Nightside Report Sept. 15, 2021: State police investigating after Michigan lawmaker accused of domestic abuse, Some vehicles selling quickly as automakers battle chip shortage

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Michigan lawmaker accused of domestic abuse; state police launch investigation

DETROIT – A Michigan lawmaker was stripped of his committee assignments after a female legislator said they had a “volatile” personal relationship that included domestic abuse and threats.

Rep. Mari Manoogian, a Birmingham Democrat in her second term, issued a statement Wednesday, a day after third-term Republican Rep. Steve Marino of Macomb County’s Harrison Township was removed from two panels, including one he chaired, for unknown reasons.

“The unfortunate reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic abuse, which often comes from someone we would never expect,” Manoogian, 29, said. “None of us are immune to a volatile relationship, regardless of our career. It can happen right here in our legislature, where abuse of power and threats to ruin a colleague’s reputation, as well as threats of public shaming, can be used to intimidate fellow members of the legislature. I am asking for privacy as I take steps to ensure my safety while I continue to represent my district and do the work of the people.”

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The latest: Michigan reports 6,604 new COVID cases, 62 deaths -- average of 3,302 cases per day

Metro Detroit weather: Cooler, drier air moving in Wednesday night

Tuesday’s cold front did a number on some of us with large hail and damaging wind gusts scattered across the area. However, now that the front is well south and east of us, we are the beneficiaries of the cooler, drier air streaming in.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Michigan State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) brought a handcuffs key with him into jail this week, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. Click here to read more.
  • Police said the mother of a Bloomfield Hills student made up a list of families who are against mask use, but never wanted that list to be shared. Click here to read more.
  • There are new allegations against the Ferndale Police Department after the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said officers forced a Muslim woman to remove her hijab for a booking photo. Click here to read more.
  • The city of Warren has a new goal to become the butterfly capital of the world. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Michigan lawmakers, Gov. Whitmer announce deal to finalize state budget

Top lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration announced a deal Wednesday to finalize the next state budget.

They had waited to work out spending plans for state departments and funding for universities, community colleges and local governments after enacting a preK-12 budget over the summer.

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A look at which vehicles are selling quickly as automakers battle chip shortage

Those looking to purchase new or used vehicles may find it difficult to get the vehicle they want due to a computer chip shortage.

However, there are certain vehicles moving off dealer lots at a pace that hasn’t been seen in a long time. The auto industry likes to have a 60 day supply of vehicles.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.