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Michigan State News              Updated 10/24/14

FRI 24OCT14

(Saginaw Co-Prison Safety Demonstration)
Following an attack on a corrections officer by an inmate at the Saginaw Correctional Facility last week, prison personnel held a demonstration Thursday to highlight safety concerns.
Michigan Corrections Organization President Tom Tylutki says Department of Corrections cuts two years ago reduced the number of officers per shift at the Freeland Prison, which MCO members believe compromises safety.
Officer Kevin Ott suffered a fractured skull and collapsed lung in the attack, in which an inmate stabbed him and beat him with a padlock hidden inside a sock. He has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
The demonstration was held a short distance from the prison.
(WSGW, Saginaw)



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(MI-SOS Fraud Protection)
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today (Friday) announced new measures that she says will protect Michigan consumers from scammers trying to sell fake auto insurance.
Johnson says the new efforts use cutting-edge technology, expand best practices and maximize resources.
They include contracting with a business consulting firm to complete a full review of the department's business processes, technology and organizational structure as it relates to fraud.
In another initiative, Johnson's office is looking to use data analysis to compare elements of transactions with those of previous fraudulent ones and expanding the verification of the thousands of insurance certificates the department receives from customers daily.
The agency is also planning to upgrade its case management software so department investigators are best equipped for tracking down fraud.
Some of the new initiatives are the result of recent recommendations by the Fighting Auto Insurance Rip-Offs (FAIR) Task Force.

(USCOA-Bible Believers Case)
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Thursday to rehear before the full court a case where an earlier decision held that Wayne County was justified in expelling a Christian group from a Dearborn Arab cultural festival.
The decision vacates an August ruling by a divided panel of the court that county law enforcement officials were justified in removing members of the evangelist group from California called Bible Believers from the 2012 Arab International Festival in Dearborn.
Gongwer News Service reports the court held that the actions of the group, which included saying Islam was founded by a "pedophile" and that it was a religion of "blood and murder," constituted a clear and present danger.
The dissenting opinion agreed that the comments were hateful and bigoted, but still did not amount to fighting words that would incite violence.
The case will now be heard before all the members of the 6th Circuit, and in effect it will be as if the case had not been heard before. When arguments will be held is undetermined.

(Lansing-Sex Trafficking Ring)
A Lansing teenager charged in connection with a sex trafficking ring involving at least eight girls and one adult has been bound over for trial.
According to the Lansing State Journal, 17-year old Mariah Haughton waived her right to a preliminary examination in 54A District Court. Meanwhile, a preliminary exam for co-defendant Jonathon Purnell was adjourned until November 20 because he recently changed attorneys.
Haughton and Purnell face numerous charges, including human trafficking, in state court while a third defendant - 24-year-old Christopher Turryle Bryant of Lansing - is being prosecuted in federal court.
Authorities allege the trio used the web site Backpage.com to advertise females for sex. Prosecutors said the girls ranged in age from 15 to 17 and were enticed or forced into prostitution.
Officials say the trafficking ring was based in Lansing but stretched to Arizona.

(MI-UP Energy Future)
The Michigan Public Service Commission on Thursday invited the public to attend a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on the Upper Peninsula energy future slated for October 28 in Marquette.
The panel will cover events that have taken place in the Upper Peninsula related to electric reliability, affordability and environmental protection, as well as discuss what the governor's office and PSC are doing to protect electric customers.
A decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt Wisconsin customers from having to pay to keep Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant open means that every electric customer in the U.P. will have to foot the entire bill.
The Mid Continent Independent System Operators is forcing Wisconsin Electric to keep Presque Isle open because they fear that without it, the U.P. could go dark.
The event will be held in the Brule Room of the Donald H. Bottum University Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University from noon to 1 p.m.

(MSU-Athletics Gift)
A family with deep ties to Michigan State University has made the largest single gift ever received by MSU athletics.
Bob Skandalaris, a 1974 graduate of the MSU Broad College of Business, and his wife Julie are providing a $10 million facilities gift that enhances the Spartan football, golf and basketball programs.
MSU officials say $3 million will be used to renovate and make improvements to the training and locker rooms in the Skandalaris Football Center, named in honor of Bob and Julie after their lead gift helped construct the facility in 2008.
An additional $4 million has been designated for capital improvements in support of the basketball program as the Breslin Center is renovated. Planning for that project is currently underway. The remaining $3 million will support construction of a new MSU golf facility.
Other financial contributions by the family from Bloomfield Hills have included giving to the recently completed Spartan Stadium North End Zone project and also providing the lead gift for the $15 million expansion and renovation project for the Duffy Daugherty Building in 2006.
That $5 million gift, which at the time was the largest received by the athletic program, led to the construction of the Skandalaris Football Center.

