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Detroit Daily Round-Up 12/22: No violations found after probe into Gov. Whitmer's campaign finance complaints and more

Ashanti Seabron

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(DETROIT, Mich.) Hello and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Detroit Daily Round-Up. Happy Hump Day — let's finish out this week strong!

Today is Wednesday, December 22, let's check out Detroit's biggest stories of the day.

No wrongdoing found after investigation into 2 campaign finance complaints against Gov. Whitmer

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Following an investigation into two campaign finance violations made against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of State said no violations were found.

The complaints were focused on Whitmer’s use of campaign committee funds to pay for a chartered flight out of state and the acceptance of donations in excess of campaign contribution limits while in the midst of recall efforts.

“As with any complaint, the professional staff with Michigan’s Bureau of Elections conducted a thorough analysis that included a review of all relevant laws, policies, and the facts presented, which resulted in the department concluding that there was no legal violation in either instance,” department spokesman Jake Rollow said.

Tigers first base coach Kimera Bartee dies at 49

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On Monday, Kimera Bartee, a former Major League Baseball outfielder and Detroit Tigers first base coach, passed away. He was 49.

Bartee was an outfielder in Detroit from 1996 to 1999 and played the next two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies.

He was promoted to the Tigers' first-base coach during the 2021 season after he was the organization’s roving outfield and baserunning instructor, a position he had held in 2020 with Philadelphia Phillies. He had also previously held the position as the first-base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“Throughout his time in our organization as both a player and coach, Kimera was known as a kind soul but intense competitor who did his best every day to elevate those around him to do great things,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said. “While Tigers fans got used to seeing him in the first base coach’s box, Kimera’s impact on our ballclub went far deeper and will be sorely missed. In speaking with Kimera’s father, Jerry Bartee, we offered our condolences and support to his family.”

Sandhill crane with rubber band around its beak rescued by Detroit Zoo
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The Detroit Zoo is overlooking the recovery of a sandhill crane after he was found with a rubber band around his beak.

After the bird was found in Commerce Township in September, zoo staff found that the rubber band was tightly wrapped around his lower beak, which cut off blood supply and caused it to break off.

Plans are currently being developed to create a prosthetic bill for him.

AAA's Tow to Go program aims to prevent impaired driving over holiday season

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AAA's annual Tow to Go program has returned with the goal of preventing impaired driving in Michigan over the holidays.

Between 6 p.m. Christmas Eve to 6 a.m. Jan. 3, 2022, AAA will transport would-be impaired drivers and their vehicles to a safe location within a 10-mile radius.

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