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'Murder insurance': NRA offering insurance for people who shoot someone

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:32pm

The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later.

Some are calling it "murder insurance," and say that rather than promoting personal responsibility and protection, it encourages gun owners to take action and not worry about the consequences. And, they say, it's being marketed in a way that feeds on the nation's racial divisions.

Guns Down, a gun-control group formed last year, is running an ad campaign to criticize the NRA's new insurance. It's just the latest group to take aim at the NRA's offering.

"The reason I call it murder insurance is because if you look at the way this is marketed, it's really sold in the context of 'There's a threat around every corner, dear mostly-white NRA member,' and that threat is either a black man or a brown man or some other kind of person of color," said Guns Down director Igor Volsky.

"So when you inevitably have to use your gun to defend yourself from this threat around every corner, you have insurance to protect you."

Carry Guard insurance was launched this past spring by the NRA. Rates range from $13.95 a month for up to $250,000 in civil protection and $50,000 in criminal defense to a "gold plus" policy that costs $49.95 a month and provides up to $1.5 million in civil protection and $250,000 in criminal defense.

The NRA isn't the only gun lobbying group offering such insurance. The United States Concealed Carry Association has been in the business much longer and provides up to $2 million in civil costs and $250,000 for criminal defense. But the NRA is the most prominent gun-rights group in the country and it offered similar insurance previously. And Carry Guard is more comprehensive and being marketed more aggressively than it has been previously. It's drawing attention to a type of policy that was relatively obscure until now.

Guns Down's advertising campaign casts a spotlight on the policies and asks the two insurance companies involved with it -- Lockton Affinity, which administers it, and Chubb, the underwriter -- to drop it. The campaign includes a video message from Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen shot and killed in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman whose case drew nationwide notoriety.

The video featuring Fulton begins with images showing some of the most racially divisive moments in recent history -- from the white supremacists who protested in Charlottesville, Virginia, to surveillance footage showing Dylann Roof, who shot and killed nine African-Americans in 2015 during a prayer meeting at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.

"They spend millions lobbying for laws that allow them to 'shoot first' and 'stand their ground.' But that just makes it easier to get away with murder," Fulton says. She criticizes the insurance and implores viewers to tell Chubb and Lockton Affinity to drop the insurance -- and to not purchase their products until they do.

Lockton declined to comment to The Associated Press. In a statement, Chubb told the AP that it provides insurance for a wide range of risks and when customers are engaged in "lawful activity," including hunting, shooting at gun ranges or when a firearm accidentally discharges. It noted that Carry Guard includes training and safety courses.

Neither Chubb nor Lockton would provide data on the number of policies sold or the claims filed.

Carry Guard was aggressively promoted during this year's NRA annual meeting, with life-sized posters featuring spokeswoman Dana Loesch holding a card that offers three tips for what to do after shooting someone: Call 911, wait for police to arrive and then call the Carry Guard number for legal assistance. It advises gun owners to not speak with police about the incident until speaking first with an attorney.

The NRA insurance doesn't require policyholders to take any safety or tactical training courses but encourages them to do so. Initial training courses cost $850 per student for a three-day session.

Peter Kochenburger, an insurance expert at the University of Connecticut School of Law, has been following the emergence of gun insurance. There's no way to track the number of policies sold or the number of claims filed, though he suspects the latter is fairly small.

Such insurance might benefit society, he said, because it could compel the industry to research ways to make gun ownership and storage safer or by providing discounts to gun owners who take safety courses.

But it could also lead to a "moral hazard" of unintentionally emboldening a gun owner to shoot someone by offering a false sense of security. And the potential backlash against the insurance companies involved might not be worth the revenue such a niche policy could generate, he said.

"Is the potential public relations mess worth the small amount," Kochenburger said. "'Murder insurance': That's terrible p.r."

Grizzly Pink: Grizzly Peak Brewing Company's beer with a cause

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:19pm

Now through the end of the month, you can enjoy a pint of Grizzly Pink, a specialty beer brewed by Grizzly Peak Brewing Company. A portion of the proceeds go to the University of Michigan Breast Care Center.

