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Indiana wine retailer seeks to sell across state lines

(Information from: Chicago Tribune,

CHICAGO (AP) — An Indiana wine retailer hopes to overturn a Prohibition-era Illinois law and gain the right to sell and ship wines across state lines.

The Chicago Tribune reports Lebamoff Enterprises will be allowed to reopen a 2016 lawsuit against Illinois after prevailing in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month. The appellate move reversed a Chicago federal court’s decision to dismiss the case last year.

Lebamoff owns 15 Cap n’ Cork liquor stores in Indiana and seeks to sell to neighboring states through the internet.

The Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934 requires alcohol that’s shipped into the state to first go through a distributor and be sold by a retailer at a physical location in the state.

The Illinois attorney general’s office declined to comment on the ruling.



Michigan bowling team pays donations forward after fire

(Information from: Monroe News,

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan high school that received more than 200 bowling ball donations after losing some equipment in a bowling alley fire plans to share the generosity.

The Monroe News reports that members of the Monroe High School’s boys and girls bowling teams lost equipment when Nortel Lanes burned to the ground Dec. 5.

The Monroe Trojans reached out to the bowling community on social media for equipment donations. Coaches Eric Pillette and Mike Meagher estimate the school has received more than 200 bowling balls, up to 40 pairs of shoes and around 50 bags.

The teams have shared the donations with programs at other schools, as well as other groups that lost equipment in the fire.

The Monroe Fire Department couldn’t determine the exact cause and origin of the fire.



Jennie-O recalls more than 164,000 pounds of ground turkey

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota-based poultry producer is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella.

The Jennie-O Turkey Store products have markings saying to use or freeze by Nov. 12 or 13. The recall includes plain ground turkey and turkey with taco or Italian seasonings. The products were shipped to Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.

Food safety officials are worried that some contaminated turkey may be in people’s freezers. The recalled products have the tag P-579 marked on the lower left corner of the front of the package .

The USDA says the recall was part of an investigation into a November salmonella outbreak that involved 216 patients in 38 states.


Detroit exhibit features new works by Ruben, Isabel Toledo

DETROIT (AP) — An exhibition of new works created by the artistic couple Ruben and Isabel Toledo is on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The exhibition titled “Ruben and Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love ” opened this month at the museum and includes works created in response to pieces of the museum’s permanent collection. It’s scheduled to run through July 7.

The three-part project includes a large-scale installation designed by the Toledos in response to portions of Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry Murals ,” additional new works located throughout the museum and a collaboration with nonprofit Sew Great Detroit on handmade tote bags.

Isabel Toledo is a fashion designer and artist. Ruben Toledo is an artist whose paintings and illustrations also have strong connections to fashion and style.


School bus driver shortage creates headaches for districts

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — School districts throughout the U.S. are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy.

The problem has become so severe that some districts are offering sign-up bonuses for new drivers, while others rely on mechanics, custodians and other school employees to fill the gap. For parents and students, the shortage can mean longer waits for a ride to school and more crowded buses.

The shortage stems from a variety of factors, including limited hours to work and high barriers to entry. Drivers generally need a commercial driver’s license, which requires training, sometimes without pay.


River otter moved to Detroit Zoo after rescue in Alaska

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — An orphaned North American female river otter found by hikers in southeastern Alaska has been moved to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.

The Detroit Zoological Society says 7-month-old Kalee is a potential mate for Sparky, a 4-year-old male otter born at the zoo.

Kalee had suffered a laceration and puncture wound to her side when she was discovered in June. Alaska Fish and Game officials turned her over to a zoo there for initial care.

Detroit Zoological Society Chief Life Sciences officer Scott Carter says “female river otters typically do not reproduce until they reach two years of age, but in the meantime, Kalee will be a playful companion for Sparky.”

The Detroit Zoo expanded its river otter habitat last year. Three other river otters also call it home.


State auditor: Snyder veto could harm scrutiny of government

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s auditor general is criticizing Gov. Rick Snyder’s veto of a bill that would have guaranteed access to certain information held by state agencies, especially information held in electronic form.

Snyder called the bill an “unconstitutional overreach” Friday in his veto message of House Bill 4259. But the Office of Auditor General disagreed on Twitter , saying the governor’s veto “could shield some exec branch activity from independent oversight.”

Auditor General Doug Ringler says any record requests are related to audits and examinations of how state government is operating. It’s a power granted in the Michigan Constitution .

Ringler’s staff told lawmakers that they’ve occasionally experienced delays in getting records from state agencies due to concerns about releasing confidential information.

The auditor general has produced some unflattering reviews about the Snyder administration. A September audit found widespread failures in the agency that is supposed to protect children.


Officials: 1st Michigan child dies from flu this season

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials say a child from Osceola County is the first in the state to die from the flu this season.

No other details about the case were disclosed Friday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The rural county is in the northwestern Lower Peninsula, roughly 60 miles (96.5 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids.

The state says six children in the U.S. have died from the flu during the 2018-19 season. Officials add 39.5 percent of Michigan residents were vaccinated last season, below the national rate of nearly 42 percent.

Two Michigan children died last year from flu-related complications.

The department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.


Michigan Department of Natural Resources boosts ranks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is welcoming two dozen conservation officers sworn to protect people and natural resources.

The department says 18 men and six women graduated Friday from its 23-week Conservation Officer Academy. They were among 500 applicants and 30 initially selected.

Officials say the probationary conservation officers have been trained to enforce fish, game and natural protection laws. But they are also certified peace officers who will enforce the state’s criminal laws. Academy work included physical and off-road training, classroom instruction and scenario testing at several parks.

The officers’ probationary field training begins next month with veteran officers. After training is completed, they will report to their permanent assignments.


Detroit man charged in crash that killed retired officer

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Detroit man in connection with a car crash that killed a retired suburban police sergeant and husband of a judge.

Wayne County prosecutors say 30-year-old Jimi Pierowich was charged Saturday with driving while drunk causing a death. He was arraigned in a Romulus court, issued a $10,000 bond for which he’s required to pay 10 percent and issued a leg tether that detects alcohol.

Defense attorney Paul Stabelin declined comment because he hasn’t received any evidence.

Prosecutors say 50-year-old Daryl Brown was crossing a street in downtown Detroit early Friday when he was struck. He died of his injuries at a hospital.

Brown retired from the Sterling Heights police last year after 26 years and was married to Macomb County Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce.