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News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press

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DETROIT (AP) - Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims. The documents, posted on the NHTSA's website Saturday, show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles.

EVART, Mich. (AP) - State emergency officials say they are working to remove dozens of propane tanks floating in the Muskegon River as part of flood-recovery efforts in western Michigan. State Emergency Operations Center spokesman Ron Leix (LIKES) said yesterday that more than 40 tanks have been retrieved by state and local crews working with propane safety experts on flat-bottom boats.

VENICE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane crashed in a Michigan farm field, killing the pilot and his passenger. The Argus-Press of Owosso reports the plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Shiawassee County's Venice Township. Police have not identified the men who died.

EXETER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a dirt bike collided with a motorcycle in southeastern Michigan, leaving three dead and a fourth person seriously hurt. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the crash late Friday night in Exeter Township left 23-year-old dirt bike driver Marc Thompson and 18-year-old motorcyclist Darin Lipkowski dead at the scene. A 21-year-old woman riding with Thompson died at the hospital, and 18-year-old motorcycle passenger Samantha Morlan was reported to be in temporary-serious condition early Saturday.

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