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Colder weather hits Michigan amid power restoration
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 30 December 2013 10:54

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Colder weather is making its way into Michigan as crews work to restore power to the last people left without electrical service following an ice storm more than a week ago.

In the Lansing area, where roughly 1,100 Lansing Board of Water & Light customers were without power Monday morning, the National Weather Service says temperatures were about 15 degrees. A Lansing City Council meeting is planned about the outages.

In the Upper Peninsula, readings of 15 below zero were reported in places.

In all, about 666,000 Michigan utility customers lost power, including 40,000 from the Lansing utility.

DTE Energy Co. says all its 210,000 affected homes and businesses had power back as of Sunday night. CMS Energy Corp. said essentially all its 416,000 affected customers were back online.


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Officials: At least 22 wolves killed in Michigan hunt
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Monday, 30 December 2013 09:07

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say at least 22 wolves have been killed in the Upper Peninsula during the state's first wolf hunt in decades.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that's the total as of Monday morning, up one from last week. The department has expressed doubt that the hunt will reach its maximum of 43 by year's end, when the hunt wraps up. Frigid weather likely has kept the hunt in check.

Five of the maximum 16 wolves were killed in the far western U.P., 14 of 19 in four central counties and three of eight in the eastern U.P.

The wolf hunting season opened on Nov. 15. Before the season, the DNR estimated that Michigan had 658 wolves.

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Lawmakers: Michigan car-test law a boost for auto industry
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Monday, 30 December 2013 07:09

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new law that will allow companies to test driverless cars on Michigan roads will be a boost for the state's auto industry, according to Gov. Rick Snyder and the sponsor of the legislation.

Snyder signed the bills Friday, saying the legislation, which requires a person to be in the driverless vehicle to take the wheel if necessary, was needed to keep Michigan in the lead in vehicle research and design.

"Michigan is the automotive capital of the world," he said in a statement. "By allowing the testing of automated, driverless cars today, we will stay at the forefront in automotive technological advances that will make driving safer and more efficient in the future."

Snyder's office said that Michigan businesses and universities in Michigan "are leading the way in many intelligent, connected vehicle programs aimed at driverless cars. This legislation ... is key to the future of research and development of automotive technology in the state."

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Ohio State wants to create arts district
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Monday, 30 December 2013 09:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to spend as much as $200 million over the next decade to create an arts district at the center of campus.

The university envisions tying together its arts, dance, music and performing arts buildings, and eventually connecting them to the art galleries, museums and other artistic spaces in downtown Columbus and a trendy district in between known as the Short North.

David Manderscheid, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/Kf6KHa ) that the goal is to bring artists, dancers and musicians from Ohio State and the community together to make the city a world-class arts destination.

Plans call for Sullivant Hall, Wexner Center for the Arts and Mershon Auditorium to serve as the entrance to the district.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Authorities: Snowmobiler missing after Michigan crash
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Monday, 30 December 2013 07:08

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a snowmobiler is missing after going over an embankment and falling about 100 feet into a western Michigan river.

The Ludington Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1aiohUC ) Mason County deputies were dispatched about 7:20 p.m. Sunday after a report of a snowmobiler crashing east of Ludington in the Pere Marquette River. The snowmobile was found in the river about 9 p.m.

The person on the snowmobile was identified as a Ludington man in his 30s. A person on a second snowmobile had been riding with him at the time.

Sheriff Kim Cole says divers weren't immediately sent into the river, because authorities determined it was too dangerous. Crews are expected to return to the area about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids to reassess the situation on Monday.

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Information from: Ludington Daily News, http://www.ludingtondailynews.com


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