Monday Morning State News Summary
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:57:52 EDT


(MI-Voter Registration Deadline)
If you want to vote in the August primary - youll need to register today
(Monday).
Today is the deadline for registration to participate in the August 5 primary.
In Michigan, all 83 counties will hold elections on that date.
The primary will feature party runoffs for State House and Senate, along with
U.S. Congress, where candidates will vie for the seat of the retiring John
Dingell for the first time in nearly 60 years.
It also includes proposals on wolf hunting and a plan to stop the so-called
double tax on personal property of small business owners.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)


(MI-Bonds Issued)
State government along with universities and local school district issued bonds
totaling more than $1 billion in June, more than all the bonds that state,
schools and local governments issued for the rest of the year.
The figures were compiled from Wall Street filings released showing the bond
sales were either issued or completed.
For all of 2014 thus far, including the first days of July, governments and
authorities in Michigan - most of them local school districts - have issued
$1.83 billion in bonds.
In June alone, the governments issued $1.02 billion bonds.
Except for the fact that school districts, almost all colleges and universities,
and all local governments in the state see their fiscal years end on June 30,
there was no particular reason why more bonds were issued in the month than the
rest of the year.


(Marshall-Skydiver Death)
Authorities in southern Michigan say one person is dead following a skydiving
accident in Marshall Sunday.
According to Marshall police, the accident happened near Oliver Drive and Pratt
Avenue near Brooks Field in Marshall before noon.
Police say the skydiver was a man in his 70s, but did not release his name or
hometown.
Authorities say details about the accident are still unknown and that an
investigation into the incident is being conducted.


(Detroit-Fireworks Death)
A Detroit man is dead following a fireworks accident Friday night.
It happened in the six-thousand block of Plainview Avenue on the city's west
side.
Investigators say the 44-year-old man was lighting an unknown type of firework
that was supposed to fly, but instead flew directly at him. The device hit him
in the chest and exploded.
The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at
the scene.
(24/7 News Source)



(AAA Gas Report)
Gas prices dropped following the Fourth of July holiday , AAA Michigan reports.
Michigans current statewide average is $3.78 per gallon, about 10 1/2 cents less
than last week and about 24 cents higher than this same time last year.
The average price for self-serve decreased about six cents in Metro Detroit over
the past week, with the average at $3.84 per gallon. The price is about 30 cents
higher than last year.
Of the cities surveyed by AAA Michigan, the cheapest price for self-serve
unleaded fuel can be found in the Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Holland area, where its
about $3.68 a gallon.
The highest average is in the Ann Arbor area at about $3.84 a gallon.



(MSU Study-JunkFood)
A new study says the more a child is familiar with logos and other images from
fast-food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more
likely the child is to be overweight or obese.
And researchers also say other studies have shown that people who are overweight
at a young age, tend to stay that way.
The research team that included a Michigan State University professor tested
kids on their knowledge of various brands - including their ability to identify
items such as golden arches, silly rabbits and a kings crown - and found that
those who could identify them the most tended to have higher body mass indexes,
or BMIs.
Anna McAlister, an MSU assistant professor of advertising and public relations,
says they found the relationship between brand knowledge and BMI to be (quote)
"quite robust."
She says the kids who know most about these brands have higher BMIs.
The children - ages 3 to 5 - were tested by being given pictures of unhealthy
food-related logos.
They then were given pictures of food items, packaging and cartoon characters
and asked to match the items with their corresponding brand logos.


(UM Energy Survey)
American consumers express an equal degree of personal worry about the impact of
energy use on the environment, regardless of income, according to the newest
findings of the University of Michigan Energy Survey.
Respondents were asked how much they personally worry about three factors:
energy reliability, affordability and environmental impact. Researchers found
that respondents in the lowest of three income brackets worried about
reliability and affordability of energy more than those in the top and
middle-income thirds.
However, the percentage of respondents who reported worrying a "great deal" or a
"fair amount" about energy's environmental impact held steady across all three
income brackets, averaging close to 60 percent.
The survey was conducted in January 2014 while parts of the country were
experiencing frigid weather and regional increases in energy prices.
Nevertheless, consumers consistently expressed at least as much concern for the
energy's environmental impact as they did for its affordability.
A joint effort of the U-M Energy Institute and Institute for Social Research,
the quarterly survey of a nationally representative sample of 500 households
gauges consumer perceptions and beliefs about key energy-related concerns
including affordability, reliability and impact on the environment.


(MI-Child Activity Study)
Even though childhood obesity continues to be a problem, more adults say kids
are getting more opportunities to be active, according to a new study.
The survey from the University of Michigan found, in 2013, 61-percent of adults
reported lots of opportunity for young children (ages 0-8) to get physical
activity. That's up from 56-percent in 2012.
U-M Professor Matt Davis says the study comes as other research shows the rates
of childhood obesity are coming down. He says because children are getting more
opportunities to be active, we could be seeing a slowdown in the childhood
obesity epidemic.
The survey was conducted as part of the National Voices Project, a five-year
study of opportunities for children and teens funded through the W.K. Kellogg
Foundations America Healing initiative.


