Wednesday Afternoon State News Summary
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:34:43 EST
     A tentative agreement has been reached between Eastern Michigan
University and their teachers' union.
     The new four-year contract calls for wage increases each year and
changes in their healthcare plans. It will give union teachers a one-time
payment of 12-hundred-50 dollars to help offset healthcare increases.
     A vote on the contract is scheduled for next month and the university's
Board of Regents will vote on the contract at their meeting in February.
                                   (Metro Source)

(Capitol-Governor Snyder-Abortion Bill)
     Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has not yet signed a bill that would make
major changes for those providing abortion services in the state.
     The bill was one of many that was approved by the Republican-led House
and Senate during the lame duck session earlier this month. It
would require facilities that perform more than 120 abortions a year to be
licensed as an outpatient surgical center.
     Opponents say major provisions in the bill are unnecessary and designed
to make abortions more difficult for women. Supporters say the law makes
clinics safer for women choosing to end their pregnancy.
     The governor says he is still reviewing the bill and has not indicated
if he will sign it or veto the measure.
                                   (Metro Source)

(SalemTwp-Triple Fatal-Update)
     An accident in Salem Township Christmas Day claimed the lives of three
people on their way to a holiday gathering.
     Police in Salem Township have identified the three victims as
68-year-old Mary Hammon, 71-year-old Jackie Hammon and 66-year-old Judith
[ shuh-DELL ]. They died when their vehicle collided head-on with
a second car at Eight Mile and Currie roads.
     Police say Hammon crossed the center line but are still investigating
the cause of the accident.
     Authorities have ruled out alcohol as a factor.
                                   (WWJ, Detroit; Metro Source)

(Flint-Cabon Monoxide)
     A family of three died Christmas Day from what authorities believe was
accidental carborn monoxide poisoning.
     Flint police say 43-year-old LeTroy Edwards, 37-year-old Selena
Carranza and Carranza's 11-year-old son, Jayson Cobbin died Tuesday.
     Police say Edwards and Carranza died at the scene and Cobbin died at a
     Police weren't sure what exactly caused the home to be filled with the
deadly carbon monoxide.
     According to the Center for Disease Control, about 400 people die each
year from carbon monoxide poisoning.

     While the Governor and others have been conducting a full court press
toward building a new bridge between Detroit and Canada, it will likely be
about seven years before that will happen, even under the most favorable
     The "Detroit Free Press" reports the earliest it may be completed and
open to traffic appears to be about 2020, according to official government
     The Michigan Department of Transportation says that date, just about
seven years from now, is quote, "aggressive but achievable."
     Governor Snyder's administration says building a new bridge to go along
with the private Ambassador Bridge is needed for the economy and to end
traffic jams of semis going back and forth.

(MI-Winter Wx Advisory)
     A winter storm advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. today through
noon tomorrow in a portion of southern Lower Michigan, including soutwhest
Michigan, Mid-Michigan and the Detroit area.
     The National Weather Service is calling for four to six inches of snow
from the storm in some regions.
     The weather pattern is the same storm that spawned tornadoes in the
south along with severe thunderstorms.

     Huron County Sheriff deputies say a 49-year old Bay City pilot escaped
injury after his plane flipped over while landing on Maisou (MY- sue)
Island, in Saginaw Bay on Tuesday.
     Deputies were called by the U - S Coast Guard after Rodney Brocke's
(Brock) wife called about 6:30-Tuesday evening, reporting he needed help on
the island, off Sebewaing.
     Brocke was doing practice landings about 4-P-M, when his right wheel
broke through the ice causing the experimental, 19-96 KitFox plane to flip.

     The pilot had left Bay City's James Clements Airport to go to the
Huron County island for some target practise.
     Brocke refused medical treatment from the Sebewaing Ambulance after
deputies brought him to shore with an air boat.
                              (Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)

     Health officials in Lansing say about 75 residents and employees at an
East Lansing retirement home have become ill in a suspected norovirus
     The illnesses are at the Burcham Hills Retirement Community in East
Lansing, however directors there say the facility has remained open and is
not under quarantine.
     The norovirus is spread through contact with infected people and
contaminated surfaces. Symptoms generally include nausea, vomiting and

(OaklandCo-Fatal Shooting)
     The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate a
fatal shooting in Pontiac. Deputies say 32-year-old Marwin Chambers was
found dead in the driveway of a home on Glenwood Avenue early Christmas
     Chambers suffered several gunshot wounds.
     No arrests have been made and a reward for information in the case is
being offered. Anyone who may know who gunned down the man can call
CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP and can remain anonymous.
                                   (Metro Source)

(MI-Flu Outbreak)
     The Michigan Department of Community Health says two children have died
from an early outbreak of the flu in the state.
     One child was an infant and passed away in southwest Michigan and the
other was a teenager.
     The MDCH says as of December 20th, there were 149 confirmed flu cases
around the state. A week before, there were 63.
                                   (Metro Source)

(MI-Xmas Returns)
     Now that Christmas has passed, its time for those who didn't exactly
get what they wanted for the holiday to hit the return lines.
     Traditionally the days following Christmas are a busy time for
retailers as consumers flood stores to return or exchange unwanted gifts.
Tom Scott, of the Michigan Retailers Association, is offering a few tips to
make your gift return experience a bit more pleasant.
     He suggests consumers have patience with clerks, do your returns or
exchanges at slower times, and be sure you have a receipt for the item or
items you plan to return or exchange.
     Its also suggested that you keep the original packaging and
instructions that may have come with the gift.

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