Saturday - Weekend State News Summary
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 02:28:57 EDT
Lt. Governor Brian Calley says he was prepared to cast the deciding vote for
Medicaid expansion if the Senate ties on the question.
Calley made his comment on Michigan Public Televisions "Off The Record."
The Senate could vote on a plan to expand Medicaid to more than 300,000 of the
state's working poor as part of the federal Affordable Care Act as soon as
Calley says the Snyder administration debates these issues internally before
debuting them, and stood in unanimous agreement regarding the Healthy Michigan
plan. He doubts he will have to cast a tie-breaking vote on the Medicaid
expansion and reform bill, though he is prepared to do so if necessary.
According to Calley, there are arguments for the plan that are both strong and
conservative and this is the most conservative option that's available to
Michigan citizens when considering what the government would have to spend on
the Medicaid population if they were forced into the health exchange created by
the Affordable Care Act.
More Michiganians are planning to set out on Labor Day holiday trips next
weekend because of an improving economy which has been sparked in large part by
the highly successful "Pure Michigan" ad campaign.
A survey released earlier this week by "Triple-A Michigan" found More than 1.2
(M) million state residents will travel 50 miles or more from home between next
Friday and Labor Day Monday, September 2nd.
That's one-percent more than last year, and Triple-A's Nancy Cain says that
doesn't count travelers coming from out-of-state, many of which were enticed by
"Pure Michigan" ads.
She says the increase follows a similar one-percent boost last Labor Day weekend
Ninety-one percent of state travelers in the survey said they will get to
holiday destinations by vehicle, despite average gas prices of about $3.53 per
gallon. Those prices are currently about 36-cents less per gallon than last
Nationally, Triple-A estimates 34-point-one (M) million Americans will take
Labor Day holiday vacations. That's a 4.2 percent increase from one year ago.
Eighty-five percent of national travelers plan to go by vehicle.
The Board of State Canvassers will meet next week to try and certify the results
of Detroits August 6th mayoral primary election.
A spokesperson for the Secretary of State announced that the board will meet in
Detroit on Tuesday. A time and location for the meeting have not yet been
The Wayne County Board of Canvassers wants to disqualify roughly 20-thousand
write-in votes because incorrect markings were used to tally the votes.
State Elections Director Chris Thomas says the markings are not significant
enough to disallow the votes.
The results of the state count could change who actually received the most
votes: former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan (DUHG-en) or Wayne County
Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Regardless, the two will face off in the November
(24/7 News Source)
(MI-Mackinac Bridge Top)
What's your story?
For the second year in a row, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the
Mackinac Bridge Authority are asking you to share your Labor Day Mackinac Bridge
Walk experiences on social media with photos and videos.
Now through Monday, September 9, you can post your memories of walking the
bridge, either this year or in a previous year, on Instagram and Twitter using
the hashtag #MightyMacWalk13. Officials say due to recent rules changes,
Facebook postings will not be considered entries.
One person will be chosen at random to receive a behind-the-scenes tour to the
top of the bridge.
Last year's winner was Michael Gronseth of Negaunee.
(Kalamazoo Co-Enbridge Dredge Pad)
Enbridge will have to find a new site for their dredge pad in Kalamazoo County
after the Comstock Township Planning Commission voted Thursday to deny a special
The pipeline company had planned to move material it dredged from Morrow Lake to
the pad in Comstock Commerce Park, a move opposed by some residents and business
owners, such as the owners of Bells Brewery which sued to stop the plan.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Enbridge to do additional
dredging of the Kalamazoo River at the delta in Morrow Lake as part of the
ongoing cleanup from a massive 2010 oil spill near Marshall. Dredge pads are
designed to hold oil-contaminated sediment removed from the river until it can
be hauled away.
Enbridge has been ordered by the EPA to complete the dredging by December 31st.
(Help from: WBCK, Battle Creek)
(Escanaba-U.P. State Fair Attendance)
The numbers are in, and it was another successful year for the Upper Peninsula
Delta County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vickie Micheau says that
paid attendance for last week's event in Escanaba was up by almost four percent.
Nearly 80,000 people visited the fair, and that doesn't include vendors,
sponsors, and others who got in for free. The Skerbeck Carnival reported that
its ridership was up by almost ten percent. And the grandstands were near
capacity for the concerts.
Micheau says that last week's dry, sunny weather was a factoralong with a lot of
U.P. residents choosing to "stay home" this summer.
(MI/DC-Jeep Roof Fires)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the reports
of roof fires in 2012 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees.
The safety board began their probe this week after three fires were reported
near the passenger side sun visor. Investigators say one fire caused the
sunroof in the vehicle to shatter while another fire spread to the passenger
seat. No one has been injured.
The investigation reportedly involves over 146-thousand vehicles.
A Chrysler spokesman says the company is investigating and working with NHTSA.
