Schauer calls for child tax credit, paid sick time
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer says Michigan's $600-per-child tax credit should be restored and all but the smallest businesses should provide 40 hours of paid sick leave a year.
Schauer proposed the changes Wednesday in Lansing while outlining his economic priorities for women and families.
The child tax credit was eliminated to help offset a business tax cut. Schauer declined to say how he'd replace lost revenue if the credit's restored.
He says Republican Gov. Rick Snyder took money out of families' pockets that could have gone into the economy. Schauer also says if he's governor he'd strengthen laws to ensure women earn "equal pay for equal work."
Snyder spokeswoman Emily Benavides says women recognize job creation and lower unemployment under Snyder's watch and aren't fooled by Schauer's "political stunt."
DETROIT WATER SHUTOFFS
Canadian group to protest Detroit water shutoffs
DETROIT (AP) - A group is planning to bring about 264 gallons of water from Windsor to Detroit to protest thousands of residential service shutoffs by Detroit's water department.
The Windsor chapter of the Council of Canadians says the water will be carried in a convoy Thursday through a commuter tunnel to a rally outside Detroit City Hall.
Council national chair Maude Barlow says Wednesday in a release that she will ask President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency in Detroit.
The water issue gained national attention last month after activists appealed to the United Nations for assistance.
On Monday, the utility suspended shutoffs for 15 days to educate customers on how to make payment plans. It has said nearly $90 million was owed on past due accounts.
$148 million metal research center set for Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - The headquarters of a federally funded metals research program that President Barack Obama announced earlier this year is slated to open this fall in Detroit.
The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.
Eventually, two dozen people will work at the facility in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. Mayor Mike Duggan says city residents can get training for high-tech manufacturing jobs expected to open when the metals move into production.
The Pentagon is leading the public-private partnership, which officials say will contribute to economic development in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky over the next five years.
Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life
DETROIT (AP) - A defense lawyer says a Detroit-area man who killed a young, unarmed woman on his porch heard "boom, boom, boom" at last four separate times before he opened the door and shot her in the face.
Jurors heard opening statements Wednesday in the trial of Theodore Wafer, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride last November in Dearborn Heights.
The 55-year-old Wafer claims he acted in self-defense, but prosecutors say his actions were unreasonable. The shooting occurred around 4:30 a.m., 3 ½ hours after McBride crashed her car about a half-mile away. An autopsy found she was drunk.
Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark says Wafer could have called police instead of shooting McBride.
Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter says Wafer feared for his life.
GAY MAN BEATEN-DETROIT
Boy, 16, pleads in assault of gay man in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has pleaded no contest to assault for his part in an attack on a young gay man during a gay pride celebration in Detroit.
The boy made the plea Wednesday in Wayne County Juvenile Court. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.
Authorities say the teen was part of a group of males who punched and kicked 20-year-old Christin Howard on June 8. Defense attorney Jeff Schwartz has said the boy made a bad decision to be among adults when Howard was hurt.
A cellphone video shows Howard fighting back. He sustained a broken finger and bruises on his face and back.
The teen faces sentencing Aug. 26.
E MICHIGAN-PLAYER SLAIN
Prosecutor: Player killed for iPhone, wallet
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A prosecutor says Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed was killed "for an iPhone and a wallet that were never even used."
Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of 21-year-old Ed Thomas of Detroit on open murder and robbery charges in the shooting of the 20-year-old football player from Chicago's South Side.
Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecutor Nimish Ganatra told jurors that Thomas punched and robbed Reed before accomplice Kristopher Pratt shot Reed in the head.
On Friday, Pratt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The 20-year-old from Detroit admits he shot Reed and has agreed to testify against Thomas.
Thomas's lawyer told jurors that Pratt's testimony was "bought and paid for." Lorne Brown says Thomas came to Ypsilanti to "hang out with friends and have fun," not rob or kill.
GAS STATION DEATH
Police arrest suspect in gas station slaying
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Police say they've arrested a man in the killing of a 27-year-old Battle Creek gas station employee.
The Battle Creek Enquirer and TV stations WOOD and WZZM report the woman's body was found around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a Citgo gas station.
Her name wasn't immediately released.
Police say a 30-year-old suspect was arrested and a person of interest in the case also was in custody.
Man gets life in prison for hit-and-run crash
MASON, Mich. (AP) - A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for a hit-and-run crash in Ingham County.
The Lansing State Journal reports Jordan Dunn on Wednesday received the mandatory term for first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Ben Berlin in Vevay Township.
Dunn told the court: "I'll never possibly know what the family is going through and I'm sorry, deeply sorry, for the loss."
A jury convicted Dunn in June. Prosecutors said that Dunn slammed on the brakes, drove in reverse and then paused on Oct. 30 before driving a pickup at Berlin. Dunn's attorney, Vince Green, had argued that Dunn was confronted that night by an angry crowd.
Berlin had a wife and four children. His two sons testified as eyewitnesses to the crash.
ATHEIST BOOTH-CITY HALL
Suit seeks to allow atheist booth in City Hall
DETROIT (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan and two other groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction against a Michigan city's ban on an atheist booth in a municipal building.
The groups say the Detroit suburb of Warren lets a church group run a "prayer station," distribute religious materials, discuss religious beliefs and pray with visitors in a City Hall atrium but refuses to let atheist Douglas Marshall use the same space.
Their lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Detroit on behalf of the Warren resident. It says Marshall's request in April to install a "reason station" was rejected by Mayor Jim Fouts.
Fouts says the "reason station" would be diametrically opposed to prayer and that he "will not accept a group" disparaging another group.
Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce is finalized
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) - Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage.
Moore filed a divorce complaint on June 17, 2013, in Michigan's Antrim County, where the couple has a lakefront home.
According to a document posted to the county circuit court's website, a consent judgment of divorce was entered and the case closed Tuesday.
Moore's filing from last year said his relationship with Glynn had broken down and there remained "no reasonable likelihood that the marriage" could be preserved.
Moore and Glynn married in Flint in 1991.
Glynn was the producer or executive producer for many of Moore's hard-hitting documentary films, including "Fahrenheit 9/11," ''Sicko" and "Capitalism: A Love Story."
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