(MI-Independent-Politicalspend)
Independent spenders are dominating television advertising related to Michigan's
principal statewide political campaigns, according to the Michigan Campaign
Finance Network. Through June 30th, the candidates for governor and United
States senator account for less than $4 million out of a total of $17.9 million
spent for TV in the campaigns.
The M-C-F-N compiled the data from public files of state broadcasters and cable
systems.
Executive Director Rich Robinson says those records were augmented by estimates
from the Campaign Media Analysis Group in cases where broadcasters are electing
to withhold records of "issue" advertisements about state candidates.
In the US Senate race, Republican nominee Terri Land has spent $1.68 million
through June 30th. Meanwhile independent spenders have spent $6.3 million for
advertisements criticizing her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters.
Democratic nominee Gary Peters has spent $1.23 million for television
advertising so far. Three committees have combined to spend another $3.27
million for advertisements critical of his opponent, Ms. Land.
All three of the groups opposing Ms. Land have disclosed their donors.
In the gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has spent $1
million for television advertising this year, through June 30th. His spending
has been supplemented by $1.5 million in spending by the Republican Governors
Association. The RGA is a 527 organization that files reports of its receipts
and expenditures with the Internal Revenue Service.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer had yet to sponsor a television
advertisement as of June 30th.
The Democratic Governors Association has spent $2.9 million, through that date.
It also has advertising running through July 15th in the Detroit, Grand Rapids
and Flint/Saginaw media markets.
Like the RGA, the DGA is a 527 organization that reports its financial activity
to the IRS.


(Inkster-Toddler Shooting)
A second person has been formally charged in the shooting death of two-year-old
Kamiya Gross last Tuesday in Inkster.
29-year-old Raphael Hearn was arraigned Saturday on multiple charges including
first degree murder.
On Thursday Raymone Bernard Jackson, who police say shot the little girl, was
charged in the case.
Both Jackson and Hearn are being held without bond.
Kamiya's father and a family friend were also shot and are continuing to
recover.
Police have made a total of three arrests in the case.
(24/7 News Source)


(Ann Arbor-Fatal Crash)
The two men killed in a head-on crash Thursday afternoon on U.S. 23 have been
identified.
The victims are 19-year-old Dakota Gonzales and 18-year-old Curt Orlowski, both
of Tecumseh.
The two young men were heading home for the weekend from the University of
Michigan where they worked summer jobs. While the investigation continues,
Michigan State Police suspect the driver who crossed into the southbound lanes
and hit the men had been drinking.
(24/7 News Source)


(MI-Coast To Coast Run)
A 23-year-old Metro Detroit area man went out for a run Tuesday, and plans to be
finished by November 1.
23-year-old Zachary James, a recent Eastern Michigan University graduate, is
raising money for Compassion International which sponsors over a million
children in need throughout the world.
James has a goal of raising 15-thousand dollars for his cause, and as part of
his journey he will run 33 miles each day through eleven states. He plans on
finishing the run at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
On Saturday he was running through Nazareth, PA.
(24/7 News Source)


(Weekend lottery)
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth $25 (m) million dollars.
There were no winning ticket in Saturday's Classic Lotto drawing.
That means Wednesday's jackpot will be worth one-point-three (m) million dollars
($1,300,000).   
The numbers drawn Saturday were: 07, 11, 21, 24, 27, and 45.
There were no winning tickets in Saturday's powerball drawing.
The numbers drawn Saturday were: 24-34-36-57-58.
The Powerball number was 11.
Wednesday's jackpot will be worth $122 (m) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the midday 3 lottery on Sunday were: 2-2-5.
The winning numbers for the midday 4 lottery were: 2-2-4-1.
The winning numbers for the evening 3 lottery were: 6-3-6.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 4-6-8-0.
The winning numbers for the fantasy 5 lottery were: 05-06-11-22-27.
The winning numbers for the keno lottery were: 03, 04, 06, 12, 15, 24, 29, 34,
40, 42, 44, 48, 51, 54, 55, 56, 59, 62, 64, 75, 76, 80.
The winning numbers for the midday 3 lottery on Saturday were: 6-9-7.
The winning numbers for the midday 4 lottery were: 7-4-3-2.
The winning numbers for the evening 3 lottery were: 0-0-5.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 8-2-8-7.
The winning numbers for the fantasy 5 lottery were: 09-30-33-36-39.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 02,08, 10, 11, 12, 19, 23, 27,
28, 36, 40, 41, 43, 45, 48, 49, 61, 64, 67, 69, 77, 78.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth $25 (m) million dollars.

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