Saturday Morning - Weekend State News Summary
Sat, 19 Jan 2013 03:19:31 EST
(InghamCo-MCCA-Ruling)
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association has appealed an Inhgam County court ruling that said it must disclose details on how it calculates the MCCA fee under the state's no fault auto insurance law.
For years, the MCCA has said it is not subjected to the state's Freedom of Information Act, but earlier this month, Ingham County Judge Clinton Canady III disagreed.
The lawsuit had been brought by the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN).
The fee is reassessed on a regular basis, and has been going up for the past decade or more. Currently it adds 175-dollars to car insurance policies.
A press release from CPAN says the only logical conclusion for the MCCA's appeal is that the group wants to keep the public in the dark regarding how it calculates the fee.


(MI-More Flu Cases)
More people in Michigan are getting the flu.
The latest information from the Michigan Department of Community Health released Friday shows 445 confirmed cases of the flu. That’s more than 100 more cases than a week ago.
The health department says there is “widespread” flu activity in Michigan. So far, at least four children have died of complications from the respiratory illness. The state does not track adult deaths.
The latest state numbers come just days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced the flu had reached epidemic level across 47 states. As of this week, the only states that weren’t reporting flu outbreaks are California, Mississippi and Hawaii.
Health officials recommend everyone age 6 months and up get a flu vaccine and note that it’s not too late.
Health officials say you can help prevent the spread of flu by following several guidelines such as: avoiding close contact with people who are sick; staying home and away from work, school and public places when sick; covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and frequent hand washing.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)


(Detroit-NAIAS Parking)
Parking could be costly in Downtown Detroit this weekend.
Anyone planning on attending the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall should plan on paying. Reportedly, parking enforcement officers will have their ticket pads and pens at the ready for those letting their meters expire.
The Auto Show opens to the public this morning (Saturday) at 9:00 and will run through January 27th.
(Metro Source)


(MI-Wolf Petition Approved)
The Board of State Canvassers has approved a petition form submitted by a group that wants to ask voters to block a gray wolf hunt in the state.
The group "Keep Michigan Wolves Protected" is seeking to gather 225,000 signatures of Michigan voters by late March in order to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. The signature threshold is 161,305.
The coalition was formed after the Michigan Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder approved a new law that designates the gray wolf as a game animal, which gave the state's Natural Resources Commission the authority to decide whether there should be a hunt.
Wolves are no longer on the endangered species list in Michigan.
Farmers and others say wolves have recently threatened livestock.
The Department of Natural Resources says there are likely at least 700 in the Upper Peninsula and the count could be higher than that.


(SUPCO-E.M. Removal Denied)
The Michigan Supreme Court has refused to overturn the state Court of Appeals ruling on the question of whether Detroit Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts can hold office.
The state's high court considered a motion by union activist Robert Davis but did not get involved in the matter. A statement from the court said the request to intervene was denied "because we are not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this court."
Davis sued to have Roberts removed from office after voters overturned the state's Emergency Manager law. The Appeals Court ruled Roberts legally held office under the original E.M law known as Public Act 72 that remained in effect after the election.
(Metro Source)


(Detroit-Casket Theft-UPDATE)
A Detroit man was arraigned Friday for allegedly stealing a casket from a Detroit cemetery that contained the remains of his father with hopes of resurrecting him.
48-year-old Vincent Bright is charged with disinternment of a dead body, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.
Officials say he took the casket containing 93-year-old Clarence Bright with the help of another man from a cemetery on the city's east side Monday. Police say they recovered the casket and van at a gas station Tuesday morning, but the body was removed.
Investigators located the remains in a freezer in the basement of Vincent Bright's home.
He's being held in the Wayne County jail on $75,000 bond pending a preliminary examination on January 24.
(Help from: Metro Source)


