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BUILDING SALE

Milwaukee's Chase Tower sold for $34.25 million

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of Milwaukee's largest downtown office buildings has been sold. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports an affiliate of New York-=based Group RMC has purchased the the 22-story Chase Tower for $34.25 million. An affiliate of Michigan-based Farbman Group sold the building after buying it for $30.5 million in 2016. The building was built in 1962 and was originally known as Marine Plaza. The 477,772-square-foot-structure has 88,223 square feet of office space available for lease. That equates to an 18.5% vacancy rate. Chase Bank serves as the anchor tenant. Group RMC bought the 14-story 330 Kilbourn building in downtown Milwaukee earlier this year for an undisclosed price.

WOMAN SLAIN-SON ARRESTED

Police: Man fatally shoots mother in car in suburban Detroit

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his 52-year-old mother along a major thoroughfare north of Detroit. The Oakland County sheriff's office says the pair was in the same car late Thursday night on northbound Woodward Avenue beneath the Interstate 696 overpass when the woman was shot in the head. She was the vehicle’s driver. The man exited the car and then fired shots into three passing vehicles. A 43-year-old Ferndale woman was struck in the thigh. She was in stable condition Friday at a hospital. The shootings occurred along the Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak city limits. The suspect lives in Troy. His mother was a Southfield resident.

MOTHER SLAIN-DRIVEWAY

Prosecutor: Man charged in slaying of father's ex-girlfriend

DETROIT (AP) — A 19-year-old Detroit-area man has been arrested in the slaying of his father’s 40-year-old former girlfriend. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Jarren Cox of Wixom was arraigned Thursday on first-degree murder, witness intimidation and gun charges. Andrea Tucker was shot to death Nov. 17 in the driveway of her eastside Detroit home after dropping her two children off at school. Cox was arrested Monday in Wixom, northwest of Detroit. His 45-year-old father, David Hammond, was ordered earlier this month to stand trial for arson, felonious assault, domestic violence and home invasion. Tucker was the complainant in that case. Hammond was arrested last week after being wanted for questioning in her slaying.

FATAL CRASH-SLICK ROADWAY

One person killed in crash on slick Michigan roadway

NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — One person has died after a crash along a slippery roadway in southwestern Michigan, just north of the state line with Indiana. The Berrien County sheriff's office says Friday that the crash occurred about 7:15 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 94 near New Buffalo Township. Four people were inside an SUV heading eastbound on I-94 when the driver lost control and struck a guardrail. The driver of a Buick Lucerne also lost control before striking the SUV. A passenger from the SUV was outside and pinned by the Lucerne. She later died. The sheriff's office says cold, slick rain and icy road conditions are believed to have contributed to the crash.

HOUSE FIRE-EXOTIC PETS

Woman pulled from burning home while trying to rescue pets

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman was rescued from her burning southeastern Michigan home after she refused to leave while trying to save some of her exotic animals, birds, ferrets and other pets. The Oakland County sheriff's office says deputies pulled the 41-year-old Highland Township woman through a small basement window. The fire was reported shortly before midnight Wednesday about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. The sheriff's office says it likely started when one of the family’s dogs knocked over a heater near a bed of straw in the garage. The woman and three other residents of the home were treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation. A pig and three dogs also were saved.

STUDENT'S DEATH-FRATERNITY

MSU suspends fraternity after student's death

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The death of a Michigan State University student has prompted officials to suspend the school's chapter of a fraternity that the student was involved with. The Lansing State Journal reports that the university and the Pi Alpha Phi national organization have prohibited the chapter of the fraternity from hosting any events on campus, recruit students or take part in any campus events as a fraternity. Twenty-one-year-old Phat Nguyen was found unresponsive early Saturday off campus. Police have said the death may have been alcohol-related and the fraternity posted on its Facebook page that Nguyen had just joined the fraternity.

REDISTRICTING-MAJORITY-MINORITY DISTRICTS

New maps spark debate over majority-minority districts

DETROIT (AP) — Lawmakers in several states are debating precisely how many Black voters are needed in a legislative district to ensure they can elect the representative they want. It may sound like an esoteric question, but it could have major ramifications in Congress and state legislatures. That's because Black voters — and sometimes other minorities — have traditionally been crammed into single districts to ensure they get to exercise their right to choose a representative under federal law. But that makes surrounding areas whiter and, often, more Republican. Now some Democrats and redistricting groups want to scatter African American voters more widely.

FOOTBALL GAME WAGER

Ohio, Michigan governors wager sweet treats on 'Big Game'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buckeye candies and Michigan-made cherry products are among the sweet treats on the line in a friendly wager between the governors of Ohio and Michigan ahead of Saturday's game between their flagship universities. Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine is wagering an assortment of Ohio-made sweets on the “Big Game” between Ohio State and the University of Michigan. They include Schmidt's cream puffs, Graeter's black raspberry chip ice cream and chocolate-covered pretzels from Malley’s in Cleveland. Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has bet a gift package of famous Michigan-made cherry sweets and treats from Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor.

THANKSGIVING PARADE-DETROIT

Detroit Thanksgiving day parade to see stepped-up security

DETROIT (AP) — The 95th America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit will step off Thursday morning with beefed up security in place along the route. Police say major intersections along Woodward Avenue will see heavier police protection following the deaths of six people and injuries to more than 60 others when an SUV plowed into marchers and spectators during a weekend parade in Wisconsin. There also will be limited to no access from side streets and main arteries directly into Woodward. Police vehicles, heavy machinery from the city’s Public Works department and heavy barriers will be placed strategically along the route to prevent breeches. The parade is scheduled to start about 8:45 a.m. near Wayne State University.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Military to help Michigan cope with COVID-19 patient surge

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is sending 44 military medical staffers to Michigan to help beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country. It also will open beds at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Detroit for transfers. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought the assistance. The two teams of 22 physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists will arrive next week and care for patients for 30 days at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. As of Wednesday, more than 4,000 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases - near peak levels.

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