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.

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.

Woman gets 24 years for selling kids to make porn
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:28
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Gary woman to more than 24 years in prison for selling her two young daughters for the production of child pornography.

The 25-year-old woman pleaded guilty in January to one count of selling a child for child pornography and two counts of permitting a child to take part in child pornography. U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano sentenced her Wednesday to 292 months, or 24 years and four months, The (Munster) Times and the Post-Tribune reported.

The Associated Press is not identifying the woman because doing so would indirectly identify her daughters. It generally does not identify victims of child abuse.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Koster sought a sentence under the 30-year mandatory minimum because of the woman's cooperation. The woman not only told investigators the truth from the start but also told them that co-defendant Christopher Bour, 40, of Gary, had paid her, Koster said.

Day care where boy hanged self ordered closed
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:30
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has ordered the closure of a Michigan City day care center where a 5-year-old boy died after accidentally hanging himself with a jump rope.

The action against Tricia's Playhouse followed an investigation Tuesday night in which the agency found the center was "in violation of supervision regulations" at the time Amareon Williams was injured.

LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan said Amareon died Monday from asphyxiation due to hanging after getting caught in a jump rope left hanging over an outside play fort. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

Some lawmakers seek US constitutional convention
Written by TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:27
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A small but determined group of state lawmakers from some 30 states gathered in Indiana Thursday to lay the groundwork for something that has not happened since 1787 in Philadelphia: a convention to revise the U.S. Constitution.

The bar they would have to clear -- winning approval from 34 state legislatures -- seems impossibly high, but the group of roughly 100 legislators, most of them Republicans, is pressing on.

Fueling them is a firm belief that the federal government is increasingly overstepping its bounds and has forgotten that it was the states which gave it life at the birth of the United States, not the other way around.

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