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Michigan State News              Updated 09/18/14


(Capitol-Charter Schools)
House Democrats introduced legislation today (Thursday) that would stop any new charter schools from opening in Michigan until new policies are put into place to ensure that they are transparent, accountable and have strong governance standards.
State Representative Sarah Roberts of St. Clair Shores says in addition to requiring complete transparency, including financial disclosure, her bill would create comprehensive ethics and conflict of interest standards for authorizers, charter schools and management companies.
The measure would also require a more rigorous charter school authorizing process along with strict oversight of existing charter schools and levy penalties for failing to comply with transparency and financial disclosure requirements.
According to a statement by Jared Burkhart, Executive Director, Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers, the proposed legislation fails to address accountability, transparency and quality at all public schools while limiting educational choices for others.
A recent statewide poll conducted by EPIC-MRA found that 84 percent of respondents agree that Michigan needs a law requiring all charter schools to meet the same standards for student performance, accountability, openness and transparency that public schools must follow.

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(Capitol-Pirate Talk)
The Michigan Senate has approved a resolution recognizing Friday as International Talk Like a Pirate Day, as a way to remember that pirating was a problem on the Great Lakes at one time.
The resolution notes that the day began in 1995 between two pirate enthusiasts named John Baur and Mark Summers as a way to express their individual passion for nautical plundering.
And as a Great Lakes state, the Michigan seas were subject to increased piracy during the 19th century as a result of increased commerce in port cities such as Chicago and Detroit.
With thousands of unprotected ships braving the Great Lakes, pirates fled to the shores of Michigan to raid and even capture ships carrying cattle, grain, ore, copper, and timber.
After accumulating great wealth, the Great Lakes pirates attracted the attention of the United States federal government, which eventually sent naval warships to hunt down pirates.

(Mi-Harvest Gathering Begins)
The 24rd annual Michigan Harvest Gathering kicked off this (Thursday) morning on the steps of the State Capitol.
The annual six-week food drive is the brainchild of former Governor John Engler and then-Agriculture Director and current Attorney General, Bill Schuette and their wives to help feed more than a million of Michigan's hungry.
The Harvest Gathering campaign is coordinated by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, which supplies the state's regional food banks through donations of food and money. The regional food banks serve food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in every Michigan county.
Schuette says since the start of the Michigan Harvest Gathering in 1990, they have been able to collect more than 9 million pounds of food for Michigan residents.
Officials say this year's goal is to raise 2 million meals, which can be accomplished with $350,000 and 300,000 pounds of food. Folks across Michigan are asked to contribute online at, with an option to designate your donation to your local food bank.
The Harvest Gathering campaign runs through early November. However, donated items can be dropped off at any Secretary of State branch office through November 26.
Officials say people donating items should check the packages to ensure the food donated isn't past its expiration date.
Other partners in the effort include the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, State of Michigan employees, and Green Stone Farm Credit Services.

(MI-I-75 Reopens)
The Michigan Department of Transportation expects to reopen the northbound lanes of I-75 in Chippewa and Mackinac counties Friday afternoon, bringing half of this summer's I-75 detour to an end.
M-DOT officials say only temporary single-lane closures will be required on the northbound lanes during the coming weeks as the project is wrapped up.
Southbound lanes of I-75 will continue to be closed between M-134 and M-48, and motorists will be detoured via the Mackinac Trail. The southbound detour is expected to be lifted in approximately three weeks.
Two major projects were constructed within the closed stretch of I-75 this summer: culvert replacement on tributaries of the Pine River and bridge repairs over the Pine River. Work was originally planned to be done by the end of summer, but the discovery of additional needed work over the Pine River extended the detour into early fall.

(Berrien Co-Pipeline Rupture Investigation)
It could be months before investigators know what caused a natural gas pipeline to burst in Berrien County's Benton Township this week.
For those with questions that can't wait several months for answers, Trans-Canada has opened a "community information center" at Lake Michigan College's Mendel Center that will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
About 500 residents were evacuated from their homes for about 15 hours on Tuesday. The rupture destroyed trees and sent debris flying hundreds of feet in the air. No injuries were reported.
The pipeline is part of Trans-Canada's network of over 44,000 miles of pipelines in North America.
Spokesman Terry Cunha says they're working with the National Response Center and Department of Transportation to find a cause for the rupture. Cunha says that section of pipe has been closed off and the natural gas has been re-routed.
(Jason Scott, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Jackson Co-Football-Drugs)
A Detroit man caught throwing a drug-filled football over a fence to inmates at a prison in Jackson will join them for 17 up to 60 months.
22-year old Christen Moore was sentenced Wednesday on two counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner stemming from the June 15 incident where he attempted to throw the football over two fences at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility.
State Police say the throw came up short and the pigskin landed between the fences and did not land in the yard where prisoners exercise.
A Corrections officer saw Moore's toss and he was arrested without incident.
The football was stuffed with heroin, marijuana, tobacco and three cell phones.
Moore told the judge his actions were foolish and immature. He was already under probation for a home invasion conviction in 2012.

(Kalamazoo-Assault Arson Suspect)
Police in Kalamazoo say they have caught the man whom they believe broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, attacked her and then set her bedroom on fire.
18-year-old Adam Shigwadja is currently jailed on suspicion of felonious assault while police seek charges of attempted murder, arson, home invasion and unlawful imprisonment.
The assault happened Monday night. A neighbor saw the flames and managed to keep the fire under control. 17-year old Sophia Putney-Wilcox is in critical condition with severe injuries she suffered in the attack.
The victim’s family tried to stop Shigwadja but he escaped by jumping through a second floor window. Police caught up with him last night (Wednesday).
(Help from: Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Detroit-GM Van Recall)
General Motors is recalling around 3,200 natural gas powered cargo vans because of the risk of a fire or explosion.
Federal safety regulators say the problem involves a possible leak from a high-pressure regulator.
The recall involves Chevrolet Express and GMC Savannah full size vans, from the 2011 to 2014 model years that have been adapted to run on compressed natural gas. The vast majority of these vehicles are in commercial fleets.
No fires, crashes or injuries have been reported due to the issue. GM will notify owners when parts are available for repairs.
This has been a record year for recalls for General Motors, and the auto industry as a whole. GM alone has ordered more than 60 recalls involving more than 29 million vehicles.
(Help from: Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(Holt-Arranged Marriage Fire)
A Lansing-area teen from Albania is pleading guilty to second degree arson.
In court yesterday (Wednesday), Arlinda Latifi said she set her home on fire to avoid an arranged marriage. The Holt High School senior told the judge she poured gasoline on the floor in her bedroom, hallway and bathroom then lit it on fire.
The May 30th fire damaged the carpeting, floor and walls.
Under a sentencing agreement the 17-year-old could get up to three years of probation.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ontonagon Co-Drug Bust)
Three people are behind bars after a drug bust in the western Upper Peninsula.
Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant in Bruce Crossing. When they entered the home, they found 130 marijuana plants, over $6,000 in cash, a firearm, approximately five pounds of processed marijuana, a gallon of suspected hemp oil, and illegal psychedelic mushrooms.
The three suspects are lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail on charges of manufacturing marijuana, with additional charges pending. Their names are all being withheld until their arraignment.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton/Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)

(Ann Arbor-Dominos Animal Abuse)
Ann Arbor-based Domino's Pizza faces scrutiny from an animal welfare group after an undercover video showed workers abusing cows at a New Mexico dairy farm.
The video obtained by a Mercy for Animals investigator shows employees at a farm that supplies Domino's kicking and whipping cows, throwing calves into truck beds and moving sick animals into confined spaces with heavy equipment.
The company says they're isolated incidents.
(24/7 News Source)

