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Michigan Selects State Christmas Tree from Kingsford

(LANSING, Mich.) -- A 63-foot blue spruce from the city of Kingsford has been picked as the state's 29th Christmas tree.

The tree was selected by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, and will be delivered to the state capitol on Saturday, Nov. 1.

“We scoured the entire state and have found the perfect tree for this year’s 30th annual Silver Bells in the City celebration,” said DTMB Director and state CIO David Behen in a statement. “It will be a great sight for all Michiganders when all the hard work pays off with the annual tree lighting celebration in downtown Lansing.”

The tree lighting will take place on Friday, Nov. 21 as part of the 30th Silver Bells In The City celebration. It will be strung with 4,000 lights, helping to illuminate Capitol Avenue with an estimated total of 8,000 to 9,000 lights.

The blue spruce will be harvested at no cost to the owners, Bill and Helen Bjorkman, in Kingsford on Thursday, Oct. 30.

This is the 20th time that the state tree has been selected from the Upper Peninsula.

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Man, 19, Sought for Murder on Detroit's East Side

Detroit Police Department(DETROIT) -- A 19-year-old man is being sought by police for the murder of another man on Detroit's east side over the summer.

Police said Rico Rambus is wanted for the shooting death of Jeffery Staples, Jr.

Staples was fatally shot on the 8100 Block of Bliss Street on Aug. 18.

Anyone with information on Rambus' whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-773-2587.

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City to Auction Off Unwanted Vehicles

(DETROIT) -- The City of Detroit is looking to get rid of some unwanted vehicles and equipment by giving it to the highest bidders.

City officials announced that it will be auctioning off municipal garbage trucks, aerial bucket lift trucks, backhoes and other vehicles and equipment that are no longer needed by the city.

Officials said more than 450 surplus vehicles will be placed on the auction block.

"Many of these vehicles are in very good working order and have a lot of life left in them," Detroit's Chief Operating Officer Gary Brown said in a statement.

There will be two auctions -- the first is on Nov. 5 at 2 Woodward Avenue. The second is an online auction that will be held on Nov. 13.

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GM Doubles Third-Quarter Profit

(DETROIT) -- Strong sales at home and abroad has led to General Motors doubling its third-quarter net profit, the company announced Thursday.

A release by GM said the company recorded a net profit of $1.4 billion, or 81 cents per share from July to September this year. For the same period last year, GM made a net profit of $700 million, or 45 cents per share.

"Strong global sales and growing margins in North America and China helped GM deliver very solid third quarter results," GM CEO Mary Barra said in the release.

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Peppers Distributed in MI Potentially Contaminated with Salmonella 

(LANSING, Mich.) -- State officials are advising consumers against eating serrano peppers distributed in Michigan, warning that the food may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the peppers were supplied by Bailey Farms Inc. in Oxford, North Carolina, and distributed by Meijer stores in the state.

The products were sold from Oct. 14 to Oct. 19, shipped on Bailey Farms labeled boxes with a 3x4 barcode label on the outside containing code 33714 and 1460410.

A random sample taken by health officials on Oct. 13 tested positive for Salmonella on Oct. 18.

No illnesses have been reported.

Customers who purchased the peppers during the affected dates are urged to return the product for a full refund.

Individuals infected with Salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

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