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Chill slows Michigan wolf hunt, hitting 43 quota doubted
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 06:42

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's recent frigid weather has slowed down the state's first wolf hunt in decades, and a state official says he doubts that the hunt will reach its quota of 43.

The season opened in three sections of the Upper Peninsula on Nov. 15, and 20 wolves had been killed by 6 a.m. Thursday. There have been no reported kills in recent days.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources biologist Brian Roell in Marquette tells The Mining Journal (http://bit.ly/1h4OURV ) he doubts hunters will reach 43 kills by the Dec. 31 deadline.

Eleven of the wolves killed were females. Upper Peninsula residents shot 13 of them, Lower Peninsula residents shot six and a Wisconsin resident shot one.

Before the season, the DNR estimated Michigan had 658 wolves.

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Online:

Michigan wolf hunt: http://www.michigan.gov/wolves

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Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net


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Study: Food supplies drop in Lakes Huron, Michigan
Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer   
Friday, 13 December 2013 06:40

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Food supplies for fish and other organisms are declining in some areas of the Great Lakes, particularly Lakes Huron and Michigan, according to a newly released scientific report.

The study, based on years of data compiled by government agencies and university researchers, found evidence of drop-offs in phytoplankton — tiny plants essential to many food chains — since the late 1990s. A decline in tiny invertebrates and prey fish, such as alewives and round gobies, also was detected.

It's likely that invasive quagga and zebra mussels have played a significant role by gobbling plankton, according to the paper, which was published online this month in the journal BioScience. The mussels arrived in the Great Lakes in the 1980s after being scooped into cargo ships' ballast tanks in foreign ports and hauled across the Atlantic.

Another crucial factor is government policies that have reduced the flow of phosphorus — a key food source for plankton — as a means of preventing runaway algae blooms.

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Ohio man to seek clemency in hospital bed killing
Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed will seek clemency from the governor after his sentencing Friday, even if the judge follows a prosecutor's recommendation for a lighter punishment because of the unique circumstances of the case.

John Wise, 68, has said he shot his debilitated wife out of love in August 2012 after she suffered an aneurysm and appeared to be in pain at an Akron hospital. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.

Wise, of Massillon, was convicted on charges including aggravated murder with a firearm specification, which could carry a life sentence.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh called Wise's actions illegal and dangerous but said the case warrants sentencing leniency. She has recommended that Wise be sentenced on a lesser crime and get a six-year term.

"In light of the unique facts of this case, a shorter prison sentence is just," she said in a statement.

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Pregnant woman's condemned Ohio killer seeks mercy
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Friday, 13 December 2013 06:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned inmate who raped and killed a pregnant woman deserves mercy because of his chaotic and abusive childhood and the failure of his original attorneys to work hard enough on his behalf, the defendant's new lawyers argued before the Ohio state Parole Board.

Death row prisoner Dennis McGuire also was mentally, physically and sexually abused as a child and has impaired brain function that makes him prone to act impulsively, the lawyers said in a filing with the board, which heard McGuire's case for clemency Thursday.

"Dennis was at risk from the moment he was born. The lack of proper nutrition, chaotic home environment, abuse, lack of positive supervision and lack of positive role models all affected Dennis' brain development," the lawyers said in the filing.

McGuire is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the February 1989 stabbing death of Joy Stewart in western Ohio's Preble County.

The state plans to use a never-tried lethal injection process on the 53-year-old McGuire, with the specific chemicals to be announced two weeks before the execution.

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Authorities say four dead in SW Ohio house fire
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:29

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — An intense early morning house fire killed four people inside a suburban southwest Ohio home Thursday, authorities said.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal's office said investigators at the scene believe there were seven people in the house in the Dayton suburb of Kettering. Three people escaped, one with injuries. No other details on them were released immediately.

The upper part of the home collapsed into the basement, fire marshal's spokesman Michael Duchesne said. Two neighboring homes also were damaged.

Neighbors said a family of seven — four children, two parents and a grandparent — lived in the home, The Dayton Daily News reported. Kari Basson of the Kettering City School District said police had notified the district that some of its students were involved. District crisis management teams planned to address the situation in the affected schools, she said.

Neighbors called 911 at around 3:50 a.m. to report the fire.

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