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Michigan State News              Updated 05/22/15

FRI 22MAY15

(MI-Holiday Travel)
While the official Memorial Day weekend has already begun, most Michiganders set out today (Fri) to holiday destinations.
Susan Hiltz of Triple-A Michigan says lower gas prices than last year and an improving economy are factors as to why most people will go by car this weekend and that Memorial Day travel will be the highest for the May holiday in eight years.
Triple-A also estimates that 60-thousand people will travel by air. The remaining travelers will go by train, bus or ship.
The Memorial Day holiday travel period will run through midnight Monday, May 25th.



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(Port Huron-Welcome Center)
The new Port Huron Welcome Center is opening today (Friday) just in time for the summer tourism season.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says the Welcome Center, located off westbound I-94, will serve visitors heading into Michigan from Canada by crossing the Blue Water Bridge. About 5.5 million vehicles cross the span each year.
Construction on the 7,200-square-foot facility began in May 2014. The Welcome Center features several cost-saving components, such as geo-thermal wells for heating and cooling, low-water amenities and energy-efficient roofing panels.
State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle says studies indicate that 30 percent of travelers are likely to extend their stay in a state as a result of information they received at the Welcome Center.
Michigan's 14 Welcome Centers serve more than 7.5 million travelers annually.

(MI-Petition Drive)
A group backed by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan and the Michigan Freedom Fund is launching a petition drive to repeal the state's prevailing wage law.
Legislation is moving through the state Capitol, but faces a veto by Governor Snyder as he does not support getting rid of the law that mandates government construction projects pay the prevailing wages of union workers in the area.
A petition drive would prevent a veto, as the citizens' initiative process puts the bill before lawmakers if 252-thousand-523 valid signatures of registered voters are collected in 180 days. If the proposal gets 20 votes in the Senate and 56 in the House within 40 days, it becomes law with no chance for a gubernatorial veto.
If not passed within that timeframe, then the measure would go on the November 2016 ballot.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Capitol-Electronic Eviction Notices)
Governor Snyder has signed into law a bill allowing landlords to skip sending eviction notices by snail mail and opt for emails instead.
State Representative Anthony Forlini sponsored the measure and says the immediacy of email allows a tenant to respond quickly if they get an email that their rent is late. It also gives a landlord an accurate timestamp when sending an eviction notice.
A tenant would have to opt in to email notifications.

(MI-Ignition Interlock)
A new study released by the Michigan Supreme Court shows that repeat drunken drivers required to use an ignition interlock system in their cars are less likely to commit another drunk driving offense.
The system requires a driver blow into a breathalyzer-like machine before the car can be started.
The study says just two-point-eight percent of those who used the device were repeat violators, compared to five-point-five percent for those who didn't.
The study examined drunken driving cases in Michigan from 2011-2014.

(Warren-Prom Students Stranded)
A group of metro Detroit students were left stranded at their high school prom, because their limousine driver was arrested and taken away by police.
The whole thing unfolded Thursday night as students from Berkley High School were celebrating their senior prom at a restaurant in Warren. When the end of the night rolled around, a group of students went to board their limousine party-bus - but the vehicle was nowhere in sight. That’s when the school principal told the students to call their parents for a ride home.
According to Warren police, officers arrested the limo driver on an outstanding warrant and the man was taken straight to jail.
An investigation is ongoing.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Aramark Wants More)
The contractor that has taken over food service in Michigan prisons wants more money.
Aramark Correctional Services has been under fire for issues that include maggots in the food and workers serving inmates food that had been in the trash.
The company is seeking to increase its 145-million-dollar contract with the state according to the Detroit Free Press, but an exact figure has not been disclosed.
(24/7 News Source)

(Jackson Co-Murder Victim ID)
Police now know who is the elderly Jackson County woman found dead in her home earlier this week.
The victim has been identified as 76-year-old Maxine Friend. Her body was discovered by her daughter at the house in Blackman Township on Tuesday.
The 47-year-old suspect in custody is Friend's nephew, according to Blackman-Leoni Public Safety. The man's name is still being withheld pending arraignment. He remains jailed as the prosecutor decides on charges that may include attacking and robbing a woman in a parking lot Monday night less than a mile from where Friend was found.
(Help from: WKHM, Jackson)

