Detroit police say they've solved '93 homicide
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit police say DNA evidence has helped solve a homicide from 20 years ago.
Officials announced an open murder charge Friday against 57-year-old Johnny Kennedy, who is in prison for another crime. Kennedy apparently has been under suspicion for a few years.
The case involves the death of a 27-year-old woman whose body was found in a Detroit building in 1993.
Analysis by the Michigan State Police found that Kennedy's DNA matched evidence from the scene. A swab was taken from Kennedy in 2011 before he was due to be released on parole from a second-degree murder conviction in a different case.
Police: Girl, 14, dies after being struck by car
DETROIT (AP) - Police say a 14-year-old girl has been struck and killed while trying to cross a road on the city's east side.
WWJ-AM and WDIV-TV report the girl was struck Friday morning by a driver who returned to the scene to speak with investigators.
WWJ reports the girl wasn't in a crosswalk when she was struck. Her name wasn't immediately released. Police are investigating.
MECOSTA COUNTY CRASH
Authorities: Man dies along with wife in crash
BARRYTON, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 72-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife are dead after the vehicle they were riding in swerved off a Michigan roadway and went down a steep embankment.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Gerald and Alice Jordan were found dead after the crash in the Barryton area, about 60 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.
Mecosta County sheriff's deputies were dispatched about 9:45 p.m. to the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Detroit lighting authority finishes $60M bond sale
DETROIT (AP) - The Public Lighting Authority of Detroit says it has completed the sale of $60 million in bonds to begin fixing thousands of broken streetlights.
The authority announced that the sale was completed Friday. It's the first step of a two-step process that is expected to bring the sale of about $150 million in bonds to fund its efforts.
The authority's Executive Director Odis Jones said in a statement that the sale means that officials will be able to continue work to restore reliable street lights over the next three years. Fewer than half of Detroit's 88,000 streetlights are believed to work.
Judge Steven Rhodes a week ago cleared the way for the bond sale after earlier allowing Detroit to become the largest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy.
Gov. Snyder, others to volunteer at shelter
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder and others are volunteering at a Lansing shelter as part of an effort to draw attention to the need to assist homeless people.
The governor's office says the group plans to be at City Rescue Mission's shelter for women and children on Friday afternoon. They plan to join rescue mission employees in organizing donated toys for women staying at the shelter to give their children.
City Rescue Mission is a 102-year-old nonprofit that offers homeless families meals, a place to stay and other assistance. The mission is the largest Lansing-area emergency shelter, with 58 beds for men and 100 beds for women and children. It's open year-round.
Friday's event is part of the "Do Something" initiative. Details of the effort are posted online.
9 hospitals in SE Mich. form stroke care network
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Nine hospitals in southeast Michigan are forming a network that aims to improve all types of stroke care.
Michigan StrokeNet is funded by the National Institutes of Health, which announced the founding of 25 such networks across the country.
The University of Michigan Health System says it's the hub for the network in Michigan, which includes five hospitals with the Detroit Medical Center and two hospitals with Trinity Health. Two hospitals at the University of Michigan are involved in the effort.
Plans announced Friday call for the effort to address prevention, treatment and recovery through research. Other Michigan hospitals could be added later.
PCBS-ST CLAIR SHORES
Officials plan work to stem PCB contamination
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) - Federal officials are planning new work to stem PCB contamination in part of the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores along Lake St. Clair.
The Detroit News reports officials with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discussed their latest plans to remove the hazardous chemical at a public hearing Thursday and a meeting afterward. Two manhole vaults with the highest PCB levels will be replaced.
The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports the work is expected to prevent the seepage of PCB contamination into the sewer system and canals while the EPA works on a final cleanup plan.
Local, state and federal officials have been trying for a decade to find the source of the PCBs in the 10 Mile drain and nearby canals.
The area is a federal Superfund cleanup site.
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