(Kent Co-Pre-Teen Killer Mother)
The mother of the 12-year old boy who killed a Kentwood boy this summer is going to trial on child abuse charges after rejecting a plea deal.
Anita Lawhorn has a long history of abusing her children. Two others were taken away from her in New York state 15 years ago.
Jamarion Lawhorn has told investigators his mother and stepfather beat him so badly he just wanted to die, and that's why he stabbed nine-year-old Connor Verkerke on August 4 on the playground of a mobile home park in Kentwood.
Anita Lawhorn's attorney blames the state for the situation in the home. Child Protective Services closed their case on the Jamarion after he moved to live with his father in New York last year. They were not notified when he returned to Kentwood this year.
The boy's stepfather Bernard Harrold waived his probable cause hearing on child abuse charges and is still thinking about a potential plea deal in the case.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)

(Rapid River-100-Year Old Bombshell)
A century-old bombshell was disposed of by the Michigan State Police Thursday in Rapid River.
Troopers from the Gladstone post say the homeowner bought a box of items from an elderly veteran's estate auction. When he got home, he noticed the mortar had started to corrode.
The man went on-line, and realized that this mortar was a French pneumatic shell that was used in World War One. It is launched by compressed air, so the bomb squad from Grayling came up to dispose of it.
Police say the mortar still had an impact fuse that could have been dangerous had someone pressed the tip of the shell.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Bloomfield Hills-Schoolboy Suspended)
Officials at a Catholic school in metro Detroit are letting parents know a student was suspended after he showed up for class with a knife and a list of names of people he apparently intended to harm.
The incident happened last week at St. Hugo of the Hills School in Bloomfield Hills.
A letter sent to parents said the eighth grade boy composed a list of his friends, teachers and others schoolmates that was labeled in such a way as to imply that he wanted to harm those listed.
Principal Sr. Margaret VanVelzen said administrators called police, who after talking with the student, “determined that this matter did not pose a threat to other students or to the school.”
Investigators learned from classmates that the student had a pocketknife in his possession and was apparently showing it to other kids in his class.
Police say the incident remains under investigation.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Wyoming-Oestrike Murder Investigation)
The FBI is helping Wyoming police investigate the murders of a couple and their unborn child and ensuing suicide that happened this summer.
31-year-old Brady Oestrike (OH-strike) of Wyoming took his own life as police cornered him during a high speed chase in July. Police say he beheaded 25-year old Charles Oppenneer and then held 18-year-old Brooke Slocum, who was eight months pregnant, captive for several days before killing her. Her unborn baby did not survive.
Investigators say Oestrike killed the couple after agreeing on Craigslist to meet up to have sex.
The FBI is now investigating other unsolved area murders to see if Oestrike had more alleged victims although police say there is no indication that he did.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Dickinson Co-Stabbing Suspect)
An Iron Mountain man has been arraigned in connection with a weekend stabbing in Dickinson County.
44-year-old Aaron Hodges was arraigned in Dickinson County District Court on a charge of attempted murder. He was also charged as being an habitual offender.
Hodges is alleged to have stabbed a man during an altercation at a camp in Felch Township. A knife with 3- inch blade was recovered from the scene.
Hodges is lodged in the Dickinson County Jail on a $750,000 cash bond and faces a preliminary exam on October 29th. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
No information on the victim in the stabbing has been released.
(Help from: Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette/Aaron Harper, WJNR, WOBE, WHTO, Iron Mountain)

