Monday Morning State News Summary
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 01:13:35 EST
High winds are being blamed for leaving tens of thousands in Michigan without power Sunday.
Consumers Energy says as of 9:30 p.m. Sunday approximately 2,700 of its electric customers were without service after a powerful winter storm with high winds hit the state late Saturday and early Sunday. Since 9 p.m. Saturday more than 77,000 customers have been affected by the weather related outages.
Consumers says the majority of customers who have been without power since Saturday evening should have their service restored by this (Monday) afternoon.
DTE Energy says 85, 00 of its customers in Southeastern Michigan were without electricity as of 4 p.m. It says most of the outages are focused in Wayne County, Oakland County and the state's Thumb Region.
DTE has not given a timetable to when the power will be restored.
Last week, they were introduced to the media, this week, the public gets a close-up look at the new and concept vehicle offerings at the 2013 North American International Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Center.
There are 59 new vehicles on display, not to mention hundreds of other models, at this year's show.
One of those is the Lincoln M-K-C Concept Crossover S-U-V, which Consumer Marketing Manager Kate Pierce says shares the practical platform of the ford escape, but is a return to luxury as well.
Pierce says the M-K-C Concept Crossover hopes to attract the small premium segment of the marketplace. it joins the M-K-X Crossover,
the M-K-X and M-K-Z as their fourth new luxury vehicle headed for market from Lincoln during the next four years.
The show, which runs through Sunday January 27th, was created more than a century ago and became an international event in 1987, under
the direction of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association.
(Detroit-NAIAS First Day)
The 2013 North American International Auto Show(NAIAS) is already setting records. The first day attendance of over 100,000 inside Detroit’s Cobo Center beat the opening day numbers from last year by almost 12 percent.
2013 NAIAS chairman, Jim Seavitt says first day attendance was the strongest in eight years.
Among the most popular attractions inside the show for the 103,126 in attendance? NAIAS Vice Chairman, Bob Shuman says (quote) “Hands down, the new Corvette.” He says people actually ran to it when the doors opened.
Driving simulators at Chevy, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and Toyota attracted a lot of attention, as did the highly interactive exhibits themselves.
NAIAS Public Show ticket prices: Adults: $12; Seniors: $6 (65 and older); Children 7-12: $6 (6 and under: free when accompanied by a parent or guardian).
State lawmakers are taking up the issue of switching Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to a nonprofit mutual insurance company. Two new Senate bills repeat the language in a House bill. But the Senate measures don't have the abortion language that prompted a veto by the governor.
(Detroit-Belle Isle Agreement)
City and State officials say they are close to an agreement to have Belle Isle operated as a Michigan state park.
The city of Detroit would maintain ownership under the proposed agreement with the state and Department of Natural Resources leasing the land under contract.
Belle Isle, 985-acre island located midway between Detroit and Windsor, has been owned by the city since 1879. In recent years the island has suffered as Detroit can’t afford needed repairs.
The Free Press reports that City Council may vote on the plan as early as the end of the month.
(MI-Pollution Prevention Loan)
The Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a West Michigan veterinary practice more than $32,000 to fund the purchase and installation of a new digital x-ray system, thereby eliminating wastes from its former conventional x-ray system.
The Animal Hospital and Pet Complex of Lowell received the low-interest loan through the DEQ's Small Business Pollution Prevention Loan Program.
The project will eliminate the need for radiographic film, lead-lined film containers, and the chemicals used to develop the film. The new equipment will also reduce water and energy usage compared to conventional x-ray equipment.
The DEQ and the company's local lending institution, Chemical Bank, each contributed half of the loan proceeds.
(UM-Presidential Library Wikipedian)
The nation’s first Wikipedian in residence at a presidential library has set up shop at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library at the University of Michigan, where he will work to make collections available for virtual visitors.
Officials say as a Wikipedian in residence, U-M School of Information master’s student Michael Barera will enhance the presence of the library and the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids on the Internet’s largest and most widely visited general reference work.
