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Whitmer’s veto on book scholarships sparks debate over vouchers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto on $ 155 million in proposed spending on reading scholarships for students has drawn further criticism from opponents who say it has resolved the loss of learning associated with the pandemic; and the approval of those who compare grants against supporting documents. The Democratic governor has slammed the Republican-backed curriculum while signing a $ 17 billion school budget this month. It was reportedly funded with federal COVID-19 assistance. The Republican-controlled House tried unsuccessfully to override the veto last week. Funding was reportedly given to Grand Valley State University to provide up to $ 1,000 each to public students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 who are not proficient in reading.


Tornadoes confirmed near Flint, Detroit; The 1000 lose power

DETROIT (AP) – The National Weather Service said tornadoes struck near Detroit and near Flint on Saturday night. He said two EF-1 tornadoes hit Clayton Township in Genesee County around 6:30 p.m. and Oakland County around 7:45 p.m. Damage from both storms was consistent with winds of 100 mph (161 kilometers per hour). The two tornadoes traveled approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometers), damaging trees. One person was slightly injured.


Michigan County Officials to Return Virus Bonuses

CORUNNA, Michigan (AP) – Elected officials in a conservative Michigan county who gave themselves bonuses of $ 65,000 with federal COVID-19 relief assistance said they would return the money after days of criticism . Shiawassee County Commissioners decided to act after the prosecutor declared the payments illegal. The Michigan Constitution prohibits additional compensation for elected officials after services have been rendered. The commissioners, all Republicans, voted to award themselves $ 65,000 as part of a larger plan to give money to 250 county employees. It has been described as a “risk premium” to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.


Decades later, police are still trying to elucidate fisherman’s death

MERRITT, Mich. (AP) – A man fishing near a dam in Missaukee County has not returned home. More than 30 years later, the police are still trying to find out who shot him. John Skamelka was killed while fishing near the Reedsburg Dam near Lake Houghton in July 1989. Det. Sgt. Doug Baumann of the State Police says that “it’s really just a thriller” at this point. First responders believed Skamelka had suffered a heart attack, but later found he had been shot. His wallet was missing. Police obtained a description of a vehicle and a man with long hair and “greasy” facial hair. Skamelka’s son Philip regularly visits his father’s grave near Midland. He says someone knows what happened.


Climate Council to discuss energy intensive industries

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Energy-intensive industries should be discussed by a council advising the state on a climate plan. The Council on Climate Solutions is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and meet once a month until December. The Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says the board is working with the Department and the Office of Climate and Energy to develop an effective and equitable strategy to achieve the economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed 14 Michigan residents to the board, which also includes representatives from several state departments. He will advise EGLE in the formation of Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate Plan.


Police: man injured after shooting undercover agents

DETROIT (AP) – Undercover agents targeting illegal street racing injured a man who shot them in the east of the city. The shooting took place on Friday evening after the man’s vehicle nearly collided with police officers’ unmarked vehicle. Detroit Police said on Saturday that officers followed the vehicle, but before a marked police car arrived to help, the vehicle pulled over and the man came out with a gun. The policemen identified themselves as policemen and told the man to drop the gun. Police said he shot them and they fired back. He was treated in a hospital and then taken to a police detention center. No officer was injured.


Empower black men at the center of the barbershop competition

DETROIT (AP) – Community-focused hair salons in the Detroit area can compete for a grant of $ 10,000 as part of a program designed to educate and empower African American men. Applications are being accepted until August 9 from state-certified barber shop owners for the Ford Men of Courage Barbershop Challenge. Hair salon owners are invited to submit innovative community proposals designed to stimulate positive socio-economic mobility in their community. Up to three finalists will compete over a six-month period in developing a community engagement program for adults and youth. The challenge is part of the Ford Men of Courage initiative to build communities by advancing the narrative of black men through storytelling, educational events and other programming.


Michigan resident says noose in window is for politicians

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A white man in western Michigan says a noose he placed in a window was a statement against corrupt politicians and had nothing to do with race. WOOD-TV reported on Friday that someone took a photo of the noose in a second-story window at Greg Kazemier’s home in Grand Rapids and posted it to social media on Thursday. officials in Washington. The noose of an executioner is symbolic of the lynching of black people, primarily in the southern states, and dates back to the nation’s slavery past and the Jim Crow era. It is mainly used now in intimidation and fear efforts.


Vintage game in Fort Mackinac pays homage to “baseball”

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) – Players who pay homage to the way baseball was once played should take to the field behind historic Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island. The Fort Mackinac Never Sweats face the Rochester Grangers on Saturday night in the annual baseball game which will be played bare-handed and by gentleman’s rules. Mackinac State Historic Parks says fort soldiers used the land as early as the 1870s, and local residents and summer workers played baseball on the “fort’s ball fields” throughout the 20th century. Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Emeritus Phil Porter said soldiers at the fort were playing “baseball” on the field. The vintage game debuted in 2003.


Renovations planned for the former Negro League stadium

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) – A stadium that once housed the Detroit Stars of the Negro League will undergo renovations. Wayne County Commissioners have approved a $ 850,000 grant proposal from County Director Warren Evans for work on the historic Hamtramck Stadium. Hamtramck is an enclave of Detroit. The $ 2.6 million restoration project is also funded by various foundations and other groups. Renovations are scheduled to begin this summer and will include a new roof over the stadium’s grandstand and restored seats. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The county says Hamtramck Stadium opened in 1930. The Stars were among three Black League teams to play at the stadium.

The Associated Press