AP-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
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DETROIT — Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. In the Nov. 6 election, voters by a wide margin endorsed recreational use by adults who are at least 21. The move comes 10 years after voters approved marijuana to alleviate the effects of certain illnesses. Many supporters believe that decadelong experience, as well as similar legalization efforts in other states, led to victory at the ballot box. “It’s certainly going to smell like freedom,” starting Thursday, said Detroit lawyer Matt Abel, who specializes in marijuana law and whose office sign says, “cannabis counsel.” By Ed White. SENT: 560 words, photo.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The votes won’t be cast for another four years, yet Democrats already appear likely to gain seats in Missouri’s Republican-dominated Legislature in 2022. The reason: a one-of-its kind redistricting initiative approved by voters in the recent midterm elections. On Nov. 6, voters in Colorado, Michigan and Utah joined Missouri in approving new redistricting systems. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.
— GEORGE HW BUSH-MICHIGAN: Gov. Rick Snyder has joined President Donald Trump in ordering all U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff for 30 days in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. SENT: 110 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
DETROIT — Michigan businesses are discharging large amounts of chemical contaminants into the state’s waterways every day, according to a newspaper investigation. State officials began testing 93 treatment plants in February through an Industrial Pretreatment Program to examine discharge being sent by commercial customers.
HOWELL, Mich. — For the first time in the nearly 30 years Recycle Livingston has existed, it has had to pay to send away the materials it collected for recycling. The nonprofit organization paid $946 to waste management company Green For Life for materials sent to them in October. In contrast, in September, Green for Life paid $850 to Recycle Livingston for its materials. The switch is a result of international recycling policy changes. By Sean Bradley, Livingston Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 890 words.
EXCHANGE-BUILDING SAFER SCHOOLS
ALPENA, Mich. — Michigan school districts have been updating their security measures in every way possible to prevent the possibility of school shootings. Since 2013, there have been five school shootings in the state of Michigan during which someone has been injured or died as a result of a gunshot, according to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. That website states that there have been 370 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in the country since 2013. By Julie Goldberg, The Alpena News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1434 words.
— HOME INVADER KILLED: Detroit police say a man who invaded a home on the city’s west side has been fatally shot by one of the residents.
— BIKE SHARING-DETROIT: A nonprofit public bike-sharing system logged nearly 237,000 rides through its first 16 months in operation in Detroit.
— MEDICAL SERVICE DOG-VETERAN: A Detroit-area Realtors’ group has donated $30,000 to help train a medical service dog for pairing with a veteran living in Michigan.
DETROIT — The Los Angeles Rams (10-1) visit the Detroit Lions (4-7) a win away from clinching the NFC West title for the second straight season. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Memphis Grizzlies forward Omri Casspi, who was born in Israel, was early in his NBA career when he saw a picture of himself defaced with a swastika. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen grew up with kids who made fun of the size of his nose. New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has heard anti-Semitic taunts during games, but he had been willing to write them off as opposing fans “just trying to get underneath your skin.” In the month since a massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh killed 11 people and injured six others, Jewish athletes said they were shocked by the shooting yet not concerned for their own safety as they travel, train and compete. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FBH--EIGHT PLAYER ALL-STATE-LIST
BAY CITY, Mich. — The Associated Press Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-State Team for eight-player high school football in Michigan will be named. By Lee Thompson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo at 6 p.m. With FBH--Eight Player All-State-List.
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