Thursday Afternoon State News Summary
Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:15:57 EST
legislation. Under the plan, struggling local governments would have four
options to get out of financial distress: emergency management; a consent
agreement; mediation; or Chapter 9 bankruptcy. It replaces Public Act 4 of
2011 that was repealed by voters in November, but will not take effect until
March.

     The Michigan Legislature formally adjourned for the year today (Thu).
Despite no voting, the "sine die" (latin for "without day") session each
year does have some legal significance. Any bill signed by the Governor
takes effect 90-days after the session, unless lawmakers have voted for
legislation to take effect earlier or on some other date.

      A Wixom man, suspected in a shooting spree that targeted motorists in
and near I-96 in four counties, faces video arraignment this (Thu) afternoon
on terrorism and other new charges, from the State Attorney General's
office. 43-year-old Raulie Casteel of Wixom faces at least seven felony
counts involving the Livingston County attacks.

     Former State Representative Judy Nerat of Wallace died Sunday. She was
64. Nerat was the first woman to elected to represent the 108th House
district which covers Delta, Menominee and Dickinson Counties. She was
elected in 2008 and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that
affects plasma cells, while in office. Funeral services will be held
Saturday near Menominee.

     More than 100 law enforcement agencies in 22 Michigan counties have
begun a statewide drunk driving crackdown, to keep impaired drivers off the
road as 2013 begins. The extra officers will target impaired drivers
through January 1st. Fourteen people were killed in traffic crashes during
the New Years holiday period in Michigan, five of those crashes involved
alcohol.

     Snow emergencies remain in effect in all communities in Macomb County
as crews continue their efforts to clean up after Wednesday's storm. The
area received the highest amount of snow from the storm with around eight
inches reported.   The snow emergencies will remain in effect for
approximately 36 hours after the snow ended.

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