Thursday State News Summary
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:54:04 EST


Approximately 100 area children, 100 area police officers and 100 civilian volunteers
will participate in Ingham County's 2017 Shop with a Cop program, taking place this
Saturday. The event provides less affluent children an opportunity to do their holiday
shopping alongside the dedicated officers that serve Ingham County. Generous
community, business and law enforcement donations make it possible for each child to
spend $100 during the event. The children selected to participate in Shop with a Cop
are referred by law enforcement agencies, schools, churches and regional community
programs/causes.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich and Senator Steve Bieda have announced their
opposition to Republicans in Congress trying to push through what they call the deeply
flawed Trump-Republican tax plan. they say it's designed to increase taxes on middleclass
and lower-income Americans, while providing giant giveaways to billionaires and
wealthy corporations. The lawmakers also say the nonpartisan Congressional Budget
Office has projected that the Republican tax plan will add $1.4 trillion to the nation debt.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will offer remarks at the Michigan Opioid Summit hosted by the
National Sheriffs Association, Michigan Sheriffs Association, Michigan Association of
Chiefs of Police and Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Association. The event takes
place at 1:30 at the Radisson hotel in Lansing.

The attorney for Michigan US Representative John Conyers says he does not intend to
resign over allegations of sexual harassment. Arnold Reed says the 88-year-old
lawmaker will fight claims that he inappropriately touched several female staffers. The
alleged allegations range from firing one staff member who refused his advances to
taking off his clothes to his underwear in front of another worker.

A large group of University of Michigan students walked out of their classrooms
Wednesday morning to protest the school's president and regents failure to deny a
request made by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on the Ann Arbor campus.
President Mark Schlissel said the administration would meet with Spencer's group to
determine whether he'd be allowed to rent space to speak. He said if they can't
guarantee a safe setting for the event, they wouldn't go forward with the request. So
far, no decision has been made.

Michigan’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act has been
approved by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. State Superintendent Brian
Whiston says the plan was designed to do what is best for Michigan and Michigan's
children based on input from thousands of stakeholders. Whiston says it was built to
tightly align with Michigan's goals and strategies to become a Top 10 education state in
10 years.

A bi-partisan measure has passed easily through the house that would require
lawmakers and their staff to take annual anti-harassment training. The plan was
approved on a simple voice vote. It's in reaction to a glut of sexual harassment
allegations against lawmakers.

What was called a "credible threat" that caused the closure of all Lansing Community
College campuses Wednesday ended with a suspect was arrested and in police
custody. However, the downtown, east and west campus locations did remain closed
through the evening -- and all classes and activities were canceled. Operations will
resume as normal Thursday.

A 14-year-old student will face felony charges after making a false threat against
Farwell High School earlier this month. The teen claims the threat was made as a joke,
but the Clare County sheriff's Office is charging him with making a false report of threat
of terrorism, false report or threat of a bomb/harmful device and using a computer to
commit a crime. The threat gave a specific time when a bomb was to detonate. After a
thorough search the school was deemed safe.

It's been shut down since September for refueling and maintenance. Now the Cook
Nuclear Plant's Unit 1 reactor is again back in operation. According to Indiana Michigan
Power, the reactor was connected to the transmission grid Tuesday. The company
says the shutdown was longer than anticipated due to an extended inspection and
additional part replacements. The plant is located in Bridgeman in Berrien County.

Wayne State University is looking into how neighborhoods impact the performance of
Detroit Police. The research team will use a nearly $600,000 grant to collect data from
up to 400 D-P-D officers. The study is designed to deal with uncertainties surrounding
officer stress levels and then design a plan for local police stations to respond.

Former Eastern Michigan University student Eddie Curlin says he's being used as a
scapegoat after being charged with painting racist graffiti on campus. Curlin says he
didn't commit the crime, but is Curlin is serving a sentence of 18 months to five years in
prison for receiving stolen property in December 2015. A Thursday hearing is
scheduled to determine if the graffiti case goes to trial.

American Airlines says a glitch with its pilot scheduling system could leave thousands
of travelers stranded this holiday season. According to the Allied Pilots Association, the
system glitch means there are not enough pilots to fly the airline's planes during the
upcoming holiday period, furthermore stating thousands of flights currently do not have
pilots assigned to fly them. No official word yet from American Airlines.

More lawsuits now against Wolverine Worldwide by Rockford residents who say the
company contaminated their wells and covered it up. WOOD TV reports the company
now faces six lawsuits. A lawyer who represents one resident filing a lawsuit against
Wolverine says he's representing more than 100 people in the area. Wolverine says it
expects to spend over three million dollars on its response to the contamination at a
waste dump.

A long-term water contract for the city of Flint gets final approval from the Great Lakes
Water Authority. The 30-yr contract was finally approved last week by Flint City Council
after mounting pressure from the city, the state and a federal court judge. the deal
includes stipulations from council such as $750-thousand dollars for water bill relief,
and easier access to a $100-million dollar fund to replace lead water lines. The current
short-term contract with the water authority ends after today.

Theresa Lockhart, the Portage woman killed by her husband , was likely choked to
death. WOOD TV reports that ruling in an autopsy on the 44-year-old Lockhart, whose
body was found in the Allegan County State Game Area last month, soon after her
husband was found dead in their home. He left a confession letter.

Western Michigan University is getting a new look. WOOD TV reports Western plans
to build a new student center and housing in an older section of the campus on the
southern end. Vice president for student affairs, Dr. Diane Anderson, says the
university wants to create a "wow" factor along what she calls the longest contiguous
face of the campus. The 73-million student center will open in the fall of 2021 and the
new housing will open in 2020.

A man suspected of breaking into a northern Michigan home left a big clue: The toilet
seat was down. Police say a Traverse City man who lives alone figured something
wasn't right last Saturday. Why? He told investigators that he typically keeps the seat
up. Investigators say a 26-year-old man was found passed out in the man's garage.
The intruder appeared to be intoxicated and had taken prescription drugs from the
home. The man and the resident don't know each other. Charges will be pursued.


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