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1964 BABY KIDNAPPING

Boy kidnapped in 1964 found through ancestry sites

CHICAGO (AP) — A Michigan man recently identified as the newborn boy snatched from his mother in 1964 by someone posing as a maternity-ward nurse was found through ancestry websites after the man or a child of his submitted DNA to the sites to learn more about their family tree. That’s according to genetic genealogist CeCe Moore who played a role in the discovery. She told The Associated Press Friday that she and an adopted son of the Fronczaks submitted DNA from one of the kidnapped boy’s close relatives to the ancestry sites in 2014. They finally got a notification last year through one of the sites that there was a match. 

LAWMAKER CHARGED

Appeals court: State right to toss Inman recall petitions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a group trying to remove indicted state Rep. Larry Inman from office. The court agreed Friday with officials who disqualified recall petitions that had a missing word. In a 2-1 ruling, the court says petitions must strictly comply with wording approved by the state. Nearly 14,000 signatures were submitted to force a recall election for Inman, a Traverse City-area Republican whom a jury acquitted of lying to the FBI. Jurors deadlocked on other charges related to an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign donations. He may be tried again.

OFFICIAL ARRESTED-DETROIT

Pittsburgh-area official to face 2nd trial in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area official accused of obstructing police at a Detroit hotel will face a second trial in April on the felony charge. A jury in November couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of Chelsa Wagner, the elected controller in Allegheny County. She was acquitted of disturbing the peace, a separate misdemeanor. Wagner, a Democrat, was accused of interfering with police as officers tried to remove her husband from the Westin Book Cadillac hotel last March. They were in Detroit to attend a concert. A judge set a new trial for April 20.

SPORTS BETTING

Whitmer signs bills to legalize sports, online gambling

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to legalize sports betting and internet gambling. The laws enacted Friday take effect immediately, but wagering won’t start for a number of months because casinos need to obtain state licenses. Lawmakers are hopeful sports bets can be placed by the start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in March. New tax revenue generated from sports betting and internet gambling will go to public schools and a fund for firefighters who get cancer. Commercial casinos in Detroit and tribal casinos will be able to offer online gambling and sports betting.

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Trump adviser: Expect more aggressive poll watching in 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s top re-election advisers says Republicans plan to make more aggressive use of Election Day monitoring of polling places. Justin Clark discussed strategies for 2020 in wide-ranging remarks to influential Republicans in Wisconsin in an audiotape obtained by The Associated Press. The recording includes Clark saying Republicans have “traditionally” suppressed votes in places before he goes on to talk about “protecting our voters.” Clark told AP in a follow-up interview that his remarks referred to false accusations that the GOP engages in voter suppression and he wasn’t describing a strategy for the upcoming race.

WHITE HOUSE-CHRISTMAS BOOK ARTIST

White House Christmas Book illustrated by artist in Detroit

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The annual picture book that is given away to White House visitors each December is being illustrated by a Detroit-area artist. According to the Detroit Free Press, the White House called Jennifer Baghdoian after first lady Melania Trump liked her work. After a private tour of the White House, Baghdoian based her illustrations on shots of the furniture, architecture, ornaments and even what was baking in the White House kitchen. This year’s book will feature Baghdoian’s illustration of an apple pie, shown beside the official White House recipe.

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AP WAS THERE: 1964 Baby Kidnapping

CHICAGO (AP) — Two weeks after the abduction 55 years ago of 2-day-old Paul Joseph Fronczak, his parents discussed on the eve of Mother’s Day their hopes that their son would be returned to them. It was not to be. Two years later came the discovery of a young boy found abandoned in New Jersey. Dora and Chester Fronczak Jr. believed the boy was their missing son and adopted him, only to learn in 2013 that DNA testing determined he was not. Reports now suggest a man living in Michigan may be the Paul Fronczak abducted in 1964. 

MICHIGAN BUDGET

Whitmer OKs bills to restore vetoed spending, fund prisons

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed spending bills to restore some funding she vetoed and to fund some of her priorities that weren’t included in the budget she signed months ago. The Democrat said Friday that the $574 million supplemental legislation is a “good deal” that includes essential funding for public health, safety and education. The laws reinstate funding for charter schools, rural K-12 districts, tuition assistance at private colleges, jails, hospitals, sheriff’s deputies and local governments. Whitmer had vetoed $947 million in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature after both sides failed to reach a budget agreement in September.

TRUMP-DINGELL

Some in GOP want Trump apology for denigrating late Dingell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Donald Trump’s staunchest GOP allies say he should apologize for attacking the late Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan. On Wednesday night as the Democratic-led House impeached him, Trump said from a rally in Michigan that the World War II veteran Dingell might be “looking up” from hell. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says the president should apologize. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said Dingell had served the country well. The White House says Trump was “”just riffing.” The swipe came right after every House Republican voted against impeaching Trump. Dingell’s widow, Rep. Debbie Dingell, called the comments “hurtful.”

1964 BABY KIDNAPPING

Reports indicate Michigan man may be baby abducted in 1964

CHICAGO (AP) — The 1964 kidnapping of a newborn boy from a Chicago hospital is drawing attention again, more than 55 years later. Two television stations report this week that an adult man living in Michigan may be the abducted child. Paul Joseph Fronczak was abducted when he was less than two days old. Authorities believed they had reunited him with his family two years later when an abandoned boy was found in New Jersey. But the FBI reopened its investigation decades later when DNA tests revealed the found boy was not in fact the abducted Paul.