LANSING (AP) — State auditors say Michigan should improve its process for ensuring that businesses receiving economic development incentives create and maintain promised jobs.
An audit issued Wednesday says the Michigan Strategic Fund's process for awarding grants and loans to companies is sufficient, while it is moderately effective in monitoring their compliance in meeting job-creation commitments.
Auditor General Doug Ringler identified three "reportable" conditions, which are less serious. His report says the fund did not require businesses to give sufficient employee information so it could verify compliance, and it overstated the aggregate return on investment for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The Strategic Fund disagrees with many of the findings, saying its process for verifying compliance is "robust." It says that since 2012, the incentives have created more than 26,500 jobs.
Cold kills at least 2 people in Detroit area
ECORSE (AP) — Police said at least two people in the Detroit area have died in the extremely cold weather, including a former member of the Ecorse City Council.
Ecorse detective Tim Sassak told WDIV-TV that the man was discovered Wednesday. Sassak said the man wasn't wearing a hat or gloves and wasn't dressed for below-zero temperatures.
Sassak said police believe the man was disoriented. He was found across the street, near a neighbor's house.
In Detroit, a 70-year-old man was found dead in front of a neighbor's home Wednesday.
No names were released.
2nd Michigan child dies from flu this season, health officials say
LANSING (AP) — Michigan health officials said a child from Alpena County is the second in the state to die from the flu this season.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed this week that the child died from complications of flu. The child was of school-age, but details including the child's name weren't released.
The department in December had announced the death of a child in Osceola County from the flu. It said Michigan now has widespread flu activity.
Other children in the U.S. have died from the flu during the 2018-19 season. Two Michigan children died last flu season from flu-related complications.
The department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.
Man surrenders in freeway shooting of 3-year-old boy, police say
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police said a suspect in the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy on a Detroit freeway has turned himself in.
Police said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that the suspect in the shooting has surrendered. The suspect's name hasn't been released.
Christian Miller was shot last Thursday evening while riding in his godmother's SUV on the Southfield Freeway on Detroit's west side. He died the following morning.
Police have said it's unclear whether the vehicle was targeted and that the shooting did not appear to be related to road rage.
State police earlier announced they have recovered a Mercedes connected to the shooting.
A reward of up to $10,000 has been offered for information leading to an arrest.
DNR stocked 1.1M fish in Michigan waterways last fall
LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it stocked more than 1.1 million fish in waters around the state last fall.
The fish were released at 153 locations. Combined with earlier efforts in the spring and summer, the department says the total number of fish stocked last year topped 22 million.
Nine species were targeted. They were Atlantic salmon, channel catfish, brook trout, brown trout, coho salmon, rainbow trout, lake sturgeon, walleye and muskellunge.
Several other fisheries management units also stocked fall fingerling walleye.