(Taylor-Body Found)
A downriver Detroit woman found strangled in her apartment might have been dead for days before her body was discovered.
Police say 31-year-old Stephanie Rae Buchanan was found dead Wednesday night in an apartment complex in Taylor.
Authorities say Buchanan appears to have been strangled - and may have been dead for up to three days before she was found. Police say they’ll know more after an autopsy is completed.
Buchanan’s death has not yet been ruled a homicide, and is being investigated as suspicious. An investigation is ongoing.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Grand Traverse Co-Student Hit List)
A student who allegedly brought a loaded handgun to a northern Michigan school apparently had a list of students to hurt. The fifth grader at Kingsley Middle School surrendered the .25-caliber pistol after he was removed from class Monday by a Grand Traverse County Sheriff's deputy who was working as a school liaison officer. The boy told the deputy he had taken the gun from his grandfather's house on Friday.
Officials say they received a piece of the boy's homework which had the first names of classmates on the back though the boy denied he intended to hurt them. No one was injured.
The student has been suspended for 10 days. He could face charges and be expelled.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Holland-Housing Rules)
Hope College students are protesting a new housing rule.
The Holland city council may reduce the number of unrelated people who can share a rental home from six to four. Students on tight budgets say that will make rents unaffordable.
Students contend fewer people would come to Hope because of the increased costs associated with the reduction.
The council voted to exempt what it called current neighborhoods from the new rule. It's expected to vote on the proposal in two weeks.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)

(MI-Airborne Lifesavers)
Two Henry Ford Hospital employees who saved the life of a Warren man on a flight to Detroit are encouraging others to learn CPR.
Cardiac rehabilitation specialists Matthew Saval and Sheryl Sebastian sprang into action two weeks ago when 94-year-old Sam Aliotta (al-EE-oh-tah) stopped breathing. The two sprung into action, doing CPR and using the on-board defibrillator.
Thanks to their quick action Aliotta made it home to Detroit safe and sound.
Aliotta met Saval and Sebastian Wednesday for the first time since the incident. The two medical professionals were flying back to Michigan from a conference in Denver when Aliotta's heart failed.
(24/7 News Source)

(Oakland Co-Missing Couple)
A missing Oakland County couple is hospitalized after Illinois police stopped them for driving the wrong way on I-294 in west Chicago. one week ago.
White Lake Township police say 84-year-old John Trulu and his 77-year-old wife Patricia were located late last Thursday night. Both are being checked out at the hospital for medical issues. Police say family members are en-route to bring their parents home safely.
Relatives reported the couple missing after they failed to return home from a morning doctor’s appointment in Commerce.
Police haven’t yet said how the couple ended up in Chicago. Family members say both suffer from medical issues. (WWJ, Detroit)



(MI-Snyder Town Halls)
While Governor Rick Snyder does not seem interested in debating Democratic Gubernatorial challenger Mark Schauer, he has announced that he could be appearing at up to ten town hall meetings across the state this fall.
Snyder’s campaign today (Wednesday) announced plans to hold open forums before the November 4 general election, with the first three being in Kalamazoo on September 29, in Sterling Heights on October 2 and an October 4 event in Detroit.
The governor’s campaign said Schauer is welcome to jointly appear with the governor at the events and take questions from voters, but with no ground rules.
According to a recent Detroit News/WDIV poll, Snyder has a less than two-percentage-point lead over the former Battle Creek congressman. Numbers show Republican Snyder leading Schauer 43-percent to 41-percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus four-percentage points.

(Macomb Co-Teen Murder Probe)
Investigators involved in the murder case of a Macomb County teen spent time Tuesday afternoon searching along the Macomb Orchard Trail.
A Michigan State Police spokesman said the search was a normal part of the investigation, but there are no updates on the case. Police disputed reports that indicate investigators found April Millsap’s personal property in a swimming pool, saying the pool was drained but nothing was found.
The 14-year old from Armada was found dead in a drainage ditch along the Macomb Orchard Trail on July 24 when her dog led joggers to the spot where she had been killed on the paved hike and bike trail that runs 24 miles from Shelby Township to Richmond.
According to the death certificate filed with the Macomb County Clerk’s Office, the teen died of blunt head trauma and asphyxia due to neck compression.
There have been no arrests in her death. One person of interest is in jail on unrelated charges.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Berrien Co-Pipeline Rupture Investigation)
An investigation is underway into the cause of a gas leak that forced about 500 residents of a southwest Michigan community to be evacuated from their homes for nearly 15 hours on Tuesday.
The ANR pipeline ruptured at Highland and Blue Creek roads in Berrien County's Benton Township around 2:00 AM Tuesday morning. Residents were allowed back in their homes around 5:00 PM.
The pipeline is part of TransCanada's network of over 44,000 miles of pipelines in North America.
Spokesman Terry Cunha says they're working with the National Response Center and Department of Transportation to find a cause for the rupture. Cunha says that section of pipe has been closed off and the natural gas has been re-routed.
No injuries were reported due to the rupture.
(Jason Scott, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Newaygo Co-Cold Case Murder)
Two brothers face a key court hearing today (Wednesday) in the death of a young west Michigan woman who disappeared in July 1989.
The decomposed body of 18-year-old Shannon Siders was found by a hunter in the Manistee National Forest in Newaygo County's Brooks Township three months after she disappeared. Her death was ultimately ruled a homicide, but the case went cold.
Forty-four-year-old Matt Jones of Grant and 42-year-old Paul Jones of Newaygo were arrested this summer and are charged with first-degree murder. They are scheduled to appear in Newaygo County District Court in White Cloud for a probable-cause hearing.
Investigators are not divulging what evidence they have on the Jones brothers in connection to Siders’ murder.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Gogebic Co-Missing Teen)
Authorities in the western Upper Peninsula are continuing to search for a runaway Bessemer girl.
The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office says 16-year-old Jordyn Mazanec was last seen in Ironwood on Monday. The girl’s family lost contact with her after a verbal disagreement over the phone.
Deputies say the girl’s vehicle and cell phone were located near Mt. Zion in Ironwood and she is believed to be with her 19-year-old boyfriend, Matthew Reder.
Mazanec has been listed nationally as a runaway by investigators.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette)

(Bay Co-Cigarette Argument)
Bay County Sheriff deputies say an argument over cigarettes lead to serious head injuries for a 25-year-old Bay City man.
Deputies say Marcus Martinez was a passenger in Christina Alvarado's SUV when they got into the argument, just before 8:00PM, Tuesday.
Martinez told her he was getting out and before she could stop, he opened the door and jumped from the Bay City woman's vehicle on a Bangor Township road north of Bay City. His head hit the pavement and he suffered head injuries. Martinez remains in serious condition at Saginaw's Covenant Medical Center.
The incident remains under investigation.
(Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)

The state's director of Human Services is stepping down.
Maura Corrigan says that she will retire at the end of the year.
The announcement is not unexpected, since she told Governor Snyder in 2011 that she would give him four years as director.
Corrigan, a former justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, told the newspaper she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren.

(Ann Arbor-Most Educated City)
Ann Arbor has been named the most educated city in America.
And two other Michigan cities made the top 25.
The website, which analyzed the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States based on two key dimensions: education level and quality of education, put Ann Arbor at the top of its list.
The next most educated city in the nation is Raleigh, North Carolina followed by Durham, North Carolina.
In Michigan, Lansing was 15th, Kalamzoo was 22nd, Detroit was 72nd, Grand Rapids was 84th and Flint was 130th.
The bottom five include Beaumont, Texas; Salinas, California; Rockford, Illinois; Brownsville, Texas and Modesto, California.