(Grand Rapids-McDonald's Shooter)
The woman who didn't get bacon on her hamburger and was convicted of shooting up a McDonald's restaurant in Grand Rapids wants a new trial.
Shaneka Torres and her attorney have a date with Kent County Judge Paul Sullivan this afternoon (Friday).
The 29-year old Torres disputes statements the prosecution made during closing arguments regarding her decision not to testify.She was sent to prison last month for up to seven years.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Berrien Co-Former Teacher Plea)
A former teacher and girls’ soccer coach at St. Joseph High School in southwest Michigan will serve at least four years in prison for a sexual relationship with a student.
26-year-old Lauren Hill of St. Joseph pled guilty in a Berrien County court to two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct on Wednesday and will be sentenced on July 6. The plea deal includes a minimum sentence of four years, and each charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.
The charges to which she pled guilty involved using her position of authority to have a sexual relationship with a minor under the age of 16.
Hill taught at St. Joseph High School for four years. She resigned on May 1st.
(WSJM, St. Joseph)

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THU 21MAY15

(Capitol-Powdered-Booze)
Lawmakers in Lansing are one step closer to banning the sale of powdered alcohol in Michigan.
The Michigan Senate approved the ban unanimously Wednesday sending the bill to the House.
State Senator Rick Jones, who’s sponsoring the bill, says the packets of powdered alcohol, which can be mixed with water, juice or pop, could easily be abused by college students or teenagers.
38 other states are also looking at banning the sale of powdered alcohol.

(Saginaw-Possible Abduction)
State Police are investigating reports of a possible abduction in Saginaw.
About 1:45 am Saturday morning, an eye witness reported seeing a black woman being forced into a truck near Veterans Memorial Park on the city's east side.
The witness said the woman, approximately 30 to 40 years of age, was screaming and kicking her legs as she was forced into a dark-colored pick up truck. Police have no description of any suspects in the suspicious situation.
Anyone with information about the possible abduction should call the Michigan State Police Saginaw Major Crimes Unit or Crime Stoppers.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Midland Co-Dam Vandals Sought)
The Midland County Sheriff's Department is looking for three men suspected of vandalizing the Sanford Dam in the village of Sanford.
Surveillance video shows the men breaking windows, lights and a camera. Scaffolding was also thrown into the river, requiring the dam to be shut down so divers could remove it.
The incident happened shortly before 3:00AM Monday.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Capitol-Flint City Clerk Apology)
Flint City Clerk Inez Brown was in the hot seat in Lansing yesterday (Tue) answering lawmakers questions about a mistake made that has kept the city's mayoral candidates off the ballot.
Brown told the House Elections Committee the error was made by a worker in her office resulting in candidates getting the wrong state filing deadline date. But, Brown says, as city clerk, she takes full responsibility.
The committee is now considering a Senate passed bill that would temporarily extend the deadline for the city to allow candidates on the ballot. However, committee charwoman, House Republican Lisa Posthumus-Lyons says she first expects changes to the bill to "establish accountability" for the mistake.

(Snyder-Holmes Youthful Trainee Act)
The age for eligibility to be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which enables young criminal offenders to have the offense wiped from their record if they get into no further trouble, would grow to 23 under bills signed into law Wednesday by Governor Rick Snyder.
Under the previous law, only those under age 21 were eligible.
The new laws take effect August 18.

(MI/IL-Senator Warrant)
There is a bench warrant out for state Senator Bert Johnson for failing to appear in a courtroom in Chicago.
The Democrat from Highland Park and his lawyer both tell The Detroit News that they were unaware of a contempt of court order in the case before being contacted by the newspaper.
A Chicago political organization is going after Johnson to pay a judgment of nearly 22-thousand-dollars for fundraising done by the Paladin Political Group for a possible congressional bid which never got off the ground.
An attorney for Paladin claims Johnson was served with documents by Wayne County sheriff deputies and registered mail.
The second term senator represents parts of Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, and the Grosse Pointes.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI/DC-Icebreaker Funding)
An icebreaker would be added to the Great Lakes under the U.S. House funding bill for the U.S. Coast Guard next fiscal year.
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek says the $8.7 billion budget includes a new icebreaker for the Great Lakes.
According to the Crystal Falls Republican, design plans are in the workers for the icebreaker that would be critical for keeping the channels free of ice in the spring and fall.
The funding bill would also require that future marine sanctuaries follow the process used by the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary in Alpena that incorporates public input and balances the industrial needs of the area with environmental protection.
(Craig Woerpel, WDBC-AM/WYKX-FM, Escanaba)

