December 12

12/12/18 – France: Suspected gunman named, had long police record

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A massive manhunt involving hundreds of police and soldiers was underway Wednesday for a suspected extremist who yelled “God is great!” in Arabic during a shooting spree around one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets. The assault in the eastern French city of Strasbourg killed two, left one person brain dead and injured 12 others, authorities said. Police union officials identified the suspected assailant as Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old with a thick police record for crimes including armed robbery and monitored as a suspected religious radical by the French intelligence services. The two officials spoke on […]
December 12

12/12/18 – Tennessee earthquake

DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta. The light earthquake occurred Wednesday around 4:14 a.m. about 7 miles (11 kilometers) northeast of Decatur. About 13 minutes later, a 3.3 magnitude aftershock then struck. There did not appear to be any immediate reports of injuries.
December 12

12/12/18 – May to face no-confidence vote from her party

LONDON (AP) — British Conservative lawmakers forced a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May for Wednesday, throwing U.K. politics deeper into crisis and Brexit further into doubt. May vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country “with everything I’ve got” after opponents who have been circling for weeks finally got the numbers they needed to spark a vote among Conservative Party lawmakers later in the day. The leadership challenge marks a violent eruption of the Conservative Party’s decades-long divide over Europe. The threat to May has been building as pro-Brexit lawmakers within the Conservative Party […]
December 12

12/12/18 – Woman struck, killed by semi-truck

GREENVILLE, MI (Mlive)– A woman was killed Tuesday, Dec. 11, when she was struck by a semi-tractor trailer in the downtown area, the Greenville Daily News said. The crash happened just after 6 p.m. The woman was crossing South Lafayette Street, or M-91, in a crosswalk, when a westbound semi-truck on East Washington Street, or M-57, turned right to go north and struck the woman, the Daily News said. Police are looking for the truck and driver.
December 12

12/12/18 – Michigan House approves Straits oil pipeline legislation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation that would facilitate the replacement of an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes is a step closer to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. The Republican-led House approved the bill 74-34 Tuesday. The measure could be passed by the Senate later in the day. It would require a state authority to quickly OK the Snyder administration’s deal for the construction and operation of a utility tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would house a replacement for a segment of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. The company would pay for the tunnel. Supporters say the tunnel […]
December 11

12/11/18 – Sausage recall

Nearly 30,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat Jimmy Dean sausage links are being recalled after complaints came in stating there were pieces of metal in them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Wednesday, stating the pork and poultry sausage links were produced and packaged on Aug. 4. At least five people have called into FSIS after finding metal pieces in the sausage links. The following products have been recalled and have the establishment number EST. 19085 and case code A6382168: 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean Heat ‘N Serve Original Sausage Links Made with Pork and […]
December 11

12/11/18 – Macron promises tax relief for workers, retirees

(AP) — President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he’s partially responsible for the anger that has fueled weeks of protests in France, an unusual admission for the leader elected last year. In a televised address to the nation, Macron said: “We probably have not been able for a year-and-a-half to bring quick enough and strong enough responses.” Macron also acknowledged he may have given an impression “not to care” about the concerns of ordinary citizens and “might have hurt” some people with his comments. Macron is perceived by many in France as arrogant, for instance telling an unemployed man he could […]
December 11

12/11/18 – UK’s May lobbies EU leaders in fight to save Brexit deal

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Top European Union officials on Tuesday ruled out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain, as Prime Minister Theresa May fought to save her Brexit deal by lobbying leaders in Europe’s capitals. May began her quest over breakfast with Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, a day after she abandoned a vote in the U.K. Parliament to secure support for the agreement thrashed out with the EU over more than a year. She acknowledged that the deal would be rejected in London “by a significant margin.” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the agreement— almost […]
December 11

12/11/18 – Cornerstone University opening the doors of its new STEM-focused building

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -(Mlive) – In January, Cornerstone University students will begin taking courses in the newly constructed $15.5 million STEM-focused Jack and Mary De Witt Center for Science and Technology. On Friday, Dec. 7, a dedication was held for the three-story, 29,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility officials say will enhance its Christ-centered educational programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The academic building features include: a laboratory wing with seven labs, general purpose classroom and faculty office wing, group study areas for collaborative learning, a rain garden and glass atrium. “The addition of the De Witt Center […]
December 10

12/10/18 – Storm pummels parts of the South

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A lingering storm kept dumping immobilizing snow, sleet or freezing rain across five southern states, leaving dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity. Authorities urged people to stay home Monday in areas where driving was dangerous. Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays Sunday, hundreds of flights were canceled and drivers in North Carolina and Virginia got stuck in snow or lost control on icy patches. But the commuters’ nightmare provided pre-winter thrills for kids and the young at heart, who were able to go sledding and build snowmen in places that […]
December 10

