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  • The Latest: Lawyer says decision to hold businessman ‘nasty’The Latest: Lawyer says decision to hold businessman ‘nasty’

    BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio businessman fighting possible deportation to Jordan (all times local): 7:20 p.m. A lawyer for an Ohio businessman who has been taken into federal custody ahead of a possible deportation to his native Jordan says the federal decision is “mean-spirited.” Attorney David Leopold represents Youngstown businessman Amer Othman, who has lived in the United States for 38 years. Othman obtained his green card through his first wife. His application for a second green card was denied. He was taken into custody Tuesday while checking in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE says courts have held Othman doesn’t have a legal basis to remain in the United States. The Vindicator newspaper reports Othman’s attorney says taking him into custody was a “nasty decision” made “for no other reason than to humiliate” him. ___ 4:25 p.m. An Ohio businessman who has lived in the United States for 38 years and had been granted a temporary stay of his deportation to his native Jordan has been taken into custody by federal immigration officials. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan says in a statement that Youngstown businessman Amer Othman was taken into custody Tuesday at his Immigration and Customs Enforcement check-in. The Democratic congressman also attended the check-in in suburban Cleveland and called ICE’s action “a shameful failure of justice.” Othman was to be deported Jan. 7, but received a temporary stay. ICE’s statement says courts have uniformly held Othman doesn’t have a legal basis to remain in this country, and he will “remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.” A message was left for Othman’s attorney.

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  • Detroit auto show: All the vehicle unveilings and announcementsDetroit auto show: All the vehicle unveilings and announcements

    Before the 2018 NAIAS opens to the public from Jan. 20 to Jan. 28 at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit automakers show off new models and make world debuts in scheduled press conferences. This article will update as more reveals are learned of or announced.

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  • Arkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicideArkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicide

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer. A legislative subcommittee supported the state Plant Board’s proposal to ban the use of dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31. The proposed ban is scheduled to go before the Legislative Council, the Legislature’s main governing body when lawmakers aren’t in session, for a final vote on Friday. The Plant Board earlier this month stood by the proposed ban after lawmakers urged the panel to consider revising the proposal. Dicamba has been around for decades, but problems arose over the past couple of years as farmers began to use it to kill invasive weeds in soybean and cotton fields where specially engineered seeds had been planted to resist the herbicide. Because it can easily evaporate after being applied, the chemical sometimes settles on neighboring fields planted with seeds that are not resistant to dicamba. Lawmakers endorsed the ban after hearing from farmers who have been sharply divided over the restriction. The Plant Board last year approved a temporary ban on the herbicide’s sale and use, and has received nearly 1,000 complaints about dicamba. Farmers have also complained about dicamba causing damage to their crops in other states, including Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee. “We are only asking for a pause in this until we get our hands around this and figure out what we can do,” David Wildy, a farmer from east Arkansas, told the panel. “We can’t allow this to happen again.” Opponents of the ban said it would put Arkansas at a competitive disadvantage with other states that haven’t gone as far in restricting the weed killer. “Give the farmers in this state an opportunity to compete with the rest of the U.S.,” said Joe Mencer, a soybean farmer from southeast Arkansas. Sen. Bill Sample, the Legislative Council’s co-chairman, said he backed the ban even though he had initially asked the board to reconsider its proposal. “I was satisfied that the science was proven,” the Republican lawmaker said. Monsanto, which makes dicamba, has filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court challenging the ban and claiming the Plant Board exceeded its authority in prohibiting the weed killer. A hearing is scheduled next month in the Missouri-based company’s lawsuit, which seeks to block the state from enforcing the ban. “This vote would put Arkansas farmers at a serious disadvantage and we ask the executive committee to set this right for growers. We will continue to pursue our legal challenge. We will continue to stand with Arkansas growers who need new tools for weed control,” Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy, said in a statement. ___ Follow Andrew DeMillo on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ademillo

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  • California governor considers one-tunnel water planCalifornia governor considers one-tunnel water plan

