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Thu December 9, 2010
In this morning's news...
Serial Stabbing Suspect in Court Today
Elias Abuelazam, the man accused of a series of stabbings in Genesee County will be in court today. He will face four hearings, all involving charges of attempted murder in and around the Flint area earlier this year. A judge must determine whether there’s probable cause to send him to trial. Abuelazam has already been ordered to face one murder trial.
D’Oh: Glitch in New Liquor Law
There’s a problem in the state’s new Sunday morning liquor sales law. As Steve Carmody reports, when state lawmakers passed the Sunday morning alcohol sales bill in the final days of the legislative session, they made a small mistake: lawmakers allowed communities to ban liquor sales on Sundays, but they didn’t specify a time. That means communities have to choose between being open all day on Sundays or not allowing sales of alcohol ALL day on Sundays. We’ll have to wait and see how lawmakers plan to fix the problem when the new legislative session begins next year.
Commission Delays Vote on Benefit Extension for Live-in Partners
The state Civil Service Commission has delayed a vote on the extension of health benefits to live-in partners of state employees. The delay most likely means that a decision won’t be made on the issue until next year when Governor-elect Rick Snyder is in office, Rick Pluta reports. A spokesman for Snyder says the Governor-elect has not yet taken a position on the issue.
Reports: Aretha Franklin Has Cancer
Several media outlets in the state are reporting that singer Aretha Franklin has pancreatic cancer. Franklin underwent surgery in Detroit last Thursday but neither she nor her publicist would say what kind of surgery Franklin had or the nature of the illness, Jennifer Guerra reports. Franklin has cancelled all her concerts through May 2011 due to doctors’ orders.