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U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson is offering words of encouragement to families on federal assistance who want to become more self-sufficient. He said the program focuses on four key areas: character, health, economic empowerment and education.

A federal investigation is putting a halt to the fundraising activities of five charitable foundations affiliated with top executives of the United Auto Workers.  The investigation has raised questions about whether money embezzled from a training program was being laundered through the foundation of the late union leader General Holiefield.

Ford Motor Company is taking another step to expand their market share in China.  The automaker announced a three-year agreement with Alibaba Group, which is often compared to Amazon. Last month, Ford announced plans to team up with a Chinese manufacturer to build electric cars.

A phone scam is tricking Grand Rapids residents by pretending to be the fire department.  Grand Rapids Fire Chief John Lehman says the department is not running a telemarketing campaign and is warning residents to not transfer money over the phone.  

Detroit teachers are now eligible for a 50-percent discount when bidding on a home from the Detroit Land Bank Authority.  The land bank is opening its discount program to all full-time employees in public, private or charter schools in the city.

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ALL CLEAR AFTER BOMB THREAT, SCHOOLS DISMISSING AT NORMAL TIME
Superintendent: Research Shows Students Are Safer In Classrooms Rather Than In Halls, Outside
Posted by Durand Now at 2:43pm 11/28/17
Keith George

Superintendent Craig McCrumb says a bomb sniffing dog brought to the high school after a threat was made against the school produced no "hit."  McCrumb said all schools are following normal dismissal times.

He also addressed parent questions about why students were not evacuated, saying that research shows that students are safer in classrooms, surrounded by brick walls, rather than in hallways or outside, where they could be vulnerable to other dangers.

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WINTER STORM WARNING ISSUED: 5 TO 8 INCHES
Season's First Significant Winter Weather Arrives Today, Schools Closed
Posted by Durand Now at 4:51am 12/13/17
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Durand Area Schools is closed in anticipation of significant winter weather.  The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for Shiawassee and neighboring counties, calling for up to 8 inches of snow, as a winter weather system pushed in from the west early in the day, Wednesday, December 13th.

In addition to potentially high amounts of accumulation, the agency says snowfall may be very heavy at times, falling at a rate of an inch or more per hour.

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