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Sanders, in Michigan, tells Trump to rework trade accord
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says President Donald Trump should “go back to the drawing board” on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade accord because it would let Michigan-based General Motors and other companies send U.S. jobs to Mexico.
The Democratic presidential candidate rallied in the working-class Detroit suburb of Warren Saturday night, after earlier speaking at a union hall in Coopersville outside Grand Rapids during a swing through Midwest states.
Sanders says Trump shouldn’t send the trade agreement to Congress unless it has enforcement mechanisms to raises workers’ wages and to prevent corporations from outsourcing jobs.
The tentative agreement is intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, but its fate is uncertain.
Sanders says Trump’s “biggest lie” to voters in 2016 was that he’s on the side of the working class.
Storm could drop several inches of snow on parts of Michigan
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — An early spring storm could drop several inches of snow this weekend on parts of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
The National Weather Service says a strengthening low pressure system moving northeast from the Ohio Valley to New England is expected to bring a rain-snow mix Sunday across the peninsula. Lower Michigan’s mid-section, including Midland, Iosco, Bay and Gladwin counties, could get the heaviest snow, bringing 5 inches or more to some areas.
Meteorologist Alex Manion of the weather service’s office near Detroit says the state’s southernmost belt likely will see more rain and little to no snow.
Manion says it’s hard to pinpoint how much and what kind of precipitation will fall with this storm. Thirty miles, he adds, could be the difference between two and five inches.
ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP
Workers’ rights are a 2020 campaign focus this weekend
The issue of workers’ rights is a focus this weekend for some of the Democrats running for president.
Bernie Sanders has campaign stops in the Midwest, including a community meeting in Indiana and an event with members of a plumbers and pipefitters’ union in Michigan. A rally by the Vermont senator is planned for Warren, Michigan, where General Motors is closing a plant.
Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, plans to emphasize workers’ rights and civil rights when he visits the Medical University of South Carolina for the 50th anniversary of a strike led by black workers protesting poor treatment.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has events in New Hampshire and Sen. Cory Booker is kicking off a national tour that begins in Newark, New Jersey, where he served as mayor.
FRUIT RECALL-SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
Cut melon linked to US salmonella outbreak recalled
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. The fruit has been sold under various brands or labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods.
The affected states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Health officials advise consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods, and, if so, not to eat it. They advise stores to pull the products from shelves.
Authorities say 93 people have been sickened, 23 of whom were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Salmonella Carrau is described as rare. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.
Off-road vehicle park to open in southeast Michigan in 2020
HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Off-roading enthusiasts will have a new vehicle park in southeastern Michigan to take dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and SUVs beginning next summer.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners recently approved a 20-year agreement to jointly manage a 235 acre off-road vehicle park with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The agreement says the state will own the land while the county will maintain and operate the park in Groveland and Holly townships.
The park hasn’t yet been formally named but planning for its design is underway. It’ll consist of former sand and gravel mines for drivers and riders to test their vehicles’ hill-climbing and gulley-jumping abilities.
County officials say 113 acres will open to the public by July 2020. The full park is expected to be operational by 2023.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
U. of Michigan natural history museum reopening to public
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is reopening to the public in its new building.
The Ann Arbor school says new exhibits will be on display to the public starting Sunday at the museum, which combines natural history with scientific research.
The museum , which is part of the university’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, closed in December 2017 . It moved from its previous home in the Ruthven Building to its current location in the new $261 million Biological Sciences Building.
Highlights include a realistic sculptural reconstruction of Australopithecus sediba, an extinct relative of humans, in the museum’s “Evolution: Life Through Time” gallery.
Michael Cherney, the museum’s on-staff paleontologist, says in a statement that visitors will be “staring into the eyes of something that’s very human-like.”
MICHIGAN BENEFIT CONCERT
Rapper A$AP Ferg to headline Michigan benefit concert
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A$AP Ferg will be headlining an annual University of Michigan concert to raise money for boosting educational accessibility.
The member of the New York-based rap collective A$AP Mob will perform Tuesday at Hill Auditorium. The benefit caps SpringFest, a day of on-campus events that includes more musical acts, interactive art installations, pop-up shops and food trucks.
Tickets for the concert start at $15 for university students and $25 for the general public.
SpringFest 2019 is presented by MUSIC Matters . MUSIC stands for Michigan Undergrads Serving in the Community.
Some proceeds are going to develop a new program called “The CoMMunity Partnership,” a social impact grant to boost other student philanthropic groups. This year, MUSIC Matters is working with other organizations to promote educational accessibility.
Mazda recalls nearly 190K cars due to failing wipers
DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling nearly 190,000 Mazda 3 compact cars in the U.S. because the windshield wipers can fail.
The company says in documents posted Saturday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the recall covers cars from the 2016 through 2018 model years.
The Japanese automaker traced the problem to metal deposits that can cause a wiper relay to stick, knocking out the wipers and limiting driver visibility. The company says it has no reports of crashes or injuries due to the problem.
Dealers will replace the front wiper control module at no cost to owners starting June 3.
MICHIGAN STATE-GLOBAL SERVICE DAY
Michigan State holding global community service day
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students, alumni and employees of Michigan State University plan to participate in community service projects in the U.S., Asia and Middle East.
The Global Day of Service , set for Saturday, is part of a year-round initiative called “Spartans Will. Serve.” In addition to projects across the U.S., there are five international sites: four in China and one in Egypt.
Efforts include helping the homeless, participating in food drives and forest restoration, as well as cleanup efforts along highways, in parks and natural areas.
Organizers say the number of international projects has grown along with the alumni base of the East Lansing school.
US drops appeal dismissing female genital mutilation charges
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department won’t appeal a decision by a Detroit federal judge who threw out female genital mutilation charges against members of a Muslim sect.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco calls it an “especially heinous practice.” But in a letter to Congress, he says the law needs to be changed to be constitutional under U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
Judge Bernard Friedman in November said the law was unconstitutional because Congress didn’t have power to regulate genital mutilation. The government pulled its appeal on March 30.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was accused of performing genital mutilation on nine girls at a suburban Detroit clinic. She denies any crime and says she performed a religious custom. The girls were from Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.
There still are other charges in the case.