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Morning News Roundup, Monday, January 9th, 2012
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Morning News Roundup, Monday, January 9th, 2012

Iran Sentences Michigan Man

A man from Michigan has been sentenced to death in Iran, according to the Associated Press. From the AP:

Iran's state radio says a court has convicted a Michigan man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death. Monday's report said Amir Mirzaei Hekmati was also convicted of trying to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism... Under Iranian law, he has 20 days to appeal. Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Hekmati received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission. His father, a professor at a community college in Flint, Mich., has said his son is not a CIA spy and was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.

NAIAS 2012 Preview Begins

The North American International Auto Show press preview is underway at Cobo Hall in Detroit today. It was announced earlier this morning that the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque won the “Truck of the Year award” and the 2012 Hyundai Elantra has been named the "Car of the Year.”  Michigan Raido’s Mark Brush reports, “This is the third time a European automaker has won the ‘Truck of the Year’ award in the 19-year history of the award. The award is judged by 50 automotive journalists.”

Medical Marijuana Campaign

A campaign to legalize marijuana is expected to launch an effort this week to get the question of legalization before voters this November, Laura Weber reports. “The campaign to legalize marijuana must gather more than 300,000 valid signatures by early July to get the question on the ballot. Voters in Michigan approved the state’s medical marijuana law by a wide margin in 2008.The state Supreme Court will also hear a case this week on the rules for medical marijuana clinics,” Weber reports.

Zoe Clark is Michigan Public's Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.