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Accused Kalamazoo killer arraigned in district court

6th Circuit Court of AppealsThe man accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others in a mass shooting in Kalamazoo on Saturday has been arraigned in district court. Jason Brian Dalton is charged with six counts of murder. He also faces assault and felony weapons charges. Dalton, who appeared through a video feed, sat silently during the proceedings with a blank expression. Michigan State Police Detective [First Lieutenant] Chuck Christensen says Dalton has been cooperative but “stoic” when questioned by police.

In a probable cause hearing today, officials said Dalton has admitted to “taking lives.” Dalton is alleged to have driven around Kalamazoo County Saturday night, shooting people at random in three locations. His next court appearance is set for March 3.

Amish traditional lifestyle evolving and changing

Photocred_ Emily FoxAn Amish community modernizes in Michigan: Goodbye horse and buggy, hello minivans and power tools

The area around Mt. Pleasant and Clare is kind of like Michigan’s Great Plains. It’s really flat and there is a lot of land and a lot of farms and fields. If you’re driving up US-127 and need to stop for gas around the area, it wouldn’t be unusual to see an Amish man with a top hat and beard traveling by horse and buggy around town. Continue reading

Former Flint Emergency Manager fails to appear before Congress

gavelFormer Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley failed to appear before Congress for a hearing on Flint’s lead contaminated drinking water this morning (Wed).

Officials from the U-S Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Michigan officials testified in front of a congressional committee in Washington.

Representative Jason Chaffetz chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He says Earley’s invitation to appear as a witness before the committee was not optional.

We’re calling on the US Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena. Today we are issuing a new subpoena. He will appear and he will be here to do a deposition later this month.

Chafettz says Congress will also issue a subpoena for Susan Hedman…the former E-P-A manager for Region Five.

He says she is also expected to appear before the committee later this month.

Detroit Public Schools emergency manager to step down

City of FlintThe controversial emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools will step down at the end of this month.

Governor Snyder faced growing pressure to get rid of Darnell Earley.

Earley was Flint’s emergency manager, when it made the disastrous decision to start drawing drinking water from the Flint River. Continue reading

Gov. Snyder faces uphill battle to win legislative support for DPS rescue

Gov. Snyder answers questions from reporters on Monday about his plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools. The governor will likely have to battle local control concerns, ‘bailout fatigue’ to convince state lawmakers to approve the plan.

Gov. Snyder answers questions from reporters on Monday about his plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools. The governor will likely have to battle local control concerns, ‘bailout fatigue’ to convince state lawmakers to approve the plan.

Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Legislature to adopt an expensive, controversial plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools by the end of the year.

Snyder outlined his plan in Detroit on Monday. The goal is to rescue Detroit Public Schools (DPS) from crushing debt and dismal academic results.

The proposal would split the district in two. A new body would oversee education and normal school operations. The old DPS would exist only to collect taxes and pay down debt. Continue reading

Rising Tide

>Gov Rick SnyderGovernor Rick Snyder launched a statewide initiative in River Rouge yesterday to stimulate economic growth in cities across the state.
The program… called Rising Tide… will provide development tools and leadership to one community in each of the state’s ten economic regions. Snyder says the effort aims to decrease unemployment and poverty rates.
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Redistricting Town Hall

LMV logoThe League of Women Voters in Michigan is hosting 30 town hall meetings around the state to address redistricting.

The league is advocating for an independent commission to draw the lines for Congressional…State House…and Senate districts…instead of letting politicians draw them. Continue reading

MI vs HP

6th Circuit Court of AppealsThe Michigan Secretary of State is suing Hewlett-Packard for failing to upgrade the computer systems in 131 offices.

The tech provider did not complete the 49 million dollar upgrade by the 2010 deadline…and stopped providing technical support after the contract was terminated this summer.
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Petoskey State Park dealing with trash problem

Matt Mikus/Petoskey News-Review Petoskey State Park director Dennis McDermott shows a collection of trash found on the state park beach.

Matt Mikus/Petoskey News-Review Petoskey State Park director Dennis McDermott shows a collection of trash found on the state park beach.

The shoreline of Petoskey State Park has been plagued with trash when heavy winds hit the bay.
But local park officials aren’t sure where all the trash is coming from.
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State Police cracking down on seat belt laws this weekend

Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police is working to prevent accidents this holiday weekend. Additional patrols are set to watch highways for speeding, distracted driving, and tailgating. Lieutenant Michael Shaw said troopers are also running a “Click It Or Ticket” enforcement campaign. Continue reading

Health study looking for participants 50 years or older

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Saginaw Valley State University is looking for people to help with an upcoming health study.

The study will be conducted in several waves of 12-week long classes. Participants must be 50 years and older.

Some of the participants will focus on eating healthy, others will increase physical activity. The goal is to study the effectiveness of each. Continue reading