(East Lansing-Marijuana Vote)
East Lansing voters will get a chance to decide whether they want to change the city's marijuana laws but maybe not as soon as they'd like.
The city clerk has determined that of the 2,326 signatures submitted by the Coalition for a Safer East Lansing, 1,343 were found valid, 214 more than the 1,129 needed to place a charter amendment proposal on the November 2015 ballot.
But East Lansing lawyer Jeffrey Hank told the Lansing State Journal they believe the measure should be on the 2014 ballot since they filed the signatures more than 90 days prior to the next regular election.
If approved, the measure would repeal the city's marijuana laws and allow the use, possession and transfer - by people 21 and older - of up to 1 ounce of the drug on private property.
15 other Michigan cities face similar proposals, including Clare, Mount Pleasant, and Port Huron. A handful of cities have already passed the measure.

(Capitol-Powdered Alcohol Bill)
A bill that would ban a relatively new substance called 'powdered alcohol' is making its way through the state Legislature.
The House Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday approved the legislation that makes illegal powdered alcohol, which is defined as "alcohol that is sold in a powder form for either direct use or reconstitution"
The Liquor Control Commission supports the ban because they worry that those interested in using it will be underage.
The House is expected to vote on the measure next week.

(MI-Poaching Investigation Training)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are getting trained on using science to help to solve deer poaching cases.
DNR Lieutenant Wade Hamilton says that a partnership with Michigan State University to do on-line training courses will give conservation officers new tools to figure out when a deer may have been killed based on the temperature of the animal's body.
The course "modules" are delivered over the Internet, and last between 20 minutes to an hour. They include video instruction, worksheets, and quizzes. Hamilton says that using this method saves the costs associated with having all of the Michigan's conservation officers travel to one location for a training session.
It also allows them to take the training at their leisure, reducing their time away from the field. Hamilton adds that this science is only being used on deer. He says that other methods are used to investigate the possible poaching of other animals.
(Help from: Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(MI-Drug Take Back)
Michigan State Police will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law enforcement agencies for another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to provide a venue for citizens to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
State Police Director Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue says the 29 posts across the state will serve as drop-off points between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 allowing citizens a safe and confidential way to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications for destruction.
No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes are to be accepted. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.
A full list of where the drugs can be dropped off is available from the Michigan State Police. Additional collection sites across the state can be found online at

(Saginaw-Hospitals Visitor Restrictions)
If you're not feeling well, Saginaw hospitals are asking you not to visit patients.
Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary's of Michigan have put seasonal visitor restrictions in place until furthur notice. They're asking that visitors be limited to healthy immediate family members only. St. Mary's is asking that those family members be over age 14.
The hospitals also ask people to follow common sense rules to reduce the risk of spreading colds, flu and other illnesses. Those include thorough hand washing; covering coughs; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; avoiding sharing items with those who are sick and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
The Saginaw hospitals join Midland-based MidMichigan Health, which announced similar visitor restrictions Monday. The hospitals say they've made the move due to an increase in seasonal respiratory illness in the region.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Marquette Co-Cliffs Power Plant)
Officials with Cliffs Natural Resources have begun the process of possible development of creating a power plant to serve their facilities in Marquette County.
According to a statement, Cliffs and Invenergy Thermal Development have executed a Letter of Intent to consider a combined heat and power co-generation facility to serve Cliffs Michigan operations. The firms will evaluate the feasibility of a co-generation facility within 120 days.
The capacity and location of a potential facility will also be researched.
Cliffs will continue to work with Governor Snyder’s office and local stakeholders to develop all potential solutions to electric power challenges in the Upper Peninsula.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette)

(MI-Sickle Cell Awareness)
Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed the month of September as Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month in Michigan.
The proclamation supports the Michigan Department of Community Health’s efforts to address the burden of sickle cell disease across the lifespan of affected children and adults.
Chief medical executive Dr. Matthew Davis says treatment advances have prevented most of the complications that were life threatening in childhood just a few decades ago, but work must continue and include further advances to support individuals with sickle cell disease.
Statewide, approximately 2,800 Michigan residents suffer from sickle cell disease, often called “sickle cell anemia,” and approximately 140,000 carry the sickle cell trait. Children have a one in four chance of being born with the disease when both parents have the trait.
Although the disease is most prevalent in African Americans, it also occurs in other ethnic groups including individuals of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Central and South American, and Asian heritage.

(Muskegon-School Lockdown)
A teenager with a stolen handgun prompted a two-hour lockdown at Muskegon High School Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Muskegon Police Department, a 15-year-old had concealed a loaded handgun in the waistband of his pants, and it dropped to the floor when the teen got into a physical altercation at the school. A staff member secured the gun.
Police responded to the school at 12:49 p.m. on the report of a fight and a firearm being seized from one of the students.
Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Jon Felske says the school was in lockdown until school dismissed at 2:45 p.m.
Police say the gun involved in the incident was reported stolen in February.
No one was injured in the incident. The 15-year-old was lodged at the juvenile detention center.
The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Muskegon Police Department at 231-724-6750 or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.

(Wayne Co-Campbell Jail Assault)
Former Detroit Cass Tech star Quarterback Jayru Campbell is now being investigated for an alleged jailhouse assault.
Wayne County Sheriff spokesman Dennis Niemiec says they are investigating the alleged assault that occurred inside in the Wayne County Jail.
Campbell was arrested last Friday on two felony charges and a misdemeanor after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend inside the school, just a few hours after being released from serving a 57-day jail sentence for body slamming a security guard at the school in January.
A Wayne County Circuit Court Judge on Tuesday ruled that Campbell would remain behind bars on a probation violation charge.
The one-time Michigan State recruit's preliminary hearing on the charges stemming from last week's assault is set for September 26th.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(MI-Film Projects)
The Michigan Film Office has announced that two feature film projects - Believe and Grain - have been approved for incentives from the state.
Both projects will begin filming this month.
Believe, which will film on location in Manistee, Grand Rapids and Muskegon as well as at 10 West Studios in Manistee, was awarded an incentive of $657,142 on $2,292,028 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 82 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 10 jobs.
The faith-based film tells the story of a group of seemingly unrelated individuals whose lives collide in a series of events following one man’s decision to live his life.
Grain will film in the city of Detroit at various emblematic and historic locations. It was awarded an incentive of $238,588 on $727,406 of projected in-state expenditures and is expected to hire 77 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of eight jobs.
The film is set in an indefinite near future, where the existence of sustainable life is threatened. Together, a genetics expert and a general chaos scientist join forces in the Dead Lands to find fresh seeds, changing everything they thought they knew in the process.



(Capitol-Test Drug)
A state house committee today (Tue) approved a two-bill package that would give terminally ill patients the right to try drugs that have only gone through the first phase of F-D-A testing.
The measure would create what is called the Right to Try Act.   It allows those individuals who have terminal illnesses to have access to clinical trial drugs.
Prescribing doctors and manufacturers would be immune from liability under the proposal.
Sponsors note that terminal patients who are eligible under the measure should be allowed to try phase one drugs because it takes years for drugs to go through all the stages of FDA testing. The bills now go to the full house for consideration.

(MSU-University Innovation Alliance)
Eleven large research institutions, including Michigan State University, have come together across state and conference lines to increase the rate at which students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds graduate from college.
The effort is receiving $5.7 million in funding support from six major sources.
At a forum today (Tuesday) in Washington, D.C., with presidents and provosts representing all 11 universities, as well as major funders, in attendance, the University Innovation Alliance outlined its mission of increasing the number of students who stay in college and graduate within six years, regardless of where they are within the socioeconomic spectrum.
MSU’s contribution to the alliance will be sharing and scaling its Neighborhood initiative, which was launched in 2010 to enhance student engagement and success.
Initial data has indicated that low-income, first-generation and first-year students who received focused outreach through the Neighborhoods were 20 percent less likely to be on academic probation after their first semester and first-year students who used Neighborhood services more frequently had better GPAs.

