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Priest, another man presumed dead in Detroit River

GROSSE ILE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a priest and another man who are presumed dead after a boat capsized in the Detroit River. Police say the incident occurred Sunday near Grosse Ile, a suburban island between Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Many people were aboard the boat. The missing men are the Rev. Stephen Rooney and Robert Chiles. The 66-year-old Rooney was a native of Ireland. He was pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Trenton, his latest assignment during more than 30 years as a priest. Police believe the boat might have hit a wake in the river before it capsized.


Swimmers caught in Lake Michigan rip current rescued

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two men have been rescued from Lake Michigan after they were caught in a rip current while swimming. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says the 34-year-old and 32-year-old men were at Holland State Park in western Michigan’s Park Township early Sunday evening when they were swept into deeper water. A jet ski operator was able to get one of the men to a pier where bystanders began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was taken to a hospital and was listed in serious condition. Another jet ski operator was able to take the second man to a beach where he was evaluated by paramedics. He was not hospitalized.


Viewer makes weather data available to Michigan farmers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is making data on programs related to weather conditions available to farmers. The Geographic Information System viewer allows the agency to take different types of data sets and turn them into easy-to-understand visuals like maps. The data is from resources like the Michigan State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The viewer will be updated as new information is identified. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell said financial assistance programs can be critical for farmers as extreme weather conditions such as drought, deep freezes or flooding impacts their ability to plant, harvest or tend to their crops.


Michigan rejects Macomb County sewage treatment lagoon plan

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan regulators have rejected a suburban Detroit county’s plan to convert state waters into an open-air sewage treatment lagoon. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says it denied Macomb County’s application to place the structure at the end of the Chapaton Retention Treatment Basin near Lake St. Clair. It would temporarily store treated combined sewage overflows during heavy rainstorms. State officials say the lagoon would be too close to neighboring homes and marinas. They say there are more environmentally friendly solutions to the area’s sewage release problems.


State employee killed after mask dispute disciplined 3 times

DETROIT (AP) — Personnel records show a state employee who was suspected of a stabbing after a face mask dispute and was later fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy was reprimanded for three work incidents from 2017 to 2018.  The Detroit News reports Michigan Department of Transportation employee Sean Ruis was disciplined following interactions with colleagues, including for “unacceptable” behavior with a manager. Ruis was shot last month near Lansing after a stabbing inside a Quality Dairy store. State police say a sheriff’s deputy shot the 43-year-old when he tried to attack her. He was holding a screwdriver and knives. 


Man surrenders in slaying of 4 in rural area near Detroit

SUMPTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say the suspect in the deaths of four people at a home in a rural area near Detroit has surrendered to authorities. Police in Wayne County’s Sumpter Township said Sunday night that 37-year-old Raymond Lee Bailey turned himself in to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. Officers had found two men and two women dead from apparent gunshot wounds on Saturday at the residence along a gravel road in Sumpter Township. Police say detectives identified Bailey, an ex-boyfriend of one of the women, as a suspect in the slayings and had believe he was headed toward Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Bailey’s vehicle was found abandoned near Bay City.


Western Michigan group planning no-kill animal shelter

AMBER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An organization in western Michigan has plans for an animal shelter where euthanasia is not an option. Mason County PAWS has finalized the purchase of a 12.5-acre property near Ludington for a no-kill shelter. Jacklyn Osgood, the nonprofit’s president, said it’s a big step for the organization and for area’s animal advocates. The plan is to build a shelter capable of housing between 10 and 20 kennels for dogs, with room for about 50 cats at a time.


Legislature, Whitmer reach deal on return-to-school bills

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan schools that deem it safe to provide in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic would have to prioritize the option for K-5 students under legislation approved by the state Senate. The bills passed Saturday would also largely base districts’ state funding on last year’s pupil count to account for enrollment uncertainty. They reflect a deal announced Friday by legislative leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The agreement would waive a requirement that schools have 1,098 hours and 180 days of instruction. Republicans agreed to remove a House-proposed requirement that schools offer in-person learning to K-5 students. The House plans to vote on Monday.


Plan for old Detroit fairgrounds includes Amazon warehouse

DETROIT (AP) — A real estate developer with eyes on buying part of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit is in negotiations that would bring an Amazon distribution center to the site. Hillwood Investment Properties and local partner the Sterling Group plan to purchase 142 acres of the property along Detroit’s northern city limits. More than 1,200 full-time jobs are expected to be created. Amazon could become the first anchor tenant and occupy about half of the 142 acres. Officials say the proposed project would be privately financed, without tax breaks or other financial incentives.