Thursdsay Moring State News Summary
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 01:55:48 EST
(MI-More Outbreak Cases)
The number of cases in Michigan continues to rise as a result of the national meningitis outbreak stemming from tainted steroid injections.
The Michigan Department of Community Health says there are now 148 total cases in the state. 64 cases of meningitis including eight deaths, 77 epidural abscess, one stroke and six joint infections.
The number of deaths does not include a southwest Michigan woman who received her injections at a pain clinic in Indiana.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the fungal meningitis outbreak has spread to 19 states with 461 cases and 32 deaths.
The outbreak is tied to tainted steroid injections for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. They were shipped to at least four Michigan clinics. The medication has been recalled.


(MI-Unemployment Rate)
Michigans unemployment rate in October fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 9.1 percent. It marked the second consecutive monthly jobless rate decline for Michigan.
According to the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, total employment in Michigan rose by 13,000 in October, while the number of unemployed decreased by 5,000. The states labor force grew by 7,000 over the month.
Michigan's jobless rate last month was eight-tenths of a percentage point below the states October 2011 rate of 9.9 percent but is one and two-tenths percentage points above the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.


(Pontiac-Woman Attacked-UPDATE)
A Pontiac woman who was attacked in her home, shot multiple times and left for dead Tuesday night has died from her injuries.
The Oakland County Sheriffs Department says 33-year-old Tanisha (TUH-nee-SHA) Silas (SYE-las) died Wednesday afternoon at a local hospital.
Silas was found lying on the kitchen floor by her husband around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police say it appears she interrupted a home invasion in progress. They say the home had been ransacked.
Police say the womans sports utility vehicle, which was presumed stolen, was recovered early this (Wednesday) morning in the west parking lot of Doctors Hospital in Pontiac - located about one mile west of the crime scene.
Undersheriff Michael McCabe says this is now a homicide investigation. Investigators say Silas husband isnt a suspect and has been totally cooperative.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakland County Sheriff or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. There is a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)


(MI-I-96 Shooter-UPDATE)
Judges in both Oakland and Livingston counties have ordered a competency examination for the the man suspected in some of the shootings along the I-96 corridor in southeast Michigan.
43-year old Raulie (RAW-lee) Casteel of Wixom is facing over 60 counts in Oakland County including assault with intent to murder for shootings in Wixom and Commerce Township. He is charged with six counts, including felonious assault, for an October 18 shooting on I-96 in Howell Township.
Casteel is being held in the Livingston County Jail on two-million dollars bond.
Charges against Casteel are pending in Ingham and Shiawassee counties.


(MI-Fix the Debt)
A national nonpartisan coalition that is calling on lawmakers to address the ballooning national debt has officially launched its state chapter in Michigan.
Campaign to Fix the Debt Michigan co-chairs include Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and current Senior Policy Fellow at Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants, and Sandy Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
Sikkema and Baruah called on lawmakers in Washington to put aside political differences to forge a credible plan to stabilize and bring down the national debt and encouraged Michiganders to ask their elected leaders to take action.
Baruah says resolving the issue will take a smart combination of spending restraint, revenue enhancements, and a robustly growing economy. She adds that achieving all three simultaneously is daunting, but absolutely necessary.
To date, The Campaign to Fix the Debt has attracted more than 300,000 grassroots supporters from across the county, including the active support from CEOs and employees at some of Americans largest companies operating in all parts of Michigan such as AT&T, Dow, Honeywell, and Weyerhaeuser.


(Detroit-Cop Shot)
A Detroit police officer is expected to be OK after he was shot Wednesday afternoon on the citys east side.
Detroit Police Commander Steve Dolunt said officers were trying to deliver an arrest warrant when the suspect got into his car and rammed a Detroit police vehicle.
A chase ensued, ending when the suspect stopped and ran through a funeral home.When he exited out the back door, thats when police said shots were fired at the officer. Police returned fire and struck the suspect, who was listed in critical condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
The officer, who was struck in the back, was wearing a bullet-poof vest. He sustained only minor injuries.
No names have been released.
(WWJ, Detroit)


(MI-Toyota Recall)
Toyota is recalling 670,000 of their popular Prius and Prius hybrid vehicles in the United States to correct two safety issues.
Japans top automaker said all of the vehicles will be inspected to see if a part in the steering shaft needs to be replaced because of an issue that could cause excessive wear. Affected models were produced from 2000 to 2011 in Japan, and from 2000 to 2009 overseas.
Approximately 350,000 of these same Prius vehicles are also being recalled to replace the electric water pump for the hybrid system. Toyota says the pump could fail and cause the hybrid system to stop running. Those vehicles were produced from 2001 to 2010 in Japan, and from 2003 to 2011 overseas.
The automaker says no accidents have been reported related to these two problems. Toyota said its dealers will inspect and replace any defective systems, free of charge.
Recall notices are expected to go out to owners of the affected vehicles in December. The recall affects a total of about 2.77 million vehicles world-wide.
(WWJ, Detroit)


