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500 Have Fallen Ill from Meningitis Outbreak, Snyder to Discuss New Bridge to Canada

Here is a look at five of the most interesting stories from this week.

1. As big-name national retailers hoped to draw lots of shoppers for Black Friday, local businesses around the Fenton area and the U.S. looked for support on Small Business Saturday. The Hartland Patch had a story about Small Business Saturday, described by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a “day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.”

2. Gov. Rick Snyder will discuss plans for a second Detroit-Windsor bridge during a trip to Canada, said an Associated Press story printed in The Flint Journal. In the general election earlier this month, voters spurned a proposal to give them a say on whether state money can be used to build international border crossings.

3. In a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak from tainted steroid injections, two additional Livingston County residents have died, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports. Almost 500 nationwide, including 164 in Michigan, have fallen ill over the past several weeks.

4. Thursday’s warm weather drew one of the largest crowds in years to the America’s Thanksgiving parade in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press said. But the warmest Nov. 22 on record was in 1913, with temperatures of 69 degrees.

5. As the village of Holly’s new elected officials came on board, the council honored longtime members Don Winglemire, Pauline Kenner and Village President Jeff Miller, The Holly Express reported. Between them, the three have nearly 50 years of combined service to the community.

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