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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.


Wayne County prosecutor to hold community town hall meeting

NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will give a presentation on school threats, domestic violence and sexual assault kits during a town hall meeting in suburban Detroit.

The town hall is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northville Township Hall and is part of a series of meetings throughout Wayne County.

Worthy also is expected to discuss how her office operates and other topics like the use of body worn cameras, home invasions and the prosecutor’s newly formed Business Protection Unit.

Residents in the nearby communities of Northville, Plymouth, Plymouth Township, Canton Township, Livonia and Redford Township are invited to attend Thursday’s town hall.

Future meetings will be held in Detroit and other Wayne County communities.


AAA: Michigan gas prices fall 8 cents to $2.40 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 8 cents in the past week to about $2.40 per gallon amid continued declines in oil prices.

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest level of the year and 13 cents less than a year ago. AAA says gas prices in Michigan have declined 44 cents in the past 31 consecutive days.

The state’s highest average was $2.59 per gallon in the Marquette area. The lowest was in the Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon areas at $2.23 a gallon.

The Detroit-area’s average was down about 7 cents from a week ago to $2.48.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.




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.



Official: GM to close Ontario plant, costing 2,500 jobs

TORONTO (AP) — General Motors is planning to announce the closure of its Oshawa, Ontario, plant Monday, which will eventually result in the loss of about 2,500 jobs.

The plant closure announcement was confirmed by an official familiar with the decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly ahead of Monday’s announcement.

The official says it is part of a global restructuring of GM as they shift focus to lower emitting hybrid vehicles, which is not focus of Oshawa plant.

GM opened its factory in Oshawa, near Toronto, in 1953. The plant is used to make the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.

A GM spokesman declined to comment.


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.


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.