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Police: 2 dead following stabbing at western Michigan home
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead following a stabbing at a home in western Michigan and a person is in custody following the deaths.
Police in Muskegon say they responded Sunday to a report of a stabbing and a 71-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman were pronounced dead at the scene.
Names of those involved weren’t immediately released by authorities. Police say a person of interest in the stabbings was taken into custody.
The deaths are under investigation, but police say there’s no threat to the public.
The Latest: Graham tells Trump ‘aim higher’ after tweets
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is advising President Donald Trump to “aim higher” following Trump’s incendiary weekend tweets about four Democratic congresswomen. Trump had tweeted that they should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, even though all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.
Graham, a close ally of Trump who golfed with the president over the weekend, offered the advice in an interview with “Fox & Friends” Monday morning.
He said the lawmakers, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, “are American citizens” who were “duly elected,” and says Trump should “take on their policies” instead of launching personal attacks.
Still, Graham called the members “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American,” saying that “AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel. They hate our own country.”
DEER HUNTING RULES
Michigan adopts deer hunting rules to halt fatal disease
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators are continuing a ban on baiting and feeding deer in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula in an effort to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease.
The ban was among rules for this year’s hunting season adopted by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission last week.
The panel decided to allow baiting and feeding in the Upper Peninsula, except in an area where a deer infected with the disease was found last year. It includes portions of Menominee, Delta and Dickinson counties.
Under another rule, scents used to attract deer must be placed where the animals cannot touch or eat them.
Chronic wasting disease first was discovered in a Michigan free-ranging deer in May 2015. Since then, the fatal illness has been confirmed in 120 free-ranging deer in nine Michigan counties.
AUTO CONTRACT TALKS-THINGS TO KNOW
Auto workers union, Detroit 3 at odds as contract talks open
DETROIT (AP) — In recent years, Detroit automakers have been at relative peace with the United Auto Workers union because times have been good and profit-sharing checks have been fat.
That all could change this week when talks open on new four-year contracts with the union representing 142,000 workers across the nation. Auto companies want to cut labor costs and end a gap with those at foreign-owned factories in the U.S.
But workers want a bigger piece of strong profits posted by the industry in recent years.
Talks begin Monday when Ford executives and union leaders exchange a ceremonial handshake. The four-year contracts expire at 11:50 p.m. on Sept. 14.
AAA: Michigan gas prices rise 9 cents to $2.94 per gallon
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about 9 cents from a week ago to about $2.94 per gallon as demand grows amid the summer travel season.
The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday that despite the increase the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 7 cents less than a year ago.
AAA says average prices rose to a 2019 high of $2.95 on Saturday before easing slightly.
The state’s highest averages were in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas at around $2.95. The lowest prices were in the Marquette and Traverse City areas at roughly $2.87 per gallon.
AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.
More than 8,200 Detroit teens, young adults get summer jobs
DETROIT (AP) — More than 8,200 teens and young adults are starting work this summer under the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program.
In its fifth year, the program features six weeks of summer employment that provide participants 14 to 24 years of age with training, on-the-job experiences, professional contacts and a head start on potential career paths.
Nearly $12 million has been raised to support the program this summer.
Most participants are working 20 hours per week at more than 500 sites with companies of various sizes. They also receive 12 hours of work readiness training. Jobs include community cleanups, event planning, accounting, retail and the Junior Police or Fire Cadets.
The city has partnered with employers, supporters and others who provide jobs and financial contributions.
MICHIGAN FAIRS-SWINE FLU
Michigan fair-goers urged to take steps to avoid swine flu
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions to avoid swine flu at county and local fairs across Michigan.
Swine influenza is a respiratory disease in pigs that’s caused by type A influenza viruses. Swine flu viruses don’t usually infect humans, but human infections have been reported. Precautions to help avoid swine flu include refraining from eating or drinking in livestock barns or show rings.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says 17 people last year from six states, including three from Michigan, were sickened by variant influenza viruses after having direct or indirect contact with swine at fairs and exhibits. Infections are mostly among children.
Symptoms in people are similar to those of seasonal flu viruses and can include fever, sore throat and respiratory difficulty.
Federal grants helping Michigan airports fix, build runways
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Airports across Michigan are receiving federal grants for repairing and building runways, as well as replacing and updating equipment.
Federal and state officials say $8.8 million will go to Bishop in Flint, $4.6 million to MBS in Freeland, $1.1 million for Cherry Capital in Traverse City, $678,000 for Sawyer in Gwinn, and $155,000 for Chippewa County in Sault Ste. Marie. The Michigan State Block Grant Program is getting $1 million.
The grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation are the third round from an overall $3 billion federal airport improvement program for U.S. airports.