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VAPING-LUNG TRANSPLANT

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

DETROIT (AP) — Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed a double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping.

No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping.

More than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March, many of them teenagers and young adults, and at least 40 people have died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced a breakthrough into the cause of a vaping illness outbreak, identifying a chemical compound as a “very strong culprit.” Vitamin E acetate previously was found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many who got sick and only recently has been used as a vaping fluid thickener.

Many who got sick said they had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana.

WINTRY WEATHER

As snow moves toward East Coast, bitter cold hits Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — Much of the snow that was supposed to fall in the Midwest has come down and now it’s time for the main event: Record-breaking cold.

The National Weather Service says Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and beyond, thanks to what it calls an “arctic airmass.” Meteorologist Kevin Birk says the high temperature in Chicago is expected to reach 21 degrees (-6 Celsius), seven degrees lower than the previous record for Nov. 12.

Monday’s weather made driving difficult in much of the Midwest. Authorities said the icy road conditions were to blame for the deaths of three adults in Michigan and an 8-year-old girl in Kansas.

In Chicago, a plane landing at O’Hare International Airport on Monday slid across the runway. No one was injured.

VAPING DISCUSSION-WARREN

Michigan group to hold talk on vaping and risk to children

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — CARE of Southeastern Michigan is presenting a discussion in Macomb County about vaping and its risk to children.

Tuesday night’s free event will be held the Macomb Community College South Campus in Warren, north of Detroit. Parents and school-aged children are encouraged to attend.

Federal health officials have tallied nearly 1,900 cases of vaping-related lung illness nationwide as of Oct. 29, including 37 deaths confirmed in 24 states.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in September ordered the issuance of emergency rules banning flavored electronic cigarettes after her chief medical executive found that youth vaping is a public health emergency. Whitmer has accused the makers of using candy flavors and deceptive ads to hook children.

A Michigan Court of Claims judge last month issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the state’s ban.

ENERGY TASK FORCE-MICHIGAN

Task force to discuss propane pricing in Upper Peninsula

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Propane pricing and customer protections are on the agenda this week at a U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Escanaba.

Wednesday’s meeting at Bay de Noc Community College is open to the public to comment on energy issues in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The task force is assessing overall energy needs in the Upper Peninsula and how they are being met. It also is tasked with identifying and evaluating potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution.

A plan focused on alternative means to supply propane to the Upper Peninsula must be submitted by March 31 to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A final report is due by March 31, 2021.

MICHIGAN-HUNTING’S DECLINE

Michigan sees a decline in hunting licenses across the state

(Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Hunting wildlife has long been ingrained in Michigan’s culture, but it is currently on a decline across the state.

The decline is partly due to more baby boomers aging out. Young adults, urbanites and others are also far less likely to participate in hunting.

Michigan had as many as 1.2 million hunters in the 1970s, ’80s and into the ’90s. But MLive.com reported Sunday that by 2018, less than 675,000 people had at least one hunting license in the state.

Fishing also is on a downward trend. And officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources say the drops are impacting the state’s conservation efforts.

Hunting and fishing fees account for more than 90% of the state agency’s $42 million wildlife conservation budget.

Firearm deer-hunting season in Michigan begins Nov. 15.

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WINTRY WEATHER-THE LATEST

The Latest: About 1,200 flights cancelled at O’Hare airport

CHICAGO (AP) — Between 2 and 6 inches of snow fell in northern Illinois, forcing the cancellation of about 1,200 flights at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The National Weather Service said Monday night that snowfall has ended in northern Illinois, but lake effect snow will persist in northern Indiana into early Tuesday.

In addition to flight cancellations, O’Hare was plagued by delays that averaged 80 minutes. Midway International Airport reports 94 flight cancellations and delays averaging 15 minutes.

Icy conditions caused a plane to slide off an O’Hare runway as it landed Monday morning. None of the 38 passengers or three crew members on the flight from Greensboro, North Carolina, was injured.

The weather service expects temperatures to plummet overnight Monday. The forecast is for a high of 21 degrees (-6 Celsius) Tuesday, seven degrees lower than the previous record set for Nov. 12.

INTRUDER STOPPED-BATTLE AX

Michigan man uses battle ax to fight off intruder

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man whose hobbies include ritualized combat with replica weapons from the Middle Ages says he wielded a battle ax he calls “my baby” to fend off an intruder.

Thirty-six-year-old Ben Ball tells WOOD-TV he was playing video games at his apartment in Oshtemo Township, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) west of Detroit, late Wednesday when someone who once dated his ex-roommate kicked in his door. He believed the attacker might be armed.

Ball tells the station he grabbed the ax, took two steps forward and struck the intruder in the torso. After the two grappled, the attacker fled. Police deployed a K-9 unit to track a trail of blood leading to 33-year-old Alex Lavell Rawls.

Kalamazoo County officials say Rawls spent the night at hospital before going to jail. WOOD-TV reports Rawls faces a home-invasion charges.

AP-US-ODD-TANGLED-ANTLERS

Michigan hunters use branch saw to free entangled bucks

(Information from: WOOD-TV, http://www.woodtv.com)

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Quick-thinking hunters in central Michigan have rescued two deer who literally became locked in battle.

WOOD-TV reports that insurance agent Mark Johnson spotted the rutting bucks in a field with their antlers entangled. He figured the eight-point bucks would die from exhaustion or starvation if they stayed stuck.

Video of Wednesday’s rescue on WOOD-TV’s website shows Johnson’s friend, Brad Lyons, eventually deploying a specialized branch saw to cut part of an antler. That enabled the bucks to pull away and run off.

The rescue came a week before firearms deer season. Johnson, Lyons and another acquaintance who showed up to help are all hunters and in other circumstances the bucks would have been prized trophies.

What they got from the encounter instead was a good story to tell and a chunk of sawed-off antler.

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HIGH SCHOOL-VETERANS

Michigan teachers honor veterans who are former students

(Information from: WOOD-TV, http://www.woodtv.com)

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two history teachers at a Michigan high school have created a Veterans Wall of Honor.

Forest Hills Central High School teachers Steve Labenz and Brad Anderson want to pay tribute to former students who have served their country.

One part of the wall has dog tags representing alumni in every military branch. Another part includes pictures honoring those who were killed.

The wall also features an interactive program, where students can look up photos and details of the graduates’ lives and experiences.

WOOD-TV reports that the memorial will provide a lesson on service that students can’t get from reading a textbook.

Anderson says it’s a great opportunity for students to interview community members and learn more about their stories and history.

The memorial will be dedicated on Veterans Day.

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TRAIN DEATH

College student in Michigan hit, killed by train

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — A Chicago-bound passenger train has struck and killed a 19-year-old college student in central Michigan.

Authorities in Albion say the collision with the westbound Amtrak train occurred Saturday at a pedestrian crossing around 8:30 p.m. The Albion Department of Public Safety didn’t immediately release the name of the Albion College student.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly D. Woods told the Detroit Free Press that the Albion Police Department is investigating. She says 65 passengers were aboard the Amtrak 355 Wolverine Train at the time.