ELECTION 2022-MICHIGAN GOVERNOR
Ex-Detroit police chief enters governor race amid protest
DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig has formally announced his campaign for governor but not before protesters derailed his kickoff event at a state park and forced him to move. He is among 10 Republicans, all political newcomers, looking to unseat Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022. Craig was to speak to the media on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River in his hometown, but he abandoned that plan when he was shouted down by a couple-dozen people critical of his role as chief. He made the announcement a short time later at a nearby office complex.
State rep taken into custody after judge revokes bond
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Jewell Jones was taken into custody after a judge revoked his bail Tuesday. The 26-year-old Inkster Democrat who is in his third term was charged in April with driving with a blood-alcohol content more than double the legal limit, resisting police and other offenses after driving into a ditch near Fowlerville. During his arraignment, chief prosecutor Carolyn Henry said Jones was so combative toward paramedics and police on the scene that law enforcement used a Taser and pepper spray on him. Part of Jones' bond was wearing an alcohol monitor, but earlier in September it showed positive alcohol readings and tampering.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-RESCUE FUNDING
Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab. The proposal, if approved by the Republican-led Legislature, would account for more than a fifth of Michigan’s $6.5 billion in discretionary rescue funding approved by Congress and President Joe Biden. Whitmer wants $335 million in grants to improve access to treatments for autism, behavioral health and substance abuse.
Pizza entrepreneur gets prison for fraud in loan program
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Mike Bischoff admits committing fraud while seeking more than $900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic. Bischoff is the co-founder of Passport Pizza. Bischoff was accused of receiving $594,000 from lenders after giving false information about his payroll and the number of employees. Defense attorney James Thomas acknowledged that Bischoff “cheated” during a stressful period for his business and in his personal life. He says the money has been repaid.
Cuke caper: Veggies poached from senior community garden
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Be on the lookout for the produce poachers. Hundreds of pounds of vegetables were stolen from a community garden in suburban Detroit. The garden is outside the senior center in Macomb County’s Clinton Township. Assistant director Debbie Travis says video shows someone riding up on a bicycle at night, followed by many flashlights. Gardeners were puzzled when they returned to check the plants after the Labor Day weekend. Tomatoes and cucumbers were gone. More than 1,000 pounds of vegetables were produced last year, with most of it going to food pantries. Travis says the garden is “like a senior playground.”
GM to invest $50M in Detroit education, jobs, neighborhoods
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to invest $50 million by 2025 to help improve access to education in Detroit, employment opportunities and city neighborhoods. The automaker said Tuesday that it is working with the city on the initiative and that the funding will go through Detroit-based nonprofits. Grants announced Tuesday include $1.25 million to connect residents to a comprehensive digital support system that includes internet connectivity and devices; $1 million to support employment, health and well-being resources; $1 million to address transportation barriers for workers; and $750,000 to provide critical literacy education for students at two high schools and to support adults at a family literacy center.
Report: Loss of soil strength likely led to dam collapses
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A sudden loss of soil strength under saturated conditions most likely caused dams to collapse last year and contributed to flooding that forced evacuations of about 10,000 people. That's according to an interim report commissioned by federal regulators and released Monday. A five-member independent forensic team said there's “strong evidence” the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams during steady rain in May 2020 came from static liquefaction,. The report says that's the “most plausible principal mechanism for the failure.” The 42-page interim report says the team has “essentially completed” investigation into the physical mechanism of the failure, but “evaluation of human factors is still in progress.” A final report is pending.
Court blocks drive for more marijuana in Mount Pleasant
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has blocked an effort to increase the number of marijuana businesses to 10 from three in a mid-Michigan college town. The question was headed to the November ballot in Mount Pleasant. But the appeals court agreed with opponents Monday and said petitions used to gather signatures had technical flaws. The campaign to expand the number of marijuana businesses came after unsuccessful challenges to how Mount Pleasant gave out its three licenses. Mount Pleasant is the home of Central Michigan University.
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL LEAK-HIGHWAY
Highway in Indiana, Michigan reopens after chemical spill
FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — A highway in northeastern Indiana and southern Michigan has reopened after a chemical leak forced its closure. Steuben County Emergency Management rector Randy Brown tells WANE-TV that a tanker truck leaked about 6,000 gallons (22,712 liters) of liquid nitrous acid after a valve broke at a truck stop in Fremont, Indiana. Interstate 69 in both states was shut down about 10 a.m. Tuesday and reopened Tuesday afternoon. Brown said the chemical poured into a ditch along the highway. Lime was being applied to the liquid in the ditch. Some nearby side roads also were closed.
Issue causes ground to shift, buckle in Detroit neighborhood
DETROIT (AP) — A building in southwest Detroit has been damaged after ground beneath it shifted. City officials say the cause of the ground buckling Saturday has not yet been determined. No injuries were reported. The damaged marijuana dispensary was considered to be at-risk to collapse on sidewalks and utility lines and will be demolished. The shop’s general manager Ashley Babcock told The Detroit News that some employees were inside the building at the time the ground shifted but no one was hurt. Detroit’s Public Works department, DTE Energy and the Great Lakes Water Authority were trying to determine what caused the ground to shift. A watermain break was found in the impacted area.
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