(Presque Isle Co-Toddler Death Plea)
A northeast lower Michigan woman has taken a plea deal in the death of her three-week old child last spring.
18-year old Kirsten Richardson of Wolverine pled guilty in Presque Isle County Circuit Court to third degree child abuse, in return prosecutors dropped the original charge of second degree child abuse. Richardson will be sentenced November 4.
Another suspect, 18-year-old Joshua Tough of Onaway pled not guilty to first degree murder and first degree child abuse charges. He faces life in prison if convicted of the murder charge.
Presque Isle County Sheriff Deputies responded to a Bismarck Township home April 3 on a report that a three-week-old infant had stopped breathing. The infant, identified later as Ashton Richardson of Hawks, died at a Saginaw hospital two days later.
Testimony at a preliminary exam concluded that the infant died from head trauma.
(WATZ, Alpena)

(Berrien Co-Gas Line Rupture)
Residents of a southwest Michigan community have been evacuated from their homes because of a gas leak.
Berrien County dispatch says that the ANR pipeline ruptured at Highland and Blue Creek road in Benton Township around 2:00 AM this morning (Tuesday). The rupture, which sounded like a jet engine could be heard over three miles away.
The pipeline is part of TransCanada's network of over 44,000 miles of pipelines in North America.
No injuries have been reported. Officials are working with residents needing medication or assistance with livestock.
Benton Township Police Chief Vince Fetke says he and other public safety officials are awaiting word from TransCanada to when evacuated residents can return to their homes.
(Jason Scott, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(MI/DC-NHTSA Blasted-GM)
A report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee says that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made major mistakes in connection with a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles.
The report alleges that NHTSA (NIT - suh) had enough information that should have led them to discover the faulty switch problem. So far that defect has been linked to 19 deaths and more than 50 crashes.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Regional Ranking)
Six Michigan schools have made the list of the top 50 regional universities in the Midwest, according to the website College Choice.
The highest ranking Michigan school was Kettering University in Flint, which was 11th overall.
U of M Dearborn was 24th, Lawrence Tech in Southfield was 34th, Grand Valley State was 36th, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids was 38th and Ferris State University in Big Rapids was 45th.
The overall number one school was Creighton University, located in Omaha, Nebraska.
Regional universities tend to be schools with a full range of undergraduate programs and some masters programs, but relatively few doctoral programs.
The ranking, according to the website, is based exclusively on factors actual college students said were most important to their college decision.    According to the most recent annual survey of freshmen by the Higher Education Research Institute, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market.

(Marquette-Ray Rice Drink Apology)
A downtown Marquette nightspot has issued a formal apology for a weekend drink special referring to the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal.
The Wild Rover came under fire this week on social media in the community for presenting a drink special called the “Ray Rice Punch”.
Lorne Washburn, General Manager of the restaurant and nightclub, issued the apology Monday.
According to the statement, “The Wild Rover would like to publicly apologize for the name of a drink special that was ran on Saturday night. The decision of the employee to run that drink special was made in poor taste. The gravity of the situation is being taken very seriously, and the matter is being handled internally with appropriate measures and course of action.”
The statement added that management was working to rectify the matter as soon as possible.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette)

(Kalamazoo-Arson Suspect)
Police in Kalamazoo are searching for a man they believe broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, attacked her and then set her bedroom on fire.
It happened on Prospect shortly after 10:00 last night (Monday). A neighbor saw the flames and managed to keep the fire under control. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The victim’s family tried to stop her attacker but he escaped by jumping through a second floor window. Names have not been released.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(MSC-Employee Contribution)
The Michigan Supreme Court Opens its 2014-2015 term next month.
One case before the court, AFT V Michigan, challenges a requirement that public education workers pay four percent of their salaries into their pension plans, and three percent into their retirement health care, in order to stay in those plans.
An appeals court ruling said the Legislature and the governor did not violate the Michigan Constitution when they approved a measure requiring employee contributions.
The trial court also upheld the constitutionality of the legislation.

(MI-Car-Deer Accidents)
The odds of hitting a deer with your vehicle in Michigan have gone down slightly but they're still 1 in 94, according to claims data from State Farm Insurance.
Michigan ranked 11th in the nation when it comes to deer-vehicle collisions. That's down from 10th the previous year.
The insurer estimates that, nationwide, the cost per claim of a collision is $3,888, up nearly 14 percent from last year.
November and October are the worst months for accidents involving deer and State Farm says high-beams and alert drivers are more effective than deterrents like whistles.
For the eighth year running, West Virginia topped the list with a 1 in 39 chance of hitting a deer. The national average is 1 in 169.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Detroit-Rail Project Donations)
The M-1 Rail project in Detroit got a boost Monday with a couple of large donations.
Both Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy announced that they will commit three-million dollars each toward the three-point-three-mile light rail streetcar project. Ford also will get naming rights to one of the 12 stations.
The 140-million dollar project is scheduled to be completed sometime in late 2016. The system is expected to have 1.8 million riders in its first year of operation, rising to 3 million by 2035.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Jail Project Indictments)
Three current and former Wayne County officials have been indicted on felony charges stemming from the county's stalled jail project.
A one-man grand jury indicted former chief financial officer Carla Sledge; Steven Collins, a top Wayne County lawyer; and former construction manager Anthony Parlovecchio (PAR-loh-VECK-ee-OH).
Sledge and Collins face two felony charges of misconduct of office, a five-year felony, and two misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty, while Parlovecchio faces one misdemeanor charge of willful neglect of duty. The misdemeanors carry punishments of one year in jail.
The three are alleged to have lied to Wayne County commissioners and building authority members about the costs of the project at Gratiot and Madison. The $300 million jail project was abandon last year amid cost overruns of nearly $100 million and a grand jury probe.

(Kalamazoo-Cold Case Arrest-UPDATE)
A Tennessee truck driver arrested in a sexual assault cold case in Kalamazoo, has also been linked to sexual assaults in three other states.
Attorney General Bill Schuette and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting announced yesterday (Mon) that 57-year-old Calvin Kelly of Memphis has been charged with kidnapping and multiple counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.
Authorities say in 2008 Kelly allegedly repeatedly raped a Kalamazoo woman at knife-point inside a vehicle on US-131.
The case remained open, but in 2012 the Attorney General Cold Case Sexual Assault team took the lead in the investigation and was able to link Kelly's DNA to the incident. Kelly was arrested last week and has waived extradition back to Michigan.
Investigators say Kelly also has been linked to rapes in Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.
Kelly faces up to life in prison if convicted in the Kalamazoo case.

(MI-Adopt-A-Highway Pickup)
The last scheduled Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup of 2014 in Michigan is set for this weekend.
The Fall pickup begins Saturday and will run through September 28th and the Michigan Department of Transportation says there is still time to pitch in and volunteer.
MDOT says there are still sections of highway available for adoption, and any interested groups should head to the Adopt-A-Highway website for more information.
Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age and in a group of three or more people to participate.
Volunteers helped clear 70,000 bags of trash in 2013.



