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Businesses dealing with flood damage to get help with loans

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A business recovery center is coming to mid-Michigan to help firms affected by severe summer storms and flooding.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says the center is opening Monday at the United Way of Midland to help answer questions and give information about disaster loans.

Staff also will help businesses complete Small Business Administration loan applications.

The late June storms caused flooding that closed numerous roads. Disaster declarations were made by the state for Midland and Isabella counties.

Preliminary assessments showed damage to be in the tens of millions of dollars.

The Small Business Administration offers economic injury disaster loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.


Yoga on the River in Detroit to benefit Forgotten Harvest

DETROIT (AP) — An outdoor yoga session is scheduled in downtown Detroit to benefit an organization that collects food to fight hunger.

Yoga on the River will be held Wednesday on Cobo Square. A $10 donation will go to Forgotten Harvest.

The one-hour class will be hosted by Forgotten Harvest’s Emerging Leaders Council, a group that connects young professionals to the mission and efforts of Forgotten Harvest.

Registration starts at 5 p.m. followed by the class at 6 p.m. Refreshments and a social hour begin at 7 p.m.

The yoga session will take place in the Cobo Center atrium if there is inclement weather.

Oak Park-based Forgotten Harvest collects surplus food from grocery stores, markets, restaurants and other locations and distributes it to emergency food providers in the Detroit area.


Michigan reverses 70 percent of fraud cases, to refund $21M

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan says it has reversed 70 percent of unemployment benefit fraud cases and is refunding $20.8 million after people were wrongly accused of collecting excessive benefits.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency announced the results of a review Friday. It reviewed more than 62,000 cases for people who were assessed a fraud penalty and did not seek an appeal. About 44,000 cases were reversed.

Michigan has been under fire for a computer system that wrongly churned out cases of fraud. Last month, it dropped criminal charges against 186 people.

Over a two-year period, Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration mostly relied on the computer system to flag thousands of people. They were hit with penalties, wage garnishments and lost tax refunds — before the state admitted it was wrong.


GOP campaign operative encourages Kid Rock to run for Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of a super PAC aligned with Senate GOP leadership is encouraging performer Kid Rock to run for Senate against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

The comments from Steven Law on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program Friday were surprising. Law insisted he was quite serious, saying his group would be “very interested” in a Kid Rock candidacy.

Kid Rock has made some moves to consider the race, including creating a campaign website. Law pointed to a recent poll in which the entertainer trailed Stabenow by eight points, saying it’s “not a bad place to start.”

Law said he hadn’t spoken with Kid Rock, whose given name is Robert James Ritchie. But he said that despite the entertainer’s redneck image, “He’s a pretty smart guy.”


2 hurt in Lenawee County plane crash undetected for 4 hours

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a southeastern Michigan plane crash that went unreported for more than four hours left 2 people hurt.

Lenawee County Undersheriff Troy Bevier says the crash occurred about 10 a.m. Friday about a mile from the Lenawee County Airport outside Adrian but went undetected until about 2:20 p.m., when a woman passenger managed to walk to a nearby road and flag down a motorist who called 911.

Bevier says the woman and a man both suffered serious injuries and were transported to a hospital. Their names haven’t been released.

Bevier says the single-engine plane broke apart in the crash, with part of it caught in a tree.

He says the cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known and the Federal Aviation Administration is sending investigators to the crash site.


Michigan prisons bar lipstick kisses on mail, homemade cards

(Information from: Detroit Free Press,

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New rules at the Michigan Department of Corrections ban inmates from receiving mail with homemade greeting cards, perfume or lipstick kisses.

The rules going into effect Oct. 1 also require mail to be written in blue or black ink or lead pencil. The policy also forbid stickers, including address labels.

Department spokeswoman Holly Kramer tells the Detroit Free Press the rules are aimed at banning contraband from entering prisons. She says drugs can be circulated in thin strips and concealed under a sticker or other items.

Doug Tjapkes is president of Humanity for Prisoners in Grand Haven. He says inmates and their families oppose the new rules.

Brenda Bradley of Novi has sent perfume-scented letters to an imprisoned friend. She says such personal touches are a “basic human right.”



Michigan civil rights agency condemns ‘no foreigners’ sign

(Information from: Lansing State Journal,

MASON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has opened a complaint against a man whose front-yard sign advertising the sale of his home indicates he won’t sell to foreigners.

The sign in front of Iraq veteran James Prater’s home in Mason says “Terms No foreigners Iraq vet” next to “For Sale by Owner.”

The civil rights department says the sign violates state and federal laws against discrimination based on national origin.

The Lansing State Journal reported Friday that department spokeswoman Vicki Levengood says the agency filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Prater said in a previous interview he hasn’t discriminated against anyone because he’s had no offers.



3 arrested in Detroit drive-by that killed 14-year-old girl

DETROIT (AP) — Three men have been arrested in the slaying of a 14-year-old girl and wounding of her 17-year-old brother and another person during a drive-by shooting in Detroit.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 19-year-old Robert H. Moore faces first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, using a firearm during a felony and other charges.

Prosecutors also say 24-year-old Dwayne Sharpe and 19-year-old Anthony Rodgers face first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and other charges.

Shots were fired into the living room of a northeast Detroit home about 10:40 p.m. on Aug. 3.

The girl was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Moore and Sharpe were arraigned Thursday. Rodgers was expected to be arraigned Friday.

They face Aug. 23 probable cause conferences and Aug. 30 preliminary examinations.


Latest: Judge orders Brit suspect in killing back to Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — An Oxford University financial officer accused in the fatal stabbing of a Chicago man has agreed to return to Illinois to face charges.

Andrew Warren acknowledged during a San Francisco court hearing Friday that he is the suspect being sought by authorities in Cook County, Illinois.

Warren surrendered peacefully in San Francisco last week after being on the run for eight days with Wyndham Lathem, a former Northwestern University microbiologist.

Warren and Lathem face first-degree murder charges in the brutal stabbing of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau. The 26-year-old hair stylist’s body was found July 27 in Lathem’s Chicago apartment.

Authorities have not revealed any motive in the killing.

Warren is a 56-year-old British national. He arrived in the U.S. days before the killing. Warren wore an orange jumpsuit during Friday’s hearing, and he appeared unshaven after six days in jail.


Man arraigned after police chase, standoff that shut freeway

(Information from: Monroe News,

LUNA PIER, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man whose refusal to surrender to police following a long car chase forced the closure of a freeway in southeastern Michigan has appeared in court.

The Monroe News reports that 37-year-old Juan Colon was arraigned Friday on gun, resisting arrest and fleeing police charges.

Colon was arrested late Thursday morning on Interstate 75 near Luna Pier, just north of the Ohio state line, following a chase that started near the Detroit suburb of Pontiac.

Police stopped the vehicle, but said the driver refused to surrender and might harm himself or others. They negotiated with him for several hours.

State police say that during the chase the man used Facebook live to make threats toward officers. The freeway shutdown snarled traffic in the area.