Wednesday Morning State News Summary
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:15:43 EST
(MI- Business Economic Outlook)
A survey by the states business roundtable continues to forecast that Michigans
economy will grow more than the U.S. economy over the next six to eighteen
Business Leaders for Michigan President & CEO Doug Rothwell says the optimism of
the states largest job providers is based on progress made stabilizing the
states finances, addressing long-term debt and structural budget deficits and
improving the costs of doing business in Michigan.
He says they feel the same issues are not being addressed in Washington and are
holding the national economy back from full recovery.
According to the survey, 60 percent of BLM members plan to increase hiring in
Michigan in just the next six months. Nearly-two thirds added jobs in Michigan
United Auto Workers-backed Lon Johnson has launched a website announcing he's
running for Michigan Democratic Party chair.
Michigan's two Democratic U.S. Senators and five members of the U.S. House
signed a letter Tuesday supporting Johnson to succeed Mark Brewer.
Johnson is a native of Rockwood, and is regarded as a top fundraiser for
President Obama. He lives in Kalkaska with his wife, Julianna Smoot, who was
deputy campaign manager for Obama's re-election campaign, and is a former White
House Social Secretary.
Johnson launched an unsuccessful challenge in 2012 to State Representative Bruce
Rendon of Lake City in the 103rd District.
The Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union, is
still expected to back Brewer, setting up a long-awaited showdown between the
MEA and the UAW, long the 800-pound gorilla in Michigan Democratic politics.
A judge says this (Wednesday) will be the last day of testimony in the
corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and a city
U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds sent jurors home early on Tuesday after
no defense witnesses were available because of illness and other conflicts.
After nearly 70 days of testimony, closing arguments are set for next week.
Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson are accused in what
prosecutors have framed as sweeping conspiracy to fix city contracts and shake
down businesses. The government said the then-mayor pocketed bribes and also
used a nonprofit fund as a slush fund for his personal use.
The two Kilpatricks and Ferguson each face up to 20 years in prison if convicted
on racketeering, bribery and tax charges.
Kwame Kilpatrick resigned from office in 2008 and pleaded guilty to obstructing
justice by lying in a civil case about having sex with an aide. He subsequently
served 14 months in prison for violating his probation in that case.
Detroit police homicide detectives are investigating after a young womans body
was found in a house on the citys northwest side.
Authorities were called to the vacant home after a Department of Public Works
crew made the discovery at around 11 a.m. yesterday morning (Tuesday).
Police said the woman, whose identity is unknown, appeared to be 19 or
This was the second body found in an abandoned Detroit home today. Earlier in
the morning, another unidentified person was found dead after a fire in a
boarded-up, two-story house on the citys west side. Firefighters responded to
the home and discovered the body in a side entranceway. Information on the
victim was not immediately available.
Officials say its not yet clear what started the fire, although arson
investigators were called to the scene to help determine a cause.
Investigators suspect the victim was assaulted at another location and then
taken to the vacant home where a fire was set.
An investigation is ongoing.
(Ron Dewey, WWJ, Detroit)
The state has awarded almost $2.5 million in funding to 16 community-based and
non-governmental organizations to provide HIV prevention services.
The Michigan Department of Community Health HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention
Section say the goal is to reach the populations in Michigan at greatest risk
for acquiring or transmitting HIV.
Funding through 2016 is going to communities including Detroit, Kalamazoo,
Dearborn, Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Lansing, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and
(Grand Traverse Co-Scuba Diver Death)
Authorities say a man has died after scuba diving in a northern Michigan lake
while trying to retrieve a snowmobile that went through the ice.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports 46-year-old Steven Wagner of Traverse
City went into Duck Lake in Grand Traverse County on January 29 in an attempt to
get the snowmobile.
The sheriffs department says Wagner was unconscious when pulled from the water,
and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Officials suspect he had a heart
The snowmobile went down a few days earlier about a mile south of the
Interlochen State Park campground and about 100 yards from the lakes west
shoreline. The sheriffs department says the snowmobiles driver, who had been ice
fishing, crawled to safety that day.
A 52-year-old man died in a house fire Tuesday in the Detroit suburb of
Officials say William Christian could not escape his home after the flames broke
out. Firefighters say they had trouble getting into the home because doors were
block by various items. Books, magazines and other debris were piled up inside.
Christian also used oxygen and firefighters say there were a number of small
explosions that were likely from cannisters in the home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A German phrase which famously greeted Nazi prisoners at the Auschwitz
concentration camp during World War II, has a new home. It sits prominently on a
bridge overlooking the old Packard Plant in Detroit.
The words are in the same script as the concentration camp, but in this case
they lord over the hulking plant that once created luxury cars and now serves as
a decrepit 40-acre squatting grounds for the homeless, and a favorite spot for
scrappers, graffiti artists and ruin porn photography.
The factory that built luxury Packard cars at the start of the 20th Century,
closed in 1958. The city of Detroit has pledged to take the plant down, but that
hasnt happened yet.
The German words now prominently displayed on it translate into English as work
will make you free, and they guarded the gates at the camps where 1.3 million
people, mostly Jews, were killed during the Nazi regime. In Detroit, no one has
come forward to take credit, or blame, for it.
(Grand Rapids-Bigger Old Building)
One of the best-known buildings in downtown Grand Rapids is making a
multi-million dollar change.
The Gilmore Collection says its bar/restaurant complex known as "The Bob" will
be adding a new outdoor festival marketplace and biergarten facing Van Andel
Arena, new dining venues and a concert and event space capable of holding up to
Managing Partner Greg Gilmore says the first phase of the renovation and
expansion project includes a renovation of the space that had been Gillys -
located on the ground floor facing Van Andel Arena.
A second phase of work will begin on the event venue, biergarten and piazza
after ArtPrize 2013, with completion slated for June 1, 2014. One of the most
talked about additions, it will be adaptable to changing seasonal and weather
(Chuck LaTour, WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Ann Arbor-Gratz U-M Regent)
Jennifer Gratz, who challenged the University of Michigan's affirmative action
system over a decade ago is reportedly running for a slot on the school's Board
of Regents next year.
Gratz confirmed to the political newsletter MIRS that she is seeking a
Republican nomination for one of the two seats up for grabs. She was denied
admission to the University of Michigan law school, while arguing minority
students who were less qualified were let in due to the school giving minorities
a 20-point handicap in a point system for admissions.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the University's undergraduate affirmative
action point system in 2003.
Gratz also spearheaded 2006's Proposal Two, which banned the use of affirmative
action in Michigan for higher education admissions and governmental hiring.
There was one winner from Michigan that matched all the numbers and Mega Ball in
Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing worth an estimated $19 (m) million
That means Friday's jackpot will be worth $12 (M) million dollars.
The Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were: 02, 05, 10, 26, and 44.
The mega ball was 46. The megaplier was: 4x
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery were: 0-9-0.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 6-8-2-8.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 2-1-7.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 1-2-1-4.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 04-10-13-15-30.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 01, 02, 04, 07, 14, 16, 25, 26,
28, 29, 33, 35, 41, 44, 51, 52, 53, 57, 68, 69, 75, 76.
Tonight's (Wed) Classic Lotto 47 jackpot is worth five-point-four (M) million