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5.31.16:  Statewide average gas prices rise 12 cents

 

 

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 12 cents a gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says late Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.50 per gallon. That’s about 16 cents less than it was at the same point last year.

The lowest average price was about $2.45 per gallon in the Marquette area, while the highest average was about $2.54 per gallon in the Ann Arbor area.

AAA says interruptions in crude oil deliveries to refineries due to Canadian fires and refinery maintenance contributed to the increase. Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder took steps to ease the gas supply crunch.

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

 


5.31.16:  Vandals damage cemetery linked to Revolutionary War solider

 

 

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — Some headstones are in pieces at a cemetery in southeastern Michigan that was the original burial site of a Revolutionary War soldier and his family.

Groundskeeper Ron Klingel says it’s a “terrible shame.” The Vreeland cemetery in Flat Rock, south of Detroit, was started by Michael Vreeland after the Revolutionary War. He was buried there and eventually was moved. But other descendants who served in wars are buried at Vreeland.

The Flat Rock Historical Society says the cemetery was restored in 2014 with financial help from the city. The group says headstones that were “meticulously repaired a few years ago are again in pieces.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Flat Rock police.

 


5.31.16:  Engineers to present new data on Flint water quality

 

 

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Virginia Tech professor who helped uncover the lead contamination of drinking water in Flint, Michigan, is preparing to release data that he says will show the water’s condition is getting better.

Marc Edwards has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday with three other civil and environmental engineers. He says they will present independently produced information on amounts of chloroform and other disinfection byproducts in the water.

They’ll also discuss continued sampling of the water for the bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease.

Edwards has clashed with an activist group founded by actor Mark Ruffalo over whether Flint’s water is safe for bathing and showering. Edwards says it is, while Ruffalo’s group says there is no clear answer.

 


5.31.16:  Statewide average gas prices rise 12 cents

 

 

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 12 cents a gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says late Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.50 per gallon. That’s about 16 cents less than it was at the same point last year.

The lowest average price was about $2.45 per gallon in the Marquette area, while the highest average was about $2.54 per gallon in the Ann Arbor area.

AAA says interruptions in crude oil deliveries to refineries due to Canadian fires and refinery maintenance contributed to the increase. Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder took steps to ease the gas supply crunch.

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

 


5.31.16:  Boy, 5, dies after going under water at Michigan lake

 

 

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old boy has died after being pulled from a lake in southeastern Michigan.

Columbia Township Police Chief David Elwell tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot divers recovered the boy Monday night about two and a half hours after he went missing.

Elwell says the boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to a press release, witnesses and family reported the boy waded from shore to a boat where a relative was. The relative attempted to save the boy when she saw him go under the water, but lost sight of him.

The boy’s family lives in Columbia Township. He was not immediately identified.

 


5.30.16:  Man missing in Gull Lake

 

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Dive crews were called to search a lake in southwestern Michigan for the body of a Kalamazoo man who jumped in to try to rescue his 15-year-old son.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas says the teen started struggling while swimming and the man jumped in to help him about 2 p.m. Saturday. A second person jumped in and was able to assist the teen back to the pontoon boat.

When they turned to grab the father, he was gone.

The 15-year-old was taken to Borgess Medical Center for treatment and is expected to recover.

 

Dive crews were able to find the body of 39-year-old Danyelle Phillips in the southeast portion of the lake around 8 pm. Sunday.

 


5.30.16:  Coast Guard still working on plan to free grounded freighter

 

 

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is working on plans on how it will try to free a freighter that ran aground in Whitefish Bay off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Yaw says the Coast Guard on Sunday was continuing to monitor the safety of the crew of the Roger Blough and to monitor for any environmental problems. Yaw says work is being done to determine the best and safest way to remove the vessel from the reef. He says that could involve unloading some cargo from the ship.

He says there is no timetable for how long it will take. The ship ran aground on Friday.

 


5-27-16 Last Minute Sites Still Available for Memorial Day

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say plenty of sites remain available at Michigan state park campgrounds for the Memorial Day weekend.

The Department of Natural Resources says campground reservations are up 12 percent over last year. Parks and recreation chief Ron Olson says that’s a good sign for the state’s tourism industry and suggests the summer season is off to a good start.

But there’s still room for more campers.

Michigan’s 102 state parks offer a variety of modern, semi-modern and rustic camping sites and lodging options.

Many are located on a river or lake and provide recreation opportunities such as kayaking, bicycling, fishing and hiking. Select parks also have disc golf and boat rentals.

For more information, see http://www.michigan.gov/stateforestcampgrounds or call 1-800-44PARKS.

 


5-27-16 Women Claims Religious Rights Violated in West Michigan.  Company Sites Safety Rules

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Muslim woman says she was demoted in her work at an Amway plant in western Michigan and had her hours cut because of her religious head covering.

The Detroit News reports the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan and Ohio offices sued this week in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, saying Aaminah Ussabur faced complaints about the traditional Muslim head scarf, known as a hijab.

The lawsuit against staffing agency ManpowerGroup and direct-sales giant Amway Corp. says Ussabur’s civil rights were violated and seeks punitive damages, back pay and benefits.

Amway says the case involves a safety issue, since workers at the pressure packaging plant aren’t allowed to wear things that may get tangled in a machine.

ManpowerGroup says it typically doesn’t comment on individual personnel matters.

 


5-27-16 Water Flushing in Flint; Some Residents Unsure

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Officials are asking Flint residents to flush the pipes in their homes every day for two weeks to help the Michigan city recover from its lead-tainted water crisis.

But not all residents believe the effort will have its intended effect of helping to remove lead particles and coat the pipes in the city of 100,000.

Lifelong resident Tammy Brewer runs the faucets daily in the bathroom and kitchen of her house. The 54-year-old predicts flushing the pipes won’t help much and says she’s doing it simply “because you have to try everything.”

The state is paying all Flint water bills in May to encourage the practice.

Experts are concerned people leery of using the water haven’t been running enough of it to rid the system of lead.