It is part of the See Pink Go Blue campaign at University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center, in which dozens of Ann Arbor businesses have committed to selling See Pink items. See the full list of participating businesses here.

Head brewer and Grizzly Pink creator Duncan Williams (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

As for Grizzly Pink, "It's a Belgian blonde, so it's a really light Pilsner malt and some wheat malt," head brewer Duncan Williams explained. "We use the Belgian yeast which has a spicy, clove-y character. We got some beets and peeled them, roasted them, pureed them up and added them at the end of boil. So it's got a lot of nice light character, light spiciness, slightly pink character and a little bit of a beet character as well."

Grizzly Peak has been promoting the pink-hued beer on social media, and Williams says people have been coming in requesting it. "The promotion is for the month of October, but we brewed seven barrels of it (about 14 kegs) and we'll sell it until it's gone," he said.

(Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

It's not the only beer they've brewed for charity. Grizzly likes to get onboard special projects and create new brews that help give back to the community. "We've done the Hops for Hunger (event) where we donate to Food Gatherers. And we do two to three other events per year," Williams said.

To learn more about the brewery, visit their website.

To learn more about See Pink Go Blue, or to donate, click here.

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32 Michigan school districts to receive grant for healthier, locally-grown produce in cafeterias

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:44pm

The Michigan Department of Education announced Thursday that thirty-two school districts statewide will receive an additional 10 cents per meal to purchase locally-grown produce.

"I'm very pleased that the state Legislature expanded program funding and reach," state superintendent Brian Whiston said. "This program is a true win-win because it provides fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables to schoolchildren while investing in state agriculture."

State legislators expanded the 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms grant from $250,000 in state funding to $375,000 for the upcoming school year.

"The 10 Cents a Meal program is helping expose children to locally-grown produce options in the school setting and is creating partnerships between school districts and their local agricultural producers." said state Sen. Goeff Hansen. "It is my expectation that we will eclipse the successful results of the past year and strengthen student knowledge, preference, selection and consumption of healthy, locally-grown food."

School children aren't the only ones who benefit from the grant, in is fist year, the program had generated sales from 86 farms in 28 counties and 16 additional local businesses such as processors and distributors, according to authorities.

"The economic impact of local agriculture production is critical to a prosperous Michigan, and the best way to sustainably ensure this is to reach our future where they are learning," state Rep. Adam Zemke said. "This is the essence behind the 10 Cents a Meal program. It helps schools and local farms to partner together to not only put locally-produced items in the mouths of young Michiganders, but in their minds, too."

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Cass Tech High School in Detroit dismissed early due to strong odor

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:33pm

Cass Technical High School in Detroit was dismissed early Thursday due to a strong odor being investigated by officials.

Detroit Public Schools Community District spokesperson Chrystal Wilson said the odor was reported Thursday morning at the school. Students, teachers and staff members were dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

The Detroit Fire Department sent HazMat officials to the school to test air quality. The air is safe, but the source of the odor is still unknown, Wilson said.

The district is investigating an area where the odor is strongest, Wilson said.

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Unmarked school bus in Ypsilanti Twp. identified as new transportation provider for different school

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:31pm

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office says the unmarked school bus that prompted attempted abduction fears in Ypsilanti Township was part of a new transportation provider for another school.

Authorities said the incident was not an abduction scenario.

The sheriff's office said the bus belongs to a transportation company and that "the route and timing of the bus was consistent with the job they were contracted to do."

According to the district, the unmarked school bus was seen stopping in the West Willow neighborhood trying to pick up children. The incident was reported at about 7:20 a.m. in the area of Tyler Road and Buick Avenue.

Authorities said the districts name on the bus had been spray painted over and the driver sped off when a student didn't get on the bus.

No other information was made available.

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Study shows that despite 18% drop, Detroit still one of the most robocalled cities in America

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:43pm

Over the first nine months of 2017, Americans were estimated to have received 22.5 billion robocalls.