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is proposing scaling back his troubled plans to redo California’s water system, releasing a new plan that would build only one tunnel to ship water from Northern California instead of two, and put Southern and central California water agencies directly in charge of designing and building it. The state posted the revised proposal late Friday on a state website that solicits bids for state contracts, saying for the first time that it was considering postponing one of the two tunnels indefinitely and asking potential contractors for engineering and other services to say how they would handle a one-tunnel project instead. Lisa Lien-Mager, a spokeswoman for the state, said Tuesday that “no decision has been made to change the project.” Brown had been pushing to launch construction of two giant $16 billion water tunnels to better secure water supplies for farms and cities to the south before he leaves office this year. The project, which would be California’s biggest water project in decades, last year failed to gain enough support from local water agencies that would benefit from the project and pay for it. Environmental groups have opposed the original twin-tunnel project, fearing Southern California water agencies would use the 35-mile (55-kilometer) tunnels to drain too much water from the Sacramento River, above its delta with the San Joaquin River. The Sacramento is the state’s biggest river and a vital supplier of fresh water to the San Francisco Bay, part of the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. Brown and other project supporters say the tunnel project would modernize California’s current, outdated north-south delivery system, where pumps and overall water withdrawals are blamed for the steady dwindling of native fish and other wildlife that depend on delta water. Brown’s father, then-Gov. Pat Brown, oversaw building of that water project in the 1950s and 1960s. The revised state proposal talks of building the tunnels in stages, with one of the four-story-high tunnels built now, and the second tunnel at some unspecified time. The new proposal also would cut the number of intakes pulling water from the Sacramento River, from three to two. Water contractors have previously said they were considering paring the project from two tunnels to one, in hopes of more easily winning support for a smaller project. The newly posted revised state proposal marks the first time the state has publicly put such a proposal in writing. The state did not immediately release a revised cost for the scaled-down proposal. Osha Meserve, an attorney working for Northern California farmers opposing the project, said the revised proposal makes “more clear the project they want to do is a failure. Now they’re trying to morph into something else.” Scaling down to one tunnel would make the project more affordable. Also, some environmental groups that oppose the two-tunnel plan have been receptive to the idea of one tunnel, if it takes less water than a bigger project and is operated carefully. Project opponent Restore the Delta said any one-tunnel project would require new environmental studies and applications. Another state water agency whose approval is necessary for the project, the state Water Resources Control Board, is watching the discussions on a possible scaled-down project, and would take any project changes under consideration, spokesman Tim Moran said. Bob Muir, a spokesman for Southern California’s giant Metropolitan Water District, the project’s main backer along with the Brown administration, referred questions to the state and to an association of state water contractors. Water districts choosing to buy into the project would manage the design and build of the tunnels, including choices on contractors, rather than the state’s Department of Water Resources. Lien-Mager, the state spokeswoman, said state water officials would retain “a strong oversight and supervisory role” over building of any eventual water project. Metropolitan, which supplies water to almost half of California’s 39 million residents, so far has been the main water agency to say a single tunnel could work, helping assure a more reliable water supply for its urban Southern California customers.

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  • Skubick: Customers come to Capitol to speak out against against DTESkubick: Customers come to Capitol to speak out against against DTE

    LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – They were using words such as “bullies, terrorists, and monsters” to describe the conduct of DTE energy regarding the installation of smart meters to measure your energy consumption. One person described DTE’s conduct as “terrorists” while another said they were “malicious, aggressive, unfair”. DTE lobbyist Rodney Cole, Jr said he believes the utilities are doing the best job they can right now. The House Energy Committee took testimony from disgruntled DTE customers regarding the utilities behavior on installing smart meters. Many consumers don’t want them. Customer Dan Schulte agreed to the meter and describes what happened then. “I allowed them to put the meter in and then they cut the power and laughed about it.” Schulte called the utility “monsters”. Senator Patrick Colbeck accuses the utilities of bullying. “It is. They bring out four trucks and try to intimidate these people. It’s not right.” State Rep. Gary Glenn said “after the kind of testimony I heard today and I have no reason not to believe them. I don’t understand why DTE and Consumers would continue to allow this to happen.” “We take customer complaints very seriously,” insisted Rodney Cole, Jr., the DTE lobbyist. The utility is preparing a report on this issue. So when this reporter asked if these people are over-reacting, Cole answered, “there’s some additional information that we’ll be able to provide. This is something we’ve tried to educate the public on.” The committee will consider a measure to give consumers a choice to use the meters or not.

