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City Council OKs charitable trust for Detroit art
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 22:11
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit City Council has approved a resolution to move artwork threatened by the city's bankruptcy into a charitable trust.

The 8-0 vote Thursday follows the Michigan Senate's passage this week of a bill allocating $195 million to help shore up Detroit's two retirement systems.

That money will be part of a $660 million pool that includes funding from foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts. The plan to help preserve retiree pension benefits while protecting city-owned pieces in the art museum is key to Detroit's bankruptcy restructuring.

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Democrats criticize Republicans over Twitter photo
Written by EMMA FIDEL, Associated Press   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 22:10
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democrats criticized three male Republican lawmakers Thursday for posing in a photograph that the Democrats said mocks women but that one of the men said was just a joke.

A Michigan Radio reporter posted a photo of three GOP lawmakers — Reps. Peter Pettalia of Presque Isle, Roger Victory of Hudsonville and Ben Glardon of Owosso — holding fashion magazines Thursday during a break on the House floor. Pettalia was quoted in the reporter's tweet as saying, "Don't say we don't understand women."

Democrats quickly spread the photo on Twitter and used it as an opportunity to knock Republicans more broadly. Michigan Democratic chairman Lon Johnson said the lawmakers should apologize for a Republican agenda that "threatens women's access to health care and denies women equal pay."

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AG won't appeal ruling clearing ex-utility chief
Written by CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 22:08
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A court decision dismissing ethics charges against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chairman David Lott Hardy will stand.

Spokesman Bryan Corbin said Thursday that the Indiana attorney general's office has determined that an appeal to the state Supreme Court "is likely unwinnable."

Hardy deferred comment to his attorney, David Hensel, who said Hardy was gratified with the Court of Appeals decision that he did not engage in any criminal conduct and "glad it's over with and glad to put it behind him."

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled April 29 that state ethics law in effect at the time Hardy was indicted in 2011 only covered criminal behavior and did not apply to administrative misconduct such as that of which Hardy was accused.

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UAW announces new assignments for officers
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 22:09
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers' new president, Dennis Williams, announced assignments for the union's officers Thursday.

Secretary Treasurer Gary Casteel was assigned to Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and the transnational organizing and UAW finance departments.

Vice President Jimmy Settles was assigned to Ford Motor Co. and the aerospace department.

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EPA awards $1.2 million in brownfield funding
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 22:02
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The federal government has awarded $1.2 million to two northern Indiana cities to help them redevelop old industrial sites.

South Bend and Plymouth are both receiving $600,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the brownfield redevelopment funding announced Thursday.

EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman says the funding "will help transform contaminated sites into redevelopment opportunities."

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