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Remains at Lansing home identified as missing mom, son

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Human remains found at a Lansing house have been identified as a missing woman and her 5-year-old son.

Police tell the Lansing State Journal that 34-year-old Danielle Steiner and Aubrey Hall have been missing for 13 months after she took the boy out of school. The discovery of bones Monday by a cleaning crew led police to dig up the backyard.

The deaths are being treated as homicides. Lansing police Chief Mike Yankowski says the case is “complex.” He says the cause of death hasn’t been determined.

Court records indicate that the boy’s father was granted full custody of Aubrey in June 2018.


Children battling cancer to attend ‘Toy Story 4’ screening

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A nonprofit is planning to give a group of young cancer patients and their families star treatment at a private screening of the movie “Toy Story 4” in Royal Oak.

The Bottomless Toy Chest’s 8th Annual Red Carpet Movie event for the children and their families will be held July 18 at the Emagine Royal Oak Theatre.

Bottomless Toy Chest founder Mickey Guisewite says the youngsters and their families will receive “star treatment” and walk a red carpet into the theater for the screening.

The organization delivers brand new cellophane-wrapped toys, crafts and hands-on activities to pediatric cancer patients at 10 hospitals in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia and Texas.


Detroit Zoo hosting work of renowned wildlife photographer

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo is hosting an exhibition of the work of a renowned wildlife photographer.

The Detroit Zoological Society is presenting “Thomas D. Mangelsen — A Life in the Wild ” that’s scheduled to run until Sept. 10 at the zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

The 40 photographs are located in the exhibit gallery in the Ford Education Center and the exhibition, which is free with zoo admission, will be open during regular zoo hours. Included in the exhibition is “Polar Dance,” a photo of two wild polar bears appearing to waltz in the Arctic.

Mangelsen was named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, placing his work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.


Authorities: 6 children injured when vehicle hit Amish buggy

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say six children have been injured in western Michigan after a vehicle struck an Amish buggy.

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office says one of the children is in critical condition. The other five are also being hospitalized and are listed in fair condition.

Deputies responded to the accident after 10 p.m. on Wednesday. A vehicle allegedly struck the horse-drawn buggy carrying eight people.

The vehicle’s 63-year-old driver wasn’t injured.

Authorities say alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.


Michigan Rep. Amash says he’s quitting Republican Party

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan says he is leaving the Republican Party because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics.

Amash, the lone Republican member of Congress to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, says he has become discouraged by party politics and “frightened by what I see from it.”

Writing in the Washington Post on July 4, Amash says: “I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party.”

He called on Americans to join him in rejecting the major parties.

Amash was the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against Trump, drawing the ire of many fellow Republicans and Trump.

He represents Michigan’s 3rd Congressional district in the western part of the state.


Way Down Wanderers headline Thunder Bay Maritime Festival

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Spirited bluegrass and Americana artists the Way Down Wanderers are headlining a music-filled Independence Day festival in northern Michigan.

The Illinois-based band performs Thursday afternoon at the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival in Alpena . The performance will be under the Big Tent at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

Festival coordinator Jean Prevo calls this year’s festival “one of the biggest years ever” for music. Other acts include The Bandura Gypsies, High Speed, Genot Picor and the Depot Town Players.

The free festival also includes cardboard boat races, helicopter rides and kids’ activities. Debuting this year is the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest.


Michigan State University to open allergen-free dining hall

(Information from: Lansing State Journal,

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students with food allergies will soon have a new place to dine on Michigan State University’s campus.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the school is opening its first allergen-free dining hall, Thrive, on Monday.

Gina Keilen is the university’s dietitian for culinary services. She says about one in eight MSU students has some sort of food allergy.

Keilen says the new dining hall is intended to make more students feel welcome on campus.

Thrive will serve food that doesn’t contain any of the most common allergens, such as milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts and fish. The facility is also gluten free.

The dining hall will have three stations offering a variety of foods, from mashed potatoes and roast turkey, to grain bowls and nachos.



Woman with food allergy loses appeal over voice damage

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (AP) — A woman who says a Jimmy John’s sandwich damaged her ability to speak has failed to persuade the Michigan appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit.

Lindsey Bresnahan didn’t want Dijon mustard on her sandwich, but the mustard was mistakenly used. Bresnahan believes she’s allergic to horseradish in the mustard. The impact was severe: She had to undergo speech therapy to regain full use of her voice.

But the appeals court agreed with a Kent County judge who said the Jimmy John’s franchise in Comstock Park isn’t liable, even if staff made a mistake. The court says employees weren’t told Bresnahan was allergic and the reaction was “not foreseeable.”

The court says it’s unreasonable to require restaurants to treat menu modifications as a “possible severe food allergy.”


Whitmer: Benton Harbor school board vote is a ‘setback’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the Benton Harbor school board’s surprise decision to reject a tentative plan to potentially avoid the closure of the district’s main high school is a “setback.”

Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said Wednesday that board members have sent a “troubling signal” to parents that they are “unwilling to negotiate in good faith” to address the district’s academic and financial challenges.

Whitmer had expected the board to approve a resolution Tuesday calling for it to work with the state on the proposed deal. Board members could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

State officials have warned that the entire district might be dissolved.

A previous “cooperative” agreement between the state and Benton Habor ended Sunday due to the repeal of a section of Michigan law.


Michigan’s pot agency issues rules on sales, growing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Requirements for businesses that plan to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older are expected to be clearer under emergency rules released by the agency that regulates the selling and growing of pot in Michigan.

Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency plans to start taking business applications Nov. 1. The rules will remain in effect for six months and can be extended for another six months.

Under the rules issued Wednesday there are no capitalization requirements and license holders can apply for temporary marijuana event licenses. Some licensed growers also will be allowed to exceed their plant count. Businesses with licenses under common ownership will be allowed to operate at the same location.

Michigan Cannabis Industry Association spokesman Josh Hovey says “at first glance” the organization believes the “rules are well thought out and forward-thinking.”