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NALOXONE TRAINING-SOUTHFIELD

Training offered on administration of opioid-blocking drug

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — First responders in a suburban Detroit community and health and anti-drug groups are offering free training on how to administer Naloxone, an opioid-blocking drug used to reverse the effects of an overdose. The free event is open to the public and scheduled Tuesday evening at the Southfield Public Library through the city’s police and fire departments and the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities and the Southfield Anti-Drug Coalition. Organizers say attendees will be trained on how to properly administer Intra-Nasal Narcan to someone who has overdosed on opioids.  

CLERGY STRESS-PLIGHT OF THE PRIESTHOOD

US Catholic priests beset by overwork, isolation, scandals

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — These are challenging times for many Catholic priests across the United States. Due to a severe shortage of priests, many of them now run parishes single-handedly, with a heavier workload than in the past and a greater degree of isolation. Some complain of a lack of support from their bishops. And even those who’ve acted honorably throughout their careers feel they’ve lost public and parishioner support because of the scandals involving sex abuse committed by other priests. A 66-year-old priest in Massachusetts says “it’s hard to get credibility back again.” 

LAKE ERIE BOATERS

Authorities search for man on Lake Erie after boat flips

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say rescue crews are searching for a 51-year-old Michigan man after a 16-foot fishing boat flipped over on Lake Erie in Monroe Township. Another boater was rescued from the water and hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries. The Monroe County sheriff’s office says deputies were dispatched around 7:45 a.m. Sunday to check on two people on a fishing boat that was roughly one mile from shore, but were initially unable to find the boat. It was later found upside down in a fishing net. Multiple agencies are conducting the search including the U.S. Coast Guard.

SPORTS BETTING

Michigan nears deal to legalize sports, online gambling

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this coming week. The development would be a landmark in a state with a lot of gambling options already. Those include three commercial casinos in Detroit, 24 tribal casinos across western and northern Michigan, and the Lottery. The abundance of competition is a complicating factor, primarily due to concerns that letting casinos offer online gambling would hurt rapidly growing revenues from the state’s iLottery.

CHERRY TARIFFS

Michigan farmers, lawmakers seek tariff on Turkish cherries

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan farmers and lawmakers want the federal government to impose a hefty tariff on dried tart cherries imported from Turkey, arguing that a subsidy on the fruit is impeding American farmers’ ability to compete. Cherry companies from Michigan and Utah on Tuesday asked the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission for a nearly 650% in tariff hikes on tart cherries imported from Turkey. The petition request would increase the price of $1 worth of cherries to $6.48. The Detroit News reports the companies are asking the commission to determine that Turkey has injured their business or at least threatens to do so. 

ARSON-PROBATION

Michigan’s top court backs judge, says probation OK in fire

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated a sentence of probation for a Detroit-area landlord who pleaded no contest to setting a fire at his apartment building in 2007. Giovanni Naccarato’s case began in 2011 but has bounced between Wayne County Circuit Court and higher courts after a judge declined to send him to prison. The Supreme Court had the final say Friday, overturning an opinion from the Michigan appeals court and reinstating three years of probation. Justices Stephen Markman and Elizabeth Clement disagreed.

MICHIGAN-MANURE REGULATIONS

Michigan officials suggest new controls on farm animal waste

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators are proposing new restrictions on farmers’ practice of spreading livestock manure on farmland as a fertilizer. The proposal would  include a suggested ban on applying animal waste on farm fields during three winter months. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy or EGLE released its recommended controls in late October that would be part of a revamped process of assessing the environmental hazards of spreading livestock waste. MLive.com reports that the department is holding public hearings this week and next on its amended pollution discharge permit for concentrated animal feeding operations,  which are commonly known as CAFOs.

SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE

Michigan adds texting option to sexual assault hotline

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has added a texting option to a hotline that allows victims of sexual assault to seek help and support from trained professionals. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says victims can text 1-866-238-1454. It’s an expansion to the 855-VOICES4 hotline — which offers free, confidential and anonymous support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to victims, family and friends. Whitmer says she wants every survivor to “know that your voice and your story matter, and when you’re ready to talk, we’re ready to listen.” She made the announcement this past week during an annual summit to combat sexual assaults on campuses.

MICHIGAN-LAND AUCTION

Surplus public land in Michigan going on auction block

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say 147 parcels of public land are being offered for sale. The properties range in size from less than an acre to 160 acres. Some feature lake views, river access and scenic trails. The state Department of Natural Resources says an auction will begin Tuesday and bids will be accepted through Jan. 8. Most of the parcels are in the central and northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.

SOLAR PANELS

Michigan power customers with own solar panels on the rise

LANSING, Mich (AP) — The number of people installing solar panels or other renewable energy projects to generate their own electricity continues to rise in Michigan. The state Public Service Commission reports that the installations increased by nearly 57% in 2018. Participation in the state’s legacy net metering program has grown every year since 2006. There were more than 5,200 customers who participated, up from more than 3,200 in 2017. The projects represent a tiny portion of Michigan’s total electricity sales. About 94% of participants installed solar projects, according to the report released this past week.