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Marker unveiled for boy killed by school explosion

LANSING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An anonymous donor from California has commissioned a granite marker for the grave of a boy fatally injured in the bombing of a Lansing-area school 87 years ago.

The Lansing State Journal ( ) says a ceremonial unveiling took place Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Ingham County's Lansing Township.

The newspaper says Richard Fritz had his eighth birthday the day the Bath School exploded on May 18, 1927. The bombing was part of a series of attacks by school board member Andrew Kehoe that killed 45 children and adults and injured 61 others.

Richard died a year later from injuries sustained in the blast. He's buried near his 10-year-old sister Marjorie, also a victim of the bombing.

Richard's grave marker includes an angel representing his teacher, Hazel Weatherby.


Judge orders 10-year sentence for library bribes

DETROIT (AP) - The former technology chief for Detroit's public libraries has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption.

Timothy Cromer was charged with taking $1.4 million in bribes and kickbacks from library contractors. He was the library's chief administrative and technology officer for seven years until 2013.

Cromer was sentenced Tuesday in Detroit federal court, five months after pleading guilty to bribery and conspiracy. Two co-defendants who also pleaded guilty will get their sentences on Oct. 28.


Natural gas leak halted, Michigan evacuation ends

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Michigan say operators of a natural gas pipeline have stopped a leak, clearing the way for evacuated residents to return home.

Police in Berrien County's Benton Township say the TransCanada Corp. natural gas line began leaking about 2 a.m. Tuesday, leading to the evacuations. No injuries are reported.

Police Chief Vincent Fetke says the company reported that gas no longer was leaking Tuesday afternoon and residents are being allowed to go home. The site is about 70 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company says the affected section of the line automatically shut down after the leak. Company spokesman Terry Cunha says TransCanada crews are investigating the cause of the leak so they can plug it and reopen the pipeline.


Michigan human services director leaving post

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan says she'll leave her post at the end of the year.

The Detroit Free Press ( ) reports that the former Michigan Supreme Court justice says she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Corrigan was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011 to lead the state's welfare agency. She served on the state's high court from 1999 to 2010.

Corrigan says she told Snyder she'd lead the department for four years.

Her announcement follows the departure of James Haveman as director of the Department of Community Health. He announced last month he was resigning after having a mild stroke.


Senators ask Obama to name highway safety chief

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators are calling on the White House to hire a permanent chief of the agency that keeps the nation's roadways safe.

Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Dean Heller of Nevada made the request Tuesday at the start of a hearing on how the agency handles safety issues.

David Friedman has served as acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since December. McCaskill says he's doing two jobs as the agency tries to modernize to keep pace with a fast-moving industry. She says there are serious deficiencies in how automakers and safety regulators make sure roads are safe.

Heller says it would be difficult for an interim chief to make the changes necessary to improve the agency in the wake of the GM ignition switch recalls.


Lapeer County receives military surplus vehicle

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - The Lapeer County Sheriff's Department has received a specialized 18-ton military vehicle from the Saginaw County sheriff.

The Flint Journal ( ) reports the department recently acquired the heavily armored machine known as an MRAP, which stands for mine-resistant ambush proof. The 250-horsepower military-grade vehicle is designed to transport troops working to find explosive devices. It can deflect mines, grenades and gun fire.

The MRAP was given to the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department through the U.S. Army's program that provides military surplus supplies to local law enforcement free of charge. But Sherriff William Federspiel decided to get rid of it because its upkeep was costing his department too much money.

Lapeer County Undersheriff Robert Rapson says experienced local veterans have offered to provide free maintenance.


CMS spending $1 billion to settle pollution case

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - The federal government says CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that the utility's Consumers Energy subsidiary agreed to a plan to cut 46,500 tons of sulfur dioxide and other emissions annually from plants in Essexville, Luna Pier, Muskegon and West Olive.

The Jackson-based company also will pay $10.5 million in fines and remediation expenditures.

The government says the agreement settles claims filed in 2007 and 2008 that CMS Energy was violating the Clean Air Act.

Consumers Energy chief executive John Russell says the utility is moving to improve air quality and supply the state with "safe, affordable and reliable energy."


GM to add 750 workers to build small pickup trucks

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 750 workers to a Missouri factory in anticipation of high demand for two new small pickup trucks.

GM wants to add a third shift to its plant in Wentzville near St. Louis by the end of March. The factory now employs 2,600 people who make the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups as well as full-sized vans.

Alan Batey, GM's North America president, says dealers already have ordered 30,000 pickups and 97,000 people have configured and built them on a GM website. Both are signs of strong demand.

GM is building the trucks and plans to start shipping them to dealers soon. Small pickups have declined in popularity, but Batey is confident people will buy the GM models for their hauling ability, gas mileage and price.


Symphony's neighborhood concerts get $3.75M boost

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is getting a $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation in support of its Neighborhood Concert Series.

Officials announced Tuesday that the grant will support the series of Detroit-area concerts, as well as additional activities outside of Orchestra Hall, over the next three years. The DSO is renaming the concert series the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series.

Davidson died in 2009 at age 86. He owned the Detroit Pistons and was chairman of glassmaker Guardian Industries Corp.

To celebrate the announcement, three performances are planned Saturday.

Since its inception, Neighborhood Concert Series has grown from six venues to seven, and now offers performances in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Wayne County's Canton Township, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township.

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