Administration proposes updated Great Lakes plan
Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer   
Friday, 30 May 2014 13:34

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing an updated blueprint for Great Lakes environmental restoration that puts greater emphasis on climate change and using science to select projects and measure their effectiveness.

Congress has appropriated roughly $1.6 billion for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, with the first installment in 2010. The administration is proposing to extend the program another five years.

The initiative is designed to accelerate progress toward dealing with the freshwater seas' most pressing environmental threats, including toxic pollution, invasive species, loss of wildlife habitat and runoff that causes toxic and nuisance algae blooms.

A task force including 11 federal agencies and led by the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft of the updated plan Friday for public review. A final version is scheduled for adoption by Oct. 1.

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Ohio man seeks execution delay for kidney donation
Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Friday, 30 May 2014 13:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio child killer who wants to donate a kidney to his mother before his execution is requesting another reprieve after the state rejected his first organ donation request.

Attorneys for the inmate, Ronald Phillips, want the execution delayed until 2016. They say by then, Phillips' 66-year-old mother either will achieve necessary weight loss to safely undergo transplant surgery or likely will succumb to complications of kidney disease.

Phillips' latest request to Gov. John Kasich's office was filed this month. A message seeking comment was left Friday for the governor's spokesman.

Phillips, 40, is out of appeals. He was sentenced to die for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, in Akron in 1993.

Lisa Lagos, one of Phillips' attorneys, said they are hopeful the state will work with them on the reprieve request.

"We all have the same goal, just trying to get the best outcome," Lagos said. "You know, this execution is going to happen no matter what. ... As the governor said, if a life can be saved, that should be allowed to happen."

The prison system rejected the last-minute organ donation request Phillips made in November, but Kasich delayed his execution until July 2 to give the state time to see whether it was possible to comply.

2 babies abandoned at Cleveland homeless shelter
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 30 May 2014 09:12

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in Cleveland are still searching for a woman who abandoned a 1-year-old boy and 3-week-old girl at a Salvation Army homeless shelter this week.

Police say the woman went to the shelter around 2 a.m. Monday with the children and asked for a room for the night. The next morning, the woman was gone, and the two children were left behind.

The children, who haven't been identified yet, were taken to a hospital for evaluation and released to child welfare workers.

It's not clear if the woman will face charges when she's found.

Man cited after 2-hour lockdown at Detroit airport
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 30 May 2014 13:17

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been cited for re-entering a secure area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus without a security check, causing a more than two-hour lockdown and delaying some flights.

Airport spokesman Mike Conway says 22-year-old Christian Smith posted bond Friday morning and was released.

Smith was arrested Thursday night by airport police after exiting and going back into a secured side of a screening checkpoint. The Associated Press left a phone message Friday afternoon at Smith's address in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Conway says 34th District Court in Romulus will contact Smith regarding a hearing date.

Conway also said all flights delayed at the McNamara Terminal were able to take off Thursday night.

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Cincinnati man dies after jump into Indiana lake
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 30 May 2014 09:12

ST. PAUL, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a Cincinnati man died after jumping 30 feet into an old rock quarry at a private park in central Indiana.

State conservation officers say divers found 30-year-old Ryan Hester's body in the lake at White Rock Park near the town of St. Paul. Witnesses told investigators that Hester landed awkwardly on a rope marking the landing area after jumping with a friend from a platform Thursday afternoon and didn't come to the surface.

Officer Corey Narrod tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1o4T9zU ) that Hester's body was found in 19 feet of water.

Narrod said signs clearly state only one person at a time should jump from the platform at the park about 30 miles southeast of Indianapolis.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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