(Wyoming-Victim PPO)
The woman found dead in a creek off a dead end road behind in Wyoming had told police she had filed for a personal protection order last year against a man who had fathered one of her children.
39-year-old Kristin Sidlauskas of Grand Rapids had led a difficult life, and was by her own admission a heroin addict. The drugs had clearly ruined the life of the woman who grew up in Cedar Springs.
Five years ago she was teacher in Charlevoix, and before that she taught in Hopkins, Kentucky. At the start of this month she gave up custody of a two year old child when caught using cocaine and heroin.
Walker police believe Sidlauskas' body had been dumped in a wooded area days or weeks before her remains were located. They continue to say she was murdered, but they have not said, how. No arrests have been made.
(24/7 News Source/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Capitol-E-Cigarettes)
A measure making it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors is on the way to the Michigan House.
The bill, sponsored by State Senator Rick Jones, cleared the Senate Wednesday. However the legislation’s fate, if it passes the House, is up in the air.
Governor Rick Snyder wants e-cigarettes classified as a tobacco product - which means they could be taxed like a tobacco product - which is a deal-breaker for Jones. He likens them to a nicotine patch or nicotine gum, not a cigarette.
The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate.

(Kalamazoo-Cole Memorial)
A memorial is being planned for June for the woman who became known in Louisiana as Bossier Doe. She was Carol Ann Cole of Kalamazoo, whose body was found in 1981 but wasn't identified until earlier this year thanks to social media.
Cole's sister says a burial will be June 18th in Comstock Township followed by the service at Radiant Church in Richland thanks to a GoFundMe campaign that raised over two-thousand dollars for the family.
Cole was 17 when she disappeared in 1980 and was stabbed to death. No arrests have yet been made.
(24/7 News Source)

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WED 20MAY15

(Capitol-Bake Sales)
The State Senate gave final approval Tueday to a measure that will allow Michigan schools to hold as many as two bake sales per week..or 72 per year.
Lawmakers supporting the bill see it as a way to help Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts raise money.
However those opposed to the bill see it as a means to skirt federal health standards, exposing more kids to junk food at school.
The legislation, which won approval on a 33-3 vote, now heads to Governor Snyder's desk for his signature.

(Capitol-Baldwin Prison)
Organized labor and legislative Democrats are fighting Republicans on their efforts to re-open a privatized prison up North.
The tiny community of Baldwin is in Lake County, one of the poorest in the state and local officials argue 300 jobs will be created if the Legislature gives the GEO corporation the green light to re-open the mothballed prison which would take inmates from other states.
The state Senate is working on a bill that cleared the House recently.
Labor unions claim GEO has a lousy track record of running private prisons and Democrats say the most hardened criminals will end up in Michigan. But Republicans dismiss the claims.
The governor, who issued some prison reform recommendations this week, reports he has not studied the Baldwin prison issue.

(Capitol-Flint Mayoral Fix)
The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved a plan to clean up Flint's mayoral election mess by allowing candidates to appear on the August primary ballot despite an apparent error by the city clerk.
Incumbent Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and multiple challengers filed their nominating petitions late last month after City Clerk Inez Brown reportedly gave them the wrong date for the state filing deadline. It would have forced the otherwise-qualifying candidates to run write-in campaigns.
The Senate bill would temporarily amend state election law by allowing the Bureau of Elections to authorize an extended deadline in Flint, but only through the end of this year.
The measure now goes to the House where an identical bill will be considered by the House Elections Committee today (Wednesday). Brown is expected to testify.

