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SKYDIVING ACCIDENT-MICHIGAN

Skydiver dies in Michigan from accident during landing

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old skydiver has been killed in Michigan when he abruptly fell after trying to avoid colliding with another jumper near the landing.

The unidentified man was jumping Saturday afternoon during the “Dink Dink Boogie” event at Grand Haven Memorial Airpark.

A witness said the skydiver appeared to make a sudden turn to avoid another jumper and fell. Scott Braginton told mlive.com he knew the injuries would be severe because “he hit the ground hard.”

Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lee Adams told the Grand Haven Tribune that police were interviewing witnesses to determine exactly what happened.

The event through Sunday drew more than 200 skydivers and was expected to resume after police complete their investigation.

Grand Haven is 34 miles (55 kilometers) west of Grand Rapids along Lake Michigan.

COMMENCEMENT FLAP

U of M-Dearborn reverses self on no winter commencement

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan-Dearborn has reversed its decision to cancel its December commencement this year after students protested.

Provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Catherine Davy announced the cancellation Friday in favor of a single spring ceremony but reversed herself Saturday after emails and social media posts protesting the move by some of the campus’s 7,000 students.

Davy apologized in a Facebook post for waiting too long to make the single-commencement announcement. She said, “Some students shared stories of hardships related to timing of the decision to eliminate the December commencement.”

Davy now says the winter ceremony will be eliminated starting in 2021. She says the combined commencement will be held at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor to accommodate the size of the graduating class and family members.

BEACHES CLOSED-SPILL

Steel mill sorry for spill that killed fish, closed beaches

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A steel company has apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan.

ArcelorMittal issued a statement Friday night saying it “apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor facility.”

The National Park Service closed the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Park. The nearby city of Ogden Dunes also closed its beach. The fish kill occurred near a yacht club and marina in Portage, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Chicago

ArcelorMittal said the spill resulted after its Burns Harbor mill “experienced a failure at the blast furnace water recirculation system.” It said, “The recirculating system has been repaired and normal operations have resumed.”

FATAL FIRE-MOUNT PLEASANT

Mobile home fire kills 2-year-old boy in Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Mid-Michigan police say a 2-year-old boy has died in a mobile home fire.

Mount Pleasant police the child was inside the burning home when officers and firefighters arrived on the scene at the Mount Pleasant Mobile Home Village about 6 p.m. Friday. Flames already were coming from the home, and heavy smoke drove back officers and Isabella County sheriff’s deputies who tried to enter the structure.

Police say an adult male escaped with minor burns.

No firefighters or officers were injured.

STUDENT LEADERS-MICHIGAN

Student event aims to promote problem-solving, leadership

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An event being organized by three southeastern Michigan colleges aims to help high school students develop problem-solving and leadership skills.

Students between 14 and 18 are invited to participate in Bold Futures on Tuesday at Washtenaw Community College. The institution has teamed up with Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan to hold the free, daylong event.

Organizers say participants will work together as well as with school facilitators and local business owners to identify community problems and develop potential solutions. The final step is pitching those ideas to business and nonprofit leaders.

Registrations will be accepted through Monday.

UNIVERSITY PARK-WATER

Illinois sues company after lead found in village’s water

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has filed a lawsuit alleging the company that provides water to a Chicago suburb caused lead to contaminate the village’s drinking water.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul sued Aqua Illinois Friday. The company supplies water to residents of University Park, a village of nearly 7,000 residents about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Chicago.

Aqua Illinois switched the source of the village’s water from groundwater wells to the Kankakee River in 2017. The lawsuit says a chemical added to the water system removed a protective layer in residential plumbing, causing lead to leach into the water.

The company notified the state in May that testing detected elevated lead levels. Raoul says Aqua Illinois warned residents not to drink the water and is providing bottled water and filters to impacted residents.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction to require Aqua Illinois to immediately correct the situation.

GREAT LAKES-FLOODING

Michigan city reviews options to combat flooded streets

(Information from: Monroe News, http://www.monroenews.com)

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Officials in one Michigan city are reviewing solutions to alleviate flooding from Lake Erie onto its streets.

Patrick Lewis is the city’s head of engineering and public safety. He says strong winds have raised the lake’s elevation several feet higher than normal on multiple occasions since spring.

Monroe News reports street flooding has been limited thanks to still backwaters. But Lewis says wave action could’ve led to significant damage to homes and structures along the shoreline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Lakes Erie and Ontario in June reached their highest points since record keeping began in 1918. Lewis says the levels are expected to stay at that point through the end of the year.

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RUNWAY RENOVATION

Runway at Huron County airport in line for $1M repaving

(Information from: Huron Daily Tribune, http://www.michigansthumb.com)

BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) — A runway at Michigan’s Huron County Memorial Airport is in line for a roughly $1 million repaving project next year.

The Huron Daily Tribune reports the work involves a roughly 5,000-foot (1,500-meter) runway at the Bad Axe-area airport, which is located about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Detroit.

The newspaper says 95% of the funding will come from state and federal sources, such as the Federal Aviation Administration, and Huron County will put up the remaining 5%.

Airport manager Chris Jackson says the repaving work should take about a month.

A new privately owned hangar was built at the airport this year. Jackson says the airport has about 35 flight operations a day in its busiest months of July and August.

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IMMIGRATION-PUBLIC BENEFITS

Doctors warn of fallout from new immigration rule

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health outcomes and rising costs they say will come from sweeping changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps or other public assistance.

President Donald Trump’s administration trumpeted its aggressive approach as a way to keep only self-sufficient immigrants in the country. Some advocates say they’re already seeing the fallout even before the complex 837-page rule takes effect in October.

Health experts argue it could force millions of low-income migrants to choose between needed services and their bid to stay legally in the U.S. The result could be across-the-board poorer health outcomes.

Medical experts say there are signs it’s already happening in cities including Chicago, Detroit and New York.

POLICE STOP-MICHIGAN

Michigan AG to review police questioning of man over staring

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general has ordered an investigation of police in suburban Detroit who questioned a black man when a woman claimed he was staring at her.

Dana Nessel said Friday that her civil rights division will review the conduct of Royal Oak police following the Tuesday incident .

The police department has apologized, saying the encounter with 20-year-old Devin Myers should have been “very short” and the officer “had no legal right” to demand his identification. The probationary officer will receive additional training, and a supervisor has been disciplined.

The woman called 911 and reported feeling uncomfortable after a man circled her vehicle. Myers told WXYZ-TV he had parked his car and was walking to a restaurant when he was stopped.