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JIM HENSON EXHIBIT

Traveling exhibit on puppeteer Jim Henson coming to Michigan

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A traveling exhibit on the legendary puppeteer Jim Henson is coming to Michigan next month.  The exhibit called “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited” will open at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn from June 5 to September 6. The interactive exhibit will delve into his work on “The Muppets,” “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock,” and “Labyrinth.” The interactive display will delve into his work on “The Muppets,” “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock,” and “Labyrinth.” It’ll feature puppets, scripts, storyboard and costumes. Henson died in 1990. 

MACKINAC BRIDGE-AUCTION

Parts of original Mackinac Bridge steel placed on auction

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — History lovers have a chance to own pieces of the original Mackinac Bridge with parts of the bridge’s steel grating placed on auction. Barrels that weigh about 470 pounds and contain around 140 pieces of grating are on sale until May 18.  Dozens of bids have already been placed with prices reaching over $500 a barrel. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says it’s the third-longest suspension bridge in North America. The bridge connects Michigan’s two peninsulas over the Straits of Mackinac.

TAX FORECLOSURES-WAYNE COUNTY

Wayne County gets postponement of some foreclosures in 2021

DETROIT (AP) — A judge’s ruling will stop Wayne County foreclosures this year on occupied homes and occupied commercial properties. On Friday, a judge issued an order that’ll keep the properties off the annual auction. The move follows Treasurer Eric Sabree’s office filing a motion in Wayne County Circuit Court requesting that the redemption period on foreclosures be extended to March 31, 2022. About 2,400 owner-occupied homes, 4,100 non-owner occupied residential properties and 178 occupied commercial properties in the county face foreclosure. A similar request was granted in March 2020 when Sabree asked that all Wayne County properties be withheld from foreclosure.

DAUGHTER KILLED-ARSON

Law school seeks new trial for mom in daughter’s death

ZEELAND, Mich. (AP) — Years later, the University of Michigan law school is seeking a new trial for a western Michigan woman who was convicted of killing her daughter in a house fire. The school’s Innocence Clinic has a long record of digging up new evidence and freeing people who were wrongly convicted. The clinic has filed a motion to reopen the case in Ottawa County. Karen Boes is serving a life sentence in the 2002 death of 14-year-old Robin Boes at the family’s home in Zeeland. The Innocence Clinic claims science used by fire investigators 20 years ago is outdated. Clinic director David Moran acknowledged that mother and daughter had a stormy relationship but said that’s “not evidence of murder.”

VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE VACCINATIONS

Michigan universities pull together fall vaccine policies

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three of Michigan’s 15 public universities have announced COVID-19 vaccine mandates, while others are evaluating plans or implementing other strategies to increase immunizations among students. The University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus will require everyone on campus to provide proof of vaccination or weekly negative tests. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Oakland University both will require vaccines for students living on campus. But more than 800 UofM instructors on the Ann Arbor campus have signed a petition calling for a campus-wide COVID-19 vaccine mandate. That petition notes that students who live in private housing or commute to campus are just as likely to spread the virus.

DETROIT POLICE CHIEF

Detroit police chief Craig to discuss future after 8 years

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit police chief plans to talk to reporters Monday amid speculation that he will retire after eight years and consider a turn to politics. James Craig told The Detroit News that he will hold a news conference. As for his future, Craig says, “I want to continue to serve.” The 64-year-old Detroit native has been chief since 2013. He returned home after a long police career in Los Angeles and short stints as chief in Cincinnati and Portland, Maine. Craig has a high public profile, regularly speaking to the news media and rarely avoiding questions about police incidents, even unflattering ones. Republicans hope Craig decides to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, in 2022.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-VACCINATION RATE

Michigan: 54% vaccinated, including residents outside state

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan says 54% of adults ages 16 and up have gotten at least one COVID-19 shot, a roughly 2.5 percentage point jump after factoring in people who were vaccinated outside the state or at federal facilities. The addition of 227,000 residents to the count Friday puts Michigan close to a 55% benchmark Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says is needed to allow in-person work in offices. The reopening step will occur two weeks after the milestone is reached. Officials say a new tracker uses data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which can access data from out-of-state providers and veterans hospitals.

MUTE SWAN DEATHS-LAKE

Michigan DNR: Mute swan deaths not due to poisoning

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — State officials have eliminated poisoning as the cause of death of some mute swans at a small suburban Detroit lake and put the blame on a disease caused by a parasite. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says necropsies on three of eight of the birds conservation recovered since January from Maceday Lake in Waterford Township determined they were killed by a disease caused by parasitic flatworm that’s found in certain freshwater snails. A DNR wildlife pathologist says it’s not certain what killed a dozen swans this past winter at the same lake northwest of Detroit, but it’s highly likely that they also died from the disease.

ICE RINK-TAXES

Brighton-area ice rink loses appeal over tax status, mission

GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — This courtroom shot clanged off the post. The Livingston County Hockey Association argues that it deserves a property tax exemption at its rink, near Brighton. The nonprofit group claims it “lessens the burdens of government” by improving the health of hockey players and ice skaters. But the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a decision in favor of Genoa Township. The hockey association likened itself to Chelsea Health and Wellness Foundation, which operates the Dexter Wellness Center in Dexter and won a tax case in 2017. The appeals court says that giving “discounted or free ice time” doesn’t make the group a charitable institution.

GOVERNOR TRAVEL

Whitmer won’t discuss trip after reported use of private jet

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing renewed scrutiny after reports that she used a private plane shared by high-powered, politically connected Detroit-area business families to visit her elderly father in Florida in March. Whitmer has repeatedly refused to give details about the trip, including when and where she went, how she got there and how she paid for it, citing security reasons. She has only said that taxpayer money wasn’t used to pay for it, that it lasted “two full days or less” and that she went more than a month before April 19, when news of the trip leaked. A state Republican Party spokesman says the trip raises questions over whether Whitmer paid fair market value.