Lansing just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday after a passerby on the Lansing River Trail noticed a body floating in the river.
The cause of death has not been determined and is still under investigation.

(MI-Police Training Declining)
The money needed for training police officers in Michigan has been reduced as the number of officers declines.
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement says fewer police officers means fewer tickets are being written. A portion of every ticket written goes to the commission for education and training of police officers after they graduate from the academy.
The Michigan Justice Training Fund was established in 1982 and mandated a five-dollar surcharge on each ticket for police training.
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement needs almost four-million dollars annually to operate.
(24/7 News Source)

(Capitol-Road Funding Alternative)
A Detroit-area lawmaker says he has a “Plan B” to fix Michigan’s roads that does not involve a tax increase.
Republican State Representative Pete Lucido tells WWJ there’s over $20 (b) billion in the state’s catastrophic claims fund - that is just sitting there. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association fund is used to pay victims seriously injured in car accidents.
The Shelby Township Republican says he'd like to take out enough money to make the repairs for the roads and give them back the right roads that they deserve.
Lucido says right the money in the fund is not being used for anything and is just being stockpiled.
However, when asked about raiding the catastrophic claims fund Governor Snyder says no thanks. Snyder says the money in the fund is stockpiled for future accident claims not just the expenses of today.
The Governor says Lucindo's plan would be more one-time funding - while the state needs a reoccurring answer to raise the $1.2 billion to fix the roads.
Snyder adds that right now there is no Plan-B and he’s putting all of his energy into the passage of Proposal 1 on May 5.
Lucido plans to introduce a bill which would ask for a public vote to take money for Michigan roads from the catastrophic claims fund.
According to the private, nonprofit Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, Michigan motorists are assessed a $186-per-vehicle fee as part of the state’s no-fault insurance system.
(Charlie Langton, WWJ, Detroit)

(Kalamazoo Co-Oberon Beer Release)
It's nearly a holiday today (Monday) for fans of Bell's Brewery: Oberon Day.
The Kalamazoo County microbrewery is releasing its summer brew, Oberon, with special events and release parties around the state.
Oberon is only available from late March through the end of August in the 20 states where Bell's beers are sold.
(24/7 News Source)

(Grand Rapids-Shooting Death)
Grand Rapids police haven't made an arrest in the Sunday morning murder of a 32-year old man.
Police say several people were drinking inside the Chicken Coop restaurant on the city's southeast side when there was a fight around 2:30 a.m. that spilled into the parking lot.
Terrance Hollis was shot once in the chest. A friend drove Hollis to the Spectrum emergency room, but he died shortly after going into surgery.
Detectives say they know who shot Hollis and are still looking for him. They have not released that person's name.
Hollis has a long criminal record including serving more than decade in prison for shooting two people 13 years ago. Since his release in 2012 Hollis been arrested on drug and assault charges.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Otsego Co-Treetops Damage Charges)
Criminal charges are in place against the president, treasurer and another member of the now-disbanded Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity at the University of Michigan.
The trio are facing several charges in Otsego County in connection with over 400-thousand dollars in damage done to the Treetops Resort in Gaylord in January by members of the fraternity during a ski trip.
Otsego County Prosecutor Mike Rola says it took over two months to bring charges because of how long it took to identify people due to Treetops not having cameras in the common area. Additional charges are expected.
The fraternity's International Board of Directors last week voted to permanently suspend the charter of its University of Michigan chapter and to disband the group. The ruling came after the fraternity had already been suspended for a period of four years by U-M officials.

(Houghton Co-Bridge Closure)
Multiple closures of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which connects Houghton and Hancock in the Keweenaw Peninsula, are scheduled as a massive maintenance project continues.
The bridge was closed for more than eleven hours Saturday night and Sunday morning for major work.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says there are two-hour closures planned this week to allow crews to install the balance chains which help the bridge to raise and lower.
The bridge will be closed again Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 2 and 4 a.m., and there will be multiple closures of between 15 and 20 minutes at times between 7:00 Tuesday night and 6:30 Wednesday morning.
Snowmobile traffic on the lower bridge deck will not be affected by these closures.
Additional closures will be scheduled at a later date.
M-DOT says the 8-point-4 million dollar project also includes lift cable replacement, electrical and mechanical upgrades, security system improvements, spot painting, and new barrier gates.
The project should be complete by mid-April 2016.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique/WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Calhoun Co-Methamphetamine Lab Explosion)
Three people were hurt when a methamphetamine lab exploded near Battle Creek early Sunday.
Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Bronson-Battle Creek hospital shortly after 3:00 am when the victims arrived.
Deputies say they believe a 45-year-old man was cooking methamphetamine in his Burlington Township home when the explosion occurred, leaving him with severe burns to his face and hands. He has been transferred to the Burn Unit in Kalamazoo.
A 42-year-old Battle Creek woman and her 27-year-old daughter were in the room and were treated for burns to their hands and legs and released.
Deputies obtained a search warrant and found evidence of a methamphetamine lab and finished methamphetamine in the home. Charges are pending.
(Help from: Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Huron Co-Assault Suspect)
Authorities in Michigan's Thumb say a suburban Detroit man faces felony charges after firing a gun at two men during a confrontation at a motel.
The Port Austin men claim the 41-year-old Warren man threatened them with a gun after they went to the Lakeside Motor Lodge in Port Austin just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
They had gone there to check on a friend who had been assaulted by the suspect after he intervened in a fight between the suspect and a woman outside the Landing Tavern.
Huron County Sheriff deputies found a handgun in the motel room rented by the Warren man. He's being held on a $75,000 bond as Huron County prosecutors consider formal charges.
(Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)

