Conservative group takes aim at Detroit bankruptcy settlement
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:52
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group supported by the Koch brothers, has launched an effort to torpedo a proposed settlement in the Detroit bankruptcy case, potentially complicating chances for completing the deal just as its prospects seemed to be improving.
The organization, formed to fight big government and spending, is contacting 90,000 conservatives in Michigan and encouraging them to rally against a plan to provide $195 million in state money to help settle Detroit pension holders’ claims in the case, a key element of the deal.
GReat Lakes beaches to gear lifesabing gear
Written by By DAVID RUNK / Associated Press   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:42
DETROIT (AP) — An effort to prevent people from drowning due to dangerous currents along the Great Lakes will include installing kits with life-saving aids such as ring buoys and youth life jackets at 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan, officials announced Monday.
Michigan Sea Grant said the kits will be installed this summer. Additional support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is expected to put similar equipment on beaches in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania over the next two years.
Mumps cases increase in central Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:40
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has reached 366 cases across three counties.
Columbus health officials on Monday reported the running total of the cases of the contagious viral illness, with 210 of those linked to Ohio State University. The illnesses date back to early January.
Death row inmates complain about birds, droppings
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:41
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Inmates on Ohio’s death row complain that birds and bird droppings are getting into their cells through open windows, according to a report released Monday by an inspection committee reviewing conditions at the prison where condemned killers are housed.
The state says it’s addressing the problem, which apparently dates back at least two years, according to a complaint from one inmate in the report by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, a bi-partisan legislative panel that conducts unannounced reviews of the state’s prisons.
Clean energy ballot item hits snag
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:38
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A ballot effort in Ohio to require billions of dollars in state investment in alternative energy has hit a snag after supporters revised the proposal.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, saying the proposed constitutional amendment didn’t meet a signature requirement.  DeWine said the submission contained less than the 1,000 valid signatures that were needed.
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