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  • Puerto Rico embraces ‘broken windows’ policing amid killingsPuerto Rico embraces ‘broken windows’ policing amid killings

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal and local authorities in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that they will implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to fight a surge in killings across the U.S. territory, which has reported 46 homicides so far this month — double the number at the same point last year. The plan is to crack down on all types of violations, down to minor ones like traffic infractions and illegal tints on car windows, in an effort to get criminals off the street and prevent bigger crimes, Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez said. “We are an island of law and order, and we will behave as such,” she said. The “broken windows” philosophy was implemented by then New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s with the idea that cracking down on minor offenses such as public urination and graffiti can help deter more serious crimes. Critics contend the strategy is not effective and targets minorities. Nearly all the victims in Puerto Rico’s homicide surge have been young men in their 20s who were shot to death, with police saying they believe most cases are drug related. The most recent case was a double homicide reported Tuesday before dawn in the northern city of Caguas where two men were found burned to death inside a car. Earlier this week, a 20-year-old university student working at a food truck was fatally shot during a robbery. No one has been arrested in any of the killings this month, although a handful of arrest warrants have been issued. The cities of Carolina and Caguas are tied for the highest number of killings at nine, followed by the capital of San Juan with eight. Puerto Rico’s homicide rate is roughly 20 killings per 100,000 residents, compared with 3.7 per 100,000 residents on the U.S. mainland The spike in killings comes amid a widespread power outage left by Hurricane Maria and an increase in absences among police officers who are protesting, among other things, millions of dollars owed in overtime pay this year following the storm. More than 2,000 police officers were calling in sick daily, compared with an average of 600 on a normal day, forcing dozens of police stations to close for hours or days at a time during the holidays. However, government officials recently said absences have dropped significantly in the islandwide force, which is one of the largest police departments under U.S. jurisdiction with some 13,600 officers. Meanwhile, nearly 40 percent of power customers are still in the dark almost four months after Maria. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said she could not provide further details of the new campaign, but added that she is requesting additional resources from the local government including more prosecutors to deal with the surge in killings. “We’re going to be successful,” she said. “I have no doubt.” Rodriguez said part of the homicide problem is that Puerto Rico is a transit point for drugs being shipped from South America to the U.S. mainland, inevitably leading to drug-related crimes. “Drugs and weapons are more inseparable in Puerto Rico than in any other place,” she said. Hector Pesquera, secretary of Puerto Rico’s newly created Department of Public Safety, said that most of the killings this month were tied to drugs but that there is “no rhyme or reason” to why there has been a surge in recent weeks. He said the policing crackdown aims to prevent serious crimes by attacking smaller ones. Bruce Bagley, a professor at the international studies department at the University of Miami, said such an approach is only a short-term fix and will not solve Puerto Rico’s crime issues. “The ‘broken windows’ theory doesn’t work really well,” he told The Associated Press. “The problem that Puerto Rico confronts is of course Hurricane Maria, lack of infrastructure, lack of employment, lack of prospects for young people. … It needs a much longer term plan to be effective. There has to be a recovery that focuses on youth education, employment and vocational training.”

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  • Huge new Blain's Farm & Fleet stores to open in Portage and JacksonHuge new Blain's Farm & Fleet stores to open in Portage and Jackson

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  • Hawaii National Guard official to review emergency planHawaii National Guard official to review emergency plan

    HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige has appointed a state Army National Guard official to oversee a review of Hawaii’s emergency management process after a faulty alert was sent to cellphones around the state warning of an incoming missile attack last weekend. Ige appointed state Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara on Monday and said he will provide a report in two months. Some changes have already been made, including requiring two people to approve emergency alerts. Officials said a state employee clicked the wrong link and activated a real alert instead of an internal test. There was no system for retracting the false alarm. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday the agency will work with states to follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts like Hawaii’s warning of a ballistic missile over the weekend. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said it’s clear that human error initiated the false alert. But she worries that system failures allowed it to go uncorrected for too long, nearly 40 minutes. “This had the potential for being totally catastrophic,” Hirono said. Nielsen told a Senate panel the department had been unaware that Hawaii officials did not have a mechanism in place to address false alarms and retract them. She also said the Department of Homeland Security is examining how the U.S. government can quickly verify the accuracy of alerts with agencies such as the Department of Defense. Hawaii officials said they had to wait for approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send the missile alert retraction. He also said that he had requested the ability to test the mobile alert system, but that the effort had been “blocked nationwide.” ___ This story has been corrected to show Hara was appointed to oversee the emergency management review process, not lead the agency.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Pope draws crowd to Chile Mass, also protestsAP PHOTOS: Pope draws crowd to Chile Mass, also protests