After a record high in August, the numbers have dropped 18 percent in September.

The recent data, supplied by California developer YouMail's Robocall Index, has Detroit dropping out of the top ten most robocalled cities in the country, now falling in at the No. 11 spot on the list. Of the almost 300 area codes in use in the country, Detroit's 313 is ranked No. 15 on the most robocalled area codes. Atlanta has held the No. 1 spot for almost two years.

YouMail CEO Alex Quilici offers this advice for those affected by robocalls:

Don't pick up calls from a number you don't recognize. You don't open the door to people you don't know, so why accept calls from strangers you don't recognize?

Let unidentified callers go into voicemail to determine the nature of the call. Invisibility is the best defense against robocallers.

Fight back by downloading smart software solutions to block unwanted callers and scammers.

In Sept. 2009, a new regulation of the Federal Trade Commission went into effect, banning most robocalls without written opt-in from the receiver. Exempt from this regulation are political campaigns, surveys, charities, debt collectors, and health care providers. In states that have more relaxed regulations, the FTC supplants the looser state regulations. The FTC has brought more than 100 lawsuits against more than 600 companies over robocalls and other related violations.

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University of Michigan seeks information identifying subjects in rare Great Depression photos

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:58pm

After acquiring 30 rare photos from African-American Civilian Conservation Corp camps during the Great Depression, officials with the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library asked the public to help identify those featured in the photographs.

The 30 photos obtained are inconsistently labeled, only some having dates. Some have nicknames written on them, and some have no classifications at all.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a part of the New Deal, being a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed men with families in need. Despite its popularity, the CCC was a temporary agency that wasn't deemed necessary when World War II's draft started.

"This history has been overlooked, and I immediately understood this collection was significant," said Mike Smith, who acquired the photos for the collection. "These are the only known photos of all-African-American CCC camps in Michigan, but we need help filling out the details."

During the Great Depression, African-American workers were some of the most adversely affected. Discriminatory hiring practices were commonplace, and even the CCC had a percentage cap on the number of African-Americans they allowed in the program.

Not much is known about the conditions of the Michigan camps or those who were involved.
The Bentley has digitized the photos and made them available online, inviting anyone with information to email

Established in 1935, the Bentley Historical Library is the campus archive for University of Michigan, documenting the history of the college, the state- and its people, programs and organizations.

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Michigan Senate votes to gradually forgive extra driver fees

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:56pm

The Michigan Senate has voted to forgive hundreds of millions of dollars in extra "responsibility" fees that have been assessed to 317,000 motorists for certain traffic offenses.

The legislation approved unanimously Thursday would also speed up the elimination of newly assessed fees. Supporters say the state fees are excessive and prevent people from legally driving.

The fees are levied in addition to fines motorists pay for infractions. They range from $100 to $2,000 for driving without insurance, accumulating too many points and other offenses.

The Senate made a key change to the legislation before voting. Instead of forgiving all fees a year from now, only those outstanding for more than six years would waived. Overt time, the remaining fees would be forgiven.

The House will soon pass its own bills.

Consumer Reports' rankings of auto reliability

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:55pm

Consumer Reports issued its annual auto reliability rankings on Thursday. The magazine predicts the reliability of 2018 models based on surveys of its subscribers, who own or lease 640,000 vehicles from the 2000-2017 model years.

The rankings are closely watched by the industry, since car buyers frequently look to Consumer Reports for advice.

These are the brand rankings and the number of spots each brand rose or fell from last year.

Brand Change from 2016 rankings Toyota +1 Lexus -1 Kia +2 Audi (no change) BMW +4 Subaru +5 Infiniti +1 Buick -5 Honda +1 Hyundai -3 Nissan +2 Mazda -6 Porsche +3 Mercedes-Benz +3 Ford +3 Volkswagen +6 Chrysler +10 Chevrolet -3 Acura -7 Jeep +3 Tesla +4 Lincoln -2 Volvo -4 Dodge +2 Ram +4 GMC -2 Cadillac -6

Source: Consumer Reports

36 part-time snowplow drivers needed in Oakland County this winter

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:37pm

Do you need a part-time job this winter? Do you want to drive a snowplow?

