Thursday State News Summary
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 05:26:26 EDT

A strike will occur this morning (7a.m.) by nurses who work for the UP Health System
in Marquette....despite recent negotiations. Union president Scott Balko says they have
been negotiating since May and working without a contract since July.The strike will
last until Saturday morning.
The UP Health System Marquette has released a statement saying that while they had
hoped to avoid a strike, they have been preparing for this possibility and have a
comprehensive plan in place to ensure that there is absolutely no interruption in care
for our patients and community members.

The head of State Police expected to meet today with lawmakers who want her to
resign over an inflammatory social media posting. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue had since
apologized after her private facebook post went public--a meme that called protesting
NFL players "a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates"
for taking a knee during the national anthem. While the Legislative Black Caucus wants
Etue to resign, they also want more diversity on the force. An investigation whether
Etue violated the department's social media policy is expected to wrap up next week.

A four year old girl has been killed in a crash in Isabella County. Upnorthlive reports a
vehicle ran a red light at M-20 and Winn Road and collided with another vehicle. A fouryear-
old girl had been thrown from one of the vehicles and died at the scene. Her
mother was trapped in a vehicle and was airlifted to Midland Hospital in critical
condition. A woman in a second vehicle was also taken to the hospital.

More threats against schools in northern Michigan. Upnorthlive reports the Sault Area
High School was in lockdown for a few hours Wednesday after a shooting threat was
seen on social media. There was a threat on social media at Rudyard High School the
day before. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office is investigating to see if the two
threats are connected. Undersheriff Greg Postma says they found the suspect in the
Rudyard incident and says the suspect had no access to firearms.
There was also a lockdown at Manistee Catholic Central Wednesday after a parent
received a text message saying there was an active shooter at MCC. The school was
on lockdown for a half hour, but no threat was found. Manistee Police Chief Tim Kozal
says officers responded to all the schools in the county and did a quick walk through
just to make sure. Mason County Central and Muskegon Community College also
went into lockdown because of the threat.

Americans are expected to spend more money this holiday season.
Deloitte Vice Chairman Rod Sides says they're forecasting that retail holiday sales will
increase four to 4.5 percent. Sides says that means a higher spending level in retail. Ecommerce
sales are also expected to increase, 18 to 21 percent during the 2017
holiday season.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich introduced legislation to initiate a statewide
campaign to inform Michiganians about sickle cell disease. The program would educate
residents about treatment options and state resources available to those with the
condition all of which could be lifesaving to the 2,800 people in Michigan with the
disease and the 140,000 who carry the genetic trait. Sickle cell disease is among the
most common genetic disorders in the United States. The side effects include
shortened life expectancy, strokes, chronic pain episodes, organ damage, vision loss
and infections.

The Senate Transportation Committee will meet today to consider a bill introduced by
Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. of East Lansing that would memorialize Ingham County
Deputy Sheriff Grant William Whitaker.
The Bill would rename a portion of Highway M-52 in Stockbridge Township in Ingham
County, from the intersection of Highways M-52 and M-106 to the intersection of
Highways M-52 and M-36.
Deputy Whitaker was killed in the line of duty, in a vehicle crash during pursuit of a
fleeing driver who was attempting to elude a traffic stop.

Eight medical marijuana dispensaries have been shut down throughout Grand Traverse
County. Oficers from several organizations say the investigation has been going on for
months. Police say this is not about taking medicine away from patients, but about the
law. The also state the facilities were operating in violation of the Michigan Medical
Marijuana Act by selling marijuana to people who were not patients.

A plea deal has been reached in the case of a former police sergeant who had
previously admitted to abusing prescription drugs retrieved from pill take-back
programs. Ex-Burton officer Shawn Duncanson was arraigned in Genesee County
District Court -- and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. A November hearing will
determine how long he'll be on probation.

Western Michigan University has suspended plans to replace a dozen residence halls
over the next ten years. Officials at the school say the plans were never firm, even
though it would have started as early as next year with the demolition of four dorms.
WMU says they will focus on other development projects.

Lawmakers have voted to prohibit local taxes on food and drinks. This is considered to
be an early move by lawmakers to prevent any municipality who may be thinking about
taxing soft drinks and other sugary items. At this point no local government is
considering such a tax but Republicans think it's possible because of actions of other
large cities.

An update to the investigation of a body found in a van submerged in water in the
Boardman River in Traverse City on Tuesday. The individual has been identified as
Morgan Elmer and there was evidence of drugs found in the van. Police found
evidence of drugs, like needles and spoons, but no actual drugs. Keys were in the
ignition and the van was in park.

A bi-partisan group of 39 state attorneys general, including Michigan's Bill Schuette, are
asking congress to make drug addiction treatment more affordable and accessible.
They are calling for the elimination of a Medicaid rule that limits the use of residential
treatment programs. Schuette acknowledges that more Michigan residents in 2015 died
from drug overdoses than car crashes.

Corinne Miller, Michigan's former head of disease control, has testified that she left it to
the governor's office to let the public know about a Legionnaire's 2014-15 outbreak that
claimed lives. Miller was testifying against her former boss, Nick Lyon, who was the
head of the Department of Health and Human Services during the Flint water crisis.
Lyon is being charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man who has
Legionnaires' disease.

A $50 million lawsuit has been filed against the Michigan Department of Corrections
and the company handling health care for inmates. This following the death of John
Stein, who collapsed after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. The
lawsuit claims improper care at the Cotton Correctional Facility near Jackson. That
facility says two health care workers were suspended over the incident.

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