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SCHOOL BUS CRASH-MICHIGAN
1 killed, 3 injured as car collides with Michigan school bus
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Police in mid-Michigan say one person was killed when a passenger car collided with a school bus carrying a football team, injuring three students.
The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office says the car entered the oncoming lane of traffic Thursday night along a road in Broomfield Township and collided with a Chippewa Hills school bus.
Police say the car sustained heavy damage and immediately caught fire. The car’s driver, its sole occupant, died in the 9 p.m. crash.
MLive.com reports that the school bus was carrying a junior varsity football team, coaches and staff.
Chippewa Hills District Superintendent Michael Bob Grover Jr. says three students on the bus suffered minor injuries in the crash. They were treated at a local hospital and released.
This story has been corrected to show that police say one person, not two, died in the collision, and also to correct that three students, not two, suffered minor injuries.
Kurd facing deportation decries US troop withdrawal in Syria
HARBERT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan restaurateur and Kurdish immigrant who has faced deportation to Turkey for more than a decade is publicly criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. soldiers out of Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria.
The South Bend Tribune reports that Ibrahim Parlak led a vigil at his restaurant in Harbert, protested near the Turkish consulate in Chicago and appeared on news outlets decrying the withdrawal of about 1,000 American troops.
Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers have denounced the removal as deserting American allies to hostile Turkish and Syrian forces. Trump has defended his decision as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East.
Parlak has been fighting possible deportation for 15 years. He says he’s “not going anywhere” and that the U.S. is his home.
Man dies when heavy equipment rolls at construction site
(Information from: WDIV-TV, http://www.clickondetroit.com)
NOVI, Mich. (AP) — A worker has died after the heavy equipment he was operating rolled over on top of him at a construction site in suburban Detroit.
WDIV-TV reports police say the 57-year-old Lapeer man was operating a machine used to compact soil Friday afternoon in Novi when it rolled over on an uneven surface and landed top of him.
The man’s name hasn’t been released.
Authorities said the man was dead when they arrived at the scene.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.
700 jobs planned for closing Virginia furniture plant
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A manufacturer of work vans used by package delivery companies and other businesses plans to employ 700 workers at a Virginia IKEA furniture plant slated for closing.
Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said Friday that Morgan Olson LLC would move into the nearly 1-million-square-foot site that IKEA planned to close in December, cutting 300 jobs.
Step vans built by Sturgis, Michigan-based Morgan Olson are used to deliver online purchases to locations across North America. The vehicles also deliver newspapers, baked goods, snack food distributors, and rented uniforms.
Virginia agencies are agreeing to provide $8.2 million in grants in addition to tax breaks.
Man sentenced for accidentally killing fellow Marine
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a former Marine will serve prison time for accidentally killing a fellow Marine in a case that had initially been ruled an accidental self-inflected shooting.
News outlets report 30-year-old Tyler Prudden of Portland, Michigan, was sentenced Friday to 14 to 26 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 death of 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Lanija Gilpatrick.
Assistant District Attorney Bob Roupe says Prudden and his then-wife Lori Green Prudden initially told Onslow County authorities that Gilpatrick shot himself. But an anonymous Facebook message to Gilpatrick’s mother prompted authorities to reopen the case.
Roupe says Prudden later admitted to pointing a gun he thought was empty at Gilpatrick and firing, shooting him in the eye.
He pleaded guilty in September.
Indiana agency: Steelmaker too slow to act on chemical spill
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The state environmental agency says a northwestern Indiana steel mill knew it was leaking dangerous chemicals into Lake Michigan but failed to report the spill or act quickly to mitigate the risks.
The cyanide and ammonia spill in August at the ArcelorMittal plant in Burns Harbor closed beaches and killed nearly 3,000 fish.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management announced this week that the steel mill didn’t report the Aug. 4 malfunction for days, by which time ammonia-nitrogen levels in the water had spiked.
The department says the steelmaker committed seven permit violations and that fines are being determined.
The company, which has apologized for the spill, says it doesn’t fully agree with the department’s conclusions, but that it’s working with regulatory authorities to address the issues.
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.
Senate Bills 174, 179-183 and 361: http://bit.ly/31O8LkR
TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: ‘Dangerous’ tornado reported in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A tornado has been reported on the ground in southwestern Alabama.
The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon issued a tornado warning for Mobile County.
The National Weather Service in Mobile tweeted that a there was a large and dangerous” tornado on the ground near Semmes, Alabama and people should seek shelter immediately. A second possible tornado was in Washington County.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
WKRG reported that viewers sent in video of what appeared to be a large tornado on the ground.
GM STRIKE-THE LATEST
The Latest: GM workers ratify contract, 40-day strike ends
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — General Motors workers voted 57.2% in favor of a new contract with the company, ending a 40-day strike.
The United Auto Workers union says Friday that the contract was approved 23,389 to 17,501.
The vote means that workers will put down their picket signs and return to their jobs. Some will start as early as Friday night, and some production could resume on Saturday.
Skilled trades workers will begin restarting factories that were shuttered when 49,000 workers walked out on Sept. 16.
The deal includes a mix of wage increases and lump-sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. But GM will close three U.S. factories.
The union has decided that it will now bargain with Ford.
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.