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CENSUS GRANTS-MICHIGAN

Organizations get grants to promote accurate Census count

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to Detroit-area organizations seeking to promote and support a fair and accurate 2020 U.S. Census count.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the grants range from $7,000 to $75,000. Funding runs through August 2020.

The foundation’s Southeast Michigan Counts is a strategic effort to foster regional participation in the 2020 census. It says organizations receiving funding will work to promote awareness and action by historically undercounted populations such as communities of color, low-income households, immigrants and young children.

Foundation President Mariam C. Noland says accurate census counts are essential for federal funds that support education, infrastructure and services for communities.

The foundation is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations.

SMALL PLANE CASH

Pilot dead after small plane crashes in Upper Peninsula

(Information from: WLUC-TV, http://www.wluctv6.com)

CARP LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot is dead after a small plane crashed in a remote area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

WLUC-TV reports Sunday that cellphone location data helped locate the plane in a remote area of Carp Lake Township. The pilot, who wasn’t immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

A search began Saturday after the plane departed from the Gogebic County Airport but didn’t arrive as scheduled at the Ontonagon Airport.

The NTSB said Saturday night that it’s investigating the crash of the Piper PA-28 in Ontonagon.

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WATER AUTHORITY DETROIT-AWARD

Water Works Park in Detroit honored for water treatment

DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority has been recognized for drinking water operations at one of its facilities in Detroit.

The Partnership for Safe Water gave the authority’s Water Works Park the 2019 Directors Award for Water Treatment.

The program recognizes utilities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to delivering superior quality drinking water to customers. It was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Association and other organizations to guide water systems toward improving water quality by optimizing system operations.

Five other groups in the United States also received the award.

Water Works Park has the ability to produce up to 240 million gallons of water per day.

The Great Lakes Water Authority provides water and wastewater services to 127 municipalities in eight southeastern Michigan counties.

OBIT-PATTERSON

Longtime Oakland County chief L. Brooks Patterson dies at 80

DETROIT (AP) — A spokesman says longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has died at his suburban Detroit home months after announcing he had pancreatic cancer.

Spokesman Bill Mullan said the 80-year-old Patterson died Saturday at his Independence Township home. He was halfway through a seventh term leading the affluent county, but said in March he would not seek re-election next year.

He had been Oakland County’s chief since 1993 and served as its prosecutor from 1973 to 1988. In 1972, he served as attorney for a group opposing a federal judge’s order for school busing integration.

The outspoken Patterson had a history of verbally sparring with other regional leaders, especially those in Detroit. He apologized last year after saying he’d rather join the Ku Klux Klan than a group of CEOs he had accused of snatching business from Oakland County to benefit Detroit.

Patterson’s daughter Mary Warner said in a statement her father “was a courageous fighter.”

IMPEACHMENT-TOWN HALLS

Impeachment summer? August town halls may decide next steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a town hall in New Jersey, freshman Democratic Rep. Andy Kim came face to face with impeachment fervor. “Do your job!” shouted one voter.

Several states away, a woman held up a copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and told Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin she hoped she would put the House “over the top to start an impeachment inquiry.”

And in Virginia, newcomer Rep. Abigail Spanberger encountered voters with questions, if not resolve, about impeaching President Donald Trump.

None of the lawmakers support impeachment. But these freshman lawmakers, and others like them, will likely decide when, if ever, House Democrats start formal impeachment efforts.

With half the House Democrats now in favor of beginning an inquiry, the pressure will only mount on the holdouts during the August recess.

GREAT LAKES-HIGH WATER

Rising Great Lakes erode shorelines, create uncertainty

(Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org)

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Rapidly rising water levels in the Great Lakes are damaging shorelines and creating uncertainty for lakeshore residents.

The city of Duluth has dealt with three major storms on Lake Superior in less than two years, with the latest hitting last October. Duluth’s construction project supervisor, Mike LeBeau, tells Minnesota Public Radio News high water levels are making the storms even more destructive. Duluth officials estimate total damage from the three storms at nearly $30 million.

Around the Great Lakes, beaches have disappeared, docks are submerged and lakeshore is eroding. Lake levels began rising rapidly in 2014. This summer, Lakes Erie and Ontario reached their highest levels ever recorded — thanks to months of abnormally wet weather — and Lake Superior has set new monthly records.

But the higher lake levels are a boon for the shipping industry, which was complaining about record low water levels only six years ago. Deeper water allows ships to carry more cargo.

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SPORTS BETTING-INDIANA

Indiana casinos looking for jump on Midwest sports betting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana casinos are racing ahead with preparations to launch legalized sports betting in early September, looking to seize an advantage over competitors in neighboring states where such wagers aren’t yet allowed.

A new state law approved this spring allows betting to start Sept. 1 on professional and collegiate sports.

All of Indiana’s 13 casinos and three off-track betting parlors are gearing up for on-site sports wagering. Most say they want to start taking bets before the NFL season starts Sept. 5. They are also working to launch online betting apps but it those might not become available until later in the fall.

Caesars’ regional president, Dan Nita, says the company hopes to gain an advantage with a quick start and to attract gamblers to its Hammond casino before Illinois launches sports betting.

FATAL CRASH-MICHIGAN

4 victims of fatal crash in southwestern Michigan identified

BUCHANAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials have identified the four people killed when another car ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed and slammed into their vehicle in southwestern Michigan’s Berrien County.

Sheriff’s officials identified the driver as 66-year-old Robert Klint of Sawyer. The passengers have been identified as 60-year-old Melissa Klint of Sawyer, 22-year-old Landyn Klint of Sawyer and 52-year-old Virginia resident Kent Williamson.

The sheriff’s department says the occupants of the other vehicle, 53-year-old Dub Collins and 39-year-old Heather Collins of Buchanan, are in stable condition at an Indiana hospital.

Dub Collins, the driver, is on parole from the Michigan Department of Corrections. Officials say once he can leave the hospital, they will decide if he goes into local custody for the pending charges or state custody on a parole violation.

PHYSICS FACILITY-MICHIGAN STATE

Michigan State nuclear research facility set to open in 2021

(Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The director of Michigan State University’s $765 million nuclear research facility says it should open in 2021.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will be used to study the short-lived particles produced as charged beams collide with a target. The findings could have implications in understanding how matter formed in the universe and in fields including national security and medicine.

Laboratory Director Thomas Glasmacher says it is 92% complete.

Engineers installed the first of three pieces of the linear accelerator, which will fire the particle beams. Glasmacher says the second piece will be installed by next summer.

The U.S. Department of Energy contributed $635.5 million to the project. The state gave $94.5 million, and the university paid $35 million.

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AIRPORT GRANTS-MICHIGAN

More than $34M in FAA grants going to 4 Michigan airports

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Four Michigan airports will share in more than $34 million in federal grants.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, southwest of Detroit, will receive more than $21 million for runway construction.

About $11 million will go to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids for apron rehabilitation. The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport will get just over $1.5 million to conduct an environmental study. The Alpena County Regional Airport will use $527,000 to buy snow removal equipment.

The grants are part of $478 million most recently awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration to airports across the United States for infrastructure projects. It’s the fourth allotment of more than $3 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding.