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ATTORNEY GENERAL-FIRST YEAR
AG: Drug law affects opioid case, clergy probe to go longer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attorney General Dana Nessel says lawmakers should revisit Michigan’s unique law that shields drugmakers from product liability lawsuits. She said Monday that the 1995 law has “absolutely” affected her strategy to seek damages for the painkiller addiction epidemic. Her office has sued four major opioid distributors. The state has not filed suit against drug manufacturers over the crisis, though it is involved in multi-state settlement talks with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. Nessel also says it will take longer than anticipated to finish an investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests. She says there are millions of documents to review.
Police seek Camaro driver who performed doughnuts on freeway
DETROIT (AP) — Police are seeking the driver of a red or orange Chevrolet Camaro who performed 360-degree turns on a Detroit freeway. Chief James Craig says Monday that westbound Interstate 94 was blocked for about 10 to 15 minutes Sunday night by other vehicles to allow the Camaro to turn in circles. He said the driver has been identified and is not a Detroit resident. Police arrested the driver of a Dodge Challenger that blocked traffic. Craig said he was involved in a similar incident in November in which a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured. Traffic also was blocked this summer on the Lodge Freeway as drivers of several cars performed doughnuts.
Body found on Michigan property confirmed as missing woman
HONOR, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that a body found in northwestern Michigan is of a 47-year-old Detroit-area woman who was reported missing in October. The Benzie County sheriff’s office says a medical examiner didn’t immediately determine a cause of death for Adrienne Quintal, but investigators don’t suspect foul play. Relatives found her body Saturday in a flooded area on the family’s property near the village of Honor. The Southfield woman called a friend Oct. 17 and said she had been in a shootout with two men. Police found no signs that someone had been wounded but believe shots were fired from inside the cabin.
Michigan group submits petitions to ban abortion method
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot group has submitted petitions to prohibit a second-trimester abortion procedure in Michigan. The Michigan Values Life committee says it turned in nearly 380,000 voter signatures to the state on Monday. It needs roughly 340,000 signatures. If the petitions are certified as valid, the Republican-led Legislature will have a 40-day window to pass the initiative, and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can’t veto it. The dilation and evacuation procedure was used in 7% of abortions in Michigan last year. Anti-abortion groups call it “dismemberment.” Abortion-rights groups say the procedure is safe and constitutional.
HOME INVASION-FATAL SHOOTING
Michigan homeowner fatally shoots knife-wielding intruder
COPEMISH, Mich. (AP) — Police say a knife-wielding man who forced his way into a couple’s northern Michigan home and threatened them with the weapon was fatally shot by one of the homeowners following a struggle. Michigan State Police said 29-year-old Nathan Reed of Copemish died Sunday afternoon at the shooting scene in a home in the Manistee County city. Troopers from the Cadillac post said that after Reed entered the home a physical struggle ensued during which one of the home’s occupants retrieved a firearm and shot him. The home’s female resident was treated at the scene for a minor head injury.
Police: Man, 75, fatally shoots Detroit-area neighbor
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 75-year-old man has been accused of fatally shooting a woman who lived next door to him in a Detroit-area apartment complex. Warren police say the woman was shot multiple times Sunday morning in the hallway of the building in which they lived. The man and the woman, 53, had a history of arguing. Investigators say the weapon was recovered from the man’s home and he was arrested. Their names haven’t been released.
NATIVE AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHS
Collaboration key to assembling Native American photo trove
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan library has acquired a trove of roughly 1,000 images of Native Americans from the 19th through the early 20th century from a longtime collector. They represent some 80 groups and run the gamut from the iconic, such as Sitting Bull, to the commonplace, such as a woman hoeing potatoes in a Michigan garden. Archivists say even the everyday images are compelling because they reveal life in hard times and the spirit of perseverance as they struggled for survival. Curation efforts also have involved tribal experts throughout the process, something that historically wasn’t done.
NATURAL RESOURCES GRANTS
Michigan panel backs $25M for land buys, recreation upgrades
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan panel is supporting $25 million worth of grants to buy land and improve outdoor recreation opportunities. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board is sending its recommendations to the state Legislature. The fund is financed through interest earned on royalty payments by developers of publicly owned minerals such as oil and natural gas. The board annually selects projects for funding. This year’s group includes more than $11 million for 60 recreation development projects and about $14 million for 18 land acquisitions.
To battle opioid crisis, some track overdoses in real time
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Overdose tracking systems are giving near real-time glimpses into the ravages of the opioid-fueled drug crisis. The Hudson Valley Interlink Analytic System in New York is among a number of surveillance systems being adopted around the country by police, government agencies and community groups. If there’s a spike in overdoses, the Hudson Valley system will send text alerts to health administrators and community workers. And system users can see what drugs are being abused for faster and focused responses to the ever-evolving problem. The Hudson Valley system was adopted earlier this year by two hospitals north of New York City serving areas hard hit by drug abuse.
Body found on Michigan property where woman went missing
HONOR, Mich. (AP) — A body has been found near a cabin in northwestern Michigan where a 47-year-old Detroit-area woman reportedly went missing in October. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the family of Adrienne Quintal called Benzie County authorities about 1:30 p.m. Saturday to report finding the body in a flooded area on the family’s property near Honor. An autopsy is planned to identify the body and determine a cause of death. Quintal called a friend Oct. 17 and said she had been in a shootout with two men near the family’s cabin. Authorities found the Southfield woman’s vehicle, purse, cellphone and a gun.