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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Detroit.

Thursday
Aug212014

Former Detroit Archbishop Cardinal Edmund Szoka Dies

(DETROIT) -- Former Archbishop of Detroit, Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, has died. He was 86.

According to a statement from the Archdiocese of Detroit, Cardinal Szoka died of natural causes on Wednesday night at Providence Park Hospital in Novi.

"For sixty years Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church.  He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers. May the Lord give him the reward of his labors," current Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron said.

Szoka served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 to 1990, and then went on to oversee the government of the Vatican City State under Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.


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Thursday
Aug212014

State Offers Flood Assistance for Metro Detroit Veterans 

(DETROIT) -- The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency will offer funding for qualified veterans affected by last week's flooding, officials announced  Wednesday.

Up to $500 in disaster funds will be issued to veterans and their families for non-compensated, weather-related losses.

Applicants are encouraged to submit paperwork from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at veterans offices in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

To be eligible, applicants must be a service-connected disabled veteran, or a spouse or widower of such individual. They must also be the victim of a natural disaster with a claimed loss not covered by insurance.

Officials also announced financial assistance for combat-era veterans and dependent family members in the Metro Detroit area, available through the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.

For more information, visit the MVTF website.


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Thursday
Aug212014

Man Pleads Guilty to Role in $22M Health Care Fraud Scheme

(DETROIT) -- A greater Detroit-area owner of three home health agencies has pleaded guilty to being involved in a $22 million home health care fraud scheme.

Muhammad Aamir, of Bloomfield Hills, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of filing a false or fraudulent tax statement, the Department of Justice announced.

Officials said Aamir, 43, has admitted that from some time in 2008 though Jan. 2013, he conspired with others to bill Medicare for home health care services that weren't performed, weren't medically necessary, and were procured through paying illegal kickbacks.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Man in Custody After Monday Night Shooting in Lansing 

(LANSING, Mich.) -- A man is in custody following a Monday night shooting in Lansing.

Lansing police report that the suspect, 29-year-old Joshua Elya, shot a 40-year-old man who was a "long-time acquaintance."

The victim was hospitalized with critical injuries.

Elya reportedly fled the scene after the shooting, leading police on a car pursuit.

Elya was apprehended and arrested. He has been charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with dangerous weapon/felony firearms.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

State Approves Detroit Public Schools Loan

(DETROIT) -- Detroit Public Schools have been given the green light to borrow over $100 million to help the district with its cash flow situation.

According to the state's Treasury Department, the Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board on Wednesday approved a proposal from the school district's Emergency Manager, Jack Martin, to borrow $111 million through the issuance of State Aid Notes.


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