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CORRECTIONS OFFICER DEATHS
2 Michigan corrections officers found dead in their home
KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Police say two veteran Michigan corrections officers have been found dead in the northern Michigan home they shared.
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of 53-year-old Tara Kelley and 49-year-old Angelina Winn at the home near Kingsley. They were found dead Friday. Both worked at Oaks Correctional Facility near Manistee.
The causes of their deaths have not been released, but the sheriff’s office said in a news release there was no reason to believe there was a threat to the public.
Both women spent most of their corrections careers at Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley and moved to the Oaks in 2016 when Pugsley closed.
MDOC Director Heidi Washington sent an email to employees informing them of the deaths.
‘It’s a fine target’: Census bureau to fight misinformation
CHICAGO (AP) — Census officials are preparing to battle the spread of fake news by internet trolls and foreign powers for the first time in the count’s 230-year history.
The stakes are huge. Who participates in the 2020 census count could influence how U.S. congressional seats and billions of federal tax dollars to educate children, help low-income families and pave new roads are divvied up.
“It’s a fine target,” former U.S. Census Bureau director John Thompson said of the form, which is sent every decade to households in America to count the population. “If you want to disrupt a democracy, you can certainly go about it by disrupting a census.”
Facebook and Twitter said they will use a mix of people and artificial intelligence to spot, review and remove troublesome posts.
$1 million gift will ease debt at YMCA in Upper Peninsula
(Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net)
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A $1 million donation in the Upper Peninsula is eliminating debt at the YMCA of Marquette County.
The YMCA building will be named for David and Thu Brule in honor of their contribution.
The local YMCA owes $1.1 million to the federal government. But The Mining Journal reports that the balance will be dropped when the Y repays $700,000 within the next decade. Michele Butler, chief volunteer officer, says the roof and furnace will be repaired with the extra cash.
David Brule says he and his wife are making an “investment,” not a gift. He says seeing the YMCA thrive “is where we get the bang for our buck.”
Detroit airport is open to visitors without tickets
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Visitors without tickets are being allowed to pass through security checkpoints at Michigan’s largest airport, at least until early January.
The change means someone can accompany a traveler to a gate or surprise someone getting off a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
There are some restrictions: Only 75 visitor passes will be given each day. People also must register online a day before the visit. More information can be found at www.metroairport.com .
Chad Newton, chief executive of the Wayne County Airport Authority, says visitors can “create memorable moments” by watching planes and greeting family and friends. The program is expected to end on Jan. 5.
SCHOOL BUS CRASH-MICHIGAN
1 killed, 3 injured as car collides with Michigan school bus
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Police in mid-Michigan say one person was killed when a passenger car collided with a school bus carrying a football team, injuring three students.
The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office says the car entered the oncoming lane of traffic Thursday night along a road in Broomfield Township and collided with a Chippewa Hills school bus.
Police say the car sustained heavy damage and immediately caught fire. The car’s driver, its sole occupant, died in the 9 p.m. crash.
MLive.com reports that the school bus was carrying a junior varsity football team, coaches and staff.
Chippewa Hills District Superintendent Michael Bob Grover Jr. says three students on the bus suffered minor injuries in the crash. They were treated at a local hospital and released.
This story has been corrected to show that police say one person, not two, died in the collision, and also to correct that three students, not two, suffered minor injuries.
Kurd facing deportation decries US troop withdrawal in Syria
HARBERT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan restaurateur and Kurdish immigrant who has faced deportation to Turkey for more than a decade is publicly criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. soldiers out of Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria.
The South Bend Tribune reports that Ibrahim Parlak led a vigil at his restaurant in Harbert, protested near the Turkish consulate in Chicago and appeared on news outlets decrying the withdrawal of about 1,000 American troops.
Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers have denounced the removal as deserting American allies to hostile Turkish and Syrian forces. Trump has defended his decision as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East.
Parlak has been fighting possible deportation for 15 years. He says he’s “not going anywhere” and that the U.S. is his home.
Man dies when heavy equipment rolls at construction site
(Information from: WDIV-TV, http://www.clickondetroit.com)
NOVI, Mich. (AP) — A worker has died after the heavy equipment he was operating rolled over on top of him at a construction site in suburban Detroit.
WDIV-TV reports police say the 57-year-old Lapeer man was operating a machine used to compact soil Friday afternoon in Novi when it rolled over on an uneven surface and landed top of him.
The man’s name hasn’t been released.
Authorities said the man was dead when they arrived at the scene.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.
700 jobs planned for closing Virginia furniture plant
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A manufacturer of work vans used by package delivery companies and other businesses plans to employ 700 workers at a Virginia IKEA furniture plant slated for closing.
Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said Friday that Morgan Olson LLC would move into the nearly 1-million-square-foot site that IKEA planned to close in December, cutting 300 jobs.
Step vans built by Sturgis, Michigan-based Morgan Olson are used to deliver online purchases to locations across North America. The vehicles also deliver newspapers, baked goods, snack food distributors, and rented uniforms.
Virginia agencies are agreeing to provide $8.2 million in grants in addition to tax breaks.
Man sentenced for accidentally killing fellow Marine
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a former Marine will serve prison time for accidentally killing a fellow Marine in a case that had initially been ruled an accidental self-inflected shooting.
News outlets report 30-year-old Tyler Prudden of Portland, Michigan, was sentenced Friday to 14 to 26 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 death of 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Lanija Gilpatrick.
Assistant District Attorney Bob Roupe says Prudden and his then-wife Lori Green Prudden initially told Onslow County authorities that Gilpatrick shot himself. But an anonymous Facebook message to Gilpatrick’s mother prompted authorities to reopen the case.
Roupe says Prudden later admitted to pointing a gun he thought was empty at Gilpatrick and firing, shooting him in the eye.
He pleaded guilty in September.
GM STRIKE-THE LATEST
The Latest: GM workers ratify contract, 40-day strike ends
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — General Motors workers voted 57.2% in favor of a new contract with the company, ending a 40-day strike.
The United Auto Workers union says Friday that the contract was approved 23,389 to 17,501.
The vote means that workers will put down their picket signs and return to their jobs. Some will start as early as Friday night, and some production could resume on Saturday.
Skilled trades workers will begin restarting factories that were shuttered when 49,000 workers walked out on Sept. 16.
The deal includes a mix of wage increases and lump-sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. But GM will close three U.S. factories.
The union has decided that it will now bargain with Ford.