(Dearborn-Ford 3Q Earnings)
Higher warranty costs, lower sales and problems in Europe and South America cut Ford’s third quarter profit by a third from last year.
The Dearborn company posted earnings of $835 million in a third quarter that the company described as “profitable, but challenging.”
Ford’s numbers were worse than last year in most areas of the world. North American earnings were down 38 percent to $1.4 billion.
Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks says recalls deteriorated profits by about 630 million dollars in the quarter, largely in North America. Ford lost $439 million in Europe and lost $170 million in South America.
The company posted pre-tax earnings of $1.3 billion, and continued with its guidance of a $6 billion pre-tax profit for the full year. When that lowered guidance was announced earlier this month, it prompted a large sell-off of Ford stock.
Ford is currently in the midst of a series of product launches, which the company hopes will push sales up next year, and return 2105 profits to the $8.5 to $9.5 billion range.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(Kalamazoo-Psych Hospital Employees Suspended)
More Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital employees are now on suspension due to allegations that a patient was sexually assaulted.
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, a total of 28 workers have been put on leave. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says his officers are investigating 19 incidents dating back to June.
No new patients are being accepted because of the suspensions and investigation.
(24/7 News Source)

(Wayne Co-Murder Plot Suspect)
The parents of a 15-year-old Wayne County girl accused of trying to kill her family are supporting their daughter and say their she is not a criminal but is, instead, a child who was manipulated by her 23-year-old boyfriend.
Roksana Sikorsi was arraigned Thursday, charged as an adult in the stabbing of her 12-year-old brother and a plot to kill the rest of her Plymouth Township family. Prosecutors say Sikorski wanted to run away with her boyfriend and that Michael Rivera was texting messages to her during the assault, giving her instructions on what to do next.
Sikorski and Rivera face numerous felony charges, including assault with intent to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They are each being held on a one-million-dollar bond. Sikorski is in a juvenile detention center.
(24/7 News Source)

(UM/MSU-Great State Race)
It will be Spartan versus Wolverine when the state’s two biggest rivals take to the football field on Saturday, but today (Friday), the two are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind challenge to support students with disabilities.
Spartan super fan Alex Powell of Lansing dreamt his whole life of attending Michigan State but was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer his senior year in high school.
His mother Juliana says Alex was still able to to make his dream come true because of the help he received from MSU’s Resource Center for Students with Disabilities.
Alex died in May of 2011 during his freshman year, and this year Powell created Alex’s Great State Race, raising money for the center and its counterpart at the University of Michigan.
Today, a team of R-O-T-C candidates from both schools will lead a 64-mile run from the Big House in Ann Arbor to East Lansing. The runners are expected to arrive at Spartan Stadium just before kickoff carrying the game ball for Saturday’s matchup.
Fans can log on to donate to either school.
So far, Alex's Great State Race has raised more than 12-thousand dollars, and Powell says it will be an annual event. 
Race website is alex.rcpd.msu.edu.

(Baraga Co-Robbery Sentencing)
A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to to 20 to 40 years in prison for posing as a U.S. Marshal and holding two Upper Peninsula residents at gunpoint during a robbery more than a year ago.
A Baraga County Circuit Court jury earlier this month found 47-year-old Bernard Fish of Shawano, Wisconsin guilty of two counts each of armed robbery, extortion and unlawful imprisonment and one count of impersonating a peace officer to commit a crime.
The charges were connection with an incident in the village of Watton in Covington Township on August 1, 2013. Fish and his nephew identified themselves as federal agents and then held the occupants hostage in exchange for a 10-thousand dollar ransom. They didn’t get the money but eventually left with wallets and a handgun.
Donavan Waupoose of Stephenson will be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of controlled substance, delivery and manufacture of marijuana.
(Help from:Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette/WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

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THU 23OCT14

(Aramark-Whistleblower)
A former Aramark prison worker in Michigan who was fired from her job has filed a whistle-blower complaint with the state.
Twenty-five year old Amy McVay was hired last December when Aramark took over food service in Michigan prisons.
She told the Detroit Free Press that she was fired because she complained that records regarding food service were being falsified and kitchen practices endangered health and food safety.
She had worked at the Gus Harrison facility in Adrian. She was fired last week.
The company told the Free Press that McVay was fired for insubordination, and her claims are (quote) "another example in the long-running series of manufactured attacks" against their company.(MI-School Privatization)
A new survey says that the number of public school districts in Michigan that have a privatization contract increased by a slight amount in the past year, and the increase is showing a slower rate of growth.
The report from the Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which bills itself as a free-market think tank, looked at so-called "conventional" public school districts, and whether or not they contracted out for at least one of the three main non-instructional support services, custodial, food or transportation.
The percent of districts over the past year that had such contracts increased from 66-point-two percent to 66-point six percent.
A spokesperson says the slower rate of growth could be due to the possibility that school privatization is starting to plateau.
All 545 conventional public school districts in Michigan responded to the survey, which was performed between May 13 and September 15.

