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No excessive radiation at Detroit River aggregate spill site

Michigan officials say no excessive radiation was detected in tests at an industrial site where construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River. Staffers with the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy took radiological measurements Friday and sampled river water at the Detroit Bulk Storage property in southwest Detroit. The release of crushed limestone happened Nov. 26 when part of a seawall collapsed. Officials say the spill isn’t expected to pose any danger to drinking water quality.


Detroit police officer suspended after cop’s death retires

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer has retired after being suspended for failing to take charge of an incident that led to another officer’s fatal shooting. An attorney for Sgt. Ronald Kidd says he had post-traumatic stress disorder on the night of the shooting. Officer Rasheen McClain was killed on Nov. 20 while investigating a home invasion. Detroit Chief James Craig accused Kidd of “cowardice.”  Meanwhile, police from across the country attended McLain’s funeral on Friday. Craig called him an “American hero who will never be forgotten.” The fatal shooting came a few weeks after two off-duty Georgia officers were fired for running from gunfire at a party.


Whitmer directs flags to half-staff for Pearl Harbor Day

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday to honor the 2,400 Americans who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. She says “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day serves as a reminder of the courage and bravery of the men and women at Pearl Harbor, and honors the thousands of Americans who paid the ultimate price during the attack. To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day. Flags should return to full-staff on Sunday.  


Salvation Army red kettles disappear inside two businesses

OWOSSO, Mich, (AP) — Two Salvation Army red kettles, a fundraising tradition in December, have disappeared in Shiawassee County. The Argus-Press reports that the kettles were on counters inside a Big Boy restaurant in Caledonia Township and Rollin’ Smokes in Owosso. They were among 100 kettles placed inside local businesses in addition to the outdoor kettles. Lt. Justin Steckbauer of the Salvation Army says “it hurts.” The kettles probably had a few hundred dollars.


Rapper Obie Trice arrested after suburban Detroit shooting

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a rapper who was part of Eminem’s Shady Records has been arrested after an 18-year-old man was shot at a Detroit-area home. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Obie Trice was jailed Friday after deputies took him into custody and secured a pistol he was ordered to drop. Sheriff’s officials say Trice and his girlfriend were fighting at the Commerce Township home and the woman’s son intervened. A sheriff’s release says as the woman and her son tried to leave, Trice retrieved a gun that discharged during a struggle between him and the teen. He was shot in the groin and taken to a hospital.


Energy company leaves debris in Michigan, delays report

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian-based energy transportation company’s preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Michigan, which left debris in the waterway. Petosky News-Review reports that Enbridge Energy had been collecting rock and soil samples, which it finished Sept. 12. But documents obtained by the newspaper show that the company did not report the incident to Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy until Nov. 19. The tunnel would enclose the Straits of Mackinac’s portion of the 66-year-old pipeline, which is also known as Enbridge Line 5. It runs from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario. 


Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown volume of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says the release happened Nov. 26 after an apparent collapse of a dock or shoreline at the Detroit Bulk Storage property. The stage agency plans to investigate the area from a boat Friday.


Trump announces Dec. 18 reelection rally in Michigan

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump will campaign for reelection in Michigan a week before Christmas. His campaign announced Thursday that he will host a “Merry Christmas” rally on Dec. 18 in Battle Creek. The evening event will be held at the Kellogg Arena.  Trump’s announcement came a day after Vice President Mike Pence visited three cities in western Michigan. Pence vowed that he and Trump would be in Michigan “again and again and again.” Trump last visited Michigan in March, when he held a rally in Grand Rapids.


Michigan victims wrongly accused of fraud win again in court

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Residents who were falsely accused of defrauding Michigan’s unemployment benefits system have won another legal victory. The state appeals court ruled Thursday that their lawsuit seeking damages from the state should proceed. The 3-0 decision came after the Michigan Supreme Court in April decided in favor of the plaintiffs on a separate issue. Between 2013 and 2015, a disastrous automated computer system at Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency wrongly accused thousands of people of collecting excessive benefits based on discrepancies in reported earnings, hours worked and other information.


Amid scandal, UAW leaders name Rory Gamble as president

DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers union’s executive board have voted to make Acting President Rory Gamble the union’s top leader. He will serve the remainder of former President Gary Jones’ term, which runs until June of 2022. He was named acting president when Jones stepped down last month after being implicated in a widening embezzlement and bribery scandal at the union. Gamble successfully led negotiations this year on a new contract with Ford Motor. Before that, he served as director of a regional office near Detroit.