(MI-Veterans Affairs Agency)
Governor Rick Snyder has issued an executive order that creates the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency within the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The governor announced the move during Wednesday’s State of the State address.
Snyder says the new agency will help to better connect eligible veterans with their benefits and significantly improve customer service.
Michigan is home to more than 650,000 military veterans, which is the 11th largest population of veterans nationally.
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency will serve as a centralized, coordinating unit in state government that will better connect veterans to services and benefits. This will include, but is not limited to, programs involving health care, education, and quality of life. A director will be appointed by the governor to head the agency.
Its effective date is March 20, which is the 10th anniversary of the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


(Marquette Co-Hit-Run Crash Plea)
A Marquette County man faces five years in prison after agreeing to a plea in a hit and run accident last summer that killed a Marquette woman and seriously injured her husband.
30-year old Luke Huotari of Gwinn pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to stop at the scene of an accident that caused serious impairment of a bodily function or death.
42-year-old Karin LaChapell and her 39-year-old husband, Bryan, were struck by a car driven by Huotari as they were crossing a street on their way to watch the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display.
Karin LaChapell died from her injuries. Bryan was released from the hospital a few days later.
Huotari is scheduled to be sentenced February 15.


(MI-Climate Assessment)
A new national report from the federal government says that climate change will lead to more frequent and more intense Midwest heat waves while degrading air and water quality and threatening public health.
Intense rainstorms and floods will become more common, and existing risks to the Great Lakes will be exacerbated.
Those are some of the conclusions contained in the Midwest chapter of a draft report released last week by the federal government that assesses the key impacts of climate change on every region in the country and analyzes its likely effects on human health, water, energy, transportation, agriculture, forests, ecosystems and biodiversity.
Authors of the report include several from Michigan. The report included contributions from more than 240 scientists.
Examples of the changes in Michigan includes many northern Michigan trees migrating to Canada and the Buckeye tree, which is prominent in Ohio and some other states to the south, moving into Michigan because of a friendlier climate.
They also say the agricultural and shipping seasons will be extended in the great lakes, but the likelihood of more invasive species coming into the lakes will also increase due to the increased shipping.


(MI-Phony Auto Insurance)
State regulators are warning Michigan motorists that they may have bought fraudulent automobile insurance certificates from an unlicensed individual issued through Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid.
The focus is on an individual named Marvin Garber, who was selling bogus policies through Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid. The Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation ordered Graber and Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid to cease and desist from selling the phony insurance.
The OFIR's Kevin Clinton says any driver who bought the fake insurance needs to buy legitimate coverage immediately, because (quote) "right now, they're driving without insurance."
Auto insurance coverage is required under Michigan Law.
Drivers are urged to contact OFIR toll-free at 877-999-6442 if they believe they may have bought a fraudulent policy from Marvin Graber.
OFIR can assist consumers in determining whether they have proper auto coverage.
All insurance producers (agents) and agencies in Michigan are required to be licensed to sell insurance and all insurance companies must be authorized to write in Michigan.


(Detroit-Band At Inauguration Event)
The Detroit Cass Technical High School marching band will be in the Washington, DC area this weekend to perform at one of the events surrounding President Obama's second inaugural.
The musicians have been invited to take part in a University of Maryland parade today (Saturday) and will tour the nation's capital. The students raised over 75-thousand dollars to make the trip possible, with assisting contributions from the JUST Foundation and General Motors Foundation.
(Metro Source)


(Fri Lottery)
There were no winning tickets in Friday's Mega Millions lottery drawing.
The jackpot Friday was worth $70 (m) million dollars.
The numbers from the Mega Millions drawing Friday were: 08, 18, 25, 42, and 49. The gold ball was 14. The Megaplier was 3x.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth $80 (m) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Friday were: 2-7-4.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 7-0-3-7.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 4-7-1.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 1-6-9-3.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 10-11-21-23-29.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 02, 06, 09, 13, 16, 18, 19, 23, 27, 32, 34, 36, 37, 44, 49, 51, 52, 55, 60, 62, 77, 78. Tonight's (Sat) Classic Lotto jackpot is projected to be four-point-two-five (4.25) (m) million dollars.
Tonight's Powerball jackpot is worth $100 (M) million dollars.



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