Akron suspends 3 football players after arrests
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:35
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron has suspended three football players following their arrests on charges related to an incident near campus in April.

Summit County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bill Holland says the players were among 13 individuals arrested following an incident when a sheriff's deputy and another person were struck by a vehicle in a restaurant parking lot April 13.

University spokeswoman Eileen Korey said Thursday the university had suspended safety Johnny Robinson, running back Bryan Green and corner back Donte Williams.

Michigan Legislature OKs $53.2 billion budget
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:34
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers on Thursday finished sending Gov. Rick Snyder a $53.2 billion state budget, approving increased aid for local governments and money to hire more state troopers and conservation officers.

The legislation — approved 100-10 in the House and 24-12 by the Senate — includes nearly $37.5 billion for all general funding not including an overall 4 percent increase for K-12 schools, universities and community colleges that was approved late Wednesday.

The overall budget will be 6 percent, or $3.1 billion, higher in the fiscal year starting in October, largely because of higher tax collections and more federal funding for Michigan's expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the federal health care law.

"Again we have passed a budget that invests more money back into our local communities, pays down long-term liabilities and sets additional money aside in the budget stabilization fund," said House Appropriations Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland.

Weather service: Tornado causes Michigan damage
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:32
BRANT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado damaged homes, downed trees and knocked out power in Saginaw County.

The weather service tells The Saginaw News (http://bit.ly/1ucab0L ) that an EF-1 tornado struck around 6 p.m. Wednesday in Brant Township, near St. Charles. One minor injury was reported.

The weather service says the tornado about 85 miles northwest of Detroit lasted 13 minutes, traveled about 5 miles and had estimated peak winds of 90 to 100 mph. It was up to 300 yards wide.

Man makes belated confession in farmer's death
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:33
ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A man serving a life term for murder has confessed to fatally shooting Allegan County farmer Phil Timmerman, after insisting his innocence for nearly two decades.

Scott Wynne confessed in a five-page statement and a 90-minute recorded interview with police, saying he wanted to make amends with the victim's family, The Grand Rapids Press reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1s8Pg2X ). The newspaper said it obtained the document under a Freedom of Information Act request.

"Although words are inadequate to express my regret for the harm and pain I so thoughtlessly inflicted on the Timmerman family, through this statement I hope to express my sorrow and remorse and provide some closure for them," Wynne wrote.

Timmerman, 37, was killed May 18, 1995, while working in an Allegan Township cornfield after dark. Wynne was convicted six months later. He filed numerous appeals and even convinced a federal judge to order a new trial, a decision reversed by a higher court.

Michigan Legislature adjourns without gas tax hike
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:31
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature adjourned late Thursday for much of the summer without voting to pump more money into road improvements after talks broke down over a gradual gasoline tax increase.

Senators a day earlier had balked at a major plan to more than double fuel taxes over five years to fix deteriorating roads and bridges. An attempt to find support for a more modest proposal that would keep pace with inflationary construction costs never gained muster in the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday.

The bill would have let the 19-cents-a-gallon gas rise each year by whatever is less — 5 percent or the annual change in highway construction costs. Gas and diesel taxes could ultimately have gone as high as 32 ½ cents a gallon, though it could have been decades before the ceiling was hit.

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