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Federal Tipoffs Involving Michigan Newsletter for Sunday September 29, 2019 ( 15 items )  

Belle Tire Distributors to Pay $55,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit
DETROIT, Michigan, Sept. 24 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Employee Was Unlawfully Harassed by Manager, Then Fired After He Complained, Federal Agency Charged * * * Belle Tire Distributors, Inc., a tire, wheels and auto service company, has agreed to pay $55,000 and furnish other relief to settle a racial harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced   more

CBP Launches Facial Recognition Technology at Detroit Metro Airport to Expedite Arrivals and Departures
DETROIT, Michigan, Sept. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection issued the following news release: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched Simplified Arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) today, September 25. Simplified Arrival is modernizing international arrivals for air travelers and crew by automating processes and biometrically matching the traveler to their travel document using face comparison technology. CBP is committed to impl  more

DOD Takes Hackathon to University of Michigan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: The Defense Department today is wrapping up a three-day "hackathon" aimed at using artificial intelligence for aircraft maintenance. Held at the University of Michigan's School of Aerospace Engineering in Ann Arbor, the event brought together more than 50 computer hackers from academia and commercial industry in the Detroit area to work alongside 30 DOD end user military maintainers to share ideas and explo  more

ITC Receives Complaint From LG Chem, LG Chem Michigan, Toray Industries
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The U.S. International Trade Commission received the following complaint (Docket No. 3413): Commodity: Lithium-Ion Battery Cells, Battery Modules, Battery Packs, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same Investigation Number: Pending Institution Filed By: Michael J. McKeon Firm/Organization: Fish & Richardson P.C. Behalf Of: LG Chem, Ltd., LG Chem Michigan Inc., and Toray Industries, Inc. Confidential: Yes Country: None Description: Letter to Lisa R. Ba  more

Joint Artificial Intelligence Center Partners With NSIN to Bring Hackathon to University of Michigan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news release: The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) partnered with the National Security Innovation Network (NISN) Sept. 20 through 23 to host a hackathon at the University of Michigan School of Aeronautical Engineering aimed at using AI tools to evaluate maintenance data for military aircraft. The three-day "Into the Dataverse" hackathon challenge brought together more than 50 hackers from academic instituti  more

Joint Base Andrews: America's Airman - Master Sgt. Jennifer Bricker
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Sept. 27 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: Hometown? East Jordan, Michigan Why do you serve? Initially, I decided to join for the experience as a way out of my very small town. After 9/11, my motivation and desire to serve increased and it just so happens that I left for basic training exactly two weeks after 9/11. How does your job impact the wing's mission? My job provides deployment assistance to Department of Defense personnel a  more

Jr. Ranger in the Classroom is Hands-on at Local Elementary School
CADILLAC, Michigan, Sept. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Huron-Manistee National Forests - issued the following news release: On September 20, the Huron-Manistee National Forests' "Jr. Ranger in the Classroom" program returned to Kenwood Elementary School. This time with monarch caterpillars and American Sign Language. Elizabeth Becktel's kindergarten welcomed Junior Ranger Juli-Ann Lang to their classroom to teach the stages of the monarch's lifecycle wi  more

Mich. U.S. Attorney: Former City of Detroit Building Authority Official Sentenced For Bribery Conspiracy With Detroit Demolition Program
DETROIT, Michigan, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, issued the following news release: Aradondo Haskins, 48, the former Field Operations Manager for the City of Detroit Building Authority overseeing the demolition program in Detroit, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison after having pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services fraud in connection with the Detroit Demolition Program, announced First Assi  more

Mich. U.S. Attorney: Midwest Health Care Fraud Law Enforcement Action Results Charges Against 53 Individuals Alleging $250 Million Loss
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, issued the following news release: Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Division announced today a health care fraud law enforcement action in Detroit, Chicago and Minnesota. Charges were filed against 20 individuals in the Eastern District of Michigan for their alleged involvement in Medicare fraud schemes resulting in $144.8 million in illegitimate  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Cook Power Reactor in Michigan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54291) involving the Cook power reactor in Michigan: FITNESS-FOR-DUTY REPORT "On September 24, 2019, at 0930 EDT, a non-licensed employee contract supervisor had a confirmed positive test result for illegal drugs during a random test. The employee's access to the plant has been denied. "The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector." Power Reactor Facility: COOK Region: 3 St  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Fermi Power Reactor in Michigan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54293) involving the Fermi power reactor in Michigan: HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION DECLARED INOPERABLE "At 1203 EDT, on September 25, 2019, during a Division 2 Emergency Equipment Service Water (EESW) pump and valve surveillance test, the Division 2 Emergency Equipment Cooling Water (EECW) Temperature Control Valve was found to be approximately 80 percent open rather than in its required f  more

Rural Development - Michigan Office: USDA Announces Water System Improvements for Mackinaw City
EAST LANSING, Michigan, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development - Michigan office issued the following news release: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Donald "DJ" LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $144 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 25 states. "Modern and reliable water and wastewater infrastructure systems are foundational to economic growth and quality of life in rural communities," LaVoy   more

Securities and Exchange Commission: Automaker to Pay $40 Million for Misleading Investors
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following news release: The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Michigan-based automaker FCA US LLC, and its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., for misleading investors about the number of new vehicles sold each month to customers in the United States. FCA US and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have agreed to pay $40 million to settle the charges. According to the SEC's order, between 2012 and 2016, F  more

U.S. Air Force Academy Mourns Loss of Longtime Faculty Member, Instructor
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Sept. 24 -- The U.S. Air Force Academy issued the following news: On Sept. 9, 2019, thousands were shocked to hear that Madame Elaine Tendetnik had suddenly passed away. Originally from Dearborn, Michigan, Tendetnik was an instructor of French, the pioneer of the Academy Faculty Senate, a trained French chef, a sommelier, a wife, a mother and so much more. Her husband, Maj. Pavel Tendetnik, her three children, Jessica, Alexander, and Catherine, colleagues from the A  more

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $39.6 Million in Infrastructure Grants to Six Airports in Michigan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration issued the following news release: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $986million in airport infrastructure grants, the fifth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. "This significant investment in airport improvements in Michigan will f  more