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March 28, 2015

The 28th annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards are held, hosted by Nick Jonas.

The World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour which encourages people to turn out their lights for an out at 8:30 p.m. to draw attention to climate change.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, March Madness, moves into the “Elite Eight” round with games in the Midwest and West regions.

The Class of 2015 induction ceremony at the WWE Hall of Fame.

Nigeria is expected to hold its Presidential and National Assembly elections today, after they were postponed from Feb. 14 due to security fears with the militant group Boko Haram.

NHL games: Nashville Predators at the Washington Capitals; New York Rangers at the Boston Bruins; Anaheim Ducks at the New York Islanders; San Jose Sharks at the Philadelphia Flyers; Arizona Coyotes at the Pittsburgh Penguins; Tampa Bay Lightning at the Detroit Red Wings; Ottawa Senators at the Toronto Maple Leafs; Florida Panthers at the Montreal Canadiens; New Jersey Devils at the Carolina Hurricanes; Columbus Blue Jackets at the St. Louis Blues; Los Angeles Kings at the Minnesota Wild; Buffalo Sabres at the Colorado Avalanche; Dallas Stars at the Vancouver Canucks.

NBA games: Atlanta Hawks at the Charlotte Hornets; New York Knicks at the Chicago Bulls; Golden State Warriors at the Milwaukee Bucks; Oklahoma City Thunder at the Utah Jazz; Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers.

March 29, 2015

The NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, March Madness, moves into the “Elite Elight” round with games in the South and East regions.

Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Holy Week. Pope Francis will preside over services at the Vatican.

WrestleMania 31 takes place today at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

NHL games: Washington Capitals at the New York Rangers; Florida Panthers at the Ottawa Senators; Detroit Red Wings at the New York Islanders; Boston Bruins at the Carolina Hurricanes; Calgary Flames at the Nashville Predators; Anaheim Ducks at the New Jersey Devils; San Jose Sharks at the Pittsburgh Penguins; Chicago Blackhawks at the Winnipeg Jets.

NBA games: Philadelphia 76ers at the Cleveland Cavaliers; Los Angeles Lakers at the Brooklyn Nets; Minnesota Timberwolves at the New Orleans Pelicans; Houston Rockets at the Washington Wizards; Detroit Pistons at the Miami Heat; Los Angeles Clippers at the Boston Celtics; Dallas Mavericks at the Indiana Pacers; Memphis Grizzlies at the San Antonio Spurs; Oklahoma City Thunder at the Phoenix Suns.

March 30, 2015

The 'Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber' airs today on Comedy Central.

NHL games: Tampa Bay Lightning at the Montreal Canadiens; Vancouver Canucks at the St. Louis Blues; Los Angeles Kings at the Chicago Blackhawks; Calgary Flames at the Dallas Stars; Edmonton Oilers at the Colorado Avalanche; Buffalo Sabres at the Arizona Coyotes

NBA games: Los Angeles Lakers at the Philadelphia 76ers; Boston Celtics at the Charlotte Hornets; Houston Rockets at the Toronto Raptors; Milwaukee Bucks at the Atlanta Hawks; Utah Jazz at the Minnesota Timberwolves; Sacramento Kings at the Memphis Grizzlies; Phoenix Suns at the Portland Trail Blazers.

March 31, 2015

Today marks ten years since Terri Schiavo died in Tampa, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by court order.

Cesar Chavez Day.

Today marks the deadline for Iran and the P5+1 counties to reach a general political agreement on the Iran’s nuclear program.

The 20th anniversary of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, best known as 'Selena', murdered at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldívar, the founder and president of her fan club.

NHL games: Florida Panthers at the Boston Bruins; Carolina Hurricanes at the Washington Capitals; New Jersey Devils at the Columbus Blue Jackets; Tampa Bay Lightning at the Toronto Maple Leafs; Ottawa Senators at the Detroit Red Wings; Vancouver Canucks at the Nashville Predators; New York Rangers at the Winnipeg Jets.

NBA games: Atlanta Hawks at the Detroit Pistons; Indiana Pacers at the Brooklyn Nets; San Antonio Spurs at the Miami Heat; Golden State Warriors at the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

 

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