Thursday Morning State News Summary
Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:47:58 EST
(MI-Winter Wx Advisory)
A winter storm advisory continues into today (Thu) in a portion of southern
Lower Michigan, including soutwhest Michigan, Mid-Michigan and the Detroit area.
The National Weather Service had called 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.
The snow cancelled or delayed hundreds of flights in and out of Metro Airport
yesterday and slowed the evening commute.
Several communities, including Birmingham, Dearborn, Eastpointe, and Flat Rock
have declared a snow emergency, which means residents will not be able to park
on the streets so they can be plowed.
Michigan State Police say they had around 100 reports of crashes between 3 and 7
p.m. in the metro area, and Triple-A Michigan said roughly 34-hundred people had
contacted them for help on the roads.
Michigan State Police say the number of traffic deaths were down during the 2012
"Lifesaver Holiday Weekend" from Friday, December 21 through Sunday, December
Four people lost their lives in Michigan this year compared to eight in 2011.
Police say alcohol was involved in three of the accidents, and three of those
killed were not buckled up.
State statistics show that Michigan realized a slight increase in the number of
induced abortions in 2011, compared to 2010.
The State Department of Community Health reports that the majority of women
getting abortions did have a previous full-term pregnancy. Most women obtaining
abortions also were unmarried.
The State recorded 23-thousand, 366 abortions in 2011, up one quarter of one
percent from 2010.
However, the number is still fewer than half the number reported in 1987, the
year of the highest reported number in Michigan history, according to the
Lansing-based Gongwer News Service.
The report also says more than 51 percent of the women who had abortions in
Michigan last year were 25 years old or younger.
(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.
State Community Health officials say two children have died from an early
outbreak of the flu in Michigan already this year, and influenza cases are
Angela Minicuci, of the Michigan Department of Community Health, says as of
December 20th there have been 149 confirmed cases of the
flu in Michigan, which is up from 63 the week before.
She says there have also been two pediatic deaths from influenza, which is
semi-unusal for this early in the season, but more importantly is
that there are many more unreported flu cases all over the state.
One of the pediatric deaths was an infant and the other a teenager.
Minicuci reminds residents that the best prevention against the flu is a shot,
and for everyone to get vaccinated, since it has worked to combat the three most
common strains of influenza present this year.
(MI-Snyder Person to Watch)
Governor Rick Snyder has been named one of Politico's "13 people to watch in
Snyder was thrown into the national spotlight recently when he signed into law
controversial legislation making Michigan a right-to-work state, over the
objections of Democrats and unions.
Politico.com says by signing right-to-work legislation in Michigan, a cradle of
the labor movement, Snyders made himself the main target of unions - and they
are out for revenge.
But making Michigan a right-to-work state hasnt been the only thing Snyders
accomplished: The state has the sixth-fastest growing economy in the nation and
unemployment keeps dropping, his office notes. He also recently vetoed changes
to Michigan's concealed weapons law in the wake of a tragic school shooting in
And it says on his plate in 2013 is everything from a controversial abortion
bill that would put more regulation on clinics to dealing with Detroits
It says for all these reasons that Snyder is a person to watch in 2013.
Others on the list include: former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of
Wisconsin, Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Newark Mayor Corey
Booker and several others.
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.
As we approach the deadline for the fiscal cliff with increasingly dim hopes of
a deal, The Action of Michigan is demonstrating this week outside the offices of
Republican members of Congress.
The group was at Congressman Mike Rogers' office in Lansing yesterday and today
will be at the district office of Tim Walberg in Jackson.
They will also be protesting at the offices of Congressmen Dave Camp, Dan
Benishek and Fred Upton, hitting Upton's Kalamazoo office on Sunday if there is
The silent protests will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Firearms dealers are now able to sell guns with a little more ease after
Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill last week allowing licensed dealers to
perform background checks on the spot.
Before the new law went into effect, potential gun buyers had to go to
government offices to fill out permit information and those offices conducted
the background check.
The state will still require anyone trying to buy a gun from a private owner or
pawn shop to fill out the paperwork with local law enforcement.
The new law allows licensed dealers to use the FBI's criminal background check
Toyota Motors will pay out over a billion dollars to make a gaggle of unintended
acceleration cases go away.
The Japanese automaker has filed court papers in California saying it intends to
make direct payments to customers and will also install a brake override system
in more than three-million vehicles.
Former owners of Toyota vehicles who were forced to take reduced prices when
selling their cars will also be able to dip into a 250-million dollar trough.
There will be another 250-million available for Toyota owners whose vehicles
aren't eligible for the coming brake override system.
There's no word when the payouts will begin.
The Auto Club of Michigan is urging consumers to avoid using E15 gasoline in
your vehicle, because of the damage it can cause to most
While E15 gas -- containing up to 15-percent ethanol -- was recently approved
for sale by the E-P-A "Triple-A Michigan" says consumers should not buy the fuel
blend until they fully understand its use.
Nancy Cain, of "Triple-A, Michigan," says the new fuel blend can only be used in
five-percent of all vehicles on the road without engine wear or other damage,
and 95-percent of consumers don't know what it is.
Cain says the new blend is not currently being sold in Michigan, but it is in a
few states, and if people are traveling take note that it can only be used,
without damage, in flex-fuel models, 2001 model-year and newer porsches, 2012
model-year and newer g-m vehicles and 2013 model-year fords.
The use of E15 should not be used in heavy-duty vehicles, boats, motorcycles,
power equipment, lawn mowers and off-road vehicles.
(Salem Twp-Triple Fatal)
Police in Salem Township have identified the three victims in a deadly car
accident on Christmas Day.
Authorities say 68-year-old Mary Hammon, 71-year-old Jackie Hammon and
66-year-old Judith Shedell (shuh-DELL) 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.
The three women were on their way to a family gathering at the time of the
There were no winning tickets sold in Wednesday's Classic Lotto 47 game.
That means Saturday's jackpot will be worth three-point-one (M) million
The numbers drawn Wednesday were: 17- 26- 33- 34- 36-and- 42
The Powerball numbers from last night: 11- 13 -23- 43 -and-54
The power ball was 4.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Wednesday were: 9-6-9
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 7-9-4-7
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 5-4-7
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 3-9-8-0
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 02 -03 -06- 20-and- 24
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 01- 12 -13- 24- 28- 31- 33-35-
37 -40- 43 -46- 57- 58-64- 65- 66 -70- 74 -75- 78-and-79
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth at least $25 (M) million dollars.
Saturday's Powerball jackpot will be worth $40 (M) million dollars.