(Capitol-Wage Laws)
A House committee Tuesday gave thumbs up to a bill that includes prohibiting local governments from mandating wages and mandatory leave time. It would not affect local nondiscrimination ordinances around the state.
A group of protesters interrupted the House Commerce and Trade Committee multiple times chanting “democracy yes, corporate greed no.” The Republican committee chair Representative Joseph Graves told the protesters they would be asked to leave and he would simply report the bill if it happened again.
The bill was reported on a mostly party-line vote with Democrats in opposition and will now be considered by the full House.

(Capitol-Domestic Abuse Package)
A state House panel is examining a package of bills designed to strengthen Michigan's domestic abuse laws.
The legislation would, among other things, allow domestic abuse victims to opt out of mediation proceedings with their abuser, increase the penalties for assaulting a pregnant woman, and give rape victims that get pregnant the right seek the termination of custody and visitation rights of their accused abuser.
The bill package is being considered by the House Criminal Justice Committee.

(MI-Christmas Tree)
The search is underway for a Christmas tree to be placed in front of the Capitol this year.
The state is taking nominations now through July 15. Officials are looking for a suitable spruce or fir.
The tree must be a minimum of 65 feet in height, with a maximum crown of 30 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches. There must be easy access from a road with no interference from wires, and it must be available at no cost.
In past years, trees have been found in various locations across the state, including the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula and as close to Lansing as Grand Ledge. Last year's tree came from Kingsford.
It all culminates with the lighting of the tree in downtown Lansing in November as part of the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration.

(MI-Charity Scams)
Michigan has joined a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators who allegedly scammed more than $187 million from consumers throughout the country.
The joint complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, the other 49 states and the District of Columbia alleges that Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society spent more money on salaries than on the goods and services they provided to cancer patients.
The charities, all led by James Reynolds Senior, allegedly solicited donations via phone and mail and used the money for gym memberships, college tuition, dating website subscriptions and more.
Michigan and 35 other states also charged the bogus groups with making false and misleading filings with state charities regulators. In addition, the FTC and 36 states charged Cancer Fund, Children’s Cancer Fund, and the Breast Cancer Society with providing their professional fundraisers with deceptive fundraising materials and thus the means and instrumentalities of deception.

(MI/DC-Air Bag Recall)
A problem with Japanese-made air bags could lead to the largest recall of any product in U.S. history.
Federal regulators announced Tuesday that Takata is declaring 34-million vehicles defective because its air bags could explode. There have already been about 17-million vehicles recalled in the U.S. because of defective air bag inflators made by the Japanese company.
Six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the problem.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ottawa Co-Trial Moved)
The trial for a 52-year old woman charged in the murder of a Grand Rapids businesswoman more than seven years ago will be moved.
Robin Root was arrested in Ottawa County last month but she will be charged with murder in Kent County.
60-year old Grand Rapids businesswoman Janna Kelly went missing in December 2007. Her body was found in March of 2008 in Grand Haven Township.
Root told detectives that she and Kelly got into an argument over her rent money. There was pushing and Kelly fell, striking her head. Root said she hid the body in the truck of Kelly's car and drove to Ottawa County where she dumped it in a blueberry field.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(MI-UP Park HQ Complex)
Muskallonge Lake State Park in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is slated to get a new maintenance building that, eventually, will become part of its new headquarters as well.
More than $537,000 for the project is expected to be approved by the Administrative Board Building Committee this week and the full board next week.
The building replaces the maintenance building that park staff tore down over the winter because it was getting too close to Lake Superior.

(MI/DC-Recalls Hearing)
Fiat Chrysler representatives will be called to Washington in July to answer questions about the company's response rate to recall notices.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is unhappy with FCA's slow response time to complete work on recalled vehicles. The NHTSA says they will hold a hearing on the issue and it will include witnesses from their agency, Fiat Chrysler, and the public.
There are 20 recalls affecting around ten million vehicles that the government says have taken too long.
(24/7 News Source)

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TUE 19MAY15

(Capitol-Bake Sales)
The State Senate gave final approval today (Tue) to a measure that will allow Michigan schools to hold as many as two bake sales per week or 72 per year.
Lawmakers supporting the bill see it as a way to help Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts raise money.
However those opposed to the bill see it as a means to skirt federal health standards, exposing more kids to junk food at school.
The legislation, which won approval on a 33-3 vote, now heads to Governor Snyder's desk for his signature.


