Friday State News Summary
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:41:25 EDT

In west Michigan, police are investigating after two suspects broke into a home in Van
Buren County and beat a man with a baseball bat. WOOD TV reports that a man and a
woman broke into a house in Lawrence Township , near Paw Paw, early this morning
and attacked the homeowner. Dispatchers say the man was taken to the hospital with
a head injury. His grandson, who was at the home , was not injured.

Michigan-based Meijer is cutting about 400 IT workers. WOOD TV reports 250
contract workers were laid off in July, 75 more were laid off in August, and 75 more
received layoffs this week. Some will be sent to other companies that will do the work
Meijer employees had been doing. Meijer's chief information officer, Terry Ledbetter,
says changes are being made with the consumer in mind.

Health officials in Washtenaw County are warning those who ate at an Ann Arbor
restaurant that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. The warning comes after a
worker at Cardamon Restaurant was diagnosed with the viral liver disease, which can
be spread through food, water or personal contact. Officials at the restaurant say the
work is not currently on staff. They're working to vaccinate other workers.

Made possible through a 12-million dollar gift from University Housing Solutions -- new
athletic fields and a new dorm are coming to Cleary University in Livingston
County...University President Jayson Boyers says the new athletic fields will have
space for six varsity sports for both men and women. The new dorm will house 126
students, which would double the amount of on-campus housing space available at the

A 66-year-old woman has been killed in a rollover crash in Mecosta County. The
sheriff's office says Melody Boyer, of Rothbury, was killed after her SUV left the
roadway and rolled over several times Thursday. Speed and alcohol do not appear to
be factors in the crash.

"Buy Nearby" is in its fifth year as a promotional commercial slogan which encourages
Michigan residents to shop local and buy local. State Representative Daniela Garcia of
Holland supports a resolution making this weekend a standalone event in the yearround
campaign. According to the House Committee on Commerce and Trade, retail
sales are responsible for 850-thousand jobs in Michigan. The project estimates if
Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional nine-billion
dollars in economic activity would follow and nearly 74-thousand jobs could be created.

Over 300 drunk driving arrests were made over an 18-day enforcement blitz by police
agencies across the state. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning reports 27-
hundred traffic tickets were issued and 310 drunk drivers were picked-up between
August 18 and September 4 of this year. The "Do a 360" Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over campaign is aimed at encouraging people to find a safe ride home.

Being tough on violent crime, ending sanctuary cities and protecting 2nd Amendment
rights -- that's the plate form Speaker of the Michigan House Tom Leonard is running
on for state Attorney General. In a statement Thursday, the Lansing-area Republican
announced his candidacy. He joins a crowded field for the seat now held by Bill
Schuette ... including fellow Republican state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker and
Democrats Pat Miles and Dana Nessel.

An animal cruelty case is being investigated in western-Michigan ... The Oceana
County Sheriff's Office is trying to find the person responsible for shooting a dog with
an arrow. The pit bull/lab mix was seriously injured Tuesday -- it was found in Colfax
Township. The two-year old dog named "Jensen" is expected to make a full recovery.

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