(Mason Co-Baby Kate-UPDATE)
A Mason County judge has ruled there is not enough evidence for a West Michigan man to stand trial in connection with the disappearance of his baby daughter more than three years ago.
District Court Judge Peter J. Wadel dismissed a murder charge against Sean Phillips today (Monday), citing the prosecution’s lack of ability to provide evidence that Katherine, known as Baby Kate, is actually dead.
Prosecutors accused the 23-year old Phillips of killing his infant daughter, who vanished from her mother's Ludington home on June 29, 2011 when she was just four months old. He was charged with the baby’s murder, despite the fact that her body has never been found.
Judge Wadel said that just because Baby Kate is missing, it doesn’t mean she’s dead.
Phillips is currently serving a sentence of 10 to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment connected to the baby's disappearance.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola say they will appeal the dismissal of the murder charge.

(Detroit-GM Death Claims)
The number of deaths related to the General Motors ignition switch recall has now risen from 13 to 19. This as the expert determining compensation in the fund says - at this point - they have approved 19 claims.
Attorney Ken Feinberg (FINE-berg), who was hired to oversee the General Motors Compensation fund, says they have received 445 claims so far, including 125 for deaths. Fifty-eight of the claims have been for serious injuries and 262 are for minor injuries.
In addition to approving 19 related to deaths, Feinberg has approved 12 others involving injuries. But most of the rest of the claims have not yet been rejected.
Feinberg also expects more claims to come in as people gather the documentation needed to file a claim. The deadline for filing remains July 31st.
For each death claim approved, the fund will pay at least one million dollars plus an additional 300-thousand to surviving spouses and children for pain and suffering.
GM has set aside 400-million dollars to pay claims but that total, they say, could hit 600-million.
(Jeff Gilbert/ WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(Capitol-Breed Spec Ban)
An effort is about to begin in Michigan to prod lawmakers into prohibiting all communities from banning a specific breed of dog.
A coalition of animal welfare organizations and others are spearheading what they call the "Make Michigan Next" campaign in an effort to "eliminate all breed discrimination laws" in the state.
Some Michigan communities have banned dogs such as pit bulls in recent years, following tragic dog attacks on people, including children.
Organizers say breed-specific bans are wrong because they are based solely on appearance, and don't recognize the specific behavior of individual dogs. They also cite a national survey that says 84 percent of citizens believe a specific breed of dog should not be banned.
Nineteen states so far have banned breed-specific legislation.
A rally by supporters of a ban on breed specific legislation is scheduled Wednesday on the east side of the State Capitol in Lansing, beginning at 9AM.

(Kalkaska-Child Death)
A 5-year-old northern Michigan girl died Friday but health officials say her death is not related to the enterovirus infection.
Leah Jean Mitchell was a kindergarten student at Birch Street Elementary School in Kalkaska. According to District Health Department 10, the girl passed away as a result of a "strep" infection.
Superintendent for Kalkaska Public Schools, Karen Sherwood, posted a letter to the district’s website to inform parents about the cause of the girl's death and that there's no danger to the community.
Sherwood said in her letter that measures have been taken and will continue to be taken to assure the safety of all children, including a custodial crew thoroughly cleaning the school but only as a precaution.
The Health Department says there are about 12,550 cases of "strep" infection in the U.S. every year and about 1,250 of them result in death.

(Detroit-Syncora Deal)
The city of Detroit has ironed out details of a settlement with a major opponent in its bankruptcy case.
Detroit and bond insurer Syncora finished the deal announced last Tuesday to settle over $400 million in claims.
City attorneys say both sides came to terms creating a final agreement this (Monday) morning - reaching a satisfactory conclusion they call complicated and creative.
The settlement would extend Syncora’s lease on a tunnel between the U.S. and Canada and grant it a long-term lease on a downtown parking garage, among other concessions.
Also today, Judge Steven Rhodes refused to extend a timeout in Detroit’s bankruptcy trial - after the deal with Syncora removed another opponent from the city’s plan to exit Chapter 9.
While Syncora is just one of many creditors in the case - it has been among the most vocal in its opposition to the bankruptcy proceedings.
Detroit is proposing to get rid of $7 (b) billion in debt and plow $1.7 (b) billion into city services over the next decade. Thousands of retirees have backed a plan that would cut their pension by 4.5 percent and eliminate annual cost-of-living raises.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Houghton Co-Domestic Assault Death)
The murder trial for an Upper Peninsula man suspected of killing his wife back in December was scheduled to begin today (Monday) in Houghton County Circuit Court.
35-year-old Nima Nassiri of Dollar Bay is charged with second degree murder for allegedly beating his wife, Sanaz Nezami, who later died from the injuries she sustained. A Houghton County Sheriff’s detective testified at his preliminary hearing that during the course of attacking her, Nassiri swept her feet out from underneath Nezami and struck her head several times against the floor.
The couple is originally from Iran, and had moved to the U.P. from Los Angeles so the 27-year-old Nezami could pursue a master's degree program in environmental engineering at Michigan Tech.
In June, Nassiri was found competent to stand trial. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

(Manufacturers-Regulatory Cost)
A coalition of business groups is reporting that regulations on business cost Americans more than two-(t) trillion dollars in lost economic growth annually.
The study was commissioned by the national Association of Manufacturers, which adds that (quote) "much of that lost revenue comes from manufacturers in Michigan."
The report, conducted by economists Nicole V and W. Mark Crain, was released by the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Business.
It says that manufacturing businesses face a disproportionate share of the cost burden at more than 19-thousand dollars per employee per year, "nearly double what the average US business pays to comply with federal rules," according to the business groups.

(Grand Rapids-Lead-Poisoned Kids)
A couple neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are near the top of the list in Michigan for having the most children poisoned by lead in 2013.
That's according to a recent report by the Michigan Department of Community Health which found that more than 85 percent of the houses in the 49507 zip code area on the city's southeast side were built before 1978, the year lead-based paint was outlawed.
Lead dust and paint chips found in the interiors and on the exteriors of houses can be ingested by small children living in and playing around the homes.
Organizers with the “Get the Lead Out!” program say special funding is available for safely removing childhood lead poisoning hazards from eligible homes in Grand Rapids but applications must be received by December 1st.
Since its inception 10 years ago, Get the Lead Out! has made more than 1,350 homes in Grand Rapids lead-safe.
More information is available at
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Calhoun Co-Road Director Resigns)
The managing director for the Jackson and Calhoun county road departments turned in his resignation Friday.
According to a report on WWMT-TV IN Kalamazoo, Jerry Peterson was stopped by Albion police early last Tuesday morning because he was "acting suspiciously," but was not arrested.
However, the TV report indicated Peterson is being investigated for possession of cocaine, and solicitation of a prostitute.
Details of the case are in the hands of the Calhoun County prosecutor for review.
Peterson began working for the two counties in July 2013 after officials from both governments agreed to collaborate.
(Help from: WKHM, Jackson)

(Allen Park-Senior Complex Fire)
One person is dead and at least eleven others are hurt this morning (Monday) after a fire at an Allen Park senior housing complex.
A number of senior citizens, many in wheelchairs, were rushed to the hospital after fire and heavy smoke made its way through the two-story apartment building around 5 a.m.
For Allen Park Fire Chief Douglas LaFond the fire hit close to home … his own mother had to escape the blaze by ambling down a ladder. All 61 units in the complex were evacuated.
Firefighters from six surrounding cities were called in to assist Allen Park crews in battling the flames.
No word yet on what may have caused the fire.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Flags Lowered)
Governor Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the state Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff today (Monday) in honor of a northern Michigan firefighter who died in the line of duty a week ago.
47-year old William Wiita of Kalkaska, assistant fire chief at Coldsprings-Excelsior Fire and Rescue, died September 8 after responding to an emergency call in Excelsior Township.
A Minnesota native, Witta previously worked at Double Edge Steel Company in Dearborn prior to moving to Kalkaska.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Tuesday.

