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Las Vegas, Cincinnati drop out for GOP convention
Written by STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — Luck has run out for Las Vegas' push to bring the Republican Party's next presidential nominating convention to Sin City. Cincinnati also has withdrawn from the list of possible hosts.

Republican National Committee officials voted on Thursday to approve four remaining contenders and planned to soon visit Dallas, Denver, Cleveland, and Kansas City, Missouri. Officials expect to narrow the field by this summer.

Las Vegas organizers cited problems with scheduling and convention space in a letter sent to the Republican National Committee before its vote Thursday. The desert city was thought to be a leader in the competition, although some party officials worried that its reputation for excess could overshadow the event.

Other party officials were concerned about the influence of Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. Among the world's 10 richest people, Adelson, the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., has spent tens of millions of dollars from his vast personal fortune to help Republican candidates and causes, and he fully backed efforts to bring the convention to his backyard.

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Michigan House approves Detroit bankruptcy funds
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:15
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Republican-led House approved spending $195 million to help prevent steep cuts in Detroit retiree pensions and the sale of valuable art, a measure that would link the state with a broader deal designed to end the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history.

By a bipartisan 74-36 vote, the chamber approved legislation Thursday contributing state funds to join $466 million in commitments from 12 foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts. The pool of money would shore up Detroit's two retirement systems while the city-owned art museum and its assets would be transferred to a private nonprofit.

A state-dominated board could potentially oversee the city's finances for at least 13 years, longer if the city's books are not balanced. The oversight commission would go dormant in as little as three years if Detroit's finances stay solid post-bankruptcy.

The House passed 11 bills, which now go to the Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans. The plan has the support of the Republican governor and legislative leaders, but its passage has been no sure bet in the bailout-averse Legislature.

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Leary gives new equipment to Detroit firefighters
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:13
DETROIT (AP) — Denis Leary, a longtime supporter of firefighters and the star of an acclaimed TV show in which he played one, was in Detroit Thursday to present $260,000 worth of equipment to the bankrupt city's fire department.

The new gear was paid for by proceeds from "Burn," a documentary film about the city's firefighters that Leary executive-produced.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins accepted the donation, which included carbon monoxide detectors and thermal imaging cameras and was made through the Leary Firefighters Foundation.

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House votes to legalize industrial hemp research
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:14
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow industrial hemp research.

Two bills passed Thursday would allow the state agriculture department, a college or a university to grow industrial hemp for agricultural or academic research. Hemp being grown for research purposes would be excluded from marijuana laws in the Public Health Code.

The changes come in response to the new federal farm bill, which allows agriculture departments to designate hemp research projects in states that allow hemp growing.

Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana's active ingredient. It can be used in the production of plastics, fuel, textiles and food.

 
4 sentenced for 2010 kidnapping, killing of woman
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:13
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Four men have received long federal prison sentences for the gang-related 2010 kidnapping and murder of a 19-year-old Lansing woman who was fatally shot in a car trunk outside her home.

The four were convicted last August in Grand Rapids federal court and sentenced this week.

The longest sentence of life in prison for premeditated murder went to 36-year-old Charles Lewis Sr., who authorities say fired the rifle shots that killed Shayla Johnson.

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