(Capitol-Wage Laws)
A House committee today (Tuesday) gave thumbs up to a bill that includes prohibiting local governments from mandating wages and mandatory leave time. It would not affect local nondiscrimination ordinances around the state.
A group of protesters interrupted the House Commerce and Trade Committee multiple times chanting “democracy yes, corporate greed no.” The Republican committee chair Representative Joseph Graves told the protesters they would be asked to leave and he would simply report the bill if it happened again.
The bill was reported on a mostly party-line vote with Democrats in opposition and will now be considered by the full House.

(MI-Charity Scams)
Michigan has joined a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators who allegedly scammed more than $187 million from consumers throughout the country.
The joint complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, the other 49 states and the District of Columbia alleges that Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society spent more money on salaries than on the goods and services they provided to cancer patients.
Michigan and 35 other states also charged the bogus groups with making false and misleading filings with state charities regulators. In addition, the FTC and 36 states charged Cancer Fund, Children’s Cancer Fund, and the Breast Cancer Society with providing their professional fundraisers with deceptive fundraising materials and thus the means and instrumentalities of deception.

(MI-Rape Kits)
An expanded task force will be investigating leads from thousands of rape kits, some dating back more than 30 years, that were originally found in a closed Detroit Police storage facility in 2009.
The Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force investigating the results will not only focus on Wayne County but all of Michigan in their efforts to track down suspects. It's expected to operate in this expanded capacity until September 30, 2017.
Funds from various sources including a one-time, $3 million state appropriation have enabled the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division and private firms to process the kits.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy says testing of the kits should be completed by the fall.

(Ottawa Co-Electrocution Death-UPDATE)
Police have released the name of the West Michigan man who was electrocuted last night (Monday).
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says 43-year old Jason Bearup was using a SkyTrak forklift to make repairs on his Nunica area home when the equipment came in contact with overhead power lines. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Crockery Township firefighter suffered serious injuries during the rescue effort when he got an electrical shock stepping near a front tire of the lift that was still in contact with a power line. He fell on a second firefighter, who got a secondary, minor shock.
The one firefighter was taken to the hospital in stable condition while the second was treated at the scene.
Their names have not been released.
(Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Grand Haven)

(Ottawa Co-Trial Moved)
The trial for a 52-year old woman charged in the murder of a Grand Rapids businesswoman more than seven years ago will be moved.
Robin Root was arrested in Ottawa County last month but she will be charged with murder in Kent County.
60-year old Grand Rapids businesswoman Janna Kelly went missing in December 2007. Her body was found in March of 2008 in Grand Haven Township.
Root told detectives that she and Kelly got into an argument over her rent money. There was pushing and Kelly fell, striking her head. Root said she hid the body in the truck of Kelly's car and drove to Ottawa County where she dumped it in a blueberry field.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(MI-UP Park HQ Complex)
Muskallonge Lake State Park in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is slated to get a new maintenance building that, eventually, will become part of its new headquarters as well.
More than $537,000 for the project is expected to be approved by the Administrative Board Building Committee this week and the full board next week.
The building replaces the maintenance building that park staff torn down over the winter because it was getting too close to Lake Superior.

(MI/DC-Recalls Hearing)
Fiat Chrysler representatives will be called to Washington in July to answer questions about the company's response rate to recall notices.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is unhappy with FCA's slow response time to complete work on recalled vehicles. The NHTSA says they will hold a hearing on the issue and it will include witnesses from their agency, Fiat Chrysler, and the public.
There are 20 recalls affecting around ten million vehicles that the government says have taken too long.
(24/7 News Source)

(Muskegon Co-School Vandalism)
Police are looking for two suspects who were captured on security camera video vandalizing an elementary school in Muskegon County.
The suspects painted dozens of vulgar and profane phrases on the outside of Oakridge Lower Elementary, as well as sidewalks, signage, and playground equipment.
School officials said the vandalism happened between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday morning.
The vandalism remains under investigation.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)
 

