Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 27, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 12/27/2012


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Storm affects 189 flights, cancels 15

ROMULUS — A heavy snowfall and winter storm conditions around the region have affected at least 189 flights at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and forcing the cancellation of at least 15.

The fringe of a winter storm centered farther south in Ohio is expected to dump four to seven inches of snow on the region by Thursday morning, and the National Weather Service reports 3.8 inches was already on the ground at the airport in Romulus on Wednesday afternoon.

Detroit Metro says typical flights were facing delays of 16 to 30 minutes by early evening.

Snowstorm delays action on legislation

LANSING — How does a bill become a law? It can take extra time when there's a Michigan snowstorm.

Gov. Rick Snyder took dozens of bills to his Ann Arbor-area home before Christmas. Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says the snowstorm Wednesday created delays and prevented staff from getting some legislation returned to Lansing to be filed as new laws.

The House and Senate approved about 300 bills before adjourning on Dec. 14. They include regulations on abortion clinics and a replacement for the emergency manager law that was repealed by voters in the November election.

Trapper's body found in sunken car

POLKTON TOWNSHIP — Authorities in western Michigan say they've pulled a man's body from his car that was submerged in the Grand River.

The Grand Haven Tribune, Holland Sentinel and Mlive.com report that a canoeist saw the car on Christmas Day.

The Ottawa County sheriff's department says divers recovered the body of 29-year-old Lawrence Stearns of Grand Haven Township. He was last seen on Christmas Eve when he left to check trap lines he maintained in the river.

The body was found in Polkton Township, about 10 miles east of Grand Haven.

Man shoots finger off while hunting

FERRY TOWNSHIP — Authorities say a west Michigan man accidentally shot off his index finger during a hunting incident.

Oceana County Sheriff officials say the man was unloading his .50 caliber muzzle loader while hunting on private property in Oceana County's Ferry Township about 10 a.m. Saturday when he unintentionally discharged the weapon. Authorities say the man's left hand was near the muzzle.

Lt. Craig Mast tells MLive.com the man's left index finger was shot off the hand. He was treated at a local hospital.

Mast says the unidentified man was cited for not having a valid hunting license.

No further details were released.

MSU OKs Anthony Hall energy retrofit

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University is trying to turn one of its oldest science buildings into a model of energy efficiency under a new $7 million project at Anthony Hall.

Anthony Hall opened in 1957, and the Michigan State trustees voted Dec. 14 to begin work on improving its energy use.

The university says the goal is to cut energy consumption by 37 percent and says the work will pay for itself in 10 to 13 years.

The project's features include more efficient air ventilation in laboratories, cooling tower improvements and a conversion to direct digital climate controls.

The work is part of the Better Buildings Challenge, a national initiative that promotes the construction and retro-commissioning of more energy-efficient buildings nationwide.