Officials with the Road Commission for Oakland County said they're searching for 36 part-time snowplow drivers to work this winter.

"We have found the seasonal workers have been a very efficient and cost-effective way to provide the level of service during the winter that Oakland County residents deserve," managing director Dennis Kolar said. "This enables us to provide a higher level of service than we otherwise could."

Interested candidates must have a current and valid Michigan driver's license with an "A" endorsement.

Part-time employees might be scheduled to work up to three days per week and will be on call throughout the winter for day, night and weekend work.

Road Commission officials said they try to establish a consistent schedule because there's work to be done even when there isn't snow.

"Come be part of the team that has made Oakland County's roads among the safest in the world," Kolar said. "These positions have also become a good stepping stone to permanent positions at the Road Commission as full-time employees retire. It is also a great opportunity for retirees to return to work on a part-time basis and pick up some supplemental income."

Paid training and introductory orientation will be provided. The position pays up to $20 per hour, and duties include snow-storm road plowing, salting and other road-maintenance activities.

Anyone hired will be required to pass a pre-employment driving-skill assessment and a post-offer physical exam and drug screening. Driving histories will be reviewed.

Anyone interested can apply online at Winter Temporary Employees or by visiting and clicking on Job Postings at the top of the page.

Rock thrown from overpass kills man on I-75 in Michigan; homicide investigation underway

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:30pm

Genesee County Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a man was killed Wednesday night when a large rock was thrown off an I-75 overpass and through his windshield.

Authorities are treating this as a potential homicide, according to NBC affiliate WEYI.

The investigation on I-75 in Vienna Township closed down southbound lanes of the interstate for several hours. Authorities say a vehicle traveling southbound on I-75 was struck by a large rock that passed through the windshield, fatally wounding the passenger. The 32-year-old Genesee County resident was pronounced dead at the hospital. He has been identified as Kenneth Andrew White, of Mount Morris Township.

Authorities said four other cars were struck with large rocks and were waiting for police to arrive when the fatal incident occurred.

No other injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about this incident, including any suspicious activities, dash cam footage or home surveillance footage in that area between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., is asked to call the Office of Genesee County Sheriff at 810-257-3422 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers 1-800-422-JAIL.

RELATED: 4 teens charged with throwing rocks at cars on I-696 in Warren maintain innocence

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Michigan to receive $4 million from General Motors over ignition-switch defects

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:13pm

Michigan will receive more than $4 million from General Motors over allegations of the auto manufacturer concealing safety issues related to ignition-switch-related defects in their vehicles, according to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The $4,291,165.45 settlement is part of a $120 million multi-state settlement.

"There is no denying having cars on the road with faulty ignition switches was dangerous," Schuette said. "Today's settlement shows General Motors is taking responsibility and committed to moving forward and creating quality cars Michigan residents can trust."

The multi-state settlement concludes an investigation into General Motors' failure to timely disclose known safety defects associated with key-rotation and ignition-switch issues in several models of GM vehicles, according to Schuette's office.

The money from the settlement is expected to go into the state's general fund.

The settlement does not include the amount of restitution GM has paid to individual consumers.

From the AG's office:


In 2014, GM issued seven vehicle recalls in response to unintended key-rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues, which have affected over 600,000 vehicles in Michigan. The recalls involved a defective ignition switch which, under certain conditions, could move out of the "Run" position to the "Accessory" or "Off" position. If this occurs, the driver experiences a loss of electrical systems, including power steering and power brakes. If a collision occurs while the ignition switch is in the "Accessory" or "Off" position, the vehicle's safety airbags may also fail to deploy, increasing the risk of serious injury or death in certain types of crashes in which the airbag was otherwise designed to deploy.

