Monday Morning State News Summary
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:55:58 EDT
The Michigan House this week is expected to vote on a key part of an effort to quickly address the low lake level problem in Michigan waters.
Supporters of the effort say industry is hampered significantly by the low levels, and emergency dredging is needed in many areas.
The bill appropriates 21 (m) million dollars on dredging in 49 areas.
Part of the effort could include using Natural Resources Trust Fund money, a proposal that's opposed by many environmental groups.
There are other bills moving through the legislature that also deal with the problem, such as lowering fees, waiving required public hearings and cutting permit fees.
(Mi-Drunk Drive-NCAA Tourney)
Even though Saint Patrick's Day is behind us, police across the state continue an extra effort to combat drunk driving in Michigan.
Anne Readett (ree-debt), of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, says officers from 155 agencies in 26 counties will remain on patrol through Monday, April 8th, in response to a growing number of parties surrounding the N-C-A-A basketball tournament and spring break vacations from high schools and colleges.
Readett says similiar enforcement efforts have drawn positive results, but there's more to do. She says about one-third of all traffic crashes in Michigan involved alcohol, and that needs to be reduced.
Police made nearly 25-hundred arrests for drunk driving in Michigan during the same period last year, with 789 of those drivers charged
under the state's high blood-alcohol-content law.
(MI/DC-Rogers N. Korea)
A leading congressional Republican says it's hard to gauge the mental stability of North Korea's new leader.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rodgers of Michigan told CNN's "State of the Union" that's exactly why threats from the country are being taken very seriously.
Rogers said they have (quote) "a 28-year old leader, who is trying to prove himself to the military, and the military eager to have a saber-rattling for their own self-interest and the combination of that is proving to be very deadly.”
Rodgers said it would be a mistake to assume Kim Jong-un wouldn't make good on his threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States. Last week, the Pentagon announced plans to beef up missile defenses in response to those threats.
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(MI Farmers Mkt-wine)
Wine samples would be allowed at farmers markets in Michigan, under a bill currently before a State Senate committee.
Under the proposal, a small winery, with a permit, could conduct tastings and sell their product at a farmer's market.
A permit fee would be 25 dollars for each farmer's market location. No more than five locations would be allowed per winery.
Sponsors say it's a good way to expand the state's growing winery and tourism industry.
Alcohol abuse watchdog groups are opposed, saying the family atmosphere of a farmer's market is no place for sampling alcoholic beverages.
Legislation has been introduced in Lansing to provide a new protection for students who are absent from school for religious reasons.
The measure, proposed by State House Democrat Kate Segal of Battle Creek, prohibits school officials from counting students' absences that are due to a religious holiday or observance, against a student seeking a perfect attendance award.
The bill is in response to a child who Segal says expressed frustration about having to decide between attending a Jewish holiday service or continue working toward a perfect attendance award.
The Michigan House may soon vote on legislation requiring a person to pay restitution to the state for illegally killing, possessing, buying or selling an antlered white-tailed deer with a "gross score" of more than 100 inches (based on antler measurements).
This would be in addition to the restitution that currently must be paid for illegally taking deer.
It would also increase the period of time a person would not be allowed to have an active license.
A second bill in the package increases the amount of damages a property owner could recover in a legal action against a trespasser. The fine for the violator would also go up under the bill.
Records show that the new Detroit emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has some unpaid taxes and two liens on his Maryland home.
Orr has apparently not paid $16,000 in unemployment taxes.
A spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder, who recommended Orr for the job, tells the Detroit News that there was an oversight by an accountant hired to file taxes for Orr. The spokesman says Orr has researched the issue and will pay in full as soon as possible.
Some opponents of the EFM say it’s interesting that Orr believes he can manage Detroit when he’s having trouble handling his own affairs. Orr was part of the legal team that worked on Chrysler’s bankruptcy.
Detroit is billions of dollars in debt and has a budget deficittopping $300 million.
(Royal Oak-Home Explosion Firings)
In the wake of a deadly explosion in Royal Oak last month, employees of Consumers Energy have lost their jobs.
The blast on February 27th on Cooper Street killed Daniel Malczynski (MAL-zin-SKEE) and left dozens of nearby properties with damage. Crews were working to install a new gas line when a leak formed which led to the explosion.
A spokesman for the utility company says after their investigation it was determined that policies and procedures were not followed. The number of workers terminated was not released.
Connect Michigan, an organization promoting the expansion of broadband internet access in conjunction with the Michigan Public Service Commission, says the adoption fo broadband increased significantly in 2012.
Broadband households have higher speed access to the internet.
The new report says 71-percent of Michigan households have broadband access, compared to 61 percent recorded in 2011.
That means that statewide, 5.4 million adults subscribe to home broadband service. Despite this growth, more than 2.1 million Michigan adults still do not subscribe to broadband, and gaps still exist along economic and demographic lines.
Eric Fredercik, state Program Manager for Connect Michigan, says awareness of broadband's benefits is still the number one barrier to broadband adoption by Mcihigan households.
He also says African Americans, rural Michiganaders, low income households and adults with disabilities make up a high percentage of the 29-percent of households which do not have broadband access.
Frederick says broadband empowers Michigan workers to search for jobs or find better jobs. Statewide, 40% of Michigan Internet users search for jobs online, including 55% of low-income Internet users who have broadband access.
Mobile broadband is growing in popularity across Michigan - nearly one-half of Michigan adults (47%) use mobile broadband service, up from 36% just a year ago.
It made for some tense moments for passengers of two Southwest Airlines flights departing their gates on Saturday.
The two planes travelling at a low rate of speed collided with one another, clipping each planes wings around 7:30 Saturday morning. Both planes were forced to return to their gates, and all passengers were rebooked on other flights.
Nobody was injured in the accident.
Southwest Airlines is continuing to investigate the incident.
There were no tickets that matched all the numbers in Saturday's Classic Lotto Jackpot drawing worth one-point-five (M) million dollars.
That means Wednesday's jackpot will be worth one-point-six-five (M) million dollars ($1,650,000).
The numbers drawn Saturday were: 01, 14, 20, 39, 45, and 46.
The winning numbers for the midday 3 lottery on Sunday were: 0-3-4.
The winning numbers for the midday 4 lottery were: 1-8-7-6.
The winning numbers for the evening 3 lottery were: 3-9-6.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 0-5-9-8.
The winning numbers for the fantasy 5 lottery were: 11-13-14-16-22.
The winning numbers for the keno lottery were: 01, 03, 11, 14, 16, 19, 26, 28, 31, 32, 35, 37, 39, 41, 45, 48, 54, 55, 60, 61, 73, 78.
The winning numbers for the Powerball lottery for Saturday are: 03-07-21-44-53.
The powerball number was: 16.
The next drawing will be held Wednesday.
The jackpot is projected to be $260 (M) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Saturday were: 8-8-0.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery Saturday were: 6-4-5-1.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 Saturday were: 1-3-0.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 game Saturday were: 6-0-1-9.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 03-15-25-33-37.
The winning Keno numbers Saturday were: 05, 10, 13, 15, 24, 27, 28, 29, 40, 41, 42, 44, 47, 49, 51, 53, 54, 56, 60, 65, 70, 74.
Tuesday's Mega Millions Jackpot will be worth $13 (m) million dollars.