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MON 18MAY15

(Snyder-Criminal Justice Reform)
Governor Rick Snyder is expected to reveal reforms for the criminal justice system today (Monday).
Snyder will lay out new proposals for reform ranging from reducing sentences for certain crimes to providing better rehabilitation for ex-convicts. The announcement follows a cabinet change made on Friday, by Snyder, in which Warden Heidi Washington will replace Dan Heyns as the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections on July 1st.
Snyder is scheduled to make the announcement at 3 o'clock this afternoon at Goodwill Industries in Detroit.
(24/7 News Source)

 

(MI-Gas Prices)
Michigan motorists hitting the roads during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend will not only have to contend with heavy traffic but also higher gas prices.
AAA Michigan says the current statewide average is just under $2.63 per gallon. That's about 10 cents a gallon more than last week’s average but about $1.13 less than this same time last year.
Of the cities surveyed by AAA , the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel can be found in the Flint area, where it’s about $2.58 a gallon. The highest average is in the Ann Arbor area where it’s about $2.66 a gallon.

(Walker-Suspicious Death)
Police in the grand Rapids suburb of Walker are investigating what they're calling a suspicious death after a woman's body was found near Interstate 96 Saturday night. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine how the woman was killed.
The victim has not been identified.
(24/7 News Summary)

(MI-Essential Health Benefits)
If you've got anything to say about Michigan's essential health benefits for 2017 now is your chance to spesak up.
The Department of Insurance and Financial Services is seeking public comments through June 5.
Beginning in 2014, the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, required health plans sold in the individual and small group markets to offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as "essential health benefits."
The State of Michigan chose a benchmark plan in 2012 for use in the 2014-2016 plan years. The federal government now requires that all states choose a new benchmark plan, for use in plan year 2017, by July 1, 2015.

(Centreville-Ex-Teacher Prison Term)
A former educator in southwest Michigan has been sentenced to 5- to 20 years in prison for the 2014 sexual assault of a 16-year old boy who was also victimized five years earlier when the man was the boy’ fifth grade teacher.
The sentencing of 60-year old David Wing of Three Rivers caps allegations of inappropriate behavior with underage boys dating to 1997, when Wing was a Three Rivers teacher and coach.
Police reports say sexual abuse allegations involving multiple victims over a 17-year span were not reported to authorities by school districts, as required by state law, and were not disclosed to other schools where Wing applied for jobs.
Wing was charged in 2014 with six counts of criminal sexual conduct. He initially entered a not guilty plea but in March, on the eve of trial, Wing agreed to plead no contest to two counts in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the other four and recommending a five-year minimum sentence.
(WLKM/WRCI, Three Rivers)

(Detroit-Jacobs Funeral)
Funeral services were held today (Monday) in Southfield for Rachel Jacobs, who was one of eight people killed in the Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment last week. Jacobs is the daughter of former Michigan state Senator Gilda Jacobs.
The 39-year-old Huntington Woods native had relocated to New York City with her husband and two-year-old son. Jacobs was the CEO of a Philadelphia-based education technology company.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Ottawa Co-Boating Fatality)
One person was killed and three others were injured in a boating accident in Lake Michigan over the weekend.
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says the boat struck the north pier at the Pigeon Lake Channel in Port Sheldon Township in foggy conditions just after midnight Saturday.
24-year old Matthew Boonstra of Byron Center was pronounced dead at the scene.
(Help from: WGHN, Grand Haven)

(Capitol-Subpoena-Powers)
A Michigan House and Senate committee would have broader subpoena powers under a pair of bills awaiting a vote in the state House.
The legislation would require a super majority vote from the Oversight committees and would give the minority party a say too.
State Representative Ed McBroom is sponsoring the measures and bills them as an “in case of emergency, break glass,” way to keep tabs on how local governments are using their taxpayer dollars.

(Capitol-E-Cigarette-Sales)
A bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors is making its way through the Michigan legislature.
Governor Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation at the beginning of the year because he didn’t think it went far enough. Snyder wants e-cigarettes classified as tobacco products -- state Senator Rick Jones disagrees.
The Grand Ledge Republican is sponsoring the bill, which recently passed a committee and is awaiting a vote in the state Senate.

