Tuesday Morning State News Summary
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:53:56 EDT
State health officials say Michigan now has 22 confirmed cases, including two
deaths, associated with an outbreak of fungal meningitis and strokes linked to a
recalled steroid medication given to people who get injections for back pain.
Department of Community Health spokeswoman Angela Minicuci says there are 21
cases of meningitis and one infection of a joint associated with the outbreak.
The tainted drug was shipped to four facilities in Michigan and officials are
working with the clinics to contact patients who received an injection with the
serum prepared by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham,
Massachusetts after July 1.
The facilities are Michigan Neurosurgical Institute in Grand Blanc, Michigan
Pain Specialists in Brighton, Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation in Traverse City
and Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded the notification
process to include patients with injections in other sites, such as injections
for joint pain.
Nationwide, at least 105 cases and eight deaths have been reported from nine
states with the number of cases expected to increase.
Today (Tuesday) is the last day to register to vote in the November 6 general
To register to vote, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day
and be U.S. citizens. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the
city or township in which they wish to register.
Voters may register by mail, at their county, city or township clerk's office,
or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at
First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first
election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are 60
years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and
Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote you can check your
registration status at the Michigan Voter Information Center at
A new statewide poll says that Michigan voters -- by a wide margin -- support
the effort by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to require voters to declare prior
to receiving their ballot whether or not they're a US citizen.
The poll was commissioned by Lansing-based Gongwer News Service.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled that Johnson's action violated the US
In the meantime, several local clerks say they will refuse to use ballot
application forms that contained the citizenship question.
In the poll however, 73 percent of the respondents approve of being asked
whether or not they're legal citizens.
And in a second question, where the reasons for supporting and opposing the
policy were explained, 56 percent said Johnson was trying to prevent fraud, and
29 percent said she was trying to suppress turnout among non-Republicans.
The poll was conducted by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA. The margin of error was plus
or minus four percentage points.
A new poll shows President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney
are in a tight race.
The survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA found that 48-percent of likely Michigan
voters support Obama while 45-percent back Romney. The 3-point difference is
within the poll's 4-percentage point margin of error.
That compares to EPIC-MRA's previous poll conducted September 8th through the
11th in which Obama had 47-percent to Romney's 37-percent.
When asked about last week's debate, 66-percent declared Romney the winner,
compared with 12-percent for Obama. Eight percent said it was a tie.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is optimistic that the
Romney/Ryan ticket can win Michigan in the presidential election this November.
At an event in Detroit yesterday (Tuesday) Ryan told the "Detroit News" he
thinks the campaign has a very good chance of winning Michigan.
Ryan's comments come as two recent polls show President Barack Obama's double
digit lead in Michigan has now been cut to just three points.
Ryan toured the independent faith-based Cornerstone school in Detroit yesterday
(Monday) as part of his trip to southeast Michigan. He also attended a
fundraiser and rally in Oakland County with Kid Rock.
Spending on both the Presidential and US Senate races in Michigan appears to be
one-sided at this point, according to a campaign finance watchdog group in
The Michigan Campaign Finance Network says that in the presidential race,
nonprofit "issue" groups and superPACs supporting Mitt Romney have spent almost
13 (m) million dollars for ads criticizing the Obama administration and its
policies in the seven months since Michigan's February presidential primary.
There has been no television advertising response from the Obama campaign or its
supporters in Michigan.
The most recent advertising in regard to the presidential campaign was a two (m)
million dollar ad blitz by the superPAC Restore Our Future that ran statewide,
except the Marquette media market, from September 19th through October 2nd.
SuperPACs, which have to disclose donors, have spent just over five (m) million
dollars for presidential TV advertising in Michigan.
Nonprofit "social welfare" corporations, which do not disclose their donors,
have spent seven-point-eight (m) million.
Neither candidate's campaign has paid for an ad in Michigan since the February
In Michigan's U.S. Senate campaign, the television airwaves have belonged
exclusively to incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, according to Robinson.