(Kalamazoo-Cold Case Arrest)
A Tennessee truck driver has been arrested in a sexual assault cold case in Kalamazoo.
Attorney General Bill Schuette and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting today (Monday) announced that 57-year-old Calvin Kelly of Memphis has been charged with kidnapping and multiple counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.
Authorities say in 2008 a woman ran across US-131 and flagged down an officer. She told him that she had been repeatedly raped at knife-point.
The case remained open, but in 2012 the Attorney General Cold Case Sexual Assault team took the lead in the investigation and was able to link Kelly to the incident. Kelley was arrested last week and has waived extradition back to Michigan.
Kelly faces up to life in prison if convicted.

(Detroit-Child Shooting Arrest)
There has been one arrest in the weekend shooting of a seven-year-old girl in Detroit.
Police say the suspect is a 22-year-old man and they are looking for yet another person as well.
India Williams was shot yesterday (Sunday) while she rode her bicycle. Officers say she was shot when people in two vehicles speeding down the street were exchanging gunfire.
Williams was hit in the chest and is in critical condition.
(24/7 News Source)

(Battle Creek-Two Stabbed)
A man is behind bars in Battle Creek following the stabbing of two people late Saturday night.
A 17-year-old male victim was found under the overpass on Fountain Street at around 11:30. The victim had been stabbed once. An 18-year-old victim with multiple stab wounds was found on Main Street at around the same time.
Officers believe that the victims argued with the 32-year-old man and were stabbed during a fight with him. The suspect was arrested a short time later in the Washington Heights neighborhood and was taken to the Calhoun County County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.
The two teens were treated at the hospital for their injuries and released. Names have not been released.
(Help from: Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)



Detroit police say a prayer vigil turned into a deadly family feud with two people dead and several others injured after multiple shootings, a car wreck and multiple suspects under arrest.
Assistance Police Chief Steve Dolunt says the situation unfolded just before 2 a.m. this morning (Friday) on the city’s west side. As the vigil was wrapping up, a vehicle drove by and a gunman opened fire on the group of people standing outside.
When officers arrived on the scene, a vehicle was speeding away from the home. Police pursued the vehicle for about two miles until it crashed into a fire hydrant and the front porch of a home.
Police say a woman in the vehicle was ejected and declared dead at the scene. Another woman was taken to the hospital for treatment, while a man was placed under arrest.
At least nine people were struck by gunfire and three people were killed. Two people who fled the scene are in custody, five others are in custody at the hospital and police have recovered three weapons.
According to Dolunt, it appears everyone involved in the shootout knew each other, but other circumstances aren’t clear. An investigation is ongoing.
(Mike Campbell, WWJ, Detroit; 24/7 News Source)

(MI-No Wolf Hunt)
There will not be a wolf hunt in Michigan this year.
The state Natural Resources Commission announced Thursday that it would not act on a wolf hunt for the coming season, no matter what voters decide in the upcoming election.
The Legislature did approve a citizen-initiative to allow the NRC to designate game, but that was not given immediate effect and so does not allow the commission to act until spring.
It's possible that one of the two current laws allowing wolf hunts could be approved by voters in November, putting that law back into effect. But commissioners say it would be too late in the year for the panel to consider the issue and approve a season.
Last year was the first time wolves were allowed to be hunted in the Upper Peninsula since the animals were removed from the endangered species list.

(MI-Recall Petitions)
The Board of State Canvassers will consider six separate recall petitions against Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler next week.
The petitions are the only items on the Board's agenda for September 18.
Benton Township activist Ed Pinkney submitted four of the six, as he's trying to recall Tyler over legal battles surrounding a failed recall attempt of the Benton Harbor mayor.
Pinkney is awaiting trial on felony and misdemeanor charges in that recall for allegedly altering petitions and allowing people to sign more than once.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Freeze Grant)
Some 32 local governments in the Upper Peninsula and northern lower Michigan will be sharing seven-point-million dollars in state disaster aid.
Governor Rick Snyder says the money is to help with infrastructure damage done by last winter's deep freeze. The grants range from several thousand dollars to just under a million dollars.
The Deep Freeze program has sent letters and emails to applicant communities to provide them an update on the status of their applications.
When the process is completed and all required information is submitted, the Michigan Economic Development Corpation will seek any necessary additional funding through the Michigan Strategic Fund to total this $7.5 million in eligible projects.
Thirty-two communities in 12 counties - Alger, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Luce, Mackinac and Marquette - are eligible to receive the funds to repair damaged water and sewer mains, roads and other vital infrastructure.
(Help from: Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Escanaba-Bass Master Championship)
Michigan will host the world's best anglers in Escanaba next week during the Toyota Bass Master Angler of the Year Championship.
The tournament is being held on Bays de Noc as part of a partnership between Pure Michigan and Bass Master to promote the state as a top destination for fishermen.
The final weigh-in will be at Ludington Park on Sunday, September 21, at 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Fishing fans can follow all the tournament action in real time on the B.A.S.S. website at

(Grand Rapids-Oil Spill Preparation)
Officials at energy companies are keeping a close eye on the Great Lakes to transport crude oil. They are concerned over the risk of a spill they are not prepared to handle.
Spokesman Lyman Welch said there's a huge demand to move oil from Canada to the Midwest and it's time to discuss the risks of shipping crude through the region.
Meantime, Rear Admiral Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard’s District 9, which includes the Great Lakes, said everyone involved in spill response on the Great Lakes is moving with a sense of urgency to come up with a plan to address a major spill. But they haven’t found a way forward yet.
He says the Coast Guard and other responders are not adequately equipped or prepared for a “heavy oil” spill on the Great Lakes.
Experts say a major oil spill could spell economic disaster for the states in the Great Lakes region, severely damaging the multibillion-dollar fishing and recreational boating industries and killing off wildlife.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

Former Escanaba Mayor Leo Evans was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Thursday to one year in jail and five years probation of embezzlement of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Escanaba.   He was ordered to pay restitution of $100,000 and serve 20 hours a week in community service.    Evans was also ordered not to enter a casino.
Judge Stephen Davis said it was the most he could sentence Evans to under state law.
Evans admitted to taking money from the Eagles club while he served as secretary.   Before sentencing he address the members of the Eagles club that packed the courtroom.    He apologized to them and to the community where he served on the Escanaba City Council for 18 years including several terms as mayor.
(WYKX, WDBC, Escanaba)

(MI-UP Road Watchers)
The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for volunteers in the Upper Peninsula to report on winter driving conditions.
M-DOT says the new Road Watchers program will give motorists a chance to tell them how well it's maintaining highways in the U.P. this winter.
Road Watcher volunteers will occasionally be asked by e-mail to complete a short online survey about roads on some of the U.P.'s key routes with special emphasis on the U-S and M-designated highways. M-DOT is hoping the program will improve winter road maintenance.
To get more information, or to sign up to be a Road Watcher, go online to
(Help from: Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Detroit-Auto Insurance Rates)
Detroit has some of the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation, according to a recent survey, thanks in part to many uninsured motorists.
The website examined the average premiums in the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas and found that drivers in the metro Detroit area pay a whopping 165 percent more than the national average for car insurance.
Laura Adams, senior analyst for, says one of the main reasons car insurance is so expensive in the Detroit area is because Michigan is a no-fault state.
What makes things even worse, Adams said, is that Michigan is the only state where car insurance includes unlimited personal injury protection - which provides unlimited lifetime coverage for medical expenses resulting from auto accidents.
The next most expensive metro areas are New York City (36 percent more than the national average), Miami (+34 percent) and Los Angeles (+25 percent).
The cheapest car insurance rates are in Charlotte, North Carolina - where the average premiums are 43 percent less than the national average.
According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the average cost of car insurance nationwide was $797 in 2011 - the most recent data available.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Clare Co-Murder Sentence)
A 34-year old woman was sentenced in Clare County Circuit Court for the murder of a Harrison man more than one year ago.
Oanh Kieu-Bass of Remus was sent to prison for 15 to 40 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in July for the shooting death of 68-year old Floyd Dennis in January of 2013. Police found Dennis' body at a home in Redding Township with a single gunshot wound in the back of the head.
According to court documents, Bass will have to serve 15 years before she is eligible for parole. Upon her eventual release from prison, Bass faces the possibility of being deported to her native Vietnam.
(Help from: WBRN, Big Rapids)