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A smiling Pope Francis drew a big crowd at an outdoor Mass in the Chilean capital Tuesday during the first full day of his six-day visit to Chile and Peru. Smaller groups of demonstrators also were out to protest several issues, from the sex abuse scandals in Chile’s Roman Catholic Church to treatment of people in the gay, lesbian and transgender community. Francis started the day with a speech in which he pleaded for forgiveness for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests. The pope celebrated Mass in O’Higgins Park before a crowd estimated at about 400,000 people. He later brought some inmates to tears during an emotional visit to a women’s prison. His final public event was a meeting with priests and nuns at in a full Cathedral of Santiago ablaze with lighted candles.

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  • Lawyers: 4 sue city, UC Berkeley over injuries at riotLawyers: 4 sue city, UC Berkeley over injuries at riot

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four San Francisco Bay Area residents who say they were injured by protesters during a riot ahead of a speech by a right-wing provocateur at the University of California, Berkeley filed a lawsuit against the university and the city, their attorneys said Tuesday. The plaintiffs say in the suit filed Thursday in federal court in Oakland that officials failed to protect them from being pepper-sprayed and beaten when they were trying to attend a Feb. 1 speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative commentator. They are seeking unspecified damages. John Jennings, his wife Katrina Redelsheimer and their friend Trever Hatch, all of San Francisco, say they were at UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza trying to verify the event had been canceled when a masked protester struck Jennings in the right temple with a wooden stick. When Redelsheimer tried to help her husband, a group of protesters hit her in the head with a stick and pepper-sprayed them. The group then pushed Jennings to the ground and kicked him, the lawsuit states. Both suffered concussions, broken or bruised ribs, cuts, burns and welts on their skin from pepper spray, according to the complaint. The suit says the masked protesters also knocked off Hatch’s “Make America Great Again” red hat and pepper-sprayed him, temporarily blinding him. It says a UC Berkeley employee and a UC Davis staffer were part of the group that assaulted the trio. Plaintiff Donald Fletcher of Oakland says he and some friends had left a bar and were walking toward campus when they were attacked by masked protesters. Fletcher was beaten unconscious, kicked to the ground and taken by ambulance to a hospital, the suit says. “Fletcher continues to experience the negative psychological effects of the incident,” the suit adds. UC Berkeley police canceled the speech, citing safety concerns after what had been a peaceful demonstration turned violent when dozens of black-clad anarchists attacked some people in the crowd. UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said the university has not seen the suit and could not comment. Berkeley spokesman Matthai Chakko said the city had no comment.

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  • Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet trainCost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet train

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials increased the cost estimate for the first phase of California’s high speed rail project by 35 percent on Tuesday, to $10.6 billion. That would put the entire cost of the train from San Francisco to Los Angeles at roughly $67 billion, although officials said they hope to recover the newly announced costs later. “Our first responsibility is to be transparent and forthright,” said Dan Richard, chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority’s board. “We’ve got to enhance active management of this program.” The $2.8 billion price jump is for a 119-mile (191-kilometer) segment in the Central Valley, which is partially under construction. The fresh costs are due to trouble acquiring rights of way for the track, the need to build more barriers along the tracks and other items. It’s the latest cost spike in a project that’s been plagued by delays and cost overruns. When voters approved $10 billion in bonds for the project in 2008, officials estimated the project would cost $40 billion. A rail line running from San Francisco to Los Angeles and Anaheim in under three hours is supposed to be operating by 2029. The train would eventually extend from Sacramento to San Diego, according to the plans. The board on Tuesday also selected Brian Kelly, current secretary of the California State Transportation Agency, as its new chief executive officer at a salary of nearly $385,000. Money to build the train comes from voter-backed bonds, federal dollars and revenue from California’s cap-and-trade program. Republicans and rail critics have long called it a waste of state money. Its proponents, though, argue California needs a quicker and cleaner form of transportation up and down the state. In October the rail board approved a $30 million contract with DB Engineering & Consulting USA, the U.S. arm of German rail giant Deutsche Bahn AG to design and operate the train from the Central Valley to the Silicon Valley in its early stages.

