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In one of the Civil War’s great prison escapes, William McCreery of Flint was one of many Union officers who tunneled their way out of the famed rebel prison. McCreery, who entered service in May 1861 as a sergeant in the Second Michigan Infantry, eventually resigned his commission on account of the many wounds he received during the war.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
On this day, Dutch immigrants fleeing religious persecution and economic distress followed their leader Rev. Albertus Van Raalte to West Michigan and founded Holland.
Zlati Meyer, "City of Holland Founded by Dutch", Detroit Free Press, February 3, 2013.
House Asserts Immunity In Response To Ex-Staffers' Lawsuit
Attorneys representing the House have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Keith Allard and Ben Graham, the former staffers to ex-Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat who allege they were fired for reporting wrongdoing by their former bosses to top House staffers.
Another Flint-Related Lawsuit Filed Against Snyder, Administration
Yet another lawsuit against Governor Rick Snyder and certain members of his administration, as well as former emergency managers and Flint officials, has been filed in the U.S. District Court seeking recovery from injuries, damages and losses as a result of lead exposure.
Board Approves One Of 10 Snyder Recall Petitions
The Board of State Canvassers on Monday approved one of the 10 petitions to recall Governor Rick Snyder, voted party-line on a second, and unanimously disapproved eight as not factual.
Capitol To See Security Upgrades
While metal detectors have not returned to the discussion, the Capitol could see more and better cameras and traffic barricades under plans discussed Monday by the Capitol Commission.
Snyder Looks To Flint Residents For Water Testing Help
Governor Rick Snyder announced Monday that his administration expects to hire 50 Flint residents to assist with water testing under a new partnership between the state and Flint human service groups.
Supreme Court OKs Rejecting Expert Witness For Lack Of Supporting Data
A judge in a medical malpractice case was within his authority to reject an expert witness because of a lack of peer-reviewed data backing the expert's opinion, the Supreme Court held in a 5-1 decision Monday.
Schuette Settles With Mortgage Lender HSBC
Attorney General Bill Schuette on Monday announced a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage-related abuses, and from it Michigan borrowers are expected to receive more than $3.5 million.
Clinton Sets Up Base In Detroit, Chelsea To Visit
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will open her Hillary for Michigan Detroit headquarters on Tuesday, four weeks before the Michigan primary, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will be among those in attendance for the opening.
The Department of Natural Resources is asking residents of and visitors to the Upper Peninsula to report any moose sightings over the coming year. "Observation reports give insight to where resident moose are being seen in the U.P., allowing us to assess the distribution prior to conducting the aerial survey," Chad Stewart, deer, elk and moose management specialist for the DNR, said in a statement. "The survey is an important tool that provides an abundance estimate of moose in Michigan. Using the observation reports helps us tailor our survey to account for any distribution changes that may have occurred over the past couple of years so we can get the most accurate estimate of our moose population." Moose sightings can pre reported on the DNR website.
The National Federation of Independent Business Michigan is seeking additional reforms to the state's civil asset forfeiture laws, the group announced Monday. A survey of the group's members showed 74 percent want forfeiture allowed only after a criminal conviction. Only 12 percent said a conviction should not be required.
Straits Pipeline Comment Period Extended
The state is extending the public comment period on two draft requests for information and proposals that will be issued for prospective contractors interested in performing an independent risk analysis and independent alternatives analysis related to the pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, known as Enbridge Line 5. Comments will now be due by February 16. The draft RFIs are located online, as are instructions for submitting comments.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #55, Report 24, February 8, 2016. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
Some 50 Flint residents will be hired to assist with water testing under a new partnership forged Friday between the state and Flint human service groups, Gov. Rick SNYDER announced today.
The partnership with Orchards Children's Services and Flint YMCA's Safe Places Program is part of a larger and ongoing effort to ensure Flint residents benefit from opportunities created by relief efforts in response to the water crisis, the Governor said.
"The people of Flint deserve timely action on emergency efforts to help the city move toward recovery," Snyder said. "We realize our water testing teams need more manpower to get the job done. There is no one better suited to help the city bounce back than Flint residents themselves and we appreciate Orchards Children's Services and the YMCA for helping connect Flint talent with this important positions."
For the full article, see "50 Flint Residents Hired to Test Water", Inside MIRS Today, February 8, 2016.
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The State Board of Canvassers has approved a petition to recall Gov. Rick Snyder, but denied the majority of proposals related to Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.
The board unanimously approved a petition stemming from Snyder’s authorization to move the office dealing with struggling schools — the State School Reform Office/Redesign Office — into the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
The board has rejected other petitions related to Flint because members said they didn’t “factually” and “clearly” state each reason for the recall.
For the full article, see Michael Gerstein, "State board approves petition to recall Gov. Snyder", Detroit Free Press, February 8, 2016.
For another see Emily Lawler, "Petition to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approved by state board", MLive, February 8, 2016.
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