(Detroit-Parks Personal Items)
The Library of Congress will be the new home to more than a thousand personal items that belonged to the late Rosa Parks.
Among those items will be civil rights icon's Presidential Medal of Freedom. The collection will officially be on loan from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation for the next decade.
The foundation bought the collection this summer from the Parks estate for four-and-a-half million dollars.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Grandfather Rights Cards)
Michigan State Police say all grandfather rights cards issued to commercial motor vehicle drivers will expire at the end of the year.
According to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, All CMV drivers who possess a grandfather rights card must obtain a medical examiners certificate or apply for and receive a medical waiver for a person not physically qualified to drive before January 1, 2015.
The medical waivers for physical disability issued by the Motor Carrier Safety Appeal Board are not affected by this change and continue to be valid.


September 19, 2014
iHeartRadio Music Festival, the biggest live concert event in radio history returns for a fourth year. Today's performers including Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Ariana Grande, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, Bastille and Steve Aoki, with One Direction, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Calvin Harris, Eric Church, Lorde and Ed Sheeran tomorrow. Broadcast live on Clear Channel radio stations and as an exclusive two-night special on The CW on September 29 and 30.

United Nations General Assembly 69th Session continues for the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the U.N.

SpaceX 4 Commercial Resupply Services flight to the International Space Station launches aboard the Falcon 9 rocket - the fourth commercial re-supply mission to the ISS by SpaceX (aka Space Exploration Technologies) - today at the earliest, delivering nearly two tons of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations * Flight also transports the NASA ISS-RapidScat instrument, to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction, aiming to help improve weather forecasts - including hurricane monitoring - and understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions influence Earth's climate. It is designed to help fill the data gap created when the agency's QuikScat satellite - which was designed to last two years but operated for 10 - stopped collecting ocean wind data in late 2009.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day, with commemoration ceremony held at the Pentagon for former prisoners of war, family members, military service members, and distinguished guests * Presidential Proclamation urges Americans to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Black and white flag honoring America's prisoners of war and those missing in action flies over White House, U.S. Capitol, Departments of State, Defense, and Veterans Affairs, Selective Service System, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, U.S. post offices, national cemeteries, and other locations.

Texas gubernatorial candidate debate featuring Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, who are campaigning to replace Texas Governor Rick Perry in the 4 Nov election. Debate co-hosted by KGBT-TV Action 4 News, The Monitor and KTLM-TV. The pair meet for a second debate in Dallas on September 30th.

Texas Tribune Festival, to discuss topics including criminal justice, the environment, health care, higher and public education, immigration, energy, and transportation. Speakers include possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz, GOP Sen. John Cornyn, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Almeel, Republican Reps. Joe Barton, Michael Burgess, Blake Farenthold, Bill Flores, and Kay Granger, Democratic Reps. Joaquin Castro, Pete Gallego, Gene Green, and Beto O'Rourke, Atlanta, GA, Mayor Kasim Reed, and National Immigration Forum Exec Dir Ali Noorani.

San Sebastian International Film Festival opens with the European premiere of Antoine Fuqua's big-screen adaptation of classic TV show 'The Equalizer' starring Denzel Washington, screening out-of-competition.

Garth Brooks comeback tour continues in Atlanta with a record-breaking seven consecutive shows at the Philips Arena, breaking Elvis Presley's record of four. Support comes from the country singer's wife, Trisha Yearwood, who celebrates her 50th birthday today.

PARK(ing) Day, with artists and activists around the world temporarily transforming metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces.  Event was created in 2005 by San Francisco art and design studio Rebar.
September 20, 2014
G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Malta on behalf of the Queen, marking the 50th anniversary of Malta's independence. It is Kate's first royal solo overseas visit.

iHeartRadio Music Festival, second and final day of the biggest live concert event in radio history, returning for a fourth year. Main stage performers including One Direction, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Calvin Harris, Eric Church, Lorde and Ed Sheeran, with Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz and Lil Jon appearing in the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village.

United Nations General Assembly 69th Session continues.

Sen. Rand Paul speaks at California GOP Convention.

BET Hip Hop Awards, honoring the best in hip hop.

Ruby Dee public memorial service in New York.

Iowa gubernatorial debate candidate, featuring Republican Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Democrat State Sen. Jack Hatch, focusing on the economy and job creation.

15th anniversary of Lawrence Russell Brewer being convicted in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, TX. He was sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection on September 21, 2011.
September 21, 2014
G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting concludes.

United Nations International Day of Peace a.k.a. World Peace Day - held to promote non-violence while calling for a day of global cease-fire. GRAMMY winning recording artist Akon headlines the celebrations at Goma International Airport.

Clinton Global Initiative 10th Annual Meeting begins, 'Re-imagining Impact', hosted by former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, bringing together heads of state, government and business leaders, scholars, and NGO directors to discuss social change.

United Nations General Assembly 69th Session continues for the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the U.N.

NASA Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter - the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere, aiming to investigate how the loss of its atmosphere to space determined the history of water on the surface - arrives at the Red Planet, having launched in November 2013. It settles into an elliptical science orbit for its one-Earth-year primary mission, observing all Mars' latitudes, beginning early November.

NFL games: San Diego Chargers at the Buffalo Bills; Dallas Cowboys at the St. Louis Rams; Washington Redskins at the Philadelphia Eagles; Houston Texans at the New York Giants; Minnesota Vikings at the New Orleans Saints; Tennessee Titans at the Cincinnati Bengals; Baltimore Ravens at the Cleveland Browns; Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions; Indianapolis Colts at the Jacksonville Jaguars; Oakland Raiders at the New England Patriots; San Francisco 49ers at the Arizona Cardinals; Denver Broncos at the Seattle Seahawks; Kansas City Chiefs at the Miami Dolphins; Pittsburgh Steelers at the Carolina Panthers.

World Alzheimer's Day, part of the World Alzheimer's Month. This year's theme is 'Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?'

1st anniversary of terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall that killed 67 people. The Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the four-day mall siege and said it was in retaliation for Kenya's deployment of troops in southern Somalia.
September 22, 2014
20th anniversary of sitcom 'Friends' premiering on NBC, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer as a group of 20-something friends living in Manhattan. The show ran for 10 seasons, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, and scored numerous accolades including 62 Primetime Emmy nominations.

Metropolitan Opera 2014/2015 season opens with a new production of Mozart's 'Le Nozze Di Figaro', directed by Richard Eyre.

University of Denver Annual Korbel Dinner, this year representing a 50th Anniversary Celebration for the University's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, including special guest former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Honorees are DigitalGlobe CEO Jeffrey Tarr (International Bridge Builders Award) and Anna and John Sie (Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award).

NFL Monday Night Football: Chicago Bears at the New York Jets.
September 23, 2014
United Nations General Assembly 69th session General Debate opens, with leaders from each member country addressing the Assembly in turn. There are no time limits for speeches, but the Assembly indicates a voluntary guideline of up to 15 minutes.