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  • Ohio businessman given deportation stay taken into custodyOhio businessman given deportation stay taken into custody

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio businessman who has lived in the United States for 38 years and had been granted a temporary stay of deportation to his native Jordan was taken into custody Tuesday by federal immigration officials. Youngstown businessman Amer Othman was arrested at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement check-in in suburban Cleveland, said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who attended the check-in. Ryan, a Democrat, called the government’s action “a shameful failure of justice.” ICE said Othman’s immigration case has undergone exhaustive judicial review at multiple levels of the nation’s courts over the past decade and the courts have held he does not have a legal basis to remain in this country. “Mr. Othman will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States,” ICE said in a statement. Othman was to be deported Jan. 7 but received a temporary stay a few weeks ago while his case was re-examined. Ryan said Othman has no criminal record and poses zero flight risk and treating him “like an animal” flies in the face of the values ICE “is supposedly defending.” “The Trump administration didn’t even give Amer an opportunity to say goodbye to his wife and four daughters,” Ryan said. Othman opened a deli in Youngstown in 2011 and a hookah bar in 2015. Youngstown Mayor Jamael “Tito” Brown, a Democrat, has called Othman a “pioneer for the downtown renaissance” and said his deportation would be a loss for their city. Othman, who’s known as Al Adi, has said he believes he still belongs in the U.S. A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for his attorney. Othman, 57, came to the U.S. when he was 19 and obtained his green card through his first wife. His application for a second green card was denied in the 1990s, when officials claimed his first marriage was fraudulent. However, a court affidavit shows his ex-wife said she signed the original statement claiming a fraudulent marriage under duress when Immigration and Naturalization Service officials went to her home. Ryan and others have worked to try to help Othman remain in the United States. The congressman said he will continue to work with his colleagues and the Department of Homeland Security. “This fight,” Ryan said, “is not over.”

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  • Judge urges verdicts in Quebec oil train disaster caseJudge urges verdicts in Quebec oil train disaster case

    SHERBROOKE, Quebec (AP) — A judge is urging jurors in a criminal negligence trial stemming from a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people in Quebec to try once more to reach unanimous verdicts after they told him they had come to an impasse. Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas told the eight men and four women Tuesday that failing to reach verdicts for the three defendants will not reflect badly on them, provided they “made an honest effort.” It is the sixth day of deliberations. A runaway train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded on July 6, 2013. Engineer Tom Harding and former colleagues Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre are each facing one count of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people. They have pleaded not guilty.

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  • Illinois man awarded Carnegie Medal for thwarting attackIllinois man awarded Carnegie Medal for thwarting attack

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man has received the Carnegie Medal for thwarting an attack by a knife-wielding man at a chess club session for children. James Vernon was awarded the medal on Monday by Rep. Darin LaHood, an Illinois Republican. The honor is given to someone from the U.S. or Canada who risks their life while saving or attempting to save the lives of others, the Peoria Journal Star reported . The Army veteran was 75 when he fought off the 19-year-old man trying to attack people at Morton Public Library in 2015. He deflected the attacker’s attention away from the children and blocked him to allow everyone to escape, said Sandy Rassi, the chess club’s organizer who was present during the attack and at Monday’s ceremony. “It was a supernatural, God-imposed calm that was in the room,” Rassi said. Vernon suffered cuts to two arteries and a tendon but returned to the chess club a week later to instruct. He is credited with saving the lives of 16 children and their parents who were at the event. “He was the man who had the training, the know-how and the character,” said Julia Vernon, the veteran’s sister. “He was the perfect man for the job. We’re just unbelievably proud of him.” James Vernon’s wife, Hanna, hopes that her husband’s story will inspire others to be brave in a dangerous situation in the future. “If a 75-year-old chess geek can do this, what can I do?” she asked. The attacker, Dustin Brown, was arrested and later sentenced to prison. ___ Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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  • Ex-Ecuador leader Rafael Correa leaves leftist ruling partyEx-Ecuador leader Rafael Correa leaves leftist ruling party