12/10/18 – Snyder promises ‘nerd-like’ review of controversial bills

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says he hasn’t decided if he’ll sign or reject controversial bills from the Republican Legislature in the lame duck session. Gov. Snyder promised to conduct a “nerd-like” review of what could be more than 200 bills from the Legislature. He declined to tip his hand, saying: “I’m not a great interview.” Republican lawmakers want to take campaign finance oversight away from the next secretary of state, a Democrat. Other bills would delay an increase in the state’s minimum wage and exempt some businesses from offering paid sick leave.
December 10

12/10/18 – Woman revived after found with no pulse pinned at toll booth

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan woman was resuscitated after she was found pinned between her SUV and an Indiana toll booth and a defibrillator registered no pulse. Witnesses told Indiana State Police the 40-year-old woman, whose name was not released, had stepped from the SUV Saturday night to retrieve a debit card she had dropped when the vehicle lurched forward, pinning her against the toll booth Trooper Alaa Hamed found the woman — and with a toll attendant and a bystander holding her up — moved the SUV to free her. The defibrillator Hamed carries in his car found […]
December 10

12/10/18 – Dog owner falls through pond ice

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — Police say a woman who didn’t return home after walking her dog was found dead in an icy pond in the Grand Rapids area, an apparent accident. The body of Tracy Cashman was discovered Sunday in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb. Investigators believe the 38-year-old fell through the ice Saturday night while trying to help her dog. The dog eventually returned home. Cashman worked for the Godfrey-Lee school district. Schools will only be open for part of the day Monday in her honor.
December 10

12/10/18 – Michigan gas prices up 6 cents to $2.34 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up 6 cents in the past week to about $2.34 per gallon following a string of declines linked to lower oil prices . The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline increased after recently sinking to its lowest level since July 2017. Major oil producers on Friday including the OPEC cartel agreed to cut global oil production — sending oil prices higher. The state’s highest average was $2.42 per gallon in the Marquette area. The lowest was in the Traverse City […]
December 7

12/7/18 – Land for sale up north

(Mlive) – Eighty-one parcels of land located throughout Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are for sale in a sealed-bid auction hosted by the Department of Natural Resources. The individual parcels range in size, from less than an acre to 160 acres, are located in several counties including Alpena, Antrim, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Lake, Livingston, Marquette, Menominee, Midland, Newaygo, Oakland, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Roscommon and Schoolcraft. Large-acreage parcels are being offered in Alpena, Antrim, Clare, Houghton, Marquette, Menominee, Midland and Ogemaw counties The auction begins on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Bids will be accepted through Jan. 9, 2019. […]
December 7

12/7/18 – 6 doctors charged in alleged scheme to prey on addicts

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors say six doctors have been charged in a scheme that involved millions of opioid drugs and unnecessary medical procedures in southeastern Michigan. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says it’s “particularly egregious” for doctors to prey on addicts. An indictment unsealed Thursday says the doctors prescribed opioids to induce people to visit. The indictment says patients were forced to undergo other treatments. Nearly $500 million was billed to insurers, mostly Medicare and Medicaid. The alleged ringleader was Dr. Rajendra Bothra, who operated pain clinics in Warren and Eastpointe. He’s charged with conspiracy, fraud and other crimes. He was […]
December 7

12/7/18 – Central Michigan University moves to improve campus housing

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Central Michigan University is moving forward on the first part of a $76 million campus housing improvement project. The Mount Pleasant school’s Board of Trustees approved $13 million Thursday to improve the residence life experience for students. The planned work in 2019 includes modernizing the North Residence Hall Complex as well as improvements at the South and East residence hall complexes. This first phase also includes demolition of Barnes Hall, which opened in 1951 and is the only remaining residence hall on campus with community bathrooms. There are two other phases anticipated as part of […]
December 3

12/3/18 – Washington to pay respects, bid farewell to George H.W. Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington, the capital city that is remembering the 41st president’s lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with one term as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was his innate decency, generosity and kindness. In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush’s presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing […]
November 20

11/20/18 – Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ex-Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation of the handling of  Larry Nassar .  She is the third current or former campus official other than Nassar,  to face criminal charges in the scandal. Simon, who stepped down under pressure in January, spoke with state police investigators on May 1. She is accused of making two false and misleading statements — that she was unaware of the nature of a misconduct complaint that sparked the school’s 2014 Title IX probe of Nassar, and that she only knew a sports […]