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Man At-Large After Reportedly Stabbing Girlfriend in Roseville 

(ROSEVILLE, Mich.) -- A man is at-large after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in Roseville Tuesday afternoon.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the victim and her boyfriend "started to argue over his extreme jealousy" when he allegedly hit her and stabbed her.

The woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

The man fled the scene and remains at-large.

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Michigan Receives $75M in Federal Funding to Fight Blight in Cities

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Over $75 million in federal funding is on its way to Michigan to combat blight in cities throughout the state.

Gov. Rick Synder announced on Tuesday that 12 cities, including Detroit, will divide the money as part of U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund program.

Eligible cities were chosen by Michigan State Housing Development Authority based on an evaluation system that included residential housing vacancy rates.

“This is another important step in Michigan’s comeback, which has become a national example for what can be accomplished when federal, state and city partners work together with a shared vision to solve a problem,” Gov. Snyder said in a statement. “As a result of this collaboration, these cities will be better places to live, work, play and invest.”

The funding will eventually increase to $175 million, the amount of Hardest Hit blight program dollars committed to Michigan for reducing foreclosure, stabilizing the housing market and improving the economy.

The communities receiving money include:

  • Detroit, $50 million ($47.4 million in second-round funding combined with $2.6 million in reserves from the first round)
  • Lansing, $6 million
  • Jackson, $5.5 million
  • Highland Park, $5 million
  • Inkster, $2.25 million
  • Ecorse, $2.19 million
  • Muskegon Heights, $1.8 million
  • River Rouge, $1.3 million
  • Port Huron, $1 million
  • Hamtramck, $952,000
  • Ironwood, $675,000
  • Adrian, $375,000

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Crime Stoppers Offering $10K Reward after Ingham County Deputy's Death

Michigan State Police(LANSING, Mich.) -- Authorities are now offering a $10,000 reward after an Ingham County deputy was killed earlier this month during a vehicle pursuit.

Michigan State Police say the crash involving Ingham County Deputy Grant Whitaker happened shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 7 outside of Stockbridge, Michigan in the area of M-52 and Dexter Trail.

The vehicle and occupants being pursued by Whitaker have not yet been positively identified.

Police say the vehicle is described as a light-colored SUV.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact  police at (517) 331-5634.

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Authorities Investigating Drive-by Shooting in Detroit

(DETROIT) -- Authorities are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

The Detroit Police Department reports that a 25-year-old man was driving in the area of Grand River Avenue and Maplewood Avenue when two men began shooting at him from a car.

The victim was hit by gunfire but his injuries are non-life-threatening.

The suspects are described as two armed black men. Their car is described as white SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 313-596-1040.

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An Eleven-Year-Old Detroit Girl’s Perfect Sales Pitch Will Blow You Away

(DETROIT) -- Asia Newson, 11, could sell dust to a desert.

“Since I was about 4 or 5-years-old, I've always had, like, the vibe, or, like, I don’t know, little power ball that keeps me going,” Asia told ABC News’ 20/20.

Known as “Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur,” Asia is the co-founder and CEO of Super Business Girl, a company she runs with her parents. Asia often approaches complete strangers on the street to sell them homemade candles so she can buy clothes and food for needy children, as well as her own school and business supplies.

Asia’s dad Michael Newson is both her silent partner and not-so-silent mentor and stays nearby as she makes her sales pitch to people on sidewalks, in markets, in city barbershops and in the suburbs.

Asia now counts among her business role-models the Midwest mogul and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, who met Asia when she was selling candles on the sidewalk. Asia remembers Gilbert asked her to give him her pitch. Impressed with her sales bravado, Gilbert invited Asia to have a follow-up discussion.

For a little girl, Asia has some very adult-sized ambitions. “[I want] to have Super Business Girl stores, and, you know, just different places, like the Walt Disney store. They can buy my Super Business Girl merchandise, mugs, shoelaces, backpacks, notebooks, candles, everything,” said Asia.

But Asia realizes that her age and being cute is part of what helps drive her sales.

“As I’m getting older, it’s not fading away, but just a little bit. I have to step up my game, and step up my presentation,” Asia said. “My ultimate, ultimate dream is to have schools all over the world, not just in America, that have professors and teachers in them that teaches at risk youth how to become entrepreneurs and empower themselves.”

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