Friday Morning State News Summary
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 02:00:58 EST
Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme
Court to appeal the split 8-7 en banc ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of
Appeals in Cincinnati that throws out Michigan's voter-approved ban on
affirmative action in college admissions and public hiring.
The court ruled Thursday that the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative violates the
equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution overturning a ruling by the
U.S. District Court in Detroit upholding the amendment, known as Proposal 2,
which was approved by voters in the November 2006 election.
Schuette says the MCRI embodies the fundamental premise of what America is all
about: equal opportunity under the law, and that entrance to the state's
universities must be based upon merit.
The Attorney General will file the petition with the U.S. Supreme Court within
Meanwhile, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights applauded the opinion of the
US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals saying it believes that in admissions decisions
the greater interest of the public is best addressed in an academic environment
rather than at a political level.
Economists at the University of Michigan say over the next two years, the U.S.
economy will regain the rest of the nearly 9 million jobs lost in the Great
In their annual forecast of the U.S. economy, Economist Joan Crary and
colleagues Daniil Manaenkov and Matthew Hall predict the creation of 2 million
jobs in 2013 and another 2.3 million in 2014 as unemployment falls from 7.9
percent to 7.2 percent during that time.
They project overall economic output growth as measured by real Gross Domestic
Product of 2 percent in 2013 and 2.6 percent in 2014 compared to last year's 1.8
percent and this year's 2.1 percent growth.
The forecast also calls for a solid recovery in the housing market.
Single-family starts are expected to rise from 540,000 this year to 750,000 next
year and to more than 1 million in 2014.
According to the forecast, both interest rates and inflation will remain at
moderate levels over the next two years while light vehicle sales will continue
to improve from 12.7 million units in 2011 to 14.3 million this year, 15 million
next year and 15.6 million in 2014.
(Auburn Hills-Chrysler Investment)
Chrysler will be investing nearly 250-million dollars in three Detroit area
plants in the upcoming months.
CEO Sergio Marchionne (MAR-kee-OWN-ee) announced the investment of nearly
200-million dollars in the Mack Avenue Engine 1 Plant to produce the Pentastar
V-6 engine that is currently offered in 16 Chrysler Group models.
In addition, the automaker will spend 40-million dollars at the Trenton Engine
Plant so the factory can build the new fuel-efficient "Tigershark" four-cylinder
engine. There will be a third shift added at the Warren Truck plant where the
RAM pickups are built. The move will add one-thousand jobs at the facility.
Marchionne says a total of 12-hundred-50 jobs will be created by the
State officials are urging deer hunters to shoot feral swine while they are in
the woods during the firearm season that runs through November 30th.
Feral swine are defined as free-ranging wild pigs, not owned by any person.
State Veterinarian Dr. Steven Halstead says the animals may transmit disease to
domestic pigs and cause extensive crop damage for Michigans farming families.
According to Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Bill Moritz, in
Michigan, hunters with a valid hunting license of any type can kill the pigs any
time of the year, not just during deer season. He adds that feral swine are a
significant risk to Michigans wildlife, ecosystems and agricultural resources,
and they are a serious threat to humans and wildlife.
The greatest concentration of sightings/killings are in Gratiot, Hillsdale,
Houghton, Ingham, Mecosta, Marquette, Lenawee, Midland, Saginaw, Washtenaw and
There is one other benefit to hunters -- returning home with a side of pork.
Halstead says it's highly unlikely a person will contract an illness by eating
thoroughly cooked meat of feral swine.
(MI-Detroit Bond Funds)
An agreement between the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit will allow
some funding to come to the city but not before some milestones are reached.
State Treasurer Andy Dillon says he and Mayor Dave Bing agreed to the measures
in order for bond money to be released so the city does not run out of cash.
Those items include the requirement that the city hire a restructuring team by
December 14th to move forward plans to help solve the financial crisis.
The city must also revamp the way it purchases goods and services and the way
contracts for suppliers are approved.
