1.26.15:   Gas prices rise 3 cents in past week to $1.96


DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 3 cents a gallon within the past week.

The auto club says the average price per gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $1.96 on Sunday. That’s about $1.35 less than it was a year ago.

It marks the fourth consecutive week the statewide average price has remained below $2.

Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel costs at 2,800 Michigan gas stations. It says the cheapest price was about $1.91 in the Marquette area, while the highest price was about $1.99 in the Traverse City area.

According to the most recent AAA report, Michigan placed eighth in the nation for the least expensive average gas prices.

1.26.15:  Police investigating body found in New Buffalo Township


NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police are investigating the death of a woman found near railroad tracks in Berrien County.

According to a press release, the body was found Sunday afternoon outside of a residence in New Buffalo Township. The release says the victim is a black woman in her 30s or 40s.

Police say the victim wasn’t hit by a train because there aren’t any signs of trauma. Investigators believe the body was placed there and the victim may be from out of state due to the location’s proximity to Interstate 94.

Investigators haven’t identified the victim and are currently searching missing person records.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at a facility in Grand Rapids.


1.26.15:  Coyotes kill sheriff’s mounted division horse


LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an attack by coyotes has killed a horse from the Lapeer County sheriff’s department mounted division.

The attack took place around 3 p.m. Sunday at a farm along the line between Lapeer and Oakland counties.

Lt. Bruce Osmon, head of the mounted unit, says the horse was feeding around 20 feet from a barn and 70 feet from a home at the time.

Osmon says the attack was “pretty aggressive,” given the close proximity of the home. He says dogs chased off the coyotes. Sheriff’s officials from Lapeer and Oakland counties responded along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


1.26.15:  Larceny of snow plows from business


Sunday, January 25, 2015, the Kent County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a larceny in progress at 1235 76th Street SW, in Byron Township.

The business owner reported around 8:30 a.m. that 3 suspects had stolen a snow plow from the business and fled in a vehicle.

A short time later deputies made a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and all 3 suspects were apprehended.

The investigation revealed that the suspects had stolen several snow plows throughout the night and were in at least 2 different counties.

Several snow plows and other items were recovered during the investigation.

1.26.15:  Michigan State, Rwanda collaborate on women in agribusiness


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University and the University of Rwanda are teaming up to start a master of science degree program aimed at helping women in the East African nation get a stronger foothold in agribusiness.

The first students begin classes in February in the capital of Kigali under the program, jointly developed with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Rwanda is the most densely populated country in mainland Africa, about the size of Maryland but with a population of 12 million. Last year, it marked the 20th anniversary of a 100-day genocide in which majority Hutus killed about 1 million people, mainly members of the Tutsi minority.

Officials say they hope the program makes a significant contribution to developing Rwanda’s rich agricultural potential.

1.26.15:  A blizzard for parts of Northeast


UNDATED (AP) — Some parts of the Northeast could get up to 2 feet of snow between today and tomorrow, as a nor’easter gets ready to pound the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning and the flight tracking site FlightAware says already more than 1,700 flights have been canceled.

Boston could get up to 24 inches of snow. Hartford, Connecticut could get 30 and Providence, Rhode Island is expecting as much as 27 inches of snow.


Meanwhile, utility crews from Michigan are heading to the Northeast to be in place to assist in dealing with power outages expected from the major storm.

More than 50 utility crew members, technicians, mechanic, and supervisors from around Michigan plant to leave today to travel east.  They will travel initially to New York state and then go where they are needed.

1.23.15:  Rockford Public School Supt. says schools are safe


Multiple threats have been made over the last several months against Rockford Public Schools.

The superintendent, Dr. Mark Shibler, wants the community to know that their schools are safe and to get his message across he turned to YouTube.

Shiber addressed parents, students and staff about the ongoing investigation of previous threats. He says they are being treated seriously and detectives are looking into each case and tracing calls.  A reward has also been issued.


Several other West Michigan schools have dealt with similar false threats in recent months.

1.23.15:  3 contestants win annual Pure Michigan Hunt contest


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three contestants have been named winners of the sixth annual Pure Michigan Hunt and will receive a number of licenses and more than $4,000 worth of gear.

The Department of Natural Resources says the winners are Mike DiLorenzo of Rochester, Jason Eurich of Saginaw and Michael Sikkenga of Whitehall.

Each winner receives elk, bear, spring and fall turkey, and antlerless deer licenses to be used this year.

Also, they get first pick opening morning of the waterfowl season at any of Michigan’s premier Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas.

Among the gear donated by businesses and organizations are hunting garments, a camouflage pop-up blind, a shotgun, a crossbow, guided hunts and gift cards.

The next application period begins March 1. The contest helps fund wildlife habitat restoration.

1.23.15:  Pinckney schools installing cameras in 10 school buses


PINCKNEY, Mich. (AP) — The Pinckney Community Schools district is moving forward with a plan to mount cameras inside 10 of its school buses.

The purchase of the camera kits was recently approved by the Pinckney Board of Education. Superintendent Rick Todd says the kits cost a little more than $21,000. He says that it’s a good time to invest in the technology because the price of cameras has dropped dramatically over the past decade.

Each kit includes four little cameras that will be placed in different spots throughout the bus. Todd says the cameras will record situations that may occur on the bus and improve safety for students.

The cameras are expected to arrive within the next couple weeks.

1.23.15:  Kalamazoo students defend district amid textbook criticism



KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Several Kalamazoo students turned out at a school board meeting to dispute allegations by a man who held a hunger strike to highlight what he believes is a problem with the district’s textbook policies.


Six Loy Norrix High School students went to the podium Thursday to say they weren’t getting an inferior education from the public school district. A recent Norrix graduate and a Norrix parent joined them.


Their comments came after Kris Mbah, who says students can’t take textbooks home, ended a nine-day hunger strike. He urged people to pack the board meeting, but no one spoke in his support.


District administrators say some classes have textbooks normally kept in the classroom, but students are allowed to check them out to take home.