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  • New public safety communication system coming to Jackson CountyNew public safety communication system coming to Jackson County

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    MLive.comPoor road conditions possibly led to crash that killed 37-year-old Williamston manMLive.comLANSING, MI - Lansing Police have released the name of a Williamston man killed Sunday night in a two-car crash on Lansing's southeast side. Daniel Douglas Warnock, 37, was killed after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into an oncoming ...and more »

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  • Man killed in accident identified - WILX-TVMan killed in accident identified - WILX-TV

    WILX-TVMan killed in accident identifiedWILX-TVLANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- The Lansing Police Department has identified a man who was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Sunday night in Lansing. Police say 37-year-old, Daniel Douglas Warnock of Williamston, was driving one of the cars and taken to a ...and more »

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  • Ford Mustang Bullitt: Five neat features on the revived Steve McQueen classicFord Mustang Bullitt: Five neat features on the revived Steve McQueen classic

    Here are five notable and throwback features on the new special-edition Ford Mustang Bullitt that people can look for when it hits the market this summer.

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  • Hyundai to bring the Veloster N performance car to US market in 2018Hyundai to bring the Veloster N performance car to US market in 2018

    Hyundai announced during its Monday, Jan. 15 Detroit auto show press conference that it would bring the Veloster N performance car to the U.S. market in 2018.

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  • Hyundai shows off newly-tweaked Veloster, with turbo modelHyundai shows off newly-tweaked Veloster, with turbo model

    The Korean automaker says the new Veloster will start production in March of this year, and is due out during 2018's second quarter. Hyundai touts a new exterior and interior redesign on the interesting two-plus-one door body.

    MLive Business / 1 d. 7 h. 40 min. ago
  • Nissan unveils boxy concept SUV filled with screens, Japanese cedar at NAIASNissan unveils boxy concept SUV filled with screens, Japanese cedar at NAIAS

    During its presentation at the North American International Auto Show, Nissan revealed a new concept vehicle that looks like it came straight out of a futuristic video game.

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  • 2019 Ram 1500 shows off hybrid tech, humongous touchscreen at Detroit auto show2019 Ram 1500 shows off hybrid tech, humongous touchscreen at Detroit auto show

    Fiat Chrysler showed off its brand-new Ram 1500 truck series up close and personal for the first time Monday, Jan. 15 at the Detroit auto show.

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  • These are 2018's North American car, utility and truck of the yearThese are 2018's North American car, utility and truck of the year

    Winners were announced January 15 at Detroit auto show.

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  • FCA's Ram 1500 truck comes in 225 pounds lighter with brand new logoFCA's Ram 1500 truck comes in 225 pounds lighter with brand new logo

    As the North American International Auto Show gets underway, Fiat Chrysler pulled the electronic curtain off of the brand-new 2019 Ram 1500 truck. Not only are there some key mechanical changes, but FCA revealed its new logo for the Ram division with the truck.

    MLive Business / 1 d. 19 h. 44 min. ago
  • Ford brings back another classic in the Mustang Bullitt at Detroit auto showFord brings back another classic in the Mustang Bullitt at Detroit auto show

    After weeks of speculation, Ford confirmed the rumors and introduced the special edition Mustang Bullitt as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Steve McQueen's classic film "Bullitt."

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  • Ford unveils revived Ranger pickup at Detroit auto showFord unveils revived Ranger pickup at Detroit auto show

    Shortly after officially announcing its return, Ford showed off its new midsize Ranger pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 14

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  • A closer look at the new Edge ST ahead of Ford's Detroit auto show presentationA closer look at the new Edge ST ahead of Ford's Detroit auto show presentation

    While it was busy touting its new diesel F-150 option and the reintroduction of a classic in the midsize pickup in the Ranger, Ford announced it would launch its ST brand into its SUV lineup. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said it would first introduce the brand-new Edge ST as of Thursday, Jan. 11.

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  • Ford Ranger finally reintroduced with production set to start in 2018Ford Ranger finally reintroduced with production set to start in 2018

    Ford officially reintroduced its Ranger model to North America by releasing a collection of photos and facts about the midsize pickup truck early Sunday morning, Jan. 14.