As the states alleged, certain employees of GM and General Motors Corporation, knew as early as 2004 that the ignition switch posed a safety defect because it could cause airbag non-deployment. However, despite this knowledge, GM personnel decided it wasn't a safety concern and delayed making recalls. GM continued to market the reliability and safety of its motor vehicles which were equipped with this defective ignition switch.

The states alleged that these actions were unfair and deceptive and that the automaker's actions violated state consumer protection laws.

In addition to the monetary settlement with the participating attorneys general, under a consent judgment which will be presented to the Ingham County Circuit Court, GM shall:

Not represent that a motor vehicle is "safe" unless they have complied with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards applicable to the motor vehicle at issue. Not represent that certified pre-owned vehicles that GM advertises are safe, have been repaired for safety issues, or have been subject to rigorous inspection, unless such vehicles are not subject to any open recalls relating to safety or have been repaired pursuant to such a recall. Instruct its dealers that all applicable recall repairs must be completed before any GM motor vehicle sold in the U.S. and included in a recall is eligible for certification and, if there is a recall on any certified pre-owned vehicle sold in the U.S., the required repair must be completed before the vehicle is delivered to a customer.

Led by Ohio, South Carolina, Michigan Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas, the multistate group also includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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White Lake police seek Pets Supplies Plus retail fraud suspect

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:58am

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man suspected to be involved with retail fraud at Pets Supplies Plus on Cooley Lake Road in White Lake Township.

The suspect was seen leaving the retailer on Sept. 28 in a light colored Ford Escape that had an old English style "D" on the rear window.

Anyone with information regarding the man's identity should contact the White Lake Township Police at 248-698-4404.

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Middle school student arrested after threat posted to Snapchat in Center Line

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:55am

A middle school student was taken into custody after posting a threat to social media in Center Line.

According to Wolfe Middle School, the student posted a picture of a weapon to Snapchat and Center Line police began an investigation. The weapon was identified as a paintball gun.

"We are thankful to say there is no threat to the middle school," the school said in a post. "Thank you to all of the parents and students who have brought this to our attention."

The school was made aware of the post Wednesday and said the school would be open Thursday.

No other information was made available.

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Bills unveiled to fix Michigan unemployment benefits system

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:24am

Michigan's unemployment benefits agency would assess smaller penalties on jobless workers who are found to have committed fraud under newly introduced bipartisan legislation.

The change is included in an eight-bill package unveiled by lawmakers Thursday. The measures were drafted in response to the Unemployment Insurance Agency falsely accusing tens of thousands of beneficiaries of fraud.

A new state law prohibits fraud determinations based solely on computer-identified discrepancies. But legislators from both parties say other improvements are needed.

Under one bill, the agency could no longer assess 400 percent penalties above and beyond the amount that people pay back. It'd be 100 percent.

People accused of fraudulent claims would be eligible for help from an advocacy program instead of having to represent themselves or hire a lawyer.

TOP STORIES Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:55am

Here are the top stories:

4 TO KNOW: Human Trafficking: 120 arrested, 84 minors saved in nationwide crackdown on underage human trafficking. Amazon: HQ2 bid deadline is today; Detroit, Grand Rapids both submit proposals. Refugees: Economic impact of refugees in Southeast Michigan nearly $300M in 2016, study says. Ypsilanti Township: District warns parents of unmarked school bus trying to pick up students. LOCAL: Human Trafficking: 12 child victims, 8 traffickers discovered in Michigan. Amazon: HQ2 bid deadline is today; Detroit, Grand Rapids both submit proposals. Refugees: Economic impact of refugees in Southeast Michigan nearly $300M in 2016, study says. License Plates: Out with the loon, in with the elk: New Michigan plate available in December. Ypsilanti Township: District warns parents of unmarked school bus trying to pick up students. Detroit's East Side: 18-year-old woman in critical condition after boyfriend shot her during argument. Heroin: 12 people charged with selling deadly heroin-fentanyl mix in Oakland County. Taylor: Woman charged with murder in fatal shooting of co-worker at Burlington Coat Factory. Greektown: 5 of 6 defendants to be sentenced today in brawl caught on video. Weather: Another beautiful day. SUBMIT A NEWS TIP (click here)

