Wednesday State News Summary
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:44:21 EDT

A coalition of homeowners, local officials, tourism leaders and first responders is
increasingly concerned about the ways that two legislative bills would give short-term
rental units unfair advantages over existing Michigan hotels and other lodging
businesses. A meeting in Lansing this morning will discuss why opponents fear these
bills would threaten public safety and deny local leaders and residents a say in where
the growing number of short-term rentals belong in their communities. Furthermore,
they believe the legislation would undermine communities, fail to ensure that rental
properties are safe, and create unfair competition. Coalition members will discuss their
objection to this one-size-fits-all solution.

A Pontiac man among those mourning the loss of a loved one from the Las Vegas
Terone Hartfield learning Monday his brother Charleston Hartfield--an off-duty police
officer was at the concert when the gunfire erupted. He got his wife to safety, but was
hit by the hail of bullets as he returned to save others from the carnage. Terone
Hartfield said they had only learned earlier this year they were brothers and were trying
to make up for lost time. He says he hopes his brother's death will bring about a
change in the nation's gun laws.

A crisis team from west Michigan has gone to Las Vegas to help trauma victims in the
aftermath of the mass shootings there. WOOD TV reports a team from Pine Rest
Christian Mental Health Services will work with victims. Executive director of Pine
Rest's Church Assistance programs, Bob VandePol says when somebody willfully and
intentionally tries to harms us, that's personal and so it shakes us even more. He says
a lot of people need to talk about the incident and to process it.

Contractors for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the Kalamazoo County
Sheriff's Office and the Kalamazoo Township Police Department will be performing an
equipment upgrade in the Integrated Dispatch Center today from approximately 4:00
am until 7:00 am. 911 services will continue to be operational during this time-period.

More than 300 schools in Michigan will join students around the country to celebrate
Walk to School Day today. Thousands of Michigan students, along with their parents,
teachers and community leaders, are expected to participate. Walk to School Day
encourages students to seek a lifetime of physical activity. The event takes place
nationally and internationally, promoting the growth of walkable communities while
helping to reduce air pollution and traffic.

Today is Student Count Day. 90% of all state funding comes from what is reported on
this day. Count days are designated days when Michigan's schools take attendance to
determine the number of students they serve. Count information is critical because
each student translates into state funding.

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce will bring the Michigan State University
Extensions’ annual ‘Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities’ Conference to
downtown Howell starting today. Over 150 attendees from all over the state of Michigan
and beyond will embark upon downtown Howell to empower themselves and their own
communities through breakout sessions embedded in shops, restaurants and other
venues. This CEC conference offers the unique opportunity to learn about and
experience an entrepreneurial community during a working week and implement those
ideas and theories within the attendees’ home community.

Governor Rick Snyder has ordered all Michigan and US flags in the state to be lowered
to half staff following the massacre in Las Vegas earlier this week. This includes
Michigan residences, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations.
Flags should be returned to full staff on Friday at sunset.

Federal marshals have captured a metro Detroit dentist in the Dominican Republic.
This after 27 fraud charges had been filed against him more than four months ago.
Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged 51-year-old Dr. David Johnson with 20
counts of Medicaid fraud, six counts of health care fraud and one count of racketeering.
Johnson is currently being held in Miami, Florida.

A warning going out to beach-goers at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A
large amount of glass was found in Port Oneida this week, so people are being told to
wear shoes and keep pets off the beach. Though the clean up effort is underway,
people are reminded that no glass is allowed on the beach.

A final vote is expected to pass on a bill that would stop any police misconduct from
being hidden on an application for a new job at another department. The bill would
require that law enforcement agencies keep a record of any circumstances that have
have resulted in an officer's separation, and the officer must sign a waiver that allows
future employers to look at their records.

A woman's body has been found submerged in a minivan in the Boardman River in
Traverse City. The woman found inside is believed to be in her 20s. Authorities were
alerted by a fisherman who spotted the vehicle in about 15 feet of water. It was pulled
from the water at around 12:15 Tuesday afternoon.

The Golden Years could be anything but for tomorrow's retirees. a new study by the
University of Michigan finds more health challenges for those nearing retirement
compared to earlier generations. Using data from long-term health studies, today's
older workers will also face difficulties as they work longer, apply for Social Security
disability or try to retire on other income. The findings are published in the latest edition
of "Health Affairs."

Washtenaw County Public Health Department reports over 30 cases of the flu have
been diagnosed in the last few weeks. Almost all of the cases in Washtenaw County
were in young adults. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to get a flu
shot.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six
months of age and older get a flu shot. It's best to get vaccinated sooner rather than
later because it takes about 10 days to 2 weeks to become effective.

General Motors, Ford, Nissan and Toyota are all posting strong monthly U.S. sales
numbers, confirming expectations that the industry would rebound in September. GM
reports that sales rose 11.9 percent, while Ford sales rose 8.7 percent. Nissan posted
a 9.5 percent increase, while Toyota sales rose 14.9 percent. Fiat Chrysler reports a 10
percent decrease on a planned reduction of sales to rental car companies.

As his pre-trial hearing continues for a third day, state health Director Nick Lyons could
face the family of a man prosecutors says died from Legionnaire's Disease during the
Flint Water Crisis. Lyons is charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in
office. He is the first of 13 defendants facing charges in court. Prosecutors say Lyons
knew about the tie between the contaminated water and the outbreak of Legionnaire's
Disease, but did not pass it along.

A commercial produce truck heading back to Canada is found carrying 11 foreign
nationals hiding in the truck.. The truck---with a driver and co-driver--was pulled over at
the bridge for a secondary search when the discovery was made---this back on
September 21st. No word yet on their native countries. The drivers are both from
Quebec & were arrested and charged, and the 11 nationals were refused entry and
turned over to U-S authorities.

Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids has been named as one of 15 Great Places in
America by the American Planning Association. Rosa Parks Circle is a centralized
public space in the heart of the city to host year-round community events such as ice
skating and cultural festivals. The Circle has attracted restaurants, galleries and shops
to the area.

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