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Woman found guilty in fatal shootings of 2 in leasing office

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — A Flint-area woman has been found guilty but mentally ill in the slayings of two women who worked in the leasing office of the apartment complex where she lived.

Jacquelyne Tyson was convicted Tuesday of first- and second-degree murder in Genesee County Circuit Court. She faces sentencing on Aug. 6.

Lyric Work and Tamara Johnson were shot July 26, 2016 in the Grand Oaks Apartments leasing office in Grand Blanc.

The 45-year-old Johnson died at the scene. The 20-year-old Work was pregnant. She was taken off life support at a hospital several days later. Her daughter was delivered seven weeks early by cesarean section.


Auto supplier planning new facility at site in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — An auto supplier plans to build a $55 million facility in Detroit and has agreed to give city residents first shot for jobs at the new plant.

Mayor Mike Duggan’s office says Tuesday that Dakkota Integrated Systems expects to create 625 jobs and will recruit from the Detroit at Work priority application list.

To get on the list, applicants must live in Detroit, meet Dakkota’s job criteria and attend a Detroit at Work Job Readiness Event.

The city also is expected to request tax abatements as part of incentives for the project.

Dakkota makes automotive components. It wants to build a 600,000-square-foot (55,740-square-meter) manufacturing plant on a 32-acre east side site to supply parts to Fiat Chrysler facilities.

The project has to be approved by Detroit’s City Council.


23 US governors join Calif. in opposing Trump mileage freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-three U.S. governors are pointing to climate-damaging tailpipe emissions as they back California leaders in their showdown with the Trump administration over relaxing vehicle mileage standards.

The stand by leaders of states and Puerto Rico — nearly all Democrats — comes as the Trump administration moves to freeze tougher mileage standards laid out by former President Barack Obama. The mileage program was one of Obama’s key efforts against climate change.

The Trump administration says consumers increasingly want bigger, gas-guzzling SUVs and pickup trucks. It also argues that demanding ever-more fuel-efficient vehicles will drive up automobile costs and keep less-safe, older vehicles on the road longer. Many engineers challenge that claim.

The governors’ pledge commits to sticking to the program of annual tightening in mileage standards that reduce climate-changing carbon emissions.


Missing boater found in Lake St. Clair after going overboard

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A missing boater has been found safe after he told authorities he fell overboard in Lake St. Clair, swam to an island and commandeered another boat to reach rescuers.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office says they started searching for the man Monday night in the lake off of southeastern Michigan after a woman reported that he apparently jumped from the moving boat. She called 911 and wasn’t able to stop the 40-foot (12.2-meter) boat, so deputies found her, jumped aboard and stopped the boat.

Crews searched for the 43-year-old St. Clair Shores man until about 1 a.m. Tuesday, when he reached them. He told them that after commandeering the boat he headed toward searchers.

He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. No one is expected to face charges.


Michigan governor OKs highway honor for Aretha Franklin

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s governor has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday approved the bill to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.” Franklin died in Detroit last year after battling pancreatic cancer.

The Democratic governor notes in a statement that Franklin’s “creativity and voice contributed to our musical and cultural history in Michigan.”

Supporters of the designation say dedicating a portion of the highway is a way to honor the musical and cultural icon, who grew up in Detroit and learned the gospel fundamentals at New Bethel Baptist Church.

Some Republicans who opposed the bill, however, have said such designations should only go to fallen first responders and military veterans.


Deal to reopen roadway at Detroit border to 2-way traffic

(Information from: The Detroit News,

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (AP) — A roadway between the poverty-pocked east side of Detroit and an upscale suburb is expected to reopen to two-way traffic after access was curbed five years ago.

The Detroit News reports Grosse Pointe Park City Council voted to pass an agreement Monday and Detroit City Council was expected to weigh in on the deal that also would develop properties near the cities’ border.

Grosse Pointe Park City Manager Dale Krajniak says the “distinction between the communities will be seamless” in the area.

In 2014, Grosse Pointe Park restored drivers’ access from Detroit on Kercheval Avenue, which workers had blocked with traffic barriers and farmers market sheds. Some residents of Detroit, which is majority black, said the barricades and sheds were erected as a hostile act by the mostly white community.



City of Southfield appoints Elvin Barren as police chief

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Deputy Detroit police chief Elvin Barren has been named police chief for suburban Southfield.

Southfield’s City Council approved Barren’s appointment Monday. Barren was hired following a national search. He starts in his new job on July 29.

Barren has spent 21 years with the Detroit Police Department where he oversaw day-to-day operations of four precincts, the Tactical Response Unit, Special Response Team, bomb squad and other units. He also is a Navy veteran.

He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration and is completing his master’s degree in criminal justice.

Mayor Ken Siver said the appointment “reflects the city’s utmost commitment to the safety and security of Southfield residents, businesses and all those who enter the city on a daily basis.”


Michigan governor OKs $15M to help farmers amid wet weather

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops.

Whitmer’s office announced the signing Monday.

The spending covers upfront loan-processing fees and subsidize private lenders so they can provide 1% interest rates to farmers, processors and others in the agriculture industry.

Similar relief was enacted in 2012, when fruit growers and processors were hit especially hard by an early thaw and late freeze. Eligibility will be determined based on the percentage of loss to the producer or processor.

Michigan has been going through a wet period. Five Michigan counties just were declared federal disaster areas due to agricultural losses.



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5 Michigan counties get agricultural disaster designation

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five Michigan counties have been declared federal disaster areas because of losses from heavy rains and high winds in the past year.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue approved Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Otsego counties for the designation.

It offers emergency loans to help with recovery needs such as replacing equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farming operation or refinancing debts.

Also eligible to seek assistance are producers in counties that are contiguous to those named as disaster areas. They include Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Oscoda, Roscommon and Wexford.

The application deadline is Feb. 25, 2020.

The U.S. Farm Service Agency will review the applications based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

More information is available online .


Michigan Rep. Amash formally withdraws from House GOP caucus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan has formally withdrawn from the House Republican conference, days after announcing he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from it.”

Amash, who had been the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, told GOP leaders Monday he is withdrawing from the House GOP conference and resigning from the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Both decisions are effective immediately.

In an opinion article published July 4 in The Washington Post , Amash said partisan politics is damaging American democracy.

Amash told CNN Sunday he plans to run for his House seat as an independent, but declined to rule out a 2020 presidential bid against Trump.