Officials said earlier this week that the city would run out of cash by the end
of the year if it was not able to draw down $10 million by next week and $20
million by mid-December.
(Help from: Metro Source)
(MI-Credit Union Embezzlement)
A Toledo woman who allegedly pocketed approximately $2.1 million from a
southeast Michigan credit union has been charged with bank embezzlement and
Attorney General Bill Schuette charged 61-year old Sharon Broadway after a
routine examination by the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation revealed
that a substantial amount of Certificates of Deposit went un-recorded on the
books of the United Catholic Credit Union in Temperance.
Broadway is accused of embezzling the funds since 1985 using a complex money
laundering scheme involving multiple aliases and forged checks while she was
manager, secretary, board member and sole employee of the credit union.
According to the charges, Broadway used the money as her personal funds.
Broadway faces up to 20 years in prison. She waived her right to a preliminary
exam and will be arraigned in Monroe County Circuit Court on December 7.
The state closed down the United Catholic Credit Union in August and appointed
the National Credit Union Administration as receiver.
(Mason Co-Double Murder Plea)
A West Michigan man has plead guilty to the murder of his sister and her friend
in late January.
21-year old Patrick Bentley made the plea to second-degree murder and other
charges Tuesday in Mason County Circuit Court in Ludington. Under a deal with
prosecutors, Bentley will be sentenced to between 48 to 67 years in prison.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 18th.
The bodies of 18-year-old Lacey Bentley and 35-year-old Fernando Ramirez were
found January 27th in Victory Township near Scottville.
Co-defendant 19-year old Lashawn Whipple pleaded guilty in September to
second-degree murder and related charges. She'll get 30 to 60 years in prison at
her December 4th sentencing.
(WBRN, Big Rapids)
(Cass Co-Murder Trial On Hold)
The murder trial for a man believed to have killed a southwest Michigan couple
more than two and a half years ago has been put on hold.
A Cass County judge has agreed to a defense request that 28-year old Keith Lintz
undergo an exam to determine if he's mentally competent to stand trial. Defense
Attorney Greg Feldman says Lintz has problems with simple communication, like
speaking, may have memory problems and be vulnerable to blackouts.
Lintz was arrested last month and charged with two counts of felony first-degree
murder in the deaths of 40-year old John Tarwacki and his 39-year old wife
Carolyn who were found dead in their home near Niles in February of 2010.
Prosecutor Victor Fitz said they identified Lintz as the suspect within a week
of the crime. He allegedly stabbed John Tarwacki ten times, shot him twice and
stabbed his wife four times, shot her twice and badly beat her about the face.
The prosecution is demanding the exam happen in a timely manner, but the judge
is not making any guarantees.
(Jason Scott, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
(Dearborn Hghts-School Illness)
A suburban Detroit high school is closed today (Friday) after dozens of students
Officias at Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights said about 160 students
reported flu-like symptoms on Thursday and were sent home. The school is being
thoroughly cleaned and officials are working to determine what made the students
District officials said they hope to have the school reopened by Monday.
The Michigan Humane Society says it seized ten horses that were being housed in
a warehouse on Detroit's west side.
The horses are in various stages of neglect and poor health and were recovered
with the help of Detroit Animal Control. Officials say they are pursuing those
responsible for the mistreatment of the animals with the help of Detroit Police.
It was not known if any of the animals will have to be euthanized due to the
Tonight's (Fri) Mega Millions jackpot is worth $26 (m) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the midday 3 lottery on thursday were: 9-1-9.
The winning numbers for the midday 4 lottery were: 3-5-8-3.
The winning numbers for the evening 3 lottery were: 9-8-7.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 8-8-1-1.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 06-16-19-22-25.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07, 14, 22,
25, 28, 34, 40, 43, 48, 49, 53, 55, 65, 67, 73, 77, 79.
Saturday's Classic Lotto jackpot is projected to be one-point-two-five (m)