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ROAD PROJECTS-LABOR DISPUTE
Contractors, union in road dispute agree to meet Snyder
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Rick Snyder says road contractors and labor leaders have agreed to meet with him next week to try to end a contract dispute that has suspended projects across Michigan.
The development Friday came a day after Snyder said he might call up the National Guard to operate heavy equipment. Union workers were locked out Sept. 4 after working without a contract for weeks. The union says it wants to negotiate with individual contractors, not the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association.
Snyder spokesman Ari Adler says it’s critical that certain road projects be completed before winter. Those projects include Interstate 696 in suburban Detroit.
Dan McKernan is a spokesman for Local 324 of the Operating Engineers. He says the union respects National Guard members but doesn’t believe they have expertise in highway construction.
High bond means no freedom for 2 men in boyhood memory case
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered high bond for two men who had hoped to go home after they were granted new trials based on the boyhood memory of a man who witnessed his mother’s murder.
Wayne County Judge Donald Knapp on Friday set bond at $250,000 for Justly Johnson and Kendrick Scott. He says they’re still facing murder charges.
They’ll remain in jail until they come up with the cash or persuade a higher court to lower the amount. David Moran of the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school says he’s disappointed.
Johnson and Scott had served more than 18 years in prison when the Michigan Supreme Court in July granted them new trials in the fatal shooting of Lisa Kindred.
Charmous Skinner Jr. witnessed his mother’s death in Detroit in 1999 and says his recollection of the shooter is different than the evidence offered at trial. Skinner was 8 years old at the time and was never interviewed by police.
ISLE ROYALE WOLVES
Officials prepare to relocate wolves to Isle Royale park
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials are preparing to relocate six to eight mainland wolves to Isle Royale National Park, a first step toward rebuilding a depleted population of the predators that help keep the Lake Superior island’s ecology in balance.
Superintendent Phyllis Green says federal, state and tribal specialists plan to trap the gray wolves in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation in Minnesota over the next six weeks.
The animals will be given a health exam, fitted with tracking collars and flown to the park.
Wolves have wandered Isle Royale since the late 1940s, helping keep the wilderness archipelago’s moose population under control. But their numbers have recently plummeted: only two remain.
Officials plan to take 20 to 30 wolves to the park in the next three years.
Ex-Detroit mayor again ordered to pay $1.5 million to city
DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court says a judge made the right call when she ordered former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to pay $1.5 million to the city’s water department.
The restitution is related to Kilpatrick’s 2013 corruption conviction. He was found guilty of fixing city business to enrich himself and reward his pal, Bobby Ferguson.
Judge Nancy Edmunds had ordered Kilpatrick to pay $4.5 million. But it was cut to $1.5 million after a successful appeal by Kilpatrick. The appeals court now is satisfied with Edmunds’ decision.
The court says Detroit’s water department would have paid $1.5 million less for a water main contract if Kilpatrick hadn’t meddled in the deal.
It’s unknown if Detroit will ever see the money. The 48-year-old Kilpatrick is broke and will be in prison for more than 20 years.
LAKE MICHIGAN HAZARDS
Wind, waves could cause trouble along Lake Michigan
CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service has posted a lakeshore flood warning for six northern Michigan counties on Lake Michigan.
Forecasters say high winds and waves could combine to cause beach erosion and coastal flooding through Friday night. The counties are Emmet, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Antrim, Benzie and Manistee.
Swimming would be very risky. The Weather Service says people should stay off piers and jetties to avoid being swept into the water.
Much of central and northern Michigan is under a wind advisory. Winds could reach 55 mph.
ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN-NASSAR-THE LATEST
The Latest: Tearful Whitmer calls for GOP to pull Nassar ad
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is calling on the state Republican Party to stop running a digital ad that accuses her of not prosecuting serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar.
A tearful Whitmer held a news conference Friday with some local prosecutors and Nassar victims. She says she is a rape survivor herself and that the ad is “a lie.”
She says no one should politicize child sexual abuse for their gain.
Her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Bill Schuette, is airing separate TV ads in which the parents of a Nassar victim praise his work to convict the disgraced former sports doctor.
Whitmer was Ingham County’s interim prosecutor in 2016. She says it was better to let Schuette’s office bring the sexual assault charges because Nassar’s crimes extended across multiple jurisdictions.
The state GOP isn’t backing down. It says the ad “correctly” states that Whitmer had the opportunity to prosecute Nassar but failed to do so.
Michigan AG launches priest probe after Pennsylvania report
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan attorney general is asking the public to share confidential tips about possible sexual abuse by priests in the state.
Attorney General Bill Schuette’s website says a “full and complete investigation” is necessary, weeks after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania said an estimated 300 Roman Catholic priests there molested more than 1,000 children since the 1940s.
Spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said Friday the Michigan probe was prompted by the Pennsylvania report. Many states have taken similar steps . Schuette also is a Republican candidate for governor.
In a letter to WOOD-TV, Schuette’s office says it’s investigating allegations that could go back to 1950, including any cover-up by church officials.
The Archdiocese of Detroit says it welcomes the investigation. It says it has worked closely with authorities since 2002.
Explosion levels Detroit-area home; 2 critically injured
HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — Police say two people were critically injured by a suspected natural gas explosion that leveled a home in suburban Detroit and shook the surrounding neighborhood.
The explosion was reported Friday morning in Harper Woods near Interstate 94. Police say dozens of area homes and businesses were evacuated as a precaution.
Harper Woods police Chief Jim Burke says the cause is under investigation, but preliminary information suggests that the house was full of natural gas when two people approached the home and one of them opened a door. Burke says that may have caused a spark that triggered the explosion.
Burke says one person was knocked off the porch and the other was knocked to the ground. He says they were expected to survive despite being listed in critical condition.
DOW MICHIGAN OPERATIONS
Chemical company turns Michigan site into industrial park
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — DowDuPont officials plan to turn the company’s Michigan site into a multi-company industrial park.
Company officials on Thursday unveiled the plan for the 2,600-acre (1,052-hectare) Dow Michigan Operations manufacturing complex in Midland.
The chemical giants Dow and DuPont merged last year in an almost $70 billion deal.
The Midland site is home to six companies, including Dow, DuPont and Corteva Agriscience, which will split off into three distinct companies next year as part of the merger.
Jim Fitterling is CEO of Dow and COO of the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont. He says the goal of the industrial park is to facilitate collaboration, growth and inclusiveness in the region.
Fitterling says the company will look for tenants downstream from its businesses. He says tenants will have access to the park’s utilities, environmental operations and logistics services.
This story has been corrected to show that DuPont is one of the companies that will split off next year.