(24/7 News Source)
(Macomb Co-Child Beaten-UPDATE)
A 26-year-old Macomb County man has been charged with first degree child abuse,
accused of severely beating his girlfriends 2-year-old son.
Damian Sutton was listed in critical condition Fridayat Childrens Hospital in
Detroit after police say he suffered terrible abuse at the hands of Ronald
Family members said at first, they thought the toddler had fallen out of a
playpen at his Washington Township home on
Tuesday - but they quickly became suspicious.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Dimambro, who eventually turned
himself in, admitted that he shook the boy roughly and then threw him.
Hospital personnel told authorities the child suffered from severe head trauma
consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
Dimambro is being held on a $500,000 bond. He faces up to life in prison.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 27.
(Help from: Mike Campbell, WWJ, Detroit)
(Holland-Prettiest Town List)
It's another fresh leaf added to the Tulip City's laurels.
The West Michigan city of Holland is one of the 15 prettiest towns in the
nation, according to Forbes Magazine.
Mayor Kurt Dykstra says Forbes was impressed with the city's wide beaches, the
lively arts scene, shops that celebrate its Dutch culture and even the snowmelt
system that keeps downtowns streets dry during those cold, wet Lake Michigan
The publication gathered information from magazine travel experts for Frommers,
National Geographic, Fodor's and Midwest Living to help compile the list of 15
which it says would not only stand out in a beauty pageant, but also provide
great options for your next getaway.
(Jason Scott, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
(Tuscola Co-Helicopter Crash)
The pilot and a passenger were not hurt when a helicopter crashed Thursday
evening in a corn field in Michigan's Thumb.
According to the Tuscola County Sheriff's office, the pliot said he was working
on the power lines about 250 feet up, when a hoist that was attached had a line
break. That caused the helicopter to pitch and strike a support arm.
The chopper's blades were damaged, but the pilot was able to land safely in the
corn field in Denmark Township.
The Federal Aviation Administration was to inspect the site and the helicopter.
For the first time, tart cherry growers in Michigan will have crop insurance
available to them.
Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says the United States Department of
Agriculture has agreed to her proposal to offer the insurance to those growers
following the disaster last year that wiped out nearly all of the crop. Sweet
cherry growers received the option to have crop insurance last fall.
The coverage will be available in 14 counties in the state for the 2014 crop
Stabenow had pushed to get the insurance as part of a new five-year Farm Bill,
but while the Senate has named conference committee members, the House has not
done so yet.
(24/7 News Source)
(Saginaw-Splash Park Closes)
Saginaw's Splash Park is closed for inspection and maintenance of the chemical
City officials said recent water quality testing showed that disinfection
performance was outside the acceptable range. They said there have been no
reports of illness or any indication of contamination, but the park will be
closed until adjustments have been made and water quality test results meet
The city does plan to have the splash park in the Frank N. Anderson Park
reopened in time for the Labor Day holiday next weekend. The Park is scheduled
to close for the season on September 3.
(Grand Traverse Co-Suspicious Backpack)
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of
a suspicious backpack that caused a local high school to go into lockdown mode
The backpack containing a number of items including a machete, knives, razor
blades and ammunition was found in a field at Traverse City West High School.
A K-9 team searched the school and surrounding areas but no additional
suspicious items were found.
The sheriff's office believes the items in the backpack were stolen, but
deputies are trying to find out how and why the backpack was placed near the
Authorities say nothing in the bag was illegal.
(Marquette-Sex Offender Sentenced)
A Marquette man will spend up to 15 years in prison on criminal sexual conduct
28-year-old Axel Acevedo was sentenced to three years and four months to 15
years in jail in on a third degree CSC charge in Marquette County Circuit Court.
He was given credit for 363 days served and has to pay roughly $200 in court
fines and costs.
The investigation began last year when the Marquette Police learned that Acevedo
was a sex offender who had not registered in the city.
Police notified people at the home where Acevedo had been staying about his
offender status. The mother of a twelve-year-old boy living in that house later
brought her son to the police, saying the boy may have been assaulted.
(Rick Allen, WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)
There were no winning tickets that matched all the numbers and the gold ball in
Friday's Mega Millions lottery drawing.
The jackpot Friday was worth $60 (m) million dollars.
The numbers from the Mega Millions drawing Friday were: 01, 09, 17, 20, and 53.
The gold ball was 14. The Megaplier was 4x.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth $69 (m) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Friday were: 7-5-6.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 6-8-2-2.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 1-1-6.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 8-1-8-8.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 01-09-23-32-37.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 04, 05, 13, 15, 25, 32, 38, 39,
40, 41, 46, 48, 49, 52, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 78, 79.
Tonight's (Sat) Classic Lotto jackpot is projected to be one-point-one (1,100,0)
(m) million dollars.
Tonight's Powerball jackpot is worth $92 (M) million dollars.