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  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado reveal kicks off 2018 Detroit auto show2019 Chevrolet Silverado reveal kicks off 2018 Detroit auto show

    Chevrolet introduced its best-selling Silverado pickup truck Saturday evening, Jan. 13 to kick off the North American International Auto Show from Detroit's Eastern Market.

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  • State, Michigan Tech sign contract for Line 5 risk analysisState, Michigan Tech sign contract for Line 5 risk analysis

    LANSING, Mich. The State of Michigan today reached a contract agreement with Michigan Technological University to have a team led by professor Dr. Guy Meadows perform a risk analysis on Enbridge's Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

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  • DEVELOPING: Car pulled from river in LansingDEVELOPING: Car pulled from river in Lansing

    Lansing police and Lansing fire responded to Aurelius Rd. near the Jolly Rd. intersection around 9am after a nearby motorist saw a woman lose control of her vehicle on the icy roads. Police say, the woman is in her late 20's, early 30's and was driving a 4-door, white sedan too fast.

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  • Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Executive Director of Michigan Administrative Hearing SystemGov. Rick Snyder appoints Executive Director of Michigan Administrative Hearing System

    LANSING, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Julie McMurtry of Madison Heights to serve as executive director of the Michigan Administrative Hearing System.

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  • Taxes, driver debt, prevailing wages atop legislative agendaTaxes, driver debt, prevailing wages atop legislative agenda

    In this Nov. 30, 2017, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, speaks with reporters about the introduction of municipal retiree funding legislation outside the Senate chamber in Lansing, Mich. Among Meekhof's priorities in 2018 is repealing a state law that requires higher "prevailing" wages to be paid on state-financed construction projects.

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  • MSU president highlights university successesMSU president highlights university successes

    Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon made a presentation on Friday during a meeting held by "The Rotary Club of Lansing." "I was asked to give a little bit of an overview about where we're at Michigan State," said President Simon.

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  • Winter weather driving reminders from the Clinton County SheriffWinter weather driving reminders from the Clinton County Sheriff

    To assist with Michigan high school sports coverage, the AP Prep Score Center will be compiling Michigan high school basketball scores. AP h LANSING, Mich.

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  • Equine Trails Subcommittee to meet Jan. 24 in LansingEquine Trails Subcommittee to meet Jan. 24 in Lansing

    The Equine Trails Subcommittee will hold its next scheduled meeting Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 4125 Beaumont Road in Lansing. The public meeting will begin at 1:15 p.m. The subcommittee is an advisory group created by Public Act 46 of 2010 as a subcommittee of the Michigan Trails Advisory Council.

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  • USG members to attend Big Ten student government conferenceUSG members to attend Big Ten student government conference

    Six Ohio State Undergraduate Student Government members will head to an annual winter conference of Big Ten universities' student governments, held by the Association of Big Ten Students, in East Lansing, Michigan Friday. ABTS is a coalition of student government organizations from each of the 14 Big Ten universities that meets three times every year.

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  • Michigan State trustee Mitch Lyons charged with misdemeanor assault and battery - Lansing State JournalMichigan State trustee Mitch Lyons charged with misdemeanor assault and battery - Lansing State Journal

    Lansing State JournalMichigan State trustee Mitch Lyons charged with misdemeanor assault and batteryLansing State JournalThe warrant was cancelled after Lyons appeared in court Friday morning, court officials said. Another hearing is set for Jan. 29. “The warrant has been cleared and the overall situation was a misunderstanding, but we cannot comment until the legal ...and more »

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  • Lisa Kron's Well Gets All Meta, Breaking the Fourth Wall at Mildred's UmbrellaLisa Kron's Well Gets All Meta, Breaking the Fourth Wall at Mildred's Umbrella

    Tony Award-winning playwright Lisa Kron gets all meta in her comedic memory play about mothers and daughters, so it comes as no surprise that Bree Bridger, who is directing Well for Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company, decided to do the same.

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  • State economy still creeping up, but it won't help general fund muchState economy still creeping up, but it won't help general fund much

    Economists gathered for the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference Thursday. Michigan won't see a big economic rebound in the upcoming years.

