Latest Michigan news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. EDT
The Latest: Trump tweets on liberal lawmakers draw rebuke
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has injected race into his criticism of liberal Democrats.
Trump tweeted Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to what he calls the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from. That ignores the fact that all four of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.
Trump’s attack has drawn a searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and breathtakingly divisive.
Republicans have remained largely silent after Trump’s morning broadsides against the four women. But the president’s nativist tweets caused Democrats to set aside their internal rifts to rise up in a united chorus against the president.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump wants to “make America white again.”
MICHIGAN FAIRS-SWINE FLU
Michigan fair-goers urged to take steps to avoid swine flu
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions to avoid swine flu at county and local fairs across Michigan.
Swine influenza is a respiratory disease in pigs that’s caused by type A influenza viruses. Swine flu viruses don’t usually infect humans, but human infections have been reported. Precautions to help avoid swine flu include refraining from eating or drinking in livestock barns or show rings.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says 17 people last year from six states, including three from Michigan, were sickened by variant influenza viruses after having direct or indirect contact with swine at fairs and exhibits. Infections are mostly among children.
Symptoms in people are similar to those of seasonal flu viruses and can include fever, sore throat and respiratory difficulty.
Federal grants helping Michigan airports fix, build runways
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Airports across Michigan are receiving federal grants for repairing and building runways, as well as replacing and updating equipment.
Federal and state officials say $8.8 million will go to Bishop in Flint, $4.6 million to MBS in Freeland, $1.1 million for Cherry Capital in Traverse City, $678,000 for Sawyer in Gwinn, and $155,000 for Chippewa County in Sault Ste. Marie. The Michigan State Block Grant Program is getting $1 million.
The grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation are the third round from an overall $3 billion federal airport improvement program for U.S. airports.
GAY MAN KILLED-CHARGES
2 Detroit men charged in murder of gay man
DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit men have been charged in connection with the June murder of a gay man from Detroit.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy was assisted by the Fair Michigan Justice Project in lodging first-degree murder charges against 28-year-old Anthony Brock and 30-year-old Darnell Wilson in connection with the killing of Diano Johnson.
Both suspects also face multiple other charges including armed robbery and carjacking.
Authorities claim that Brock on June 19 arranged to meet Johnson after connecting on Facebook. Brock then locked Johnson in the trunk of the victim’s car, picked up Wilson, and the two drove to the city’s east side where they shot Johnson multiple times.
Brock also faces a charge of arson for allegedly setting Johnson’s car on fire.
The suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
UPPER PENINSULA ROCKS
2 Michigan men clash over Upper Peninsula’s glowing rocks
(Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com)
BRIMLEY, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan men are in conflict over recently discovered glowing rocks in the Upper Peninsula.
Erik Rintamaki is credited with finding the sodalite-rich syenite rocks in 2017 on a Lake Superior beach near Brimley. He chose to name the fluorescent rocks “Yooperlites” and trademarked the term.
But the Detroit Free Press reports that Jason Asselin, a self-described online personality based in the Upper Peninsula, disagrees with his trademark.
Both men say Rintamaki’s lawyer sent Asselin a cease-and-desist order after he tried to sell Yooperlites on the website Etsy without first getting Rintamaki’s consent.
Asselin asserted in a YouTube video last month that the trademark is disrespectful to Yoopers, as residents of the Upper Peninsula are affectionately known.
Rintamaki contends that trademarking the Yooperlites term was simply a business decision.
Prosecutors seek delay of Michigan lawmaker’s bribery trial
(Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com)
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to push back the trial of a northern Michigan lawmaker who is charged with scheming to trade votes for campaign money.
Prosecutors say in a court filing that the case against Traverse City-area Republican Rep. Larry Inman is unusual and needs more review. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports they want to check medical records behind Inman’s claim that he suffered “diminished capacity” from chronic opioid use.
Inman announced last month he was seeking treatment for long-term use of painkillers stemming from several surgeries.
Defense attorney Chris Cooke is against delaying Inman’s Aug. 6 trial date, saying prosecutors have had enough time.
Inman is accused of urging a union to gather campaign contributions to ensure legislators would block repeal of a wage law.
POTTER PARK ZOO-MOOSE DIES
Moose dies at Lansing zoo after beginning cancer treatment
(Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A moose has died at Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo for the second time in little more than a year.
Zoo director Cynthia Wagner tells the Lansing State Journal that a male Alaskan moose named Meeko died Wednesday after beginning treatment for a rare form of cancer. Meeko was rescued by wildlife managers after being orphaned in Alaska and was brought to the Lansing zoo in 2014.
A female moose named Willow died in May 2018 after suddenly becoming ill. The cause was never determined.
Wagner says there’s no apparent connection between the deaths of the two animals.
She says a search is underway to find replacement Alaskan moose for the zoo. It cost $750,000 to acquire Willow and Meeko and build an exhibit for them.
Schools work to expand agriculture education opportunities
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg Community College and Michigan State University are working together to expand agriculture education opportunities for students.
The schools have expanded their Agricultural Operations Program to offer students a new Kellogg associate’s degree program and two certificates from Michigan State.
Studies in the programs cover a variety of areas, including farm, water, weed and resource management; soil science and plant pathology; regulation, safety and compliance issues; and technology.
Each program path requires a 480-hour internship that’s completed during the summer semester, where the students gain hands-on experience in the field or in agribusiness. Kellogg launched its original Agricultural Operations Program with Michigan State in 2017
The application deadline for enrolling in one of Kellogg’s Agricultural Science programs is Aug. 9. Details including applications are posted online .