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Nominations sought for Governor’s Service Awards

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission are encouraging Michiganders to nominate individuals, businesses and organizations that have made a difference for others for the 2024 Governor’s Service Awards.

The Governor’s Service Awards ceremony is an annual statewide recognition event acknowledging the contributions made by Michigan volunteers.

“The Governor’s Service Awards honor exceptional Michiganders who make Michigan a better place to live, work, and play,” said Gov. Whitmer. “By recognizing volunteers who go above and beyond, we can all be inspired by the power of their example and give back in our own ways too. I encourage every Michigander to find a way to serve their community and submit nominations of exemplary Michiganders for these awards.”

The awards will honor organizations, individuals and businesses in several categories including volunteerism, national service and philanthropy. To recognize those who go above and beyond, Michigan’s governors have presented the Governor’s Service Awards since 1994.

The deadline to submit a nomination is April 5.

To learn more about the Governor’s Service Awards and how to apply visit Michigan.gov/GovernorsServiceAwards.

Flint man becomes first person charged under state’s new gun storage law

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man was charged Tuesday under the state’s new law requiring safe storage of guns after his 2-year-old daughter shot herself in the head with his revolver the day after the law took effect.

The 44-year-old Flint man became the first person to be charged with violating the law that took effect on Feb. 13, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. The girl is hospitalized in critical condition.

This law “went into effect one week ago today,” Leyton said at a news conference announcing charges against the man. “This incident occurred the very next day.”

The man faces charges including first-degree child abuse, a felony violation of Michigan’s gun storage law, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and lying to a police officer in a violent crime investigation.

Flint police learned of the shooting after the man took the girl to a hospital. They found two guns in the bedroom of the man’s home: the revolver and a semiautomatic pistol. Both were unsecured and loaded. Police said they found no gun locks or safes in the bedroom.

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