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HOME EXPLOSION-FLINT Girl, 4, woman, 55, killed in Michigan house explosion FLINT, Mich.

HOME EXPLOSION-FLINT

Girl, 4, woman, 55, killed in Michigan house explosion

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl and a 55-year-old woman were killed in an overnight explosion and fire that destroyed three homes in Michigan, damaged several more and sent debris falling onto a neighborhood. The cause of the explosion Monday night remains under investigation. Authorities said Tuesday that the woman died at a hospital, and that fire crews and a police cadaver dog found the child in the rubble of her home. Her father is in critical condition and another person suffered minor injuries. Earlier Tuesday, authorities said the adult victim was a 70-year-old man and the then-missing child was a 3-year-old girl but they corrected that information later in the day. 

MARIJUANA RECALL

Marijuana testing lab sues state over major product recall

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A marijuana testing lab has filed a lawsuit against Michigan regulators after a major product recall and allegations of unreliable results. Viridis Laboratories has operations in Lansing and Bay City. It says the recall last week was “unjustified” and caused an estimated $229 million disruption to the industry. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency declined to comment Tuesday. The state last week told dealers to destroy the product, have it retested or send it back. Consumers should also return it if they have still have some. The test dates by Viridis were Aug. 10 to Nov. 16. The state says consumers with weakened immune systems or lung disease are at the highest risk.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Mayor: Detroit's COVID spike could pose 'serious problem'

DETROIT (AP) — Hospitalizations in Detroit due to COVID-19 are rising as the state of Michigan remains a hotspot for new infections. Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters Tuesday that 256 Detroit residents currently are hospitalized with the virus, double the number from two to three weeks ago. Duggan warns that if hospitalizations double again in the next three weeks the city will see the most serious problem it's had since spring of 2020. Detroit's health department says the city has had more 67,500 confirmed cases and 2,504 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic. Daily cases in the city have been on the rise since late summer. Statewide, a daily average of about 5,669 new confirmed cases were reported Saturday through Monday.

EMINEM-INTRUDER

Man who broke into Eminem's house violates probation

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A 28-year-old man who twice was convicted of breaking into homes owned by rapper Eminem is in legal trouble again.  Matthew Hughes this week pleaded guilty to a probation violation for failing to show up for a September probation appointment. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he assaulted a mall security officer in the southeastern Michigan community of Taylor. Hughes recently was sentenced to probation after serving 524 days in jail for breaking into Eminem's Clinton Township home in April of last year. Previously he'd been sentenced to 90 days in jail for entering another property owned by Eminem. 

MICHIGAN REDISTRICTING

State AG: Redistricting panel shouldn't have met privately

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the state's redistricting commission should not have held a private meeting to discuss memos related to racially polarized voting and the federal Voting Rights Act’s requirement that people be able to elect minority candidates. The panel called the controversial closed session with its lawyer Oct. 27, after Detroit residents criticized the members for drawing no majority-Black districts. Nessel, in a legal opinion Monday, said the commission presumably was conducting business that should've been done in an open meeting. The panel's spokesman says the commission respects her opinion and will discuss it transparently at the next meeting.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain

The U.S. is in better shape approaching its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic, thanks to the vaccine. But some cold weather regions are reporting surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse in the days ahead as families travel the country. Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. That leaves millions without a shot in the arm. Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19 patients who are mostly unvaccinated. Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccines make this fall holiday much different. 

ELECTION 2022-MICHIGAN GOVERNOR

Businessman Rinke launches campaign for Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Kevin Rinke, a former owner of Detroit-area car dealerships, has launched his campaign for Michigan governor with TV and digital ads touting himself as a conservative outsider and criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Rinke says he's prepared to spend at least $10 million of his own money. The Republican primary winner will face the first-term Democratic governor in 2022. Rinke led Rinke Automotive Group after his grandfather had opened one of the state's first General Motors franchises. Rinke later helmed a traumatic brain injury center, a health care company and became a private investor. Democrats say Rinke's views are extreme.

MOOSE-TICKS

Study: Warmer summers worsen tick infestations for US moose

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It’s a ghastly sight: ticks by tens of thousands burrowed into a moose’s broad body and sucking its lifeblood. Winter tick infestation is common with moose across the northern U.S. And a study released Monday says climate change may make it worse. It's based on observation of moose at Michigan's Isle Royale National Park. Scientists with Michigan Technological University say higher summer temperatures are quickening the development of tick eggs and boosting the number that hatch. Moose can lose much of their bristly fur rubbing against trees to get rid of ticks. Infestation also makes them anemic and less able to reproduce.

KELLOGG'S STRIKE

Kellogg's to replace some striking workers after talks stall

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kellogg’s plans to start hiring permanent replacements for some of its 1,400 striking cereal plant workers after negotiations broke down again. The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said it failed to reach an agreement with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Monday, so it is moving forward with its contingency plan to keep its plants operating. The Kellogg’s workers have been on strike since Oct. 5, and now negotiations aren’t scheduled to resume until the week of Dec. 6. The strike includes four plants in Battle Creek; Omaha, Nebraska; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee, that make all of Kellogg’s brands of cereal,

LAST KMART-MICHIGAN

Blue light fades: Last Michigan Kmart closes in Marshall

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — The last Kmart in Michigan has closed in the state where the retail giant got its start. Sunday was the last day at a Kmart in Marshall, 100 miles west of Detroit. Marshall City Manager Tom Tarkiewicz says customers were still finding products on the shelves. The first Kmart store opened in Garden City, a Detroit suburb, in 1962. The chain grew to more than 2,000 stores across the U.S., but its fortunes changed as other big box retailers gained momentum. Kmart reorganized under bankruptcy protection in 2002-03 and began closing hundreds of stores before merging with Sears, Roebuck in 2004.

The Associated Press