Many other museums, libraries, and archives host similar positions, but Barera is the first to be embedded in a presidential library.
Barera, who describes himself as a "dedicated Wikipedian," has been editing and contributing articles and photos to the online, user-edited encyclopedia for the past five years.
In 2012, during his senior year at Michigan, he joined the U-M Wikipedians, the first Wikipedia student club in the nation.
(MI-Dual Eligible Program)
Michigan and federal officials are preparing to set up a regional test to help coordinate benefits for those eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.
Department of Community Health Director James Haveman told Gongwer News Service that the regional setup will not take effect until January 2014, but it could still help coordinate benefits for between 50,000 and 70,000 eligible individuals.
Michigan was one of several states asked by the federal government to propose a system to coordinate benefits for those receiving aid from both assistance programs.
Most of the more than 200,000 recipients of both Medicare and Medicaid in Michigan are elderly, low-income residents. However, many are also younger people with various physical and mental ailments.
Haveman said the regions selected will include urban, rural and suburban areas but where those regions will be is not yet decided.
Officials hope to have an enrollment procedure available by October.
Haveman says once the plan does get underway, it will be in place for three years. But, he also said, it's important for current recipients to know they can opt out of the plan if they choose.
(MI-Teacher Programs Succeeding)
Nearly all of the teacher preparation programs in the state have at least 85 percent of their students pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.
A report to the State Board of Education showed of the 34 education schools, 13 had more than 90 percent pass, though not all on the first try, and another 13 had at least 85 percent pass. Four had at least 80 percent pass.
Officials say among the four with fewer than 80 percent passing, all are no longer accepting new students.
Notable changes included Adrian College, which moved into the 84 percent to 90 percent category after having fewer than 80 percent pass in the last three years, and Marygrove College, which had more than 90 percent pass, up from 81 percent in the last report.
Board members discussed possible changes to the teacher institution rating system related to the test results, which currently represent 30 of the 70 points in the system.
Some noted, and department officials concurred, that in some cases it is to the student's, and the school's, advantage to have a student drop the program, yet those dropouts count against the school.
(Grand Rapids-ArtPrize Festive Events)
Time magazine calls the Grand Rapids ArtPrize one of its "Five Festive Events You Won't Want to Miss in 2013."
ArtPrize brings hundreds of thousands of people to Grand Rapids each fall and made the Time magazine list along with events in Indonesia, Sweden and other countries around the world.
Time recognizes the ArtPrize for it's "daring ability to completely democratize the process of artistic judgment."
(John Bry, WOOD, Grand Rapids)
There were no tickets that matched all the numbers in Saturday's Classic Lotto Jackpot drawing worth four-point-two-five (M) million dollars.
That means Wednesday's jackpot will be worth four-point-five (M) million dollars ($4,500,000).
The numbers drawn Saturday were: 04, 05, 39, 43, 44, and 47.
The winning numbers for the midday 3 lottery on Sunday were: 4-7-1.
The winning numbers for the midday 4 lottery were: 3-8-8-5.
The winning numbers for the evening 3 lottery were: 7-3-7.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 2-4-9-7.
The winning numbers for the fantasy 5 lottery were: 07-09-17-35-39.
The winning numbers for the keno lottery were: 02, 03, 08, 11, 12, 13, 15, 25, 28, 32, 33, 34, 36, 41, 60, 61, 63, 66, 71, 72, 77, 78.
The winning numbers for the Powerball lottery for Saturday are: 08-28-29-34-38.
The powerball number was: 35.
The next drawing will be held Wednesday.
The jackpot is projected to be $80 (M) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Saturday were: 6-8-3.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery saturday were: 1-8-5-6.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 saturday were: 0-2-5.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 game saturday were: 1-1-9-0.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 06-07-12-16-24.
The winning Keno numbers Saturday were: 02, 04, 07, 11, 15, 23, 24, 30, 40, 44, 48, 52, 54, 58, 61, 63, 67, 68, 69, 73, 78, 80.
Tuesday's Mega Millions Jackpot will be worth $80 (m) million dollars.