(Capitol-Hospital Costs)
The Michigan Senate may vote next month on legislation requiring hospitals in Michigan to publicly post charges, including prices of good and services they offer.
The measure was approved by a senate committee Wednesday.
Sponsors say hospitals have been charging "outrageous amounts" for small items, and one way to combat that is to require them to post the itemized costs on a website or in print.
Hospital officials have said such requirements will only confuse consumers.
The legislature does not return to Lansing until November 6th.

(Capitol-Film Incentives)
The Michigan Senate has approved a measure that eliminates an expiration date for a special taxpayer funded incentive program for film makers in Michigan.
The measure was applauded by supporters of the incentives, who say they have resulted in more Michigan workers in the film industry.
Opponents say the financial incentives aren't worth the benefits, calling them (quote) "handouts for Hollywood."
Sponsors say the measure continues to make Michigan competitive. Existing law requires the incentives to expire in 2017. This measure eliminates that "sunset" date.

(Eaton Co-Emergency Operations Center)
Ground will be broken today on the new State Emergency Operations Center near Lansing.
Governor Snyder and State Police officials will be on hand for the ceremony in Dimondale at 4 p.m.
The center facilitates the coordination of response and recovery efforts by state, local, and federal agencies during disasters or emergencies to ensure an effective and efficient state response.

(Detroit-GM Profit)
General Motors is beating analyst expectations for earnings in the third quarter of the year.
The automaker announced today (Thursday) it took in one-point-three-eight (b) billion dollars thanks to higher sales in North America and China. The company also said they had higher than expected sale prices for their vehicles and sold nearly two-point-five million vehicles worldwide.
GM Officials say higher pickup and SUV sales helped push their profit higher.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ann Arbor-Toxic Costumes)
Your trick or treat outfit and party supplies this Halloween might not just be scary. They may also be toxic.
That, according to the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center.
Its new study says it found elevated levels of toxic chemicals like bromine, chlorine, arsenic and tin in a variety of costumes, party items and accessories, sold at major stores.
The public interest group is calling on the stores and manufacturers to disclose the chemicals and find substitutes.

(New Buffalo-Officials Charged)
Three city officials in the southwest Michigan city of New Buffalo are due back in court in early November for a pre-trial conference on misdemeanor charges of violating the Open Meetings Act.
According to Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic, the three are accused of meeting away from the full city council to discuss firing City Manager Rusty Geisler earlier this year.
He was fired by a 3-2 vote on August 8. The votes to get rid of Geisler came from Mayor Pete Weber, Mayor Pro Tem Donna Messinger, and City Council Member George Scarlitis, all of whom are facing charges.
They were arraigned Wednesday and released on personal recognizance bonds.
(WSJM, St. Joseph)

(MI Poll-Senate)
Two new polls show Democratic Senatorial candidate Gary Peters extending his lead over Republican Terry Lynn Land.
A survey conducted by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA has Peters ahead of Land 45-percent to 34-percent. That's up from a poll in September by the same firm that had Peters at 42-percent to Land's 33-percent.
Meanwhile, the latest poll by East Lansing-based Mitchell Research and Communications shows Peters at 51-percent and Land at 38-percent. In September, a Mitchell poll had Peters at 49-percent and Land at 36-percent.
The EPIC/MRA survey of 600 likely voters was conducted October 17-19 and has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percent.
The Mitchell Research poll of 919 likely voters was conducted on October 19. Its margin of error is three-point-23 percent.

