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Urban Land Institute of Michigan to host summit in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Urban regeneration, mixed-use developments and market trends in real estate are expected to be discussed during a land use conference in Detroit.

The Urban Land Institute of Michigan will host its Spring Summit, April 29 and 30, at Cobo Center. It’s geared toward real estate developers, investors, government officials, architects, urban planners and other service providers.

Tours of new projects across Detroit will be given. The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit research-and-education organization.


No liability for state in deaths of 2 bicyclists

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The state Transportation Department won’t be liable in the deaths of two women who were struck while riding bicycles in Jackson County.

The Michigan appeals court last week ruled in favor of the state in a lawsuit by families of Deborah Patterson and Mary Massengill. They were killed in 2016 when a 76-year-old driver hit them from behind.

Patterson and Massengill were riding in a bike lane on Wamplers Lake Road, near Brooklyn. Their estates argued that the Transportation Department had created a problem by making a bike lane without widening the road.

But the appeals court agreed with a lower court judge. The court says a “certain amount of risk is inherent” near moving vehicles.

The driver was convicted of committing a moving violation causing death.


Man’s body found in home days after fatal stabbing

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Police in southwestern Michigan say a man’s body was found in a basement four to five days after he was fatally stabbed.

Benton Harbor police located Sylvester Booth’s body early Saturday. His 60-year-old roommate was arrested.

Police say Booth was stabbed during a dispute over money. He was 57 years old.


Boston police investigate early morning shooting

BOSTON (AP) — A 32-year-old man identified by police as the victim of a fatal shooting was an assistant basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus who once played at the University of Michigan.

Boston police say Kendric Price was shot several times early Saturday morning in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood and pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made and investigators are urging anyone with information to contact the department’s homicide unit.

UMass-Boston said in a statement that Price was a “great young coach” who worked with the men’s basketball program.

Records show Price, a forward, was a member of the University of Michigan basketball team for two seasons between 2005 and 2007.

The Boston native had also been a prep school standout at Buckingham Brown & Nichols.


Detroit has unlicensed medical marijuana delivery businesses

(Information from: The Detroit News,

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four dozen medical marijuana delivery businesses are operating in Detroit, even though Michigan regulators haven’t yet approved any home delivery licenses.

The Detroit News reports that marketing agency Grow Cannabis Marketing has identified 44 medical marijuana delivery businesses in the city.

The Medical Marihuana Licensing Board in November approved a rule that would allow licensed provisioning centers to seek permission to start home-delivery services. A spokesman for the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department says the agency hasn’t received requests for such licensing yet.

Licensed provisioning centers that operate physical locations say the delivery operations are taking their business.

Delivery services argue that they’re filling a need as the industry struggles with a lack of approved cultivators. Many of the businesses use licensed caregivers to fulfill deliveries.



Autoworker upheaval: Families split, children left behind

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — General Motors says nearly all of its blue-collar workers in the U.S. whose jobs are facing elimination in a companywide restructuring have work waiting for them at GM’s remaining factories.

But workers say those changes are causing a lot of upheaval and uncertainty in their lives.

GM employees at the four factories in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland that are targeted to close within a year say moving will force them to leave behind relatives — even their children, in some cases.

For some, it means saying goodbye to everything they’ve built.

Hundreds already have transferred to plants in the Midwest and South, not wanting to risk their high-paying jobs.

Others are taking the chance that their plants might reopen and turning down voluntary transfers. Some are still agonizing over the decision.


Land deals mark progress in Grand River Greenway project

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Efforts are moving forward on the Grand River Greenway trail project in western Michigan with newly announced agreements to acquire additional land.

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation say three owners have agreed to sell 118 acres (48 hectares) in Robinson Township at the south end of Stearns Bayou. It includes Stearns Creek frontage and will protect nearly 27 acres (11 hectares) of wetlands.

A new park is scheduled to open in summer. It will feature a parking area, trailhead and hiking trails that can be used as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in winter.

The overall project would connect Grand Haven in Ottawa County to Millennium Park in Kent County.


Police follow footprints in snow to man accused in arson

(Information from: The Star Press,

PORTLAND, Ind. (AP) — Northeastern Indiana police say they followed footprints in the snow to find a Michigan man who’s accused of setting a house fire.

Twenty-five-year-old Cody John Conkright of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is charged with arson in the Feb. 20 fire. He’s being held on a $50,000 bond.

Police arrested Conkright after following his footprints from a fire-damaged vacant house in Portland, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis.

Online records don’t list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

The Star Press reports that on the day of the fire Conkright’s behavior in a local restaurant prompted a stalking complaint from a customer.

Michigan Department of Correction records show Conkright was convicted of criminal sexual conduct and assault with a dangerous weapon in Michigan’s Newaygo County, in 2013.



Grants awarded to rural development, infrastructure projects

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than a dozen grants have been awarded to promote the sustainability of land-based industries in Michigan and support infrastructure benefiting rural communities.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says about $1.2 million will go to 16 projects.

Funding includes $100,000 for Marquette County to replace influent pumps at a wastewater treatment facility. The Michigan Asparagus Industry Research Farm also will get $100,000 to buy an automated sorting machine. Hillsdale will get $100,000 for storm sewer and road improvements.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell said that “through targeted investments and matching funds from businesses, local municipalities and others” the grants can provide opportunities for thousands of businesses and employees “in every corner of the state.”


Michigan expected to see subzero wind-chill start to March

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is in store for a bitter-cold start to March with temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal forecast Sunday through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says an arctic air mass will move across Michigan bringing temperatures in the northern part of the state as low as minus 13 on Sunday evening into Monday morning. Lake effect snow showers also are possible. The weather service office in Grand Rapids says temperatures will only reach the teens and 20s in west-central Michigan.

In Detroit the high on Monday and Tuesday is forecast at 19. The high temperature is expected to be 15 on Monday in Flint and Saginaw. Wind chills are expected to dip as low as minus 13 in Sandusky and Bad Axe on Monday night into Tuesday morning.