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STRANDED DOG RESCUED

Dog rescued after 4 days stranded along icy Detroit River

ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — A dog that survived frigid temperatures and a run-in with a coyote has been rescued after spending four days stranded on ice along the Detroit River. The small dog was rescued Saturday afternoon by a boater from Windsor, Ontario, following an international effort that involved Americans and Canadians on both sides of the Detroit River. The canine is being care for at the Woodhaven Animal Hospital, which says in Facebook update that he’s doing well. Patricia Trevino with the River Rouge Animal Shelter says the dog’s rescue after being stranded on floating river ice along the Detroit suburb of Ecorse is “an amazing story of survival.”

PLANE-LANDING GEAR FAILS

Plane lands safely in Michigan after landing gear fails

MASON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane landed safely at a Lansing-area airport after its landing gear failed to deploy. A 60-year-old Lansing man who was the plane’s only occupant was not injured when the Piper Twin Comanche dual prop plane landed on its belly Saturday afternoon at the Mason Jewett Airport. The plane sustained damage to its underside and both of its props in the landing. Capt. Greg Harris of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot called authorities after making the landing and told deputies the landing gear had failed to deploy.

INVASIVE SPECIES-MICHIGAN

Insect that kills hemlocks detected in NW Michigan county

HONOR, Mich. (AP) — A small insect that can kill hemlock trees by feeding on their sap has been detected at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northwestern Michigan. Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says surveyors found round, white ovisacs characteristic of the hemlock woolly adelgid on one tree in the Platte River Campground in Honor. That popular campground is in northern Benzie County, southwest of Traverse City. The insects’ feeding weakens needles, shoots and branches of the trees. Over time, tree growth slows and they take on a grayish-green appearance. State officials say that without treatment, infested trees die within four to 10 years.

WATER WASTE REDUCTION-MICHIGAN

Pilot state program seeks to reduce water waste in homes

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Some residents in southwestern Michigan and the Detroit area will get plumbing repairs in their homes as part of a new initiative to reduce water waste. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says the “Water Leak Pilot” program is expected to highlight the benefits of reducing water waste for consumers, water suppliers and the overall community. About 100 Benton Harbor residents and 100 people in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park initially will take part in the program. Officials say water leaks can significantly increase consumer water bills, contribute to water quality concerns and increase municipal water suppliers’ energy consumption.

MUNCIE SHOOTINGS

3 people fatally shot at Muncie apartment were from Detroit

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Police say three Michigan men have been identified as the victims of a fatal shooting at an apartment in Muncie. Police Chief Nate Sloan said late Friday that officers that morning found the bodies of 30-year-old Adrian Demarlo George Jr., 25-year-old Devonte Earl Hollis and 27-year-old Terence Thomas. He says all three died from gunshot wounds and were from the Detroit area.  The Star Press reports autopsies are expected to be conducted over the weekend. Sloan says Muncie police and other agencies are continuing to investigate the slayings. No one has been arrested.

PROPANE DELIVERY

Whitmer signs order to ensure adequate propane distribution

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order declaring a Michigan state of energy emergency to ensure adequate propane distribution over the coming days. The order Saturday temporarily suspends restrictions on commercial driver hours to allow the immediate delivery of energy to homes and businesses. It exempts motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and heating oil from compliance with maximum weekly driving and on-duty limits. The order took effect immediately and will remain in effect through the end of the month.

ICE JAMS-MICHIGAN

Ice-breaking operations continue along St. Clair River

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Coast guards in the U.S. and Canada were continuing to cooperate on ice-breaking operations in the St. Clair River, northeast of Detroit. The U.S. Coast Guard also says escorts were being provided for commercial vessels in the shipping channel. Commercial ships going through the channel help break the ice which allows water to flow, resulting in lower water levels and less flooding along the shoreline. Earlier this month, both coast guards began deploying icebreaking ships to the river to break up ice jams that contributed to flooding in the area.

RURAL HEALTH WORKERS-GRANT

Federal grant to help add health care workers to rural areas

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A $2.5 million federal grant awarded to Michigan will be used to address health care staffing shortages in the state’s rural communities. Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity says the grant will support the addition of more than 430 new health care workers over the next four years. The agency will lead MiREACH, a network of employer-led collaboratives, to identify targeted health care occupations based on employer demand and feedback. The grant program aims to help individuals gain the skills necessary to provide needed services, fill vacancies and allow employers to find skilled workers more readily. 

MACKINAC BRIDGE-PHOTOS ARREST

Army vet charged after Michigan bridge scaled for photos

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — An Army veteran already jailed in Ohio after the roof of a Cincinnati skyscraper was accessed has been accused of scaling the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan to take photos. Issac Wright of Cincinnati was arraigned Thursday via video in Cheboygan District Court on a charge of felony trespass upon a key transportation facility. Photos taken on the bridge’s south tower were posted in November on social media. Wright was being held in Ohio after being extradited there following his arrest in December in Arizona. Police in Cincinnati have said security camera wires were cut in November at that city’s Great American Tower and tools were used to get to the roof. A burglary warrant was issued for Wright.

ICE SHANTIES-REMOVAL

DNR: Deadlines to remove ice fishing shanties approaching

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Anglers have until sunset Sunday to take down ice fishing shanties on Lake St. Clair, northeast of Detroit. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says shanties in most Lower Peninsula counties have to be removed by midnight on March 1, while those in about three dozen counties in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula must come down no later than midnight March 15. Shanties on ice on Michigan and Wisconsin boundary waterways in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula also must be removed by midnight on March 15. Midnight on March 31 is the deadline for shanty removal across the rest of the Upper Peninsula.