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The Latest: Kansas governor declares state of emergency

CHICAGO (AP) — Kansas officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads because of dangerous conditions across much of the state.

Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency because of the winter storm moving across Kansas on Sunday that is creating blizzard conditions and slick roads. A section of Interstate 70 was closed Sunday morning between Salina and Wakeeny.

Colyer says travelers should consider delaying their trips until after the storm passes if possible. Anyone who must be on the road, should consult 511 road conditions hotlines and make sure their gas tank is full and cell phone fully charged.

In neighboring Missouri, Interstate 29 is closed near the Iowa border. Officials say additional road closures are likely during the storm.


Michigan election: Whitmer win follows wakeup call for Dems

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s decisive victory was powered not just by places Democrats typically carry in a successful statewide campaign, strongholds like Detroit and suburban bellwethers such as Oakland and Macomb counties.

She also won or made gains in Republicans’ own backyard, buoying Democrats over the implications for 2020 and beyond.

Her 9-percentage point triumph was the largest for a non-incumbent Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 86 years. She is the first Democratic gubernatorial nominee to take GOP-friendly Kent County since James Blanchard in 1986, and he was an incumbent.

State Rep. Laura Cox, who is running to chair the state Republican Party, says there is “a lot of room for improvement.” She says 50,000 Macomb County residents who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 did not vote in the midterm.


Work begins on $555M Michigan dairy processing plant

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — Construction work has begun in central Michigan on a $555 million diary processing plant that will have the capacity to process a quarter of the milk produced in the state each year.

The Lansing State Journal reports Irish food and nutrition company Glanbia in August announced plans for a cheese plant in St. Johns industrial park. The project also includes an adjacent facility belonging to Iowa-based Proliant Dairy Ingredients.

The facility will employ more than 250 people, though local officials believe it could generate an additional 600 jobs through related businesses and increased demand for retailers and services. City and county leaders also expect the project to attract new housing, businesses and families to the area.

The plant is projected to produce 300 million pounds of cheese annually.


EPA puts Michigan Superfund site on immediate action list

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan Superfund site in Allegan and Kalamazoo counties is being put on a list for immediate action.

The Environmental Protection Agency says a focus will be made on entering into agreements with potentially responsible parties to complete cleanup of the 80-mile (129-kilometer) Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River site.

The EPA says PCB contamination was extensive in soil, sediment, landfills and paper mill properties as well as in the Kalamazoo River, adjacent riverbanks, contiguous floodplains, and a stretch of Portage Creek. Cleanups have been completed in three areas where maintenance and groundwater monitoring are underway.

The EPA says there are 16 Superfund sites on its Administrator’s Emphasis List.


Michigan jail buying scanner to cut down on contraband

(Information from: The Mining Journal,

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A county jail in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is buying a full body scanner to cut down on drugs and other contraband being smuggled by inmates.

The Mining Journal says Marquette County commissioners approved the $128,000 purchase last week after hearing a pitch from Sheriff Greg Zyburt. He says it will protect inmates and reduce liability risk for the county.

The sheriff says officers can’t conduct a cavity search without a warrant. If something shows up on the scan, officers can get a warrant and take an inmate to a hospital.

Zyburt says he spent much time researching the issue and found that no other Michigan jail is using the technology.



Security guard shot at Detroit medical marijuana dispensary

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a security guard working at a Detroit medical marijuana dispensary was shot twice during an exchange of gunfire with someone on the property.

Police say the guard, shot Saturday afternoon in the chest and arm, was in stable condition at a hospital. The suspect hasn’t been found.

Investigators say the security guard and a colleague saw a person on the property of the House of Zen. As one approached, the suspect got into a car and opened fire on the guards.

One guard returned fire and the other was shot.


Madison Bishop Morlino dies at 71 from apparent heart attack

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Diocese of Madison says Bishop Robert C. Morlino has died at age 71.

The diocese said in a statement that Morlino died Saturday night at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Diocese spokesman Brent King says the bishop suffered an apparent heart attack while undergoing medical tests.

Morlino was installed the fourth bishop of Madison in August 2003. The Wisconsin State Journal reports he upheld conservative Catholic Church teachings often at odds with the diocese’s more liberal members.

Morlino also gained a national reputation for his strong opposition to abortion and same-sex unions.

A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Morlino became a priest in the Diocese of Kalamazoo in 1981. Pope John Paul II appointed him the Ninth Bishop of Helena in 1999.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


Detroit workshop set for area transportation grant program

DETROIT (AP) — A workshop is scheduled in Detroit for community officials, transit agencies, planners, school districts and engineers interested in learning about a competitive grant program for transportation and other projects.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments says details about the Transportation Alternatives Program will be given Dec. 10 through its SEMCOG University.

The agency says it will receive at least $5 million for the fiscal year 2020 program that funds bicycle facilities, shared-use paths, green infrastructure, safe routes to school and other projects.

Participants must register for the workshop. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 20. Funding decisions are expected to be made next June.

SEMCOG supports coordinated local planning with technical, data and intergovernmental resources. It serves Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.


Outgoing Michigan governor pushing for Great Lakes pipeline

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to use the final weeks of his tenure to lock in a deal allowing construction of a hotly debated oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes, a plan his successor opposes but may be powerless to stop.

The Republican and his team are working on several fronts to seal an agreement with Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge for replacing the underwater segment of its Line 5. The pipeline carries oil and natural gas liquids between Wisconsin and Ontario, and traverses northern Michigan.

Legislation to be considered during a lame-duck legislative session would designate the Mackinac Bridge Authority as the tunnel’s owner.

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer has criticized the tunnel plan, as has fellow Democrat Dana Nessel, the incoming attorney general.


House takes over office of no-show Detroit-area lawmaker

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The speaker of the Michigan House has ordered business staff to run the office of a Detroit-area lawmaker after poor attendance.

Rep. Bettie Cook Scott, a Democrat, largely has been a no-show after she lost a run for the Senate in August. Scott’s term as a House member runs through December. She’s paid about $72,000 a year.

Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesman for House Speaker Tom Leonard, tells The Detroit News that the “people of Detroit deserve better.” Scott’s district has a portion of Detroit as well as Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Farms.

The News says Scott couldn’t be reached for comment. TV station WJBK recently found her shopping and confronted her about her absences. She directed questions to a lawyer.