Her campaign spent just over one (m) million dollars September 17th through
October 7th. It has an additional four-point one (m) million in place with
broadcasters and cable systems for the final four weeks before Election Day.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra's campaign has not bought any television
advertising and currently has nothing in place for the final month of the
(Grand Rapids-Contraception Mandate Lawsuit)
A West Michigan businessman is the latest to sue the Obama administration over a
controversial provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires employer health
plans to fund free contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs.
John Kennedy filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court Monday saying his
religious beliefs as a Catholic prevent him from complying with the
abortion-related mandates of what opponents call Obamacare.
The President and CEO of Kentwood-based Autocam told the Grand Rapids Press that
he hopes the lawsuit will buy opponents of the law like himself enough time to
repeal the mandates in Congress. The lawsuit seeks a court injunction to stop
the mandates when they become effective on January 1, 2013.
Kennedy filed the lawsuit with the support of the CatholicVote Legal Defense
Fund and the Thomas More Society of Chicago.
A similar lawsuit has been filed by Michigan-based Weingartz Supply Company and
Legatus, which is an organization of Catholic business owners.
In addition, Michigan has joined six states to file their own lawsuit, which has
been appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit,
after a lower court declined to hear the case.
(Detroit-Police Chief Retires)
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced Monday the retirement of police chief Ralph
Godbee effective immediately.
Godbee's exit puts an end to a sex scandal that has plagued the department for
the past week. Bing said that he met with the chief, who had been placed on
suspension for 30 days on Sunday and Godbee told the mayor of his plan.
Bing made it clear Godbee wasnt fired, saying leaving was his own decision. But
he did support Godbees decision.
Assistant Chief Chester Logan was named interim police chief by Bing.
Godbee was accused of having a sexual relationship with Internal Affairs Officer
Angelica Robinson. She came forward about their relationship after Godbee took
another woman with him to a police chief's conference in San Diego last week.
Meanwhile, Robinson's attorney says they are considering a lawsuit against the
city. Robinson was sent for a mental evaluation last week, but was declared fit
for duty and returned to work on Thursday.
(Metro Source/WWJ, Detroit)
Gas prices in Michigan are up just over three cents a gallon this week.
However, according to Triple-A Michigan, the current statewide average of
three-dollars-91 cents per gallon is almost 53 cents more than at this time last
Triple-A reports that the lowest average price among the cities it surveys, was
found in the Marquette area at slightly more than three-dollars-76 cents per
gallon. The highest price was in the Jackson area at nearly three-dollars-94
Dearborn-based 'Triple A Michigan' surveys two-thousand-800 Michigan gas
Among Michigan's major metropolitan areas, three-dollars-76-point-four cents in
Marquette, three-dollars-87-point-four cents in Benton Harbor,
three-dollars-88-point-eight cents in metro Detroit,
three-dollars-90-point-eight cents in Traverse City, three-dollars-92-point-four
cents in Ann Arbor, three-dollars-92-point-eight cents in Lansing/East Lansing
and Flint, three-dollars-93 cents in Saginaw/Bay City,
three-dollars-93-point-five cents in Grand Rapids/Muskegon and a statewide high
of three-dollars-93-point-eight cents in Jackson.
(Capitol-Pledge of Allegiance)
Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to guarantee all public school
children the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day.
Snyder says the legislation provides one more way to help introduce students to
the importance of civics.
The requirement takes effect for the 2013 school year. All children will have
the opportunity to say the pledge, but no one will be required if they or their
The legislation also calls for a U.S. flag to be hung in each classroom where
the pledge will be recited. Both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign
Wars have offered to help furnish flags, within their resources, for schools
that cannot afford them.
Forty-three other states current require schools to offer the pledge.
(Detroit-GM Tech Jobs)
General Motors has announced that it will create 2,000 new hi-tech jobs with
1,500 of those jobs going to the Warren Tech Center.
GM is out to bring more of its information technology operations in-house. Right
now, most of the companys IT is handled outside the automaker. To that end, GM
is spending $300 million on new IT Innovation Centers in Warren and in Austin,
GM says its recruiters are visiting U.S. college campuses this fall and
participating in local job fairs targeting IT professionals.
