11.27.15:  2-day-old baby allegedly tests positive for meth



PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Michigan are investigating a couple after their 2-day-old baby allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

The Van Buren County sheriff’s office says in a release that the 35-year-old man and 25-year-old woman could face child abuse, maintaining a drug house, drug possession and other charges.

Sheriff Dale Gribler says in a release that Children’s Protective Services and deputies went to the parents’ Paw Paw Township home Tuesday to check on the newborn’s welfare.

Deputies later spoke with the parents, and found materials used to make methamphetamine after searching the home.

No arrests were made. Gribler says the case will be forwarded to prosecutors for review.


11.25.15:  Michigan, Fiat Chrysler reach deal on tax credits


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Michigan have reached a deal so the automaker must invest $1 billion in Michigan facilities to qualify for a maximum of $1.93 billion in tax credits over the next 15 years.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the amended tax agreement Tuesday. It’s the second deal with one of the Detroit Three carmakers as Gov. Rick Snyder tries to get a handle on billions in business tax credits for which the state is liable.

Many of the credits were issued during the recession to keep auto jobs in Michigan.

Economic development officials say the state will get better predictability on the size and timing of credits being claimed.

The deal revises an agreement the automaker struck with the former Michigan Economic Growth Authority in 2010.


11.25.15:  Piper the border collie temporarily off bird-chasing duties


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Piper might be down, but he’s not out.

The bird-chasing border collie is hanging out at Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport but off the runway for a couple months as he and owner Brian Edwards wait for his fractured toe to heal.

Edwards, also an airport operations supervisor says the 7-year-old dog was running after his first snowy owl of the season on Tuesday when he yelped. They were testing a new pair of dog boots designed to keep ice from collecting on Piper’s paws, and Edwards believes the boots might have tripped up Piper.

Piper has been clearing the runway at the northern Michigan airport for about a year. Edwards says the canine has chased away roughly 2,450 birds this year, including gulls, loons, ducks, geese and owls.

11.25.15:  Americans take to the roads, air


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many Americans have gotten the jump on Thanksgiving, already taking to the roads and by air to reach their holiday destinations.

Triple-A says some 46.9 million people are traveling more than 50 miles from home to celebrate Thanksgiving.

That’s an increase of more than 300,000 people over last year, and the most travelers since 2007.


An improved economy and cheaper gas prices are leading to more people traveling this Thanksgiving holiday.


If you plan to travel, you’ll notice extra police on Michigan roadways.

The annual crackdown runs through Sunday and officers will focus on impaired driving, seatbelt use, careless driving, and speeding.

Officials say Thanksgiving is Michigan’s second deadliest holiday in terms of traffic crashes.


11.24.15:  Michigan to finalize more than 120 adoptions on Adoption Day



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan courts are finalizing more than 120 adoptions during the state’s annual Adoption Day.

Five of the state’s seven Supreme Court justices are among judges participating in adoption ceremonies across Michigan on Tuesday. There are 36 events scheduled where adoptions will be finalized or informational events will be held for potential adoptive parents.

Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says the day traditionally held near Thanksgiving is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging adoptive and foster parents to step forward. He says “every child deserves a loving, forever home.”

Michigan has 13,000 children in the foster care system, including 2,400 whose parents’ rights have been terminated and have a goal of adoption. More than 1,700 Michigan children were adopted in the last fiscal year through the state or private adoption agencies.


11.24.15:  Fire truck alert app for drivers piloted in Michigan



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A new app being tested in Grand Rapids warns drivers to the presence of emergency vehicle traffic.

Cory Hohs’ app was inspired by a close call with a Chicago fire truck while he was riding a motorcycle.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department has allowed Hohs and his two partners to ride with firefighters during emergency calls as they gather research for the app.

Hohs says the technology has the potential to cut down on the thousands of crashes that occur annually in the U.S. when emergency vehicles respond to calls.

The app sends alerts via Bluetooth to a car or motorcycle helmet that an emergency vehicle is near.


If the testing goes well, the app eventually could be available elsewhere.


11.24.15:  Detroit, Austin welcome Syrian refugees despite governors


DETROIT (AP) — The mayors of Detroit and Austin are welcoming Syrian refugees despite pushback by their states’ Republican governors following the deadly attacks in Paris.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says his city can support 50 Syrian families annually for the next three years. Mayor Steve Adler says Austin has accepted three Syrian refugees in the past two years and another is coming.

The Democrats spoke during a White House-arranged conference call Monday, a week after numerous Republican governors spoke out against federal refugee policies.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has instructed refugee-resettling organizations to stop helping Syrians. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who initially lobbied for refugees, has urged a pause in the resettlement program until security concerns are addressed.

Duggan says he’s comfortable with the refugee-vetting process. Adler says refugees are terror victims.


11.23.15:  Chickenpox outbreak keeps over 35 students out of school


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — More than 35 unimmunized students at two Traverse City elementary schools will be kept out of the classroom for three weeks after a chickenpox outbreak.

Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent Paul Soma says he decided to follow a recommendation from Grand Traverse County Health Department officials and exclude those students from classes at Interlochen Community School and the Montessori program at Glenn Loomis school.

Chickenpox recently affected eight children between both schools.

She says the recommendation was to exclude the children from classes for 21 days but they could return sooner if they’re immunized or cleared by a doctor.


11.23.15:  Gas prices fall 23 cents in past week to $1.94



DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have decreased by about 23 cents in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $1.94 per gallon on Sunday. That’s about 94 cents less than it was at the same point last year.

The lowest average price was about $1.84 per gallon in the Flint area, while the highest average was about $2.06 per gallon in the Marquette area.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.


11.20.15:  Wintry weather moves into Michigan; weekend storm forecast



MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Wintry weather has made its way into Michigan, bringing hazardous driving conditions in the Upper Peninsula and predictions of weekend snow across the state.

State police say cold, snowy weather moved into northern Michigan including Marquette County on Thursday, creating treacherous driving conditions on U.S. highway 41 and elsewhere. There were at least two dozen crashes, with nine vehicles crashing in Ely Township.

Winds gusting up to 45 mph are expected to reduce visibility as up to 3 inches of fresh snow falls Friday.

In the Lower Peninsula, winter storm watches are in effect from Friday night into Sunday with 5 to 8 inches of snow forecast in the western portion of the state. The heaviest snow is expected Saturday. The Detroit area could see several inches of snow.