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GVSU grants entry to new graduates who first choose military
ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A university in western Michigan is guaranteeing admission to high school graduates who first serve at least two years in the U.S. military. Grand Valley State University calls it the “veterans promise.” GVSU President Philomena Mantella announced the policy on Veterans Day. GVSU says it expects students to maintain solid academic performance through their senior year in high school, but grades are not the main factor in admission. Mantella says offering guaranteed admission eliminates any worry for veterans who want to go to college.
Car plunges into lake, killing couple in Oakland County
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Police say two people died after their car plunged into a lake in Oakland County. The incident occurred Tuesday night at Terry Lake in Pontiac. Divers from the sheriff’s office recovered the bodies of a 69-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman, about 20 feet from shore. They lived in Pontiac. No other details were released.
Michigan posts new record of virus cases as deaths climb
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has posted a record number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases, near 6,500. And also on Tuesday the state reported its deadliest day in 6 months, with 59 deaths in 24 hours. COVID-19, which subsided over the summer after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed sweeping stay-at-home and other restrictions, has rebounded this fall. The latest average positivity rate in Michigan is 9.4%, up from 4.9% two weeks ago. The seven-day average of daily new cases in Michigan has more than doubled over the past two weeks from 2,221 to 4,855.
WORKPLACE FATALITY-MACOMB COUNTY
Worker killed when large manufacturing mold falls onto him
BRUCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an employee at a suburban Detroit manufacturing plant died when a 25,000-pound manufacturing mold fell onto him inside the plant. Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies who were called Tuesday morning to Romeo RIM Inc. found the man dead inside the Bruce Township plant. Officials later identified the deceased worker as 42-year-old David Spano. Bruce Township Fire Chief David Witgen says it appears Spano died instantly when the manufacturing mold fell from one of the plant’s interior walls and struck him. Romeo Rim provides custom injection molding services, making polyurethane parts for the automotive, transportation, agriculture and construction industries.
Public aid for private schools lands at Michigan’s top court
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a dispute over public aid for private schools. The dispute involves more than $5 million earmarked for private schools by the Republican-controlled Legislature when Rick Snyder was governor. The money would help schools comply with health, safety and welfare rules. Critics say the Michigan Constitution states that no public money can aid a private school. But the state appeals court in 2018 said tax dollars can go to private schools in some circumstances. Attorney General Dana Nessel argued that the provision is illegal.
Judge accused of covering up son’s abuse of her grandsons
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area judge has been accused of misconduct. The Judicial Tenure Commission says Judge Tracy Green knew that her grandsons were being abused but she covered it up and then lied about it when testifying in court. The commission serves as a watchdog over Michigan’s judiciary. According to the complaint, Green was aware that her son was striking his two sons with a belt and slapping them. In 2019, after Green had become a judge, she was questioned by commission staff and denied knowing about abuse. Green also has denied wrongdoing in interviews with Detroit news media.
Crews clean 30,000 street catch basins in Detroit since 2017
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has cleaned 30,000 street catch basins as part of a program to reduce flooding in city neighborhoods. The city says the 30,000th catch basin was cleaned Tuesday on Detroit’s westside. The catch basin cleaning program was started 2017. It uses a mapping system and tablets to track catch basin maintenance. That also helps determine when and where repairs will be needed. The city says complaints of street flooding have been cut by 70%. Road debris and composted yard waste are among the materials that clog the basins which carry storm water into the city’s combined sewer system.
Gov. Whitmer, state leaders introduce bills to help veterans
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a group of Michigan leaders have introduced legislation to help veterans and their families get work. The legislation introduced Tuesday in Lansing on the eve of Veterans Day aims to remove barriers to professional licensing by allowing military families who have out-of-state licenses to be eligible for in-state licensure. Fees associated with certain professional occupational licenses can already be waived for veterans. This legislation would extend waivers to health professions for military spouses and their children under age 26.
Election breathes new life into false ‘dead voter’ claims
As baseless allegations of voter fraud continue to circulate online, social media users are falsely claiming that people cast extra votes using the identities of dead people in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan. There’s no evidence that this happened. Experts tell The Associated Press it is common for state voter rolls to include voters with birthdates that make them appear impossibly old, but these are usually explained by human error, software quirks or voter confidentiality issues. And sometimes a person simply shares a name and birthdate with someone else.
HOTEL ROOM-OVERDOSE DEATHS
Man, 20, charged in overdose deaths of 3 in hotel room
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old Oakland County man has been charged after three young people fatally overdosed this summer in a hotel room. Lorenzo Brabo of Lake Orion was arraigned Monday on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance causing death. On July 29, police in Auburn Hills found the bodies of a 17-year-old girl, and two brothers, ages 19 and 18, at the hotel, about 33 miles northwest of Detroit. All three lived in Rochester Hills. Authorities say Brabo was found unconscious in the hotel room and later was hospitalized. Brabo was ordered jailed on bond. A probable cause conference is scheduled on Nov. 16.