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Whitmer orders flags lowered for mass shooting victims

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags be lowered to honor the victims of the weekend mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Whitmer said Sunday the flags should be displayed at half-staff on all state buildings, grounds and facilities until sunset on Thursday. She also encourages local governments, businesses, residents and others to do the same.

In all, 29 people were killed and about 50 injured in less than 24 hours.

Whitmer called gun violence “a public health crisis” requiring “action to make sure firearms don’t end up in the hands of someone who wants to hurt themselves or others.”


Services set for Oakland County chief L. Brooks Patterson

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The public is invited to attend a viewing, visitation and funeral for longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

The viewing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in the conference center of the L. Brooks Patterson Building in Waterford Township and visitation is set for Wednesday and Thursday at Woodside Bible Church in Troy.

The funeral is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the church. The burial will be private.

The 80-year-old Patterson died Saturday at his Independence Township home, months after announcing he had pancreatic cancer. He was halfway through a seventh term leading the affluent county, but said he would not seek re-election next year.


AAA: Michigan gas prices fall 10 cents to $2.75 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen 10 cents from a week ago to about $2.75 per gallon.

The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 17 cents less than a year ago. It adds prices could continue to drop if demand remains low.

The state’s highest average was in the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas at around $2.85. The lowest price was in the Traverse City area at roughly $2.62 per gallon.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.




Transit agencies get federal grants for electric buses

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Department of Transportation and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation will receive $2.6 million in grants to buy up to six electric buses and charging infrastructure.

Funding is through a federal transit grant program. The award offers each agency opportunities to partner with DTE Electric and all-electric bus manufacturer Proterra.

The agencies submitted a joint application in March for funding to replace older and mileage-eligible diesel buses with all-electric buses.

The new buses are expected to hit the streets in 2021.


Organizations get grants to promote accurate Census count

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to Detroit-area organizations seeking to promote and support a fair and accurate 2020 U.S. Census count.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the grants range from $7,000 to $75,000. Funding runs through August 2020.

The foundation’s Southeast Michigan Counts is a strategic effort to foster regional participation in the 2020 census. It says organizations receiving funding will work to promote awareness and action by historically undercounted populations such as communities of color, low-income households, immigrants and young children.

Foundation President Mariam C. Noland says accurate census counts are essential for federal funds that support education, infrastructure and services for communities.

The foundation is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations.


Pilot dead after small plane crashes in Upper Peninsula

(Information from: WLUC-TV,

CARP LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot is dead after a small plane crashed in a remote area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

WLUC-TV reports Sunday that cellphone location data helped locate the plane in a remote area of Carp Lake Township. The pilot, who wasn’t immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

A search began Saturday after the plane departed from the Gogebic County Airport but didn’t arrive as scheduled at the Ontonagon Airport.

The NTSB said Saturday night that it’s investigating the crash of the Piper PA-28 in Ontonagon.



Ford shows most powerful street-legal Mustang with 760 hp

DETROIT (AP) — The most powerful street-legal Ford Mustang ever built will go on sale this fall.

A 5.2-liter supercharged V8 will crank out 760 horsepower in the 2020 Shelby GT500.

The new version has a beefed-up suspension and brakes. It also has a seven-speed automatic transmission that Ford promises will shift smoothly on commutes and quickly on the track. The engine is hand-built at a Michigan factory and comes with unique pistons and other parts.

It can go from zero to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in around 3.5 seconds.

Performance powertrain engineering manager Patrick Morgan says the car is aimed at Mustang enthusiasts who also want track performance.

The car starts at $73,995 including shipping and a $2,600 gas-guzzler tax. Ford says it hasn’t finished fuel economy tests.


Water Works Park in Detroit honored for water treatment

DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority has been recognized for drinking water operations at one of its facilities in Detroit.

The Partnership for Safe Water gave the authority’s Water Works Park the 2019 Directors Award for Water Treatment.

The program recognizes utilities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to delivering superior quality drinking water to customers. It was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Association and other organizations to guide water systems toward improving water quality by optimizing system operations.

Five other groups in the United States also received the award.

Water Works Park has the ability to produce up to 240 million gallons of water per day.

The Great Lakes Water Authority provides water and wastewater services to 127 municipalities in eight southeastern Michigan counties.


Longtime Oakland County chief L. Brooks Patterson dies at 80

DETROIT (AP) — A spokesman says longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has died at his suburban Detroit home months after announcing he had pancreatic cancer.

Spokesman Bill Mullan said the 80-year-old Patterson died Saturday at his Independence Township home. He was halfway through a seventh term leading the affluent county, but said in March he would not seek re-election next year.

He had been Oakland County’s chief since 1993 and served as its prosecutor from 1973 to 1988. In 1972, he served as attorney for a group opposing a federal judge’s order for school busing integration.

The outspoken Patterson had a history of verbally sparring with other regional leaders, especially those in Detroit. He apologized last year after saying he’d rather join the Ku Klux Klan than a group of CEOs he had accused of snatching business from Oakland County to benefit Detroit.

Patterson’s daughter Mary Warner said in a statement her father “was a courageous fighter.”


Impeachment summer? August town halls may decide next steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a town hall in New Jersey, freshman Democratic Rep. Andy Kim came face to face with impeachment fervor. “Do your job!” shouted one voter.

Several states away, a woman held up a copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and told Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin she hoped she would put the House “over the top to start an impeachment inquiry.”

And in Virginia, newcomer Rep. Abigail Spanberger encountered voters with questions, if not resolve, about impeaching President Donald Trump.

None of the lawmakers support impeachment. But these freshman lawmakers, and others like them, will likely decide when, if ever, House Democrats start formal impeachment efforts.

With half the House Democrats now in favor of beginning an inquiry, the pressure will only mount on the holdouts during the August recess.