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Schuette cancels TV ads in all markets except Detroit
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette’s gubernatorial campaign is canceling planned TV ads across Michigan in the final week of the race, except in the Detroit market.
Schuette on Tuesday nixed $445,000 worth of ads on broadcast stations in Grand Rapids, Flint, Lansing, Traverse City and Marquette. A planned $441,000 ad buy in metro Detroit is intact.
A Schuette spokesman says the campaign does not comment on ad strategy.
The move comes days after campaign-finance reports showed Democrat Gretchen Whitmer with a financial edge and that Schuette had loaned his campaign $325,000. Whitmer and her allies have been outspending Schuette and his allies on the airwaves.
A poll released Monday by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV showed Whitmer leading 50 percent to 38 percent, with 9 percent undecided.
House candidate’s ‘party over country’ gaffe featured in ad
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate who blundered by telling thousands of supporters that she puts “party over country” will hear her gaffe repeated in a TV ad backed by a Republican group.
Elissa Slotkin, who is challenging Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in Michigan’s 8th District, made the remarks at a rally last week with President Barack Obama and other Democrats in Detroit. She corrected herself, saying she puts “country over party.”
But an independent political action committee aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan is spending $1 million on ad that shows her faux pas.
A spokeswoman for Slotkin, who was a national security expert in the Obama and Bush administrations, says the ad is a “desperate attempt to smear her and the worst of example of politics as usual.”
TRAFFIC CRASH-OFFICERS SUSPENDED
Ex-prosecutor cleared of felony in wrong-way Michigan crash
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a former assistant prosecutor of a felony in a November 2016 crash that led to the firing of a police lieutenant and suspension of two other Grand Rapids officers accused of covering up the man’s intoxication.
The Kent County Circuit Court jury found 44-year-old Josh Kuiper not guilty Tuesday of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a bodily function. It found him guilty of misdemeanor reckless driving, a charge the defense already had stipulated to.
Kuiper injured Dan Empson when he hit Empson’s parked car while driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
Telephone recordings released last year revealed Officer Adam Ickes told then-Lt. Matthew Janiskee that Kuiper appeared intoxicated. But Kuiper wasn’t asked to take a Breathalyzer test and wasn’t charged with drunken driving. Ickes was later suspended, while Janiskee was fired.
Christians, Muslims to join Jews in service after massacre
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Prominent Detroit-area Christian and Muslim clergy are expected to join Jewish leaders for a special service following the weekend massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Shabbat of Solidarity is scheduled for Saturday morning at Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield. Among those planning to participate are Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Imam Hassan Qazwini.
Temple Shir Shalom Rabbi Michael Moskowitz said in a statement that support from Christians and Muslims lets Jews “know we are not alone.”
The service is open to the public.
Eleven people were gunned down Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue, the bloodiest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
Jury struggling in murder trial of ex-Michigan trooper
DETROIT (AP) — Jurors say they don’t believe they can reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former Michigan trooper who shot his Taser at a Detroit teen before the boy crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died.
But Wayne County Judge Margaret Van Houten told jurors to eat lunch, clear their heads and return to court to resume deliberations Tuesday. She urged them to talk “in a spirit of fairness and frankness.”
Mark Bessner is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Damon (Da-MAHN’) Grimes on a Detroit street in August 2017. Bessner shot Grimes with a Taser and the 15-year-old crashed his ATV. Bessner says he believed the boy was armed, although he was wrong.
The jury also could choose the lesser offense of involuntary manslaughter. Deliberations began Monday.
ELECTION 2018-THE DETROIT EFFECT
GOP may face grim reward for revival of Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — During their eight years in control of Michigan’s government, Republicans have had one achievement that stands out: successfully taking the city of Detroit through federal bankruptcy to make way for its economic revival.
Now that feat may bring a bittersweet reward.
As the midterm election approaches, GOP leaders are bracing for the worst as Democrats appear poised to win the governor’s office and other statewide posts and to make gains in the Legislature.
And one factor in the GOP’s predicament could be a resurgent Detroit.
The city’s downtown and some urban neighborhoods are attracting thousands of young, likely left-leaning professionals to an expanding job market. And in August’s primary election, about 100,000 people voted, up 14,000 from 2010. Turnout increased from 15.2 percent to 21.6 percent.
Woman faces manslaughter charge in death of 1-year-old boy
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A 24-year-old southern Michigan woman has been charged in the death of a 1-year-old boy she was caring for.
Amber Lynn Reeves of Jackson appeared Monday without a lawyer for her arraignment on charges including manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in the Oct. 11 death of Logan Tracy.
She was ordered held on $300,000 bond.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that records say the child died of blunt force abdominal trauma. WILX-TV reports that Reeves was dating the child’s father. Prosecutors say she beat the boy because she was angry at his father and frustrated that she was left to care for the child.
Reeves faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter and up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the child abuse charge.
Burning body found in field on Detroit’s west side
DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a burning body has been found in a field in Detroit.
Police on patrol spotted a fire early Tuesday on the city’s west side. Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell tells The Detroit News that when firefighters responded the body was “the only thing burning.”
Investigators are working to confirm the identity of the body, including whether it was of a man or woman. They didn’t immediately say how the fire may have started.
Fermi 2 nuclear plant online after refueling, maintenance
(Information from: Monroe News, http://www.monroenews.com)
FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan is back online after being shut down for refueling and maintenance.
The Monroe News reports DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 plant in Monroe County was brought back in service Saturday after being shut down in late September for workers to replace about a third of the fuel in the reactor. They also completed thousands of other maintenance and testing activities at the plant.
More than 1,200 supplemental workers were at Fermi for the outage.
It was the 19th such outage for the plant. The Detroit-based utility’s plant is located along Lake Erie in Frenchtown Township, near Michigan’s border with Ohio.