LANSING, Mich. -- A state representative from Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been found dead hours after he was released from jail on what appeared to be his second drunken driving arrest in less than two years. Police say John Kivela's body was found about 1 p.m. Tuesday at a Lansing home and that there are no obvious indications of foul play. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told reporters that Kivela "apparently took his own life," CBS affiliate WLNS reports. Lansing Police told WLNS it will take an autopsy before before they rule on a manner of death. Arrest records show Kivela, a 47-year-old Democrat, was arrested Monday with a blood-alcohol level of more than .17, which qualified him for stricter penalties under the "super drunk" law, WLNS reports. Clinton County Sheriff Lawrence Jerue said Kivela was released Tuesday on bond. Kivela pleaded guilty in December 2015 to drunken driving after his arrest the previous month in Clinton County. Tributes to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Mich. lawmaker found dead hours after drunk driving arrest
DEARBORN, Mich. McDonald's (MCD) and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law. McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers. Ahmed's attorney, Kassem Dakhlallah, told The Associated Press on Monday that he's "thrilled" with the preliminary deal that's expected to be finalized March 1. McDonald's and Finley's Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests. The lawsuit alleged that Ahmed bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald's but found it wasn't halal -- meaning it didn't meet Islamic requirements for preparing food. Islam forbids consumption of pork, and God's name … [Read more...] about McDonald’s settles Mich. suit over Islamic diet
(AP) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Michigan authorities have charged a man with 12 counts of possessing and selling live Asian carp in violation of a state law meant to prevent the spread of invasive species.The state attorney general's office said Tuesday that 42-year-old David Shane Costner of Harrisburg, Ark., sold two grass carp to undercover investigators with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources last month in Midland. Officials said Costner was hauling illegal carp around Michigan in a semi-truck and selling them from store parking lots. They said he also was selling legal fish species such as channel catfish, largemouth bass and fathead minnows.Grass carp are among several carp varieties imported from Asia that have spread in U.S. waterways. The two species considered most likely to invade the Great Lakes are silver and bighead carp. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Man charged with selling live Asian carp in Mich.
The newest innovation in health care may be the hospital itself. Traditionally, hospitals were designed as a place for medical professionals to just do their job; they weren't often built with patients in mind. But that's not the case at one hospital near Detroit that looks and feels like a luxury hotel -- and treats patients like valued guests. At lunchtime at the Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Mich., don't look for day-old Jell-O served on a fiberglass tray in the cafeteria. At this hospital, it's a restaurant -- with a menu comprised of fresh and healthy foods, much of which is grown on-site in their own greenhouse. Nancy Schlichting is chief executive officer of the Henry Ford Health System. Her goal was to build a new kind of hospital -- one that would become a go-to destination, a place people actually wanted to be. Asked if she knows anybody that's excited to go to the hospital, Schlichting said, "No, it's not a place that on Friday night people say, 'Oh, let's go … [Read more...] about Mich. hospital goes luxe: CEO explains patient-centered approach
Hamtramck, Mich.: An Evolving City Of Immigrants Listen · 8:16 8:16 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/519017217/521823555" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript A view of a portion of Hamtramck, Mich., with St. Florian Church in the distance. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption toggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR Pick a street corner in downtown Hamtramck, Mich., and you'll be struck by the incredible mix of cultures crammed into this tiny, 2-square-mile city. A Catholic church across the street from a mosque. Polish pastry shops, sausage factories, and grocery stores promising "the best Polish food, shipping to Eastern Europe," side by side with Bengali clothing shops that sell richly embroidered dresses and headscarves. And you'd be remiss if you didn't stop in the many Yemeni restaurants serving fragrant … [Read more...] about Hamtramck, Mich.: An Evolving City Of Immigrants