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Human Trafficking: 120 arrested, 84 minors saved in nationwide crackdown on underage human trafficking. Maryland Shooting: How the shooting suspect got caught after 10 hours on the run. Ford: Automaker recalls 1.3M F-150, Super Duty trucks in North America. Common Sense Media: Kids under 9 spend over 2 hours a day on screens, report says. Pharmaceuticals: Los Angeles opens investigation into drugmaker. Richard Spencer: An uneasy Florida braces for white supremacist speech and protests. POLITICS: Hamas: US says Hamas must disarm, recognize Israel if it joins Palestinians. Niger: What we know and don't know about the deadly attack. Health Care: Despite setbacks, senators continue to pitch bipartisan health care fix. Rex Tillerson: China calls on US to 'abandon its prejudices' after secretary of state's rebuke. Catalonia: Spain to trigger direct rule to crush independence bid. New Zealand: Who is New Zealand's next Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern? ENTERTAINMENT: Harvey Weinstein: Harvard rescinds medal awarded to disgraced Hollywood mogul in 2014. Jane Goodall: 'Jane' is a glowing tribute to the famed primatologist's remarkable life. Chelsea Handler: Comedian says she won't do another season of 'Chelsea' for Netflix. Billy Joel: Singer-songwriter expecting third child. SPORTS: Red Wings: Maple Leafs have 4-goal 1st, beat Red Wings 6-3. Detroit Pistons: Team wins season opener in first game at Little Caesars Arena. NFL: Sunday games, 'Sunday Night Football' suffering season of sluggish ratings. Jerry Sandusky: No new trial for former Penn State assistant football coach. ALL 4 PETS: Halloween: Tips for keeping your pets safe on Halloween. Diabetes: How a service dog can be your best friend. Guinness World Records: Michigan cat has world's longest tail. Exercising: Something a little different than the standard walk.

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Study: Economic impact of refugees in Southeast Michigan nearly $300M in 2016

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:21am

A new study is shedding light on the economic impact of Michigan's refugee population.

The new report entitled Economic Impact of Refugees in Southeast Michigan conservatively estimates total annual economic impact to be between $229.6 million and $295.3 million in new spending, along with between 1,798 and 2,311 new jobs, in 2016 alone, from the over 21,000 refugees in resettled into Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties between 2007-2016.

Michigan has been the fourth largest destination state for refugees over the last decade.

"Studies like Global Detroit's report can help public policy makers, local and state government, philanthropy, and even the private sector," noted study co-author Elisabeth Gerber, Professor and Associate Dean at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. "It is our hope that local communities deciding to welcome refugees can use this research to better integrate refugees, help them achieve self-sufficiency, and insure that their resettlement is an economic benefit to the local community."

The Trump administration announced last month it will dramatically reduce the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States, bringing the number to less than half of what former President Barack Obama had proposed for the current fiscal year.

The US plans to admit no more than 45,000 refugees in the coming year, with regional caps of 19,000 for Africa, 17,500 for the Near East and South Asia (which includes most Middle Eastern countries), 5,000 for East Asia, 2,000 for Europe and Central Asia, and 1,500 for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Here are some more key points from the Global Detroit study: Michigan was the fourth largest state for resettlement in 2016 and has resettled over 34,000 refugees over the last decade, the fourth largest state over that longer period as well. Michigan's foreign-born population has grown by 64,000 residents since 2010, which is 14,000 more than the state's overall population growth, suggesting that the state is still losing U.S.-born population/ 65% of refugee arrivals in the last decade were working age, or between 16-64 years old. This is similar to the overall population of the region. Another 30% were under 16 years old. Notably, the resettlement data suggests that less than 5% of the refugees resettled in Southeast Michigan between 2007-2016 were in the city of Detroit. Estimated direct impact of refugee household spending in 2015 in Metro Detroit reaches $117.4 million. In total, refugee workers boosted the economy in Southeast Michigan by between $164.3 million and $211.3 million. You can read the full study below.