(Lansing-LGBT Rights Protest)
Religious leaders and activists from around the state gathered at the state Capitol in Lansing Wednesday to protest legislation to effectively expand the state's civil rights law to the L-G-B-T community.
Roughly 150 protesters were on the Capitol lawn to voice their opposition to a proposed amendment to include sexual orientation in the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights act.
Pastor Doug LaVesque (Luh-VECK) of Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna was one of the speakers at the event. He says the effort to change Elliott-Larsen is "a solution in search of a problem" and argues it would ultimately allow reverse discrimination against religious individuals who oppose same-sex relationships.
Sponsors say the measure protects Michigan residents in cases involving employment, housing and public accommodations if they're discriminated against because of the "sexual orientation" or "gender identity or expression."
Efforts to include sexual orientation in the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights act, have been made, unsuccessfully, for more than 30 years.

(Plymouth-Murder Plot)
A 15-year-old Plymouth Township girl has been charged in an alleged plot to murder her family then run away with her boyfriend.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Roksana Sikorski in connection with the stabbing of her 12-year-old brother in the throat and attempting to stab her younger sister, early in the morning of Oct. 17 at the family’s home in Plymouth Township.
The boy was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds.
Sikorski is scheduled for arraignment today (Thu), charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit murder, and one count of assault with intent to murder
The boyfriend, 23-year-old Michael Rivera of Detroit, is alleged to have been outside the house sending text messages with instructions for carrying out the crime.
He is being held on a $100,000 bond following his arraignment over the weekend on four counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of felonious Assault.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Ontonagon Co-Armed Robbery Suspect)
A 20-year old man is behind bars in the western Upper Peninsula for trying to rob a homeowner at gunpoint.
Clinton Paulick of Ewen was arraigned in Ontonagon County District Court on charges of attempted armed robbery, home invasion, larceny of weapons and assault with a dangerous weapon.
State Police from the Wakefield Post say Paulick entered a home in Ewen Tuesday afternoon and held the homeowner at gunpoint, demanding money. When the he failed to obtain any cash, he fled the scene.
Troopers located Paulick a short time later and he was taken into custody without incident.
Paulick is currently being in held in the Ontonagn County Jail on a $1 million bond. His next court appearance has not been scheduled.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton/Aaron Harper,WJNR,WOBE,WHTO, Iron Mountain, Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette)

(Macomb Co-Cloud 9 Drug Bust)
An Inkster man is behind bars after he was busted for allegedly selling hundreds of vials of liquid synthetic drugs.
Following a Macomb County Sheriff’s Enforcement Team investigation that began last month, 41-year-old Bassam Honeini was pulled over by deputies who discovered at least 60 colorful vials in his vehicle.
According to Sheriff’s officials, the vials contained the compound AB-Pinaca. The drug sometimes referred to a “Cloud 9? is commonly consumed through e-cigarettes or with hookah pipes.
Authorities say Honeini had been operating out of a small warehouse in Dearborn, supplying the drugs to retail establishments in Macomb County. Deputies searched his home and a warehouse, where they discovered 1,200 additional vials, with an estimated total street value of $50,000.
Honeini was charged with controlled substance - delivery/manufacture, a seven-year felony. He’s being held on a $5,000 personal bond and is due back in court for a hearing on November 13.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Pure Michigan-MIS)
The Pure Michigan 400 will keep its name after an agreement for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to sponsor the race for another three years at $700,000 per year.
MEDC and Michigan International Speedway officials announced the deal Tuesday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015.
Officials agree the race is good for both entities.
Each year about 385,000 people visit MIS, generating an economic impact of more than $414 million. Nearly 60 percent of the guests on race weekends come from outside Michigan.

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WED 22OCT14

(AG-Propane Settlement)
More than 56-hundred propane consumers in Michigan will receive a total of more than a half-(m) million dollars, in a settlement with AmeriGas following complaints of price gouging last winter.
Attorney General Bill Schuette says the announcement is part of an ongoing investigation into hundreds of consumer complaints related to propane pricing and delivery.
The lawsuit against AmeriGas was filed last month. AmeriGas is the nation's largest residential supplier of propane with service in all 50 states.
He says in some cases customers were charged prices higher than what customers had "locked in" for the winter last season. Other consumers were charged per-gallon prices at the time of delivery that were higher than the price quoted at the time they formally placed their order.
Schuette also alleges that in some cases AmeriGas charged prices that were (quote) "grossly in excess of prices charged by other propane retailers throughout Michigan."
Affected customers will receive a letter from the Attorney General, and AmeriGas will make all reimbursements not later than November 1, 2014. Current customers will receive an account credit, while former customers will receive a check for all refunds minus any money still owed to the company.
Additionally, up to one hundred AmeriGas customers with varied complaints will also receive $100 bill credits.
Finally, AmeriGas has agreed to offer all customers who are currently billed at market rates the opportunity to sign up for a locked rate for this coming winter without having to pay the usual $99 fee associated with enrollment in this program.   AmeriGas will also provide special discounts to customers who sign up under this program, according to Schuette.

