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8.21.14:  Small tornado touches down southeast Michigan

 

LENOX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a small tornado briefly touched down in southeastern Michigan, causing some property damage but no injuries.

 

Meteorologist Bryan Tilley tells The Detroit News that the funnel cloud with winds reaching 75 miles per hour touched down about 3 p.m. Wednesday in Macomb County’s Lenox Township. The area is about 4 miles northwest of New Haven and about 30 miles north-northeast of Detroit.

 

Township fire department Assistant Chief Martin Hartway says the winds damaged four homes and three other buildings, including barns. He says no one was hurt.


8.21.14:  US giving $750,000 for flood aid

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Michigan $750,000 in disaster aid to help pay for repairs and reconstruction of roads damaged in the severe flooding that hit the southeastern corner of the state.

 

Stabenow said in a statement Wednesday that the funds are “an important first step in helping southeast Michigan rebuild from last week’s serious flooding.”

 

Rain topping 6 inches in spots fell in metropolitan Detroit on Aug. 10, flooding tens of thousands of homes and shutting down much of the region’s expressway system for days.

 

Levin says he and Stabenow “will continue working with other agencies for additional assistance to help everyone get back on track.”

 


8.20.14:  5 plan to cross Lake Michigan on paddle boards

 

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — Five Michigan friends who enjoy watersports plan to cross Lake Michigan by stand-up paddleboard to raise money to benefit the Great Lakes.

 

The Petoskey News-Review reports that Kwin Morris, Andrew Prichard, Jeff Guy, Joe Lorenz and J. Mueller hope to make the 60-mile trip from Algoma, Wisconsin, to Frankfort, Michigan, by Labor Day. They have trained for the trip since December. They are looking for a day with good weather for the trip that they expect to take about 24 hours.

 

Their aim is to raise $10,000 for Alliance for the Great Lakes. A support boat will follow them with supplies and a crew that includes a medic. They will carry food and water on their boards.

 

The group’s website is www.standupforgreatlakes.com.


8.20.14:  Boy dies 2 days after Muskegon River tube accident

 

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy who was pulled unconscious from the Muskegon River after a weekend tubing accident has died.

 

The teen was taking part in an outing in Big Rapids with young people from the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs on Saturday afternoon.

 

The mosque in the Detroit suburb of Canton says on its website that Abid Malick died Tuesday. It says his funeral will be at the mosque on Thursday.

 

Big Rapids Public Safety Director Andrea Nerbonne says group members were tubing in the river behind Big Rapids Middle School about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when the teen fell from his tube. She says the boy was pulled from the river near the mouth of Mitchell Creek and airlifted to Grand Rapids Spectrum Health.


8.18.14:  Gas prices fall 9 cents in past week

 

DEARBON, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state dropped about 9 cents in the last week.

 

The auto club says that the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was $3.50 on Sunday. That’s about 7 cents less than one year ago.

 

Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys fuel costs at 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily. It says the cheapest price was $3.41 a gallon in the Lansing-East Lansing area and the most expensive was $3.61 in the Marquette area.

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8.18.14:  Boy critical after Muskegon River tubing accident

 

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was pulled unconscious from the Muskegon River after a tubing accident.

 

Big Rapids Public Safety Director Andrea Nerbonne says in a statement that the teen was taking part in an outing with the youth group from the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs on Saturday afternoon.

 

Nerbonne says group members were tubing in the river behind Big Rapids Middle School about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he fell from his tube. She says the boy was pulled from the river near the mouth of Mitchell Creek and airlifted to Grand Rapids Spectrum Health.

 

The group is based in the Detroit suburb of Canton and says on its website that he’s in critical condition and asks that people give charity in his name. He wasn’t immediately identified.


8.15.14  Cooperation Could Lead to Billions Saved for US/Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan and the federal government are partnering to launch a new unit to investigate and crack down on Social Security disability fraud.

Disability fraud can involve filing multiple applications, concealing work or other activities, and exaggerating or lying about disabilities.

The Social Security Administration has been doing cooperative disability investigations since 1997 and estimates $2.8 billion in savings to Social Security programs. Another $1.8 billion in savings are projected in related federal and state programs.

Government officials will detail their plans Friday in Detroit. Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan and Social Security administrators are expected to attend a media briefing.

The cooperative disability investigations program consists of 25 units covering 21 states and Puerto Rico.


8.8.14:  Police seek suspect after train cars derail

 

 

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a person who threw a switch at a train yard in Battle Creek, causing five freight cars to derail and leading to about $100,000 in damage.

 

No injuries were reported following the 9 p.m. Thursday derailment.

 

Rail workers saw a man run to a truck and drive off following the derailment. Police say the full-size, red pickup was hauling a trailer carrying mowers and lawn equipment. Police are seeking tips from the public.

 


8.8.14:  2 big yard sales offer bargains across Michigan

 

DETROIT (AP) — Yard sale fans will be able to pick up bargains across Michigan over the coming days as part of two big events.

 

Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale and the Yard Sale Trail offer a combined 362 miles of bargains and festivals on Friday through Sunday.

 

Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale covers 212 miles from Port Huron to New Buffalo on the Heritage Trail along U.S. 12 across southern Michigan. The event, which is in its 11th year, includes festivals and other events.

 

The 12th annual Yard Sale Trail takes place from Port Austin to Algonac, along a more than 150-mile stretch.

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8.7.14:  Michigan parks offering s’mores for meteor gazers