Mid-Michigan city clears way to house teens from US border
ALMA, Mich. (AP) — Officials in a mid-Michigan city have granted a request to house migrant boys in a former nursing home. The Alma City Commission rejected the recommendation of the Planning Commission. It's been a hot issue and the subject of tense summer meetings. Bethany Christian Services wants to use a former nursing home to provide housing for up to 40 days or until a sponsor can be found. The boys are ages 12 to 17. They crossed the U.S. border without parents or guardians and do not have legal status in this country. Alma is 50 miles north of Lansing and probably best known as the home of a small liberal arts school, Alma College.
Human jawbone, maybe 'ancient,' found in Michigan lake
HART, Mich. (AP) — A human jawbone with more than a dozen teeth has been discovered in Silver Lake in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast says the bone looks very old, maybe “even ancient.” The jawbone was found Sunday when someone stepped on it while removing a dock from Silver Lake. It has been sent to anthropologists at Michigan State University for analysis. No other bones were found. The county has some missing person cases. But the sheriff said the age of the jawbone probably doesn’t fit those investigations.
Wayne State, faculty union agree to new 3-year contract
DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University in Detroit and a faculty union have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. The university says Wednesday that members of the Wayne State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT Local 6075) will receive a 2% lump sum salary increase in the deal’s first year. They will receive an additional 4.25% increase in base pay over the final two years of the contract. The school says the contract has to be ratified by union membership.
ELECTION 2022-MICHIGAN GOVERNOR
Ex-Detroit police chief enters governor race amid protest
DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig has formally announced his campaign for governor but not before protesters derailed his kickoff event at a state park and forced him to move. He is among 10 Republicans, all political newcomers, looking to unseat Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022. Craig was to speak to the media on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River in his hometown, but he abandoned that plan when he was shouted down by a couple-dozen people critical of his role as chief. He made the announcement a short time later at a nearby office complex.
Judge revokes bond of state lawmaker in drunken driving case
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Jewell Jones was taken into custody after a judge revoked his bond in a drunken driving case. Prosecutors accused the Inkster Democrat of violating bond conditions by tampering with an alcohol monitor on his ankle. The 26-year-old Jones has been in and out of Livingston County court since April when he was charged with drunken driving and other offenses. In court Tuesday, Jones took responsibility for testing positive for alcohol on Sept. 3 and tampering with the monitor on Labor Day. Judge Michael Hatty set another hearing for Friday.
Ford sending $500 checks to evacuated Flat Rock households
FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it will send $500 checks to every household that was evacuated from a southeastern Michigan city because of a gasoline leak from the automaker’s plant into the community’s sewer system. The Detroit News reports the checks would total $600,000 for 1,200 displaced households. The leak from the Ford assembly plant in Flat Rock was first detected on Aug. 30 and appeared to have started no earlier than Aug. 26. That's what Bob Holycross, Ford’s vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering, said at a news conference Tuesday. ,He says Ford believes the 1,400 gallons of gasoline leaked during that tim
FBI got towing records, other docs in Detroit City Hall raid
DETROIT (AP) — Federal investigators who searched Detroit City Hall last month hauled away electronics, payroll documents and records related to vehicle towing. The Detroit News says the items were listed on a search warrant inventory obtained through a public records request. The search was focused on an office belonging to council member Scott Benson. Agents searched City Hall on Aug. 25 as well as the homes of Benson and council member Janeé Ayers. Benson’s attorney, Steve Fishman, says he’s done nothing wrong. Ayers hasn’t commented. The city council is considering changes to how the city hires towing companies by turning to competitive bids.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-RESCUE FUNDING
Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab. The proposal, if approved by the Republican-led Legislature, would account for more than a fifth of Michigan’s $6.5 billion in discretionary rescue funding approved by Congress and President Joe Biden. Whitmer wants $335 million in grants to improve access to treatments for autism, behavioral health and substance abuse.
Pizza entrepreneur gets prison for fraud in loan program
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Mike Bischoff admits committing fraud while seeking more than $900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic. Bischoff is the co-founder of Passport Pizza. Bischoff was accused of receiving $594,000 from lenders after giving false information about his payroll and the number of employees. Defense attorney James Thomas acknowledged that Bischoff “cheated” during a stressful period for his business and in his personal life. He says the money has been repaid.
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL LEAK-HIGHWAY
Highway in Indiana, Michigan reopens after chemical spill
FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — A highway in northeastern Indiana and southern Michigan has reopened after a chemical leak forced its closure. Steuben County Emergency Management rector Randy Brown tells WANE-TV that a tanker truck leaked about 6,000 gallons (22,712 liters) of liquid nitric acid after a valve broke at a truck stop in Fremont, Indiana. Interstate 69 in both states was shut down about 10 a.m. Tuesday and reopened Tuesday afternoon. Brown said the chemical poured into a ditch along the highway. Lime was being applied to the liquid in the ditch. Some nearby side roads also were closed.
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