4.26.17:  Michigan, Hewlett-Packard settle suit over computer overhaul




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. will pay $13 million to the state of Michigan to settle a lawsuit alleging it failed to complete a multimillion-dollar overhaul of a computer system at secretary of state offices.

The settlement between two state departments and the tech company, now known as DXC Technology, was announced Tuesday by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office.

The company was contracted for the Business Application Modernization project, which was supposed to update the mainframe-based computer system used by 131 branches and in many internal work areas.

Johnson says in a statement that she is glad to bring the matter to a close without the need for costly protracted litigation. The state had sued in 2015.

An email seeking comment from HP was not immediately returned.


4.26.17:  Michigan approves amended tax incentives for Dow, AK Steel




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has approved amended tax incentives so Dow Chemical has more time to add jobs and AK Steel can qualify for tax credits following a merger.

The deals OK’d Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board impose new caps on the tax credits at $61.4 million for Dow and at $20.3 million for the steelmaker. Economic development officials say the AK Steel agreement reduces Michigan’s estimated liability by about $23 million.

The state in 2005 had authorized incentives for Severstal Dearborn, which merged into AK Steel in 2014. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have criticized the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s negotiations because legislation to let AK Steel claim the credits stalled in 2016.

Dow’s deal was changed because it stopped making solar shingles and took full ownership of Dow Corning.


4.26.17:  Scientific team will seek solutions to deer disease threat




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State wildlife regulators are asking scientists for help in preventing chronic wasting disease from spreading among Michigan’s whitetail deer.

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently voted to form a team of experts to develop recommendations.

Chronic wasting disease first turned up in the state’s free-ranging deer two years ago.

It’s a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes brain degeneration and eventually death.

Commission Chairman John Matonich says it’s perhaps the biggest danger confronting Michigan’s deer herd.

Matonich will work with directors of the state departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development to select members of the scientific advisory team, which will be asked to report by the end of the year. Afterward, the public will be invited to respond.


4.25.17:  Body found in Kalamazoo River is that of missing Detroit man




BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Police say a body recovered from the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek is that of a man whose car was recovered from the stream last month.

Police Detective Sgt. Troy Gilleylen tells the Battle Creek Enquirer the body recovered Sunday is that of 31-year-old Cortez Lewis of Detroit. A wallet with Lewis’ state identification was found on the body.

Gilleylen said the body had been caught under roots of a tree and mixed with some other debris. Two fishermen found it early Sunday.

Lewis disappeared March 4 when a witness said a car passed him and crashed into a channel of the river. The car was pulled from the river March 12 with no body inside.


4.25.17:  Bill would make shining laser at aircraft a state crime



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate is scheduled to vote to make it a state crime to intentionally point a laser at an aircraft.

If a laser strikes a cockpit, it can temporarily blind the pilot.

Legislation up for a vote Tuesday would make “lasing” an aircraft or a train a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

It already is a federal crime to shine a laser at an aircraft. But state authorities want more freedom to investigate and prosecute a rising number of incidents instead of leaving it to federal authorities.

The bill previously cleared the House and could soon reach Gov. Rick Snyder if the House agrees with Senate changes.


4.25.17:  Bill protects privacy of parents who surrender newborn




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation up for a vote in Michigan would protect the confidentiality of parents who give up their newborn by leaving the child at a hospital or with emergency responders.

The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law, enacted in 2000, allows parents to surrender a newborn who is no more than 72 hours old.

The bill scheduled for House approval Tuesday would keep intact birth certificate requirements if a birth occurs in an institution. But if a newborn is surrendered under the baby drop-off law, parents would be listed as “unknown” and the child as “Baby Doe.”

Supporters say the legislation would guarantee anonymity to parents and stop them from leaving newborns in public restrooms and dumpsters.

The law has led to 175 newborns being surrendered.


4.25.17:  FCA, Google begin offering rides in their self-driving cars




DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership.

The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids minivans. They have since been tested in Arizona, California and Michigan.

Waymo, Google’s self-driving care project, said Tuesday that it will allow hundreds of people in Phoenix to take rides so that it can get feedback on the experience. People can apply for the opportunity on Waymo’s website.

Waymo also said that it’s expanding its fleet to 500 Pacifica hybrids.

Rides in the vehicles, which have a backup driver who can take over in an emergency, will be free.


4.25.17:  Concession operators sought for Michigan state parks





4.24.17:  Truck driver held after 2 die in Michigan crash




GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a semitrailer has been jailed following a crash involving several vehicles that killed two men and critically injured a woman in southeastern Michigan.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon on U.S. highway 23 in Livingston County’s Green Oak Township. Police identified them as a 51-year-old from Milford and a 52-year-old from Davison. The critically injured woman was identified as a 25-year-old from Milford.

Police say the 62-year-old truck driver wasn’t hurt. He was being held at the Livingston County jail pending possible charges.

A preliminary investigation found the truck driver failed to stop as he approached other vehicles in a construction area, hitting several vehicles. The highway was closed for about seven hours after the crash. The crash is under investigation by police and sheriff’s officials.


4.24.17:  Small plane crash leaves pilot, 3 others hurt




GRANT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two adults and two children have been injured after a small plane crashed Sunday in western Michigan.

Mason County sheriff’s officials say the Cessna 182G Skylane began to have engine trouble as it was flying from Hessel in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Hastings, southeast of Grand Rapids.

The 39-year-old pilot told deputies that he hit a ditch and the plane flipped over as he attempted an emergency landing late Sunday morning in Grant Township, southwest of Traverse City.

The pilot, his 71-year-old father, 12-year-old son and 12-year-old nephew suffered minor injuries.  3 of the victims were from Caledonia and 1 was from Grandville.


The crash investigation will be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.