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Survey: Michigan communities struggle to find poll workers

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Nearly half of local officials in Michigan’s large municipalities report struggling to find enough people with the necessary skills to work at the polls on Election Day.

The figure is included in a survey of more than 1,100 cities and townships released by the University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy on Monday. When smaller municipalities are included, the number of officials reporting trouble recruiting skilled poll workers is almost 30 percent.

Nine in 10 officials are “very confident” that their jurisdictions can administer elections accurately.

Two-thirds of local officials support legislation to let voters cast an absentee ballot without needing an excuse. The same number of respondents opposes allowing same-day voter registration on Election Day.

About a quarter report experiencing equipment failures at the polls.

Maggots found in Michigan prison food last summer

JACKSON (AP) — Maggots were discovered in food at a Michigan prison during three incidents last summer.

The Detroit Free Press says they’re the first discoveries since Trinity Services Group was hired to supply food in 2015. The newspaper cited documents obtained by a Corrections Department employee.

Prisons spokesman Chris Gautz says any food problems typically are related to a lack of experienced staff. Trinity Services didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A corrections officer, Sgt. Michael Demps, says he saw four or five “worm-like bugs” still moving on a prisoner’s tray at the Cotton prison, near Jackson, on July 26. Records show “crunchy dirt” was found in a potato dish.

Trinity replaced another contractor that had problems. Gautz says it’s not known if Trinity’s contract will be extended next year.

Police: Student fatally struck by car was from Detroit area

EAST LANSING (AP) — Police say a Michigan State University student who died after being struck by a car last week was from suburban Detroit.

The Lansing State Journal reports East Lansing police on Monday identified the student as 23-year-old Ki Wook Kim of Troy.

Police previously said the student was hit about 5:45 a.m. Friday and investigators believe that he was walking in a roadway in East Lansing at time. Department spokesman Lt. Chad Connelly didn’t release additional details about the crash on Monday morning.

No criminal investigation after unclaimed cremains found

ATHENS (AP) — Officials say the discovery of about three dozen boxes of cremated remains in southern Michigan after the death of a funeral director isn’t being investigated as a potential criminal matter.

Calhoun County Medical Examiner Dr. Joyce DeJong says the family of Joy Spencer Spoor discovered the cremains in storage after her Oct. 14 death. Spoor was a former owner of Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens, a village about 110 miles (177 kilometers) west of Detroit.

The funeral home was sold in a bankruptcy auction in 2015. The property is being cleared for redevelopment. DeJong says families are being notified about the unclaimed remains.

Phil Douma, executive director of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that it’s common for funeral homes to have unclaimed remains.

2 held after dozens of guns stolen from Michigan store

CEDAR SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities say two people have been taken into custody after dozens of guns were stolen from a store in western Michigan.

The Kent County sheriff’s department says it has recovered at least 13 of 89 guns taken Saturday morning from Family Farm and Home in Cedar Springs. The department said Sunday that two people were held for receiving and concealing stolen property.

Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young tells WOOD-TV that sheriff’s investigators are working with Grand Rapids police on the case. Authorities are seeking tips from the public.

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