Friday State News Summary
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:30:43 EST

A letter of intent is expected to be signed next week by McLaren Health Care Corp. to
acquire Huron Medical Center. Crain's Detroit Business reports the deal for the 58-bed
hospital in Bad Axe is expected to close in three-or-four months. Officials say the
hospital is losing money but is in the black with ten-million dollars in investment income.
Huron Medical Center, which was founded in 1906 and serves Huron, Sanilac and
Tuscola counties, chose McLaren over several other bids from competing hospital
systems, including Beaumont Health, MidMichigan Health in Midland and Covenant
HealthCare in Saginaw.

Medical marijuana patients and businesspersons in Michigan are doing their best to
assemble application data as the December 15th initiation date for applying to the
state's new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act closes in. Entrepreneurs are
flocking to Lansing for a special conference Sunday held by the Michigan Cannabis
Business Development Group. There information will be shared while questions will be
answered regarding the program. Many people believe that the first businesses to
apply for the MMFLA program will be the first to have their applications reviewed by
LARA and the Licensing Board.

Foster children around Michigan will be granted holiday wishes through the annual
Operation Good Cheer program. Numerous Michigan Department of Health and
Human Services offices are participating in the 46th annual Christmas-gift-giving
program coordinated by Child and Family Services of Michigan. Each child in the
program creates a wish list with six gift ideas. Donors then buy and wrap the gifts.
Today, volunteers are collecting gifts from 22 pickup locations across the state and
making a journey to Oakland County International Airport where distribution will take

Ringing in the holiday season in Flint -- A tree lighting ceremony is set for this evening
at Flint City Hall. The event, complete with carolers and refreshments, begins at 4:30
this afternoon. Local law enforcement will be honored as trees will be lit with blue and
red lights. A single tree will sport white lights to represent unity and peace. The event
runs through 6 o'clock. The Home Depot will also provide free, holiday-themed toy
building kits for children in attendance.

Police investigate after five people are shot on Detroit's east side last night.
Michigan State Police says one of the victims is said to have died on the scene and two
others are in serious condition. Reports say that the victims were outside and may have
been hit by a drive-by shooting involving a dark-colored sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile
Alero. It is said there were others inside the home, including children, who were

A memorial service last night for 35-year-old Ana Carillo, who police say was killed by
the father of her children, Andrew Hudson, in early September. Her body wasn't found
until early November. Hundreds attended the service in Grand Rapids.

A public meeting in Grand Rapids last night for residents to ask questions about lead
poisoning in the county. Commissioners appointed a task force last year after a jump
in cases of kids with lead poisoning. Most of 615 cases came in one area . WOOD TV
reports most of the affected homes were built before lead was removed from paint and
removing the lead could cost about 40-thousand dollars per home.

A Christmas tree shortage may be felt -- slightly -- in Michigan.
About ten years ago, there was a surplus of trees but fewer people were buying them
because of the depressed economy. So growers planted fewer trees. And because it
takes ten years for a tree to fully grow, the fallout wasn't felt until this year.
With this weekend being the busiest for tree farmers, its a good idea to buy your tree
as soon as possible.

University of Michigan paleontologists have found more bones near Chelsea -- believed
to be from an ice age mammoth. The lead researcher says 40 additional bones and
bone fragments, including several vertebrae, an intact rib, part of a shoulder blade,
and a piece of the pelvis ... were excavated from what is now called Mammoth Farm. A
couple years ago -- a skull and tusks were pulled out of the site, but additional work
wasn't possible because farmer James Bristle planted crops on the land. Tests of
bones show the animal to be more than 15-thousand years old.

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