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SCHOOL STABBING-MICHIGAN-THE LATEST
Latest: School chief identifies girl stabbed to death
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area school superintendent has identified a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed to death at her high school.
Fitzgerald Public Schools chief Laurie Fournier says the girl killed at Warren’s Fitzgerald High School was Danyna Gibson. She announced on the district’s website Wednesday that the school will be closed Thursday and mental health support staff will be available there from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any student, parent or staff member who needs assistance.
Fournier says a “vigil to remember and honor the life of Danyna” will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday on the high school’s football field.
Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer says a 17-year-old girl suspected in the stabbing Wednesday morning was upset and disturbed when a male student broke up with her and started dating the victim.
FATAL POLICE CHASE-MICHIGAN
Jury finds driver guilty of second-degree murder in crash
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The driver of an auto fleeing police that crashed into an SUV, killing one and injuring four others has been found guilty of second-degree murder.
Theresa Marie Gafken was found guilty Wednesday in the death of 48-year-old Kristine Donahue of Chesterfield Township.
The 36-year-old Gafken wept silently at the defense table after the verdict was read. She will be sentenced on Oct. 8.
A Port Huron officer tried to stop the car driven by Gafken on April 11 when she sped off. The car went through a red light, striking three vehicles a mile after the chase began.
The jurors were given the option of finding Gafken innocent or guilty of second-degree murder or guilty of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter with gross negligence.
MOTOWN MUSEUM-SINGING COMPETITION
Motown Museum launches singing competition in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The Motown Museum has launched a singing competition that aims to nurture talent as its namesake label did in Detroit decades ago.
Museum officials say the competition known as AMPLIFY: The Sound of Detroit is accepting audition videos through next Tuesday. It’s open to solo singers and groups of up to five people.
Those reaching the semi-final rounds will perform before a judging panel and vie for a chance be in the grand finale on Oct. 12. The winner gets $2,500 and a studio session with producers Drew Schultz and Kern Brantley.
Singers must be at least 16 years old.
Museum CEO Robin Terry says the contest helps the museum return to its roots by finding and celebrating talent in the city where Motown Records was founded in 1959.
Prosecutor who put Jeffrey Willis in prison will lead group
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The western Michigan prosecutor who won murder convictions in two high-profile cases will lead a statewide group of prosecutors for a year.
D.J. Hilson is the next president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. The group provides training around the state and keeps county prosecutors informed about changes in criminal law and policy.
Hilson is the elected prosecutor in Muskegon County. St. Clair County prosecutor Mike Wendling says Hilson is a “natural choice” to lead the group.
Hilson last year successfully prosecuted Jeffrey Willis in the fatal shooting of a jogger and in May won another conviction against Willis in the abduction and death of a gas station attendant.
Michigan grants available to clean up scrap tire piles
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is still accepting applications for grants supporting cleanup and reuse of scrap tires.
Castoff tires pose a fire risk and are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The grants pay to process them for use in paving products for roads, manufactured products and energy generation.
Grants are available for property owners to clean up old or abandoned scrap tire piles.
State officials say they’ll give priority to sites where tires were accumulated prior to Jan. 1, 1991. Also favored will be collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare or the environment.
Local units of government and nonprofit organizations can seek funding for cleanup days and roadside cleanup grants.
The application deadline is Sept. 28. Information is available online .
AP Interview: Schuette: Medicaid law not ‘going anywhere’
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette says Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of adults is not “going anywhere” if he is elected governor and he would focus instead on implementing work requirements enacted earlier this year.
Schuette, who has staunchly opposed the federal health care law — including the Medicaid expansion — as state attorney general, spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. Asked if he would keep the expansion in place, he said: “The fact is Healthy Michigan is the law. It’s not going anywhere.”
The statement suggests that Schuette would not try to end the program enacted in 2013 by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP-led Legislature. Democrats, including gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, say Schuette would strip the coverage. Schuette says it is a “scare tactic.”
INDIANA LEGISLATURE-LAWMAKER INJURED
High ranking GOP lawmaker badly injured in motorcycle crash
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of the top-ranking Republicans in the Indiana Statehouse was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in northern Michigan.
House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown was thrown from his motorcycle late Wednesday morning after an SUV pulled out in front of him. The Crawfordsville lawmaker was on a trip with fellow Republican Rep. Mike Speedy of Indianapolis, who was not injured in the crash.
House Speaker Brian Bosma said in a message to lawmakers that Brown was taken to a hospital in Petoskey, Michigan.
Bosma says he does not know what condition Brown is in.
He called for prayers for Brown, Speedy and their families.
Musk apologizes for snags in Model 3 delivery information
DETROIT (AP) — Tesla apparently is having trouble informing customers about deliveries of the Model 3 mass-market electric car.
In a Twitter response to a customer Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk wrote that some “may experience longer response times” because of a large increase in vehicle deliveries in North America. He wrote that resolving the issue is Tesla’s top priority.
Earlier in the day, the customer tweeted to Musk that he couldn’t get a vehicle identification number from his sales adviser even though he is scheduled to pick up his Model 3 on Monday. The customer wrote that it was frustrating and his loan for the car is up in the air.
Musk apologized and wrote that he’s working on the issue. Tesla spokesmen did not immediately comment.