(Detroit-Firefighter Injured)
Authorities say a firefighter was injured when he fell two stories out of a bucket while battling a blaze at the old Fisher Auto Plant in Detroit.
Fire crews were called to the vacant auto plant near I-94 and I-75 just after 7:30 a.m. this morning (Wednesday) after the blaze apparently rekindled. Crews had initially responded to the plant around 4:30 a.m. to extinguish the fire.
Two firefighters were in the bucket on top of a ladder when part of the building started to collapse. One firefighter stayed in the bucket, while the other jumped out and fell to the ground below.
The firefighter, who was briefly knocked unconscious, was last reported in stable condition. It’s unclear how badly he was injured. Officials said he is a 10-year veteran in his mid-30s.
A cause of the fire remains under investigation.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Jobless Comparison)
Michigan's September unemployment rate of 7.2 percent was the fifth highest in nation.
That's according to figures released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
31 states saw unemployment rates drop last month compared to August, with increases in eight states and the rest being unchanged.
Among the Great Lakes states, Michigan again had the highest jobless rate, according to the Gongwer News Service.
Georgia had the highest jobless rate in the nation during September, at 7-point-nine percent. North Dakota again had the lowest overall unemployment rate at 2.8 percent.

(Marquette-UP Hospitals New Name)
Three regional hospitals in the Upper Peninsula now have the same name.
It was announced Tuesday that Marquette General Hospital, Bell Hospital in Ishpeming, and Portage Health in Hancock will be called U.P. Health System.
Under the new plan the hospitals will be known as U.P. Health System - Bell, U.P. Health System - Portage and U.P. Health System - Marquette. All three hospitals are owned by North Carolina-based Duke Lifepoint.
CEO Jim Bogan says the hospitals will continue to operate independently and promote the areas of strength and the specialties they concentrate on.
The new logo and brand will be implemented in the coming months through new signage at each hospital, updated websites and more.
(WCCY/WOLV, Hancock/Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio Network, Marquette/Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Kent Co-Drunk Driver Sentenced)
A drunk driver who hit and killed a West Michigan woman is headed to prison.
48-year old Jay Hobbs of Lowell was sentenced Tuesday by a Kent County judge to six to 22-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to operating under the influence causing and failure to stop of the scene of a crash when at fault causing death in September.
Authorities say Hobbs was driving drunk on February 15 when he ran into Tonya Beha who was pushing her van on the Alden Nash bridge over I-96 south of Lowell after she had run out of gas. The mother of five from Lake Odessa was killed instantly.
Hobbs ran away after the crash, but was soon arrested in a nearby wooded area.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(MI-Pepper Recall)
It’s time to check your pantry.
A recall has been issued for Serrano peppers that were sold at Meijer stores because they could possibly be contaminated with salmonella.
The peppers were sold at Meijer stores across Michigan between October 14 and October 19. They were shipped by North Carolina-based Bailey Farms, labeled in boxes with lot codes 33714 and 1460410.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased Serrano peppers during the specified time period are urged to return the unused portion to any Meijer store for a full refund.

(MI Poll-Governor's Race)
Two new polls show Governor Rick Snyder continues to lead Democratic challenger Mark Schauer in the gubernatorial race, with one poll showing Snyder's lead widening.
A statewide poll conducted by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA shows Snyder with an eight point advantage, 47-percent support to Schauer's 39-percent. That's up from September, when the same polling firm had Snyder leading 45-percent to 39-percent.
Meantime, a poll by Mitchell Research also puts Snyder ahead of Schauer, but by just two points, within the poll's margin of error. Thr survey has Snyder at 48-percent and Schauer at 46-percent.
EPIC/MRA surveyed 600 likely voters for its poll, conducted October 17-19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
The Mitchell Research poll included 919 likely voters and was conducted on October 19. Its margin of error is three-point-23 percent.

