Tuesday State News Summary
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:12:31 EST
Lottery fever is hitting Michigan as the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have
grown to more than 600 million dollars combined.
Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot is up to 265 million bucks. Wednesday's Powerball has
grown to 348-million dollars.
The Michigan Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to discuss Phase
II of the M-59 reconstruction project in Macomb County. The majority of the
construction will be between Dalcoma Drive and Romeo Plank Road with landscaping
work through the entire corridor. The meeting will be held tonight from 7:00 - 8:30 at the
Clinton Township Public Library.
Even the most established of businesses could use an extra spark. That's why
"Igniting" the local manufacturing base is the theme for the fourth annual Northern
Michigan Manufacturing Summit today from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at The Hagerty Center in
Traverse City. The event is hosted by the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council.
Keynote speakers for the event are John, Mark and David Vantongeren of Ferris
Coffee and Nut. A family-owned business that dates back to 1924, the business now
has two locations, a retail store and a mobile truck in Grand Rapids. Following the
keynote address are three breakout sessions focusing on digital movement, continuous
improvement and talent development.
A Saginaw woman has been accused of smuggling drugs into the Grand Traverse
County Jail. 9 & 10 News reports the 19-year-old woman was a passenger in a car
during a traffic stop on Sunday morning and was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
During the booking process, police found a syringe and meth hidden in her bra. That
information had not been revealed during the arrest. The woman could face charges of
smuggling and bringing contraband into the jail.
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital has received a grant of over $12,000 from the
Charlevoix County Community Foundation to purchase an infant bed warmer/
resuscitation system. Up North Live reports the new equipment will be able to keep
new babies warm and content while providing all the tools necessary for resuscitation
Central Michigan University's campus is back open following Friday's double shooting
and lockdown. James Eric Davis Jr. was captured early Saturday morning following an
intensive manhunt. He faces murder charges in the shooting death of his parents in his
dormitory room. They had picked him up from a hospital where he was brought for
suspected drug abuse and were planning to take him home for spring break. Police say
the gun used by Davis Junior was registered to his father. Classes at CMU will resume
The brother of a CMU student accused of killing his parents Friday posted on social
media he is devastated but asks for prayers and support for his brother. On Facebook
this weekend, Russell Matthew Davis stated he still loved his brother James Eric Davis
Jr. While he said he was in shock and denial over the deaths of his parents, he also
asked that his brother not be made a villain.
Jim Haadsma went to the Calhoun County election office in Marshall Monday to submit
signatures, rather than paying the standard fee as most candidates do, to officially file
as a candidate for state house district 62. Haadsma submitted more than 200
signatures from neighbors and community members to officially file as a candidate for
the office. Haadsma explained that having support from residents of House District 62
is important to him as he seeks to represent them in Lansing.
Overdose victims from the opioid epidemic have helped to increase the number of
organ donations in the state of Michigan. The state had 320 donations last year, a 26%
increase over 2014. Most overdose victims are younger than the average donor with
typically healthy organs despite their addictions.
The chief judge at the Michigan Court of Appeals is retiring after 40 years on the bench.
Michael Talbot got his start in 1978 as a Detroit-area judge appointed by Governor
William Milliken. After 20 years, he was promoted to the appeals court by Gov. John
Engler and won a series of elections. Talbot is stepping down on April 25th. Gov. Rick
Snyder will get an opportunity to pick a successor.
When Cedar Point opens for its 149th season on Saturday, May 5, a single day adult
ticket purchased at the gate will cost $72. That's a $5 hike over last year's price. Buying
your tickets online ahead of time will save you some cash. A pre-season “Everyone
Pays Kids’ Price” promotion offers $45 admission for adults; that's $27 off the front gate
Travel in a portion of the Upper Peninsula will be slowed down as the US-2 Heath M.
Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge in Mackinac County will have daytime single lane
closures through this Thursday. MDOT personnel will be taking measurements for the
summer repair project planned for the bridge. Motorists should expect delays of less
than 10 minutes.
Michigan State Police -- donning riot gear on the campus of Michigan State University
as protests erupt over a speech being delivered by White Nationalist Richard Spencer.
About 50 people made it into the auditorium to listen to Spencer's speech on the MSU
In Kalamazoo, city commissioners have voted to remove the Fountain of the Pioneers
from Bronson Park. The fountain is controversial because it has a European settler
standing over a Native American holding a sword or club in his hand. Several people
spoke out at the meeting, some calling it racist, while others argued to keep it. The
fountain will be removed this Spring.
An East Grand Rapids teacher and track coach, Nick Hopkins, has resigned after
accusations of inappropriate conduct with former students. WOOD TV reports the
district had placed Hopkins on administrative leave last month after allegations were
made. A lawyer for Hopkins has denied the allegations. Police are investigating.
The Holland School Board will detail proposed changes in the district tonight. WOOD
TV reports those changes include some schools becoming elementary schools while
Holland East would become the middle school. The changes being recommended
because of school choice, lower birth rates, and funding from the state.
Crews in northern Oakland County had to pull a man out of mud that he was stuck in
for several hours.
Deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff's office and Brandon Township Firefighters
worked for about three hours to rescue the 65-year-old victim from Almont -- who was
trapped waist-deep in mud in a wooded area. He was taken to a hospital and is
expected to be okay.