ELECTION 2022-GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN
Former Detroit police chief runs for governor amid protests
DETROIT (AP) – Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig formally announced his campaign for governor, but not before protesters derailed his inaugural event at a state park and forced him to move. He is one of 10 Republicans, all newcomers to politics, seeking to overthrow the Democratic governor. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022. Craig was supposed to speak to the media on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River in his hometown, but abandoned that plan when a couple dozen people vociferously criticized his role as boss. He made the announcement a short time later at a nearby office complex.
Judge revokes bail of state legislator in case of drunk driving
LANSING, me. (AP) – Rep. Jewell Jones was taken into custody after a judge revoked his bond in a drunk driving case. Prosecutors accused the Inkster Democrat of violating bail conditions by tampering with an alcohol monitor on his ankle. Jones, 26, has been in and out of Livingston County courthouse since April, when he was charged with drunk driving and other crimes. In court Tuesday, Jones took responsibility for testing positive for alcohol on Sept. 3 and tampering with the monitor on Labor Day. Judge Michael Hatty set another hearing for Friday.
Ford sends $ 500 checks to evacuated Flat Rock homes
FLAT ROCK, me. (AP) – Ford Motor Co. says it will send checks for $ 500 to all households that were evacuated from a southeastern Michigan city due to a gasoline leak from the automaker’s plant to the community sewer system. Detroit News reports that the checks would total a total of dollars. 600,000 for 1,200 displaced households. The leak from Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant was first detected on August 30 and appeared to have started no earlier than August 26. That’s what Bob Holycross, Ford’s vice president of sustainability, environmental and safety engineering, said at a news conference. Tuesday. , Says Ford believes the 1,400 gallons of gasoline leaked during that time
DETROIT COUNCIL INVESTIGATION
FBI Obtained Records Of Towing And Other Doctors In Detroit City Hall Raid
DETROIT (AP) – Federal investigators who searched Detroit City Hall last month seized electronics, payroll documents and records related to the vehicle towing. The Detroit News says the items were included in a search warrant inventory obtained through a public records request. The search focused on an office that belonged to Councilman Scott Benson. Agents searched City Hall on August 25, as well as the homes of Benson and Councilwoman Janeé Ayers. Benson’s attorney, Steve Fishman, says he has done nothing wrong. Ayers has not commented. The city council is considering changes to the way the city hires towing companies using competitive bids.
FINANCING OF VIRUS OUTBREAKS AND RESCUE
Whitmer: Use $ 1.4 Billion to Expand Healthcare Access, Build Facilities
LANSING, me. (AP) – The governor. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed spending $ 1.4 billion in federal pandemic funds to expand healthcare and infrastructure, including to strengthen access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health laboratory. The proposal, if approved by the Republican Legislature, would represent more than a fifth of Michigan’s $ 6.5 billion in discretionary bailout funds approved by Congress and President Joe Biden. Whitmer wants $ 335 million in grants to improve access to treatment for autism, behavioral health and substance abuse.
Pizza Entrepreneur Jailed for Loan Scheme Fraud
MUNICIPALITY OF MACOMB, I. (AP) – A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Mike Bischoff admits to committing fraud while seeking more than $ 900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic. Bischoff is the co-founder of Passport Pizza. Bischoff was charged with receiving $ 594,000 from lenders after giving false information about his payroll and the number of employees. Defense attorney James Thomas acknowledged that Bischoff “cheated” during a stressful time for his business and personal life. It says that the money has been refunded.
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL LEAKS ON THE ROAD
Highway in Indiana, Michigan reopens after chemical spill
FREMONT, Ind. (AP) – A highway in northeastern Indiana and southern Michigan reopened after a chemical leak forced it to close. Steuben County Emergency Management Chancellor Randy Brown told WANE-TV that a tanker truck leaked approximately 6,000 gallons (22,712 liters) of liquid nitric acid after a valve broke at a truck stop in Fremont. , Indiana. Interstate 69 in both states closed around 10 a.m. Tuesday and reopened Tuesday afternoon. Brown said the chemical spilled into a ditch along the highway. Lime was being applied to the liquid in the trench. Some nearby secondary roads were also closed.
Cuke Caper: Vegetables Taken from a Community Garden for Seniors
MUNICIPALITY OF CLINTON, Yo. (AP) – Watch out for product poachers. Hundreds of pounds of vegetables were stolen from a community garden in suburban Detroit. The garden is outside the senior center in Clinton Township of Macomb County. Assistant Principal Debbie Travis says the video shows someone riding a bike at night, followed by lots of flashlights. The gardeners were stumped when they returned to check the plants after Labor Day weekend. No more tomatoes and cucumbers. Last year, more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables were produced, with the majority going to food pantries. Travis says that the garden is “like a playground for the elderly.”
GM to invest $ 50 million in education, jobs and neighborhoods in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors plans to invest $ 50 million by 2025 to help improve Detroit’s access to education, employment opportunities and the city’s neighborhoods. The automaker said Tuesday that it is working with the city on the initiative and that the funding will go through Detroit-based nonprofits. Grants announced Tuesday include $ 1.25 million to connect residents to a comprehensive digital support system that includes Internet connectivity and devices; $ 1 million to support employment, health and wellness resources; $ 1 million to address transportation barriers for workers; and $ 750,000 to provide critical literacy education for students at two high schools and to support adults in a family literacy center.
Report: Loss of soil strength likely caused dams to collapse
MIDLAND, me. (AP) – A sudden loss of soil strength in saturated conditions likely caused the dams to collapse last year and contributed to flooding that forced about 10,000 people to evacuate. That’s according to an interim report commissioned by federal regulators and released Monday. A five-member independent forensic team said there is “strong evidence” that the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams during steady rain in May 2020 stemmed from static liquefaction. The report says that is the “most plausible primary mechanism for failure.” The 42-page interim report says the team “has essentially completed” the investigation into the physical mechanism of the fault, but “the human factors assessment is still in progress.” A final report is pending.