(Capitol-Patent Infringement Bill)
A state Senate panel is considering legislation aimed at protecting Michigan businesses from bad-faith patent infringement claims.
Bill sponsor, Senate Republican Margaret O'Brien, says often times a small business that receives a demand letter claiming patent infringement, will settle with the claimant rather than face an expensive lawsuit. She says her legislation sets up criteria for a demand letter, which would help a court determine whether the claim is valid or made in bad-faith.
Supporters told the Senate Judiciary Committee the measure would protect Michigan industries from so-called "patent trolls" that make vague infringement claims in hopes of getting a payout.
But opponents say patent law is handled by the federal government an state laws can interfere.

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One year older! The world’s oldest person, Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Michigan, turns 116 today. She’s also the world’s oldest woman, American and black person. Talley’s husband died in 1988. She’s still younger than the oldest person ever, Jeanne Calment of France, who made it to 122 years and 164 days.

Today’s also the Electric Daisy Carnival music festival in New York, with performances by Afrojack, Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Eric Prydz, and Tiesto.

Former Senator Jim Webb (D) speaks at the Greenville Scottish Games in South Carolina. Webb is a possible 2016 presidential candidate.

The Cannes Film Festival (68th Festival de Cannes) ends today with The Palmares, and the presentation of the gold prize for best film (Palme d'Or).

The Rolling Stones begin their North American “ZIP CODE” tour, their first since 2005-2007's “A Bigger Bang” Tour. Tomorrow they’ll also re-release their 1971 album 'Sticky Fingers.'

It’s “International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament,” also the “Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories” and the “Week of Solidarity With the Peoples of All Colonial Territories Fighting for Freedom, Independence & Human Rights” (aka Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.)

Memorial Day.

A Presidential Proclamation designates 11 AM - 12 PM local time to unite in prayer. The National Moment of Remembrance begins at 3 PM local time. The Proclamation also requests flying the flag at half-staff until noon.

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the death of 108 people in Syria in the Houla region killed by regime forces.

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week—hurricane season starts June first.

Margaret Atwood gives the first secret work to 'Future Library' -- Scottish artist Katie Pearson's long-term project: 100 exclusive, secret works of literature over the next 100 years. Atwood will lead a walk to the 'Future Library Forest' & hand over her manuscript. She and Pearson will also hold a public conversation.

The 8th Annual Television Academy Honors cocktail reception will be hosted by Dana Delany. Honorees this year include: ‘Black-ish' episode 'Crime and Punishment'; 'E: 60's 'Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest'; 'The Normal Heart'; 'Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert'; 'Transparent'; & 'Virunga.' S

Scripps National Spelling Bee preliminaries start today.

Who runs the world? Forbes publishes its list of the most powerful women in the world this year. Last year’s leading 5 ladies: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Melinda Gates, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, & IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

Shakespeare in the Park begins its 53rd season of free theater in Central Park. This year’s lineup starts with 'The Tempest' starring Sam Waterston. Also this season: 'Cymbeline', starring couple Lily Rabe & Hamish Linklater.

The 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert is today. The show honors The Who singer/songwriter Pete Townshend & manager Bill Curbishley with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, presented by Bruce Springsteen. Performances include: The Who, Billy Idol, Joan Jett & Mick Jones. Proceeds benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, committed to addiction recovery treatment for all music artists.

The Pulitzer Prizes will be awarded at a luncheon. Notable winners include: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Fiction), “Encounters at the Heart of the World” by Elizabeth A. Fenn (History), “The Pope and Mussolini” by David I. Kertzer (Biography), “Digest” by Gregory Pardlo (Poetry), “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert (General Nonfiction). Journalism winners include: The Seattle Times (Breaking News Reporting), Eric Lipton - The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal staff (Investigative Reporting), Carol D. Leonnig - The Washington Post (National Reporting), The New York Times (International Reporting-including Ebola coverage).

Scripps National Spelling Bee hosts their Semifinals & Championship Finals.

First quarter bank and industry earnings will be announced by FDIC chair Martin Gruenberg in a press briefing. The Heroes of Hollywood fundraiser awards prizes to Diane Ladd and Tom LaBonge.

First quarter revised growth figures for 2015 will be published today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The Los Angeles Times holds its Hero Complex Film Festival, including sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes and graphic novels.

It’s the International Day of Peacekeepers, in tribute to United Nations peacekeeping workers. On this day in 1948, the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) was created to monitor the cease-fire in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

 

 

 

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