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Michigan automobile museum to add $5M exhibit on muscle cars
(Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com)
HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan museum that boasts the largest vintage automobile collection in North America plans to open a new building to display muscle cars.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the $5 million project at the Gilmore Car Museum would add more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space. The ground breaking is set for next year with plans to open the new addition by 2021.
Stacie Longwell Sadowski is the museum’s development and engagement manager and says the popularity of previous muscle car exhibits sparked the idea for the expansion.
The museum in rural southwest Michigan currently has 20 muscle cars on display, which is expected to double.
The Gilmore Car Museum says it has over 500 vehicles and the oldest car on exhibit is an 1899 Locomobile Steam Car.
Meteorologists urge caution with holiday travel in Michigan
GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Weather officials are urging caution with holiday road travel in a large swath of Michigan.
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories Sunday for over two dozen counties in the northern half of the state.
Meteorologists expect heavy snow that may be mixed with sleet and freezing rain. Parts of the region could get up to 8 inches of snow and see 40 mph winds.
The wintry weather could continue into Monday. Meteorologists say travel could be very difficult with reduced visibility and are advising travelers to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in vehicles.
MLive.com reports ice accumulation has already downed branches and powerlines across mid-Michigan. Thousands of customers were without power early Sunday including nearly 6,000 in Midland County.
Crowds line up for first day of legal marijuana sales
(Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Crowds are lining up for the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Michigan.
A handful of shops, mostly in Ann Arbor, are approved to start selling Sunday.
The Detroit News reports customers traveled from nearby states including Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Twenty-five-year-old Kelly Savage of Columbus, Ohio arrived the night before to be the first in line at Exclusive Provisioning Center. He says he wants to be a part of history and spent nearly $500.
Michigan officials estimate first-year sales at hundreds of millions of dollars, but recreational marijuana isn’t broadly available yet.
More than 1,400 of Michigan’s nearly 1,800 cities, townships and villages aren’t allowing recreational businesses. Detroit, with Michigan’s most medical marijuana dispensaries, has delayed recreational sales until at least Jan. 31.
Illinois starts recreational sales in January.
Northern Michigan maritime training school marking 50 years
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A maritime training school in northern Michigan is marking its 50th anniversary.
Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy is holding an event Saturday at the college’s Hagerty Center in Traverse City. The event, which costs $50 to attend, is designed to recognize its cadets, industry partnerships and the achievements of its graduates.
Academy courses include seamanship, navigation and piloting, as well as diesel and steam engineering. A training ship is used as a floating, hands-on classroom.
The academy’s goal is to prepare students for careers as professional mariners.
Officials say the academy is one of six such schools in the U.S. and the only one located on freshwater. It graduates 50 cadets annually.
Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack dies of apparent heart attack
TRENTON, Mich. (AP) — The mayor of the downriver Detroit community of Trenton has died.
The Detroit News reports that Trenton police confirmed Mayor Kyle Stack suffered an apparent fatal heart attack Friday. Stack was 62.
Voters elected Stack earlier in November to her third four-year term. Trenton is about 23 miles (37 kilometers) southwest of Detroit.
Stack worked as city clerk and in Trenton’s parks and recreation office before being first elected mayor in 2011.
Mayor Pro Tem Steven Rzeppa will take over as Trenton’s interim mayor. Rzeppa called Stack a “true, classic definition of a public servant” and told The Detroit News Saturday that “she was involved in any organization you can possibly imagine.”
A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Trenton.
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The Latest: Chicago, Denver flights delayed by winter storm
CHICAGO (AP) — Airlines at Chicago’s two major international airports are reporting average delays of 15 minutes as a winter storm heads toward the Midwest with heavy snow and ice and gusty winds.
The companies have canceled 27 flights at O’Hare and two at Midway as people scramble to get home on the year’s busiest travel weekend.
There were 100 flights canceled Saturday and another 182 delayed at Denver International Airport because of winds.
The winter storm is also bedeviling motorists around the U.S. as it dumps heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and drenches other areas with rain.
A 5-year-old boy died in Arizona after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen creek. A storm-related death also was reported in South Dakota.
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Police officer shot, wounded outside a Battle Creek home
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A 33-year-old police officer has been shot and wounded outside a home in southern Michigan’s Battle Creek.
Battle Creek officer Jeffery Johnson was in stable condition at a hospital after being struck about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the chest and left leg. A slug also grazed one of his wrists.
Police say officers were on patrol when they heard yelling at the home. People inside refused to open the door for the officers. About a half-dozen officers were outside when the shots were fired. A 30-year-old man was able to run from the shooting scene. He is being sought as a person of interest in the shooting.
A gun was found at the scene.
Battle Creek is about 120 miles (193 kilometers) west of Detroit.
Impeachment may complicate 2020 for lonely Michigan moderate
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Republican Rep. Fred Upton has easily won reelection to his southwest Michigan House seat for more than 30 years by touting his “common-sense values” and bipartisan accomplishments.
But then came the hyperpolarized politics of the Donald Trump era.
Now no one, including Upton, really knows what the future holds for him heading into the 2020 election.
With the impeachment storm sweeping U.S. politics, there are big questions for moderate lawmakers like Upton, who may be forced to accept a new identity: either pro-Trump or anti-Trump.
What happens to this ever-shrinking group of politicians could make a big difference in which party emerges on top.
Democrats are targeting Upton, who has not yet said if he’ll seek reelection or retire.
Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Legal marijuana sales to adults are set to open in two Midwestern states.
But regulators and industry leaders alike warn that consumers will likely see long lines, high prices and product shortages in the early months.
Michigan sales can begin Sunday and Illinois follows a month later, bringing the total of states that broadly allow people over 21 to use marijuana to 11.
Six retailers have been licensed to sell in Michigan initially. In Illinois, regulators have approved licenses letting nearly 30 existing medical marijuana dispensaries add so-called recreational sales.
In the meantime, companies are rushing to complete renovations at dispensaries, expand growing facilities and hire employees. But it takes months to grow marijuana from a cutting to flower that can be sold or used in other products.
Michigan tribe awarded grant for e-cigarette education
HANNAHVILLE, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula nonprofit organization is supporting a program that educates young people in the Hannahville Indian Community about the dangers of e-cigarettes.
The Marquette-based Superior Health Foundation awarded an $11,518 grant to the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan for the Anishinaabe E-cigarette and JUUL Health Education Project.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for children and young adults.
Health educator Kelly Hansen of the Hannahville Indian Community says JUUL products also pose risks. JUUL is a battery-powered e-cigarette that generates a nicotine-laced aerosol.
Hansen says the tribal project will use a curriculum called “Catch my Breath” to provide teachers, parents and health professionals with information about e-cigarettes and help children make wise choices.