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WORKER PAY-OVERTIME

Whitmer seeks to make more workers eligible for overtime

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to make more Michigan workers eligible for overtime pay.

The Democrat announced Thursday that her administration will establish rules to change the salary threshold under which employers must pay overtime to their workers. Whitmer did not say what the threshold would be.

The Trump administration is making overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. Whitmer says Trump’s plan “leaves 200,000 Michigan workers behind.”

She says boosting paychecks in good for families, businesses and the economy.

It could take up to year to finalize a Michigan overtime rule.

POWERBALL WINNER-MICHIGAN

Michigan couple with 21 grandchildren claims $80M Powerball

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan couple with seven children and 21 grandchildren has claimed an $80 million Powerball prize.

Fifty-four-year-old Phillip Chippewa of Suttons Bay traveled to Lansing on Wednesday with his wife, Dawn, and their family to claim their prize.

Their Powerball ticket matched all five numbers and the Powerball in the Sept. 21 drawing. The couple opted to receive their payment as a one-time lump-sum, which came to $42 million after taxes.

Chippewa says he now has all the money he’ll ever need to help his family for generations. The couple’s plans for their winnings include buying homes for each of their children.

They’re both members of and work for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. They plan to keep working for now.

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION-APPLICATIONS

Applications for Michigan redistricting panel now available

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents can start applying to serve on a new commission that will draw congressional and legislative districts.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Thursday that applications are available at www.RedistrictingMichigan.org . They take about 15 minutes to complete.

The applications must be notarized and are due by June 1. Secretary of state branches and local clerk offices will provide notary services for free. A list of free notaries can be found at www.Michigan.gov/FreeNotary .

Applications will be mailed to more than 10,000 randomly selected households. Benson’s office also will hold application workshops and coordinate a public-awareness campaign that includes TV ads.

The 13 randomly chosen commissioners will be paid about $40,000 each. They will start meeting in the fall of 2020 and will adopt congressional and legislative maps in 2021.

100-YEAR-OLD VETERAN HONORED

100-year-old veteran honored for guarding national monument

(Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com)

DETROIT (AP) — A 100-year-old World War II veteran from Michigan has finally been honored for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Jack Eaton is the oldest living sentinel of the monument, which he protected from January 1938 to December 1939.

Eaton viewed his plaque for the first time at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Wednesday.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Eaton says he’s wanted the plaque for a while.

His stepdaughter, Brenda Warburton, says Eaton got a little choked up on seeing the plaque, noting that’s unusual for him.

The Burton man realized he didn’t have a plaque after touring the guard barracks of the tomb in 2017, where plaques of every living guard are displayed. A plaque was erected after he inquired about it.

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FARM ANIMALS

Michigan Senate votes to delay cage-free ban for hens

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided Michigan Senate has voted to delay a requirement that farm animals confined in small cages and stalls be given more room.

Legislation approved 21-17 Thursday would push back standards that are scheduled to take effect his month for egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs. Farmers would not have to comply until October 2025 for hens and next April for pigs under the bill that will go to the House for consideration next.

The Republican-backed measure is part of an update to the Animal Industry Act that has bipartisan support otherwise.

Starting in October 2025, businesses would be prohibited from selling shelled eggs that are the product of hens confined in enclosures that are not considered to be cage-free housing.

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Online:

Senate Bills 174, 179-183 and 361: http://bit.ly/31O8LkR

DETROIT FIRE-CHILDREN HURT

5 children hospitalized following house fire in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Five children have been injured in a house fire in northwest Detroit.

Deputy fire commissioner Dave Fornell says the children — ages 4 months to 4 years old — were taken to a hospital Thursday morning. The children suffered from smoke inhalation. Their conditions were not immediately available.

A firefighter also suffered an injury while trying to enter the home. His injury was not considered life-threatening.

The fire was reported about 9:20 a.m. and is under investigation. Police said adults inside the home put the blaze out before firefighters arrived.

TERM LIMITS

Term limits plan would be tied to ‘good government’ changes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A potential plan to ask Michigan voters to ease legislative term limits would likely be paired with “good government” changes aimed at addressing the state’s feeble transparency and accountability grades.

No proposal has been finalized. But the fact that Republican legislative leaders have privately briefed their caucuses about talks with two political heavyweights — the Voters Not Politicians ballot committee and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce — is a sign that there is serious interest.

The constitutional amendment would need Democratic votes for the GOP-led Legislature to put it on the 2020 ballot.

The measure may be tied to pending bills. Those include requiring officeholders to fill out financial disclosures, subjecting the Legislature and governor’s office to public-records requests, and instituting a waiting period for public officials to become lobbyists.

TEEN SLAIN-SENTENCE

Man sentenced to at least 31 years in Flint teen’s killing

(Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to at least 31 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Flint boy.

Twenty-four-year-old Emilio Cortes-Lloyd was convicted last month by a Genesee County jury of second-degree murder in Shaun William LaBelle’s December 2018 killing.

MLive.com reports that a judge sentenced Cortes-Lloyd on Tuesday to serve 31 to 62 years in prison in LaBelle’s slaying.

LaBelle was fatally shot in the back outside his home and was pronounced dead at the scene.

LaBelle’s mother, Teresa Hiller, told Cortes-Lloyd during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing that he shot her son “in cold blood” and that his 11-year-old sister witnessed the killing.

Cortes-Lloyd offered his apologies to LaBelle’s family during the hearing but added, “I maintain my innocence.”

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DETROIT UNIVERSITY-FREE TUITION

School offers free tuition to Detroit high school graduates

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University has launched a scholarship promising free tuition to full-time, first-year students starting next fall who have graduated from a Detroit high school.

The Detroit university on Wednesday announced the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge, which is designed to fill the gap after financial aid to cover tuition and fees. There are no restrictions on family income.

To be eligible, students must live in the city and have graduated from any Detroit high school.

University officials say the program expands on one launched in 2017 that’s enabled roughly 2,300 students statewide to enroll with no cost for tuition and fees.

Many schools, including University of Michigan, offer free tuition to students whose families fall below a certain income threshold.

GAY COUPLES-ADOPTION

Michigan judge denies request to halt LGBT adoption ruling

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied Michigan’s request to halt his preliminary injunction that preserved a Catholic adoption agency’s ability to refuse to place state wards with LGBT couples.

Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids declined the stay Tuesday. It had been sought by state Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state Department of Health and Human Services, while the case is appealed.

Jonker says state attorneys “offered nothing new” and “failed to come to grips” with the factual basis supporting an inference that Nessel engaged in “religious targeting.” Nessel has denied having hostility toward faith-based agencies that contract with the state.

She says Michigan law allows child-placing agencies to turn away families in private cases based on their sincerely held religious beliefs, but not when they place state-supervised children.