(Macomb Co-Teen Murderers)
The two young men convicted in the 2009 abduction and murder of Matthew Landry are back in court this week for resentencing hearings.
Ihab Maslamani and Robert Taylor were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
However, because they were minors at the time, they have now been granted new sentencing hearings. This is the result of a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says automatic life without parole sentencing is unconstitutional for minor offenders. Maslamani is now 22-years-old, while Taylor is 21-years-old.
(24/7 News Source)

(Bay City-Body Cameras)
Bay City's Public Safety Department will launch a 90 day program within the next couple of months to test body cameras for police officers from at least two different vendors.
Public Safety Director Michael Cecchini says recording interactions with citizens should increase departmental transparency while reducing any misconduct complaints. The material would be downloaded to a data base for retrieval later during a court hearing or administrative function.
A recommendation for purchase is to be made to Bay City Commissioners after the trial test.
City officials are hoping to offset at least some of the expenses through grants. Initial estimates indicated a base system might cost $30,000 with another $15,000 to $20,000 for data management.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI Film-Projects)
The Michigan Film Office has approved taxpayer funded incentives for two new projects.
They include Onu, which was approved for a digital media incentive and the TV series "Craftsman's Legacy" for a film incentive.
Onu is an interactive website developed by Southfield-based PIXO Group that will allow users to upload their existing content to create single, unique interactive maps. Onu gets 414-thousand dollars on one point two (m) million dollars of projected expenditures in Michigan.
"Craftsman’s Legacy" was awarded an incentive of 102-thousand dollars on 346-thousand dollars of projected expenditures.
The show follows Michigan native Eric Gorges on his quest to discover true craftsmen in today’s world.

(Wayne State Law School Tuition)
Wayne State Law School in Detroit is freezing tuition next year and they're helping new students pay for school.
With enrollment declining and interest waning, they've decided to give scholarship money to every incoming freshman in the upcoming school year.
Tuition will remain at just above 28-thousand dollars for the 2015-2016 school year. All incoming students will receive at least four-thousand dollars in scholarship money, as well.
(24/7 News Source)

(Keweenaw Co-Sign Thefts)
The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a large amount of trail signs.
Police say the signs were stolen from snowmobile and ORV trails throughout the county. Keweenaw Trail Services reports both trail signs and stop signs were stolen from the trails.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Keweenaw County sheriff’s office.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(MSP-Motor Carrier Grads)
Eleven new Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Officers will soon hit the streets after graduating from the Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School in Lansing last Friday.
The 19th recruit school began with 13 prospective officers on June 8.
Col. Kriste Kibbe Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, says the new motor carrier officers are a welcomed and much needed addition to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.
Graduating recruits will report to their respective State Police posts for duty next week.
Michigan has just over 100 motor carrier officers.

(Mason Co-Lost Hunter)
A hunter who had become lost Sunday was found Monday morning after a two-and-a-half-hour, multi-agency search in Sheridan Township.
Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole told MLive the 65-year-old man from Ludington went hunting Sunday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., but failed to return home and the man's wife reported him "overdue" around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Cole says deputies and members of the Custer, Branch and Fountain fire departments conducted a search and after about two-and-a-half-hours the man was located.
The man was located about three-fourths of a mile north of his hunting blind by fire department personnel. Cole says he was cold, wet and tired, but otherwise fine.

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TUE 21OCT14

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


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

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

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

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

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

(Marquette Co-Double Fatal Sentence)
An Upper Peninsula man will be sentenced in December after admitting to reckless driving which lead to the deaths of two people last summer.
19-year old Raymond Anderson of Ishpeming pleaded guilty last week in a Marquette County District courtroom to two counts of moving violation causing death. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 3. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.
Police say Anderson was driving a rental truck when he pulled into the path of a motorcycle on US-41 at Lakeshore Drive in Ishpeming on June 5.
64-year-old Gary Kappler of Ahmeek and 52-year-old Diane Palosaari of Mohawk were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was wearing a helmet.
Anderson is free on bond.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MON 20OCT14

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UPCOMING NEWS EVENTS:

October 25, 2014

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

October 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

October 27, 2014

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

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

NFL Monday Night Football: Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys.

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

October 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

October 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

October 30, 2014

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

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

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

Starbucks Q4 earnings for the global coffee shop chain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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