(MI-Bureaucracy Busters)
Governor Rick Snyder has announced the first winners of the Bureaucracy Busters program, a social media initiative that calls on state of Michigan employees to offer innovative ideas for enhancing efficiency, customer service and the workplace.
Employees were invited to post ideas on a crowdsourcing website, vote on the ideas that they prefer, and provide feedback on others ideas. Nearly 8,300 state employees participated, 1,200 ideas were posted, 5,896 comments were offered, and 110,000 votes were cast since the program launched September 5th.
The winners are: David Coger, a transportation engineer with the Department of Transportation, who suggested cutting down on the number of passwords to access state employee websites; Selena Friend, an associate engineer for development in M-DOTs Bay Region, who suggested notifying job applicants when they are not selected for interviews; and Tom Barrett, a Department of Treasury analyst, who suggested that Pure Michigan billboards include the names of the scenic locations that are featured in the marketing campaigns photos.
The next phase of the Bureaucracy Busters program will invite state employees to vote on one of several problems they want to solve together. Once selected, they can offer ideas for solving that problem on the Bureaucracy Busters website.
The initiative is a takeoff on the Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" television program, which investigates the validity of rumors and myths, and "busts" those that aren't true.


(MI-Secession Petition Started)
Michigan is one of 20 states that has started a symbolic petition on the White House website to secede from the union following President Barack Obama's re-election.
The petition is titled: "Peacefully grant the State of Michigan to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government." It has more than 14,000 signatures.
The petition has no real power. If petitions net 25,000 signatures in 30 days, that triggers a response from the White House.
The language is virtually identical to that of the other states, and Texas and Louisiana have gathered the most signatures. The other states are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.


(Bay City-Bennett Plea)
A Mount Pleasant man charged with the death of a four-year-old boy last summer has plead not guilty in federal court in Bay City.
20-year old Anthony Bennett, a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Carnel Chamberlain, which garnered national attention.
The child's body was found under the porch of his mother's home on the tribe's reservation near Mount Pleasant on June 28th after a week-long search. Carnel was being watched by Bennett while his mother was working the night he went missing.
Bennett, who was living in the home with Carnel and his mother Jaimee, was already being jailed in Bay County on charges of assaulting the boy.
He's scheduled to be back in court November 27th.
(WBRN, Big Rapids)


(Van Buren Co-Marijuana Operation Busted)
The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department has made a significant drug seizure.
Officers destroyed over 1,700 marijuana plants from a wooded area in Covert Township with a street value of $1.7 million. Officers found three areas where the trees had been cut and the land cleared for the pot. There was also a excavated area that they say held a water supply for the plants.
Authorities think the operation may be connected to a similar one discovered on August 22 in which 1,781 plants were destroyed.
No suspects have been identified as yet, and police are urging anyone with information to call the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, Crime Stoppers or Silent Observer.
(Mike Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)


(MI-Charity Scam)
A metro Detroit man who started fake charities and impersonated veterans groups for his own gain will spend at least the next year and a half in prison.
Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that 37-year-old Neil Thrasher of West Bloomfield was sentenced to 17 months to ten years in prison and ordered to pay nearly 75-thousand dollars in restitution to the Disabled American Veterans and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Thrasher pleaded no contest to creating two fake charities: The Paralyzed American Veterans and Disabled Veterans of America.
Officials say from January 2009 through this past April Thrasher collected more than $180,000 through telemarketing from unsuspecting donors and used the money to make purchases at athletic clubs, liquor stores, and restaurants. The vast majority of money collected was allegedly never used to help veterans or given to veterans organizations.


(Saginaw-Church Consolidation)
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw says Bishop Joseph Cistone has received final recommendations from the Diocesan Planning Commission charged with consolidating its 105 parishes and 4 worship sites.
The process started in September of 2011 as an effort to reorganize the Diocese in light of declining membership.
Bishop Cistone says he will spend the next couple of months studying and prayerfully reflecting on the recommendations, and announce his final decisions early in 2013.
The Saginaw Catholic Diocese covers 11 counties.
(WSGW, Saginaw)


(Wed lottery)
There were no winning tickets sold in Wednesday's Classic Lotto 47 game.
That means Saturday's jackpot will be worth one-point-two-five (M) million dollars.   
The numbers drawn Wednesday were: 03, 05, 13, 17, 28, and 35.
The Powerball numbers from last night: 08-10-30-44-58.
The power ball was 13.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Wednesday were: 6-9-6.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 1-9-4-1.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 8-2-9.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 7-1-5-5.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were:   06-13-15-22-34.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 02, 04, 09, 18, 20, 22, 26, 35, 38, 41, 44, 46, 50, 53, 54, 55, 59, 60, 63, 65, 72, 76.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth at least $26 (M) million dollars.
Saturday's Powerball jackpot will be worth $214 (M) million dollars.

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