Governor Rick Snyder praised General Motors decision saying the automaker is
demonstrating once again that Michigan is where the world looks for automotive
He says the move will make Michigan a bigger player in hi-tech, keep younger
workers from moving away and even attract younger workers to the state.
(MI-Classic Lotto Winner)
Michigan Lottery officials say a Warren couple wasted no time coming forward to
collect a $3.4 million Classic Lotto 47 jackpot on Friday.
The couple had the sole winning ticket from the Classic Lotto 47 drawing last
Wednesday. They purchased their winning ticket from the Meijer Gas Station at
29585 Mound Round in Warren.
The anonymous winners said the first thing they would do with their fortune was
help their family, then they would splurge a little on themselves and jet-set
off to Italy.
Opting for a one-time lump sum payment of $2,173,112, the couple took home a
check for $1,537,478 after paying federal and state taxes.
(Petoskey-Kilwins Fudge Recall)
Petoskey-based Kilwins Quality Confections is recalling all 7 ounce packages of
sugar free peanut butter fudge because of potential salmonella contamination.
The fudge sold in Kilwins stores between October 1st 2011 and October 5th, 2012
and was packaged in either a light beige box with a small window area, or a
black and white box with a small window area and a yellow sticker across the top
corner that states "sugar-free."
The recalled fudge was sold in Kilwins retail stores located in Michigan as well
as Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
No illnesses have been reported in connection to the product.
(Washtenaw Co-Murder Suspect Surrenders)
A 34-year old man accused of killing a co-worker surrendered to police in
Leonard Ware of Ypsilanti Township is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail
and will be arraigned today (Tuesday).
According to Ann Arbor.com, police believe Ware shot 29-year-old Bhagavan Allen
of Superior Township Wednesday afternoon following a dispute over job
performance. Police say the shooting occurred not far from Marsh Plating
Corporation where the two men worked.
The Oakland County Sheriff's department is looking for the mother of a child who
was left alone in a vehicle early Saturday morning.
The two-year-old boy was asleep next to a juice bottle that contained alcohol
and a crack pipe was on the floor nearby. It appears the driver was in an
accident as there was fresh damage to the front end of the vehicle when deputies
The child's 49-year-old aunt returned to the car when deputies were on the scene
and said the vehicle was out of gas. She said the child's 44-year-old mother
went searching for drugs while she went to a gas station.
A warrant for her arrest is being sought for woman who could face charges
including child neglect and endangerment.
The aunt was questioned and released pending possible charges. The boy was
released to his father.
(Isabella Co-Tribe Ancestral Remains)
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and its Ziibiwing Cultural Center Society are
in the process of repatriating ancestral remains to the reservation in Mount
A delegation of tribal members is in Andover, Massachusetts to retrieve remains
of an ancestor that were donated to an archaeology museum at Phillips Academy in
1901. Later this week, the tribal delegation will join representatives from
several other tribes in Ann Arbor, to complete the return of ancestors whose
remains have been part of the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe received a $13,000 National Park Service grant
to assist with the process.
The tribe invites the public to a "Recommitment to the Earth Ceremony" on Friday
at noon at the Nibokaan Ancestral Cemetery, established in 1995 for repatriated
remains. The cemetery is on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Indian Reservation,
behind the tribal campground in Mount Pleasant.
The return of Native American remains is part of the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act, passed in 1990.
Chrysler is launching two new ad campigns, one that will target mainstream
buyers and one that will try to reach Latinos.
Company officials say both campaigns will surround the new 2013 Ram 1500 pickup
Both commercials will be voiced by actor Sam Elliott, who's been narrating
Chrysler ads for the last two years.
The Ram truck has been gaining market share for three straight years.
Tonight's (Tue) Mega Millions lotto game jackpot is worth $45 (M) million
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery were: 2-0-0.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 4-9-5-8.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 0-4-9.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 9-8-5-3.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 15-18-20-27-29.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 07, 09, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21, 28,
32, 34, 35, 36, 40, 43, 46, 47, 48, 53, 55, 75, 79, 80.
Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is worth $50 (M) million dollars.
Wednesday's Classic Lotto 47 jackpot is worth one-point-zero-five (M) million