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  • Sam's Club in Farmington Hills set to closeSam's Club in Farmington Hills set to close

    Walmart has announced it is raising its starting hourly wage from $9 to $11 and Sam's Club is set to close a series of clubs across the United States. A major wholesale club in Farmington Hills is set to close its doors later this month, according to a letter filed with the state of Michigan.

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  • Snyder tries to temper tax cut fervor as revenue is steadySnyder tries to temper tax cut fervor as revenue is steady

    State budget director Al Pscholka, left, and state Treasurer Nick Khouri speak with reporters at the semi-annual revenue-estimating meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at the Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and Republican lawmakers appear to be headed toward a dispute on cutting state taxes by more than what is being proposed to address an unintended consequence of the federal tax overhaul.

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  • Lake Michigan Credit Union announces Lansing, Michigan mortgage office opening - CUinsight.com (press release)Lake Michigan Credit Union announces Lansing, Michigan mortgage office opening - CUinsight.com (press release)

    CUinsight.com (press release)Lake Michigan Credit Union announces Lansing, Michigan mortgage office openingCUinsight.com (press release)GRAND RAPIDS, MI (January 11, 2018) — Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) is pleased to announce the January 15, 2018 opening of its newest mortgage office in Lansing, Michigan. This new office is located just off I-96 at 2525 Jolly Road in Okemos. This ...

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  • REPORTS: South Lansing Sama s Club is closingREPORTS: South Lansing Sama s Club is closing

    Giant retailer Sam's Club is closing stores nationwide and it appears the Edgewood Boulevard store in south Lansing will also be shut down. Our sister station in Wisconsin is reporting a location there will also be open tomorrow ahead of being permanently shut down.

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  • Mid-Michigan Sam's Club location to close its doors - WILX-TVMid-Michigan Sam's Club location to close its doors - WILX-TV

    WILX-TVMid-Michigan Sam's Club location to close its doorsWILX-TVSecurity and management standing outside told customers that they'd temporarily reopen on January 12 at 10am, and then permanently close on January 26. Only employees and customers with prescriptions were being allowed in the store on Thursday ...South Lansing Sam's Club is suddenly closed as company shutters stores nationwideWLNSWalmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workersBusiness Insiderall 1,643 news articles »

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  • The ergs of CooperThe ergs of Cooper

    Berlin horn master, Lansing Symphony generate solar power Coming near the end of a string of subzero days and nights, at the post-holiday nadir of winter gloom, the golden horn, golden tone and golden grin of soloist David Cooper was the most timely musical intervention the Lansing Symphony has performed on the shivering city in many a year.

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  • Wake-up callWake-up call

    Civil rights leader Diane Nash wants to empower people, not politicians From the segregated lunch counters of 1950s Nashville, to hushed buses threading the hostile highways of the Deep South, to the sweaty meeting halls and phone rooms that wove the civil rights movement together, Diane Nash has a message for those who hope for a better world today.

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  • THE PEOPLE ISSUETHE PEOPLE ISSUE

    Most of them made some news, big or small, in 2017. We talked with them for a while and found much more to enjoy and learn from. The interviews were edited for length and clarity. The photos are, for the third year, by Khalid Ibrahim..

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  • Now what? Schuler patrons ponder where to hangNow what? Schuler patrons ponder where to hang

    Retail Properties of America, or RPAI, the Oakbrook, Illinois owner and leasing agent for the Edgewood Towne Center, had been pressing the Fehsenfelds to agree to a reconfiguration and reduction in size of their leased space. RPAI declined to comment on whether it has two new stores in line for the new space configuration.

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  • Police: Married couple died in apparent murder-suicide - Lansing State JournalPolice: Married couple died in apparent murder-suicide - Lansing State Journal

    WLNSPolice: Married couple died in apparent murder-suicideLansing State JournalLANSING - A married couple were found dead Tuesday morning following what police believe was a murder-suicide that took place on a quiet residential street on Lansing's near south side. Lansing police on Tuesday afternoon identified the victims as ...Lansing Police Identify 2 Killed in Apparent Murder-SuicideU.S. News & World ReportPolice ID couple killed in murder-suicideWILX-TVUPDATE: Lansing Police identify 2 dead on city's south sideWLNSall 7 news articles »

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