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and alleged spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith sentenced in New York, following his conviction in March on charges including conspiracy to kill Americans, after he was detained by the FBI in Jordan March 1, 2013. Abu Ghaith, believed to be a senior al-Qaida leader and member of bin Laden's inner circle, was accused of working alongside bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri since at least May 2001, and calling on the 'nation of Islam' to battle against Jews, Christian, and Americans the day after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett release collaborative jazz album 'Cheek To Cheek', featuring a selection of classic jazz standards in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances, with each song handpicked by the artists themselves.

Fall Equinox, the first day of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere, with day and night at almost equal length.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon invites heads of state and government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders to a Climate Summit, on the day the U.N. General Debate opens. The gathering - also hosted by Mr Ban's new Climate Change Envoy Mary Robinson and New York's former mayor Michael Bloomberg - is aimed at 'catalyzing action..for new commitments and substantial, scalable and replicable contributions to the Summit that will help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy'. The summit comes one year before countries aim to conclude a global climate agreement in 2015 through the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
September 24, 2014
50th anniversary of The Warren Report finding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy.

United Nations General Assembly 69th session General Debate continues, with leaders from each member country addressing the Assembly in turn. There are no time limits for speeches, but the Assembly indicates a voluntary guideline of up to 15 minutes.

Carlos Ortiz, an associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, in court on murder charge, in relation to the killing of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, whose body was found 17 Jun 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez's home. Ortiz also faces an accessory charge. Authorities have alleged that Hernandez, who was cut by the Patriots the day he was arrested, became upset at a Boston nightclub when Lloyd began talking with people Hernandez apparently didn't like. Hernandez has been charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, first-degree murder. A third man, Ernest Wallace, has also pleaded not guilty to murder and an accessory charge.

National Women's Health and Fitness Day.
September 25, 2014
40th Ryder Cup: opening ceremonies for the biennial Europe v U.S. golf tournament ahead of the first matches taking place tomorrow.

1st anniversary of Oracle Team USA completing their comeback in the 34th America's Cup as they overcame a 8-1 deficit to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 and win sport's oldest international trophy.

NIKE Q1 earnings

NFL Thursday Night Football: New York Giants at the Washington Redskins.

'One Direction: Who We Are: Our Official Autobiography' by One Direction published. The first in depth autobiography from Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis sees the boys tell the stories of their lives, from auditioning for 'The X Factor' to releasing their third album.
September 26, 2014
Ryder Cup: biennial Europe v U.S. golf tournament, begins with Foursomes/Four-balls on the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel.
Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its final GDP data for the second quarter of 2014, after last month's revised data, Q2.

52nd New York Film Festival opens with the world premiere of David Fincher's missing person thriller 'Gone Girl' starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. Fincher previously opened the NYFF with 'The Social Network' in 2010.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases 'Influenza Outlook 2014-2015: Preparing the Nation for Flu Season' news conference, with a panel of medical/public health experts aiming to ready the public for the coming flu season.

Values Voter Summit - an annual meeting of social conservative activists hosted by the Family Research Council. Speakers including possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann, American Values President Gary Bauer, RedState Editor Erick Erickson, and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference, hosted by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona and sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Districts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah and by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. Tribal and federal law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and safety and justice advocates attend, with conference focusing on law enforcement training, victim rights, and criminal prosecution in Indian Country within the four states.

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Annual World Focus on Autism, hosted by Ban Soon-taek, the wife of U.N. Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon, and Autism Speaks co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright.
100th anniversary of the Federal Trade Commission being established to protect consumers and act against unfair monopolistic business practices.
September 27, 2014
Ryder Cup: biennial Europe v U.S. golf tournament continues with second round of Foursomes/Fourballs on the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel.

Global Citizen Festival 2014, free ticketed music concert on the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park celebrating achievements made towards eradicating extreme poverty, headlined by JAY Z with fun., Carrie Underwood, The Roots, No Doubt and Tiesto. Coincides with the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards presented by the Yum! Brands Foundation, celebrating 'the greatness of people from around the world who are making differences in their communities and beyond', honoring 'seasoned humanitarians' plus six young people who represent Ali's 'Six Core Principles - Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality'.

Egyptian court delivers its verdict in the murder retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who had received a life sentence in June 2012 for corruption, misappropriation of funds and issuing orders to kill demonstrators calling for his ouster during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. About 840 people died and over 6,000 others were wounded in the crackdown.

National Public Lands Day, sponsored by National Park Service and National Park Foundation and coordinated by National Environmental Education Foundation, focusing on need for shared stewardship of public lands and educating the public about the importance of natural resources. All national parks have free admission today, as do Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands.
September 28, 2014
Ryder Cup: biennial Europe v U.S. golf tournament, final day, with the winner crowned after a final round of 12 singles matches.

NFL ninth International Series game: Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, UK, where previous NFL games have all drawn crowds of over 76,000. The Raiders have given up a home game to participate.

Major League Baseball Regular Season ends.

50th anniversary of the death of Harpo Marx, second oldest member of family comedy act the Marx Brothers. Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Zeppo and Gummo Marx came from a family of artists and found success in vaudeville acts, on Broadway and in motion pictures including 'Duck Soup' and 'A Night at the Opera'.

World Rabies Day.

Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day in U.S., for the relatives of people lost while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces . Presidential Proclamation calls on government officials to display the flag of the U.S. over government buildings, and encourages Americans to display the flag and hold appropriate ceremonies as a public expression of sympathy and respect.

Annual World Rivers Day - to increase public awareness about the importance of waterways and the threats confronting them.

Pope Francis meets elderly people and grandparents in St Peter's Square during the first international day dedicated to old age, culminating in him celebrating a Holy Mass. The Vatican says the event - on the theme of 'The blessing of long life' - is inspired by the Pontiff's views on the throwaway culture typical of a 'population that does not care for its elderly' with attitudes 'behind which there is a hidden euthanasia'.
September 29, 2014
United Nations General Assembly 69th session General Debate concludes, with leaders from each member country addressing the Assembly in turn.
NFL Monday Night Football: New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs.

National Association for Business Economics Annual Meeting.

World Heart Day, created in September 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world's leading cause of death, claiming around 17 million lives each year.
September 30, 2014
Major League Baseball postseason begins.

Texas gubernatorial candidate debate featuring Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, who are campaigning to replace Texas Governor Rick Perry in the 4 Nov election. Debate hosted by the WFAA and the Texas Tribune, and broadcast on Gannett Co., Inc. television stations throughout the state and streamed on the websites of the Texas Tribune and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson due to complete a review for President Barack Obama around the end of summer on what the president is able to do within the confines of the current law to mitigate problems posed by the current immigration system.

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace coverage ends for consumers with a citizenship or immigration data matching issue (aka an inconsistency) who missed a 5 Sep deadline to submit supporting documents to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in order to 'ensure program integrity and protect taxpayer dollars'.
Fleetwood Mac begin North American tour with Christine McVie back in the fold full-time.

Blake Shelton releases 11th studio album, 'Bringing Back The Sunshine', produced by longtime collaborator Scott Hendricks.

Steve Aoki releases new album 'Neon Future I', the first part of a double release with part two due in early 2015. First album features collaborations with Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun,, Flux Pavilion, Bonnie McKee, Machine Gun Kelly and Waka Flocka Flame.

Lady Antebellum release new album '747', co-produced by the band themselves with Nathan Chapman. The trio co-wrote six of the album's 11 songs.

Former Moore Capital trader Julian Rifat appears in plea hearing in the UK, four years after being held for questioning in connection with the nation's largest and most complex insider dealing investigation. He faces eight charges in a case codenamed Operation Tabernula, which has so far seen 10 men arrested, seven charged, and one jailed.





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