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MSU credit union reports fake charges to televangelist group

EAST LANSING, Mich (AP) — An official with Michigan State University Federal Credit Union says 2,300 cards were charged with false transactions to an international televangelist network. Officials with the Lansing-area credit union say it’s unclear who was behind the fraudulent charges to LoveWorld TV. Each charge was under $100 and will be refunded. The credit union says it is also issuing new cards to members who were affected. Chief Marketing Officer Deidre Davis says the credit union’s security and fraud management teams are investigating, as are officials from Visa.  


Officials extend comment period on Kalamazoo River cleanup

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials are giving the public more time to comment on a proposed settlement with one of the companies responsible for polluting the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced the deal last month. It calls for NCR Corp. to pay $245 million to continue a cleanup that began more than 20 years ago. The settlement filed in federal court includes a public comment period that was scheduled to end Jan. 16. But in a notice scheduled for publication Monday, the Justice Department says it will be extended to Feb. 18. 


EPA collects 11K gallons of water from contaminated site

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency has collected roughly 11,000 gallons of water from a contaminated industrial site in suburban Detroit. The Royal Oak Tribune reports groundwater and soil samples were taken Friday from Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights. Environmental officials began looking at the site after a yellow-green substance seeped onto Interstate 696. Officials say test results will evaluate the contamination. Electro-Plating Services was shut down by regulators in 2016 due to mismanagement of industrial waste. State officials have said the site posed no risk to drinking water and there was a low risk for the migration of contaminates off site.


Authorities: 6 hospitalized after house explosion in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say six people have been hospitalized after an apparent gas explosion at a house on Detroit’s west side. The cause of the blast remains under investigation. No deaths were reported. Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell says responders were dispatched around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday following an explosion. Fornell says the six people ranged in age from 30 to 40 and were treated for burns. Two were treated for smoke inhalation. DTE Energy was called to the scene. The cause of the fire is unknown.  


Michigan husband and wife, married in 1953, die on same day

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Family members say a Michigan man and woman married over 60 years died within hours of each other on New Years Day. The (Port Huron) Times Herald reports Robert and Janet Perry married in March 1953 and remained in the Croswell area until their deaths of natural causes. He was 84 and she was 85. Their son Bart Perry says they both went peacefully and he believes they couldn’t live without each other. Robert Perry worked in construction of manufactured homes and his wife worked in the office. Funeral services are Tuesday at the Croswell United Methodist Church. 


Authorities: Toddler death in Detroit-area home was homicide

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the death of a toddler who was found at a suburban Detroit home has been ruled a homicide. A man found his wife severely injured and his 2-year-old son dead when he returned from work on Friday evening. It wasn’t clear how the boy died but investigators say no one else appeared to be involved except the mother and child. Authorities say the woman has a history of mental health issues and the husband is not considered a suspect. The family, originally from China, came to the United States in 2014.


School in the UP says no decision made on Indian nicknames

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A school board in the Upper Peninsula is holding its first meeting since a committee recommended that Marquette Senior High School stop using the nicknames Redmen and Redettes. The issue isn’t on the official agenda Monday. But it could come up during public comments or during remarks by school board members. A special committee in December said dropping Redmen and Redettes would be consistent with the opinions of nationally recognized Native American groups. Superintendent William Saunders says there still “are many voices that have not been heard.”


Michigan’s population rise slows; congressional seat at risk

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Census Bureau data shows that Michigan’s population grew by less than 3,000 residents last year, apparently keeping the state on track to lose one congressional seat following the 2020 Census. The Detroit News reports the figures released Wednesday reveal Michigan saw an increase of 2,785 residents, bringing its total to 9,986,857. An online apportionment tool from the University of Michigan Population Studies Center indicates that Michigan appears on pace to lose a congressional seat due to other states surpassing its growth. Michigan lost one seat after the 2000 and 2010 census; two after 1990 and one after the 1980 census. 


Police: Man finds child dead, wife hurt in Detroit-area home

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man found his wife severely injured and toddler dead at their suburban Detroit home. Novi police said the man returned from work Friday evening to find them. The boy was pronounced dead at the home and the woman was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in serious condition. It wasn’t immediately clear how the boy died but investigators say no one else appeared to be involved except for the mother and child. City officials say the woman has a history of mental health issues and the husband is not considered a suspect. The family, originally from China, came to the United States in 2014.


Car insurance, gambling, ‘raise the age’ top new 2019 laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance system topped the list of new laws in 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers also legalized sports betting and online gambling, and enacted a measure to stop automatically treating 17-year-old offenders as adults in the criminal justice system. The Democratic governor signed 178 bills in the first year of divided government since 2010. She signed laws to spend more protecting drinking water, to ensure more online retailers collect sales tax, to ease pending monthly reporting requirements for some Medicaid recipients and to require egg-laying hens to be housed in cage-free areas by 2025.