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Three passengers file federal suit in Ohio bus crash
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 06:59

DETROIT (AP) — Three passengers aboard a Greyhound bus that rolled over and crashed in Ohio have filed a federal civil suit against the company.

Prominent suburban-Detroit lawyer Geoffrey Fieger is representing Rayvar Williams of Detroit; Lorianne Stevens of Halladay, Tenn.; and Tyrone Allen of Winston-Salem, N.C.

The lawsuit says Greyhound was negligent and inflicted emotional distress. It was filed Friday and requests a jury trial.

The bus was carrying 51 passengers from Cincinnati to Detroit when it ran off Interstate 75 about 25 miles north of Cincinnati about 4 a.m. Sept. 14.

The bus hit a fence and tree. About three-dozen people were hurt.

Driver Dwayne Garrett was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.

Greyhound spokeswoman Alexandra Pedrini said Monday that the company can't discuss pending litigation.


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Ohio gets $10.8M for children's health coverage
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 06:57

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say Ohio is getting about $10.8 million for enrolling children from low-income families in the Medicaid program and improving their access to health coverage.

The performance bonus was announced Monday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The federal agency says that Ohio was one of 23 states that received bonuses totaling roughly $307 million.

The amount that each state got corresponds to the increase in Medicaid enrollment over a specific target.

The money is aimed at helping the states offset the cost of insuring low-income kids and provide an incentive for them to improve their health programs. Some of those improvements include making it easier to renew coverage, reducing paperwork and eliminating face-to-face interview requirements so applications can be mailed or filed online.


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Colder weather hits Michigan amid power restoration
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Monday, 30 December 2013 10:54

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Colder weather is making its way into Michigan as crews work to restore power to the last people left without electrical service following an ice storm more than a week ago.

In the Lansing area, where roughly 1,100 Lansing Board of Water & Light customers were without power Monday morning, the National Weather Service says temperatures were about 15 degrees. A Lansing City Council meeting is planned about the outages.

In the Upper Peninsula, readings of 15 below zero were reported in places.

In all, about 666,000 Michigan utility customers lost power, including 40,000 from the Lansing utility.

DTE Energy Co. says all its 210,000 affected homes and businesses had power back as of Sunday night. CMS Energy Corp. said essentially all its 416,000 affected customers were back online.


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Barrels, speed signs added along I-90 in NE Ohio
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 06:54

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are adding construction barrels and radar speed-check signs along part of Interstate 90 east of Cleveland after a pileup temporarily shut down the eastbound highway for more than 10 miles last week.

The speed limit in the area is 55 mph, and the State Highway Patrol has said vehicle speed in wintry, whiteout conditions contributed to multiple crashes in the area Dec. 24. Eight people were hurt.

The Plain Dealer newspaper (http://bit.ly/18UDyQj ) reports construction barrels are being added on certain sections to signal the edge of the road and help travelers navigate more safely. And radar signs that check and display the speed of passing drivers are being placed at various points.

Troopers also hope to deter speeding by increasing their presence in the area.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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Officials: At least 22 wolves killed in Michigan hunt
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Monday, 30 December 2013 09:07

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say at least 22 wolves have been killed in the Upper Peninsula during the state's first wolf hunt in decades.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that's the total as of Monday morning, up one from last week. The department has expressed doubt that the hunt will reach its maximum of 43 by year's end, when the hunt wraps up. Frigid weather likely has kept the hunt in check.

Five of the maximum 16 wolves were killed in the far western U.P., 14 of 19 in four central counties and three of eight in the eastern U.P.

The wolf hunting season opened on Nov. 15. Before the season, the DNR estimated that Michigan had 658 wolves.

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Online:

http://www.michigan.gov/wolves


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