10.1.14:  Gov. Snyder signs career, technical education bill


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation requiring the state to provide information about career and technical education programs to school officials who ask for it.


The legislation requires that the Michigan Education Department post information on its website about best practices in career tech education. Legislators want to better publicize ways career tech classes can be used to fulfill high school graduation requirements.


The law requires that students be given information about meeting graduation requirements with career tech programs. It also strongly encourages schools to create programs whose completion counts toward getting a professional certificate, apprenticeship, training or college credit in a career and technical field.


Snyder says skilled trade jobs “are constantly in demand” and it’s important to ensure students know about them.



10.1.14:  Muskegon County, Detroit, get lead abatement aid


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has awarded $4.74 million to Muskegon County and Detroit authorities to protect children from lead poisoning at home.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the grants Tuesday. It says 39 state and local agencies are getting $112 million under several programs designed to reduce the risk of lead exposure to children and families.


The department says that Muskegon County is getting $1.1 million under a program that focuses on the danger of lead-based paint exposure at home. It says Detroit is getting $3.64 million under the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program.


10.1.14:  Michigan has 25 confirmed cases of severe virus


ANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal health officials have confirmed 25 cases of a severe respiratory illness in Michigan, including a young child that developed lower extremity paralysis.


The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Tuesday it has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the positive tests for enterovirus 68. The paralysis case involves a child under the age of 1 from Washtenaw County.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week sent doctors an alert about polio-like cases of muscle weakness or paralysis. The virus can cause paralysis but other germs can, too. The cases come amid an unusual wave of severe respiratory illness from enterovirus 68.


The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties.

10.1.14:  Chrysler’s US sales jump 19 percent in September


DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group says its U.S. sales rose 19 percent in September thanks to strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup.


Cherokee sales rose to 14,639, surpassing the bigger Grand Cherokee and helping the Jeep brand increase sales by 47 percent over last September. The Cherokee went on sale last November.


Ram truck sales rose 30 percent to 36,612. Both Chrysler and GM raised incentives on pickup trucks in September, hoping to steal buyers from Ford as Ford dropped back on deals and temporarily closed a factory to retool for its new aluminum-clad F-150.


Fiat and Chrysler brand sales also rose. Dodge sales were down.


Chrysler sold 169,890 cars and trucks, its best September since 2005.

10.1.14:  Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48


OTAKI, Japan (AP) — A dozen more bodies have been found near the summit of a Japanese volcano that erupted Saturday, bringing the death toll now to 48.


Searches resumed today at the ash-covered Mount Ontake amid concern of toxic gasses and another eruption.


Helicopters are bringing bodies down.

10.1.14:  Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps


WASHINGTON (AP) — Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It’s also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.


The U.S. military says its airstrikes have been discriminating and effective in disrupting an al-Qaida cell called the Khorasan Group and in halting the momentum of Islamic State militants. But independent analysts say the Islamic State group remains on the offensive in areas of Iraq and Syria, where it still controls large sections.


Human rights groups say coalition airstrikes have killed as many as two dozen civilians. U.S. officials say they can’t rule out civilian deaths but haven’t confirmed any.

10.1.14:  Royals move on while Tigers get ready for Baltimore


(AP) — Salvador Perez hit a walkoff single and the Royals scored twice in the bottom of the 12th to pull out a 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card game at Kansas City. The Royals rallied from deficits of 7-3 and 8-7 before earning the right to face the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS. The A’s were two outs away from victory until Eric Hosmer tripled and scored on an infield single by Christian Colon.


— The National League Wild Card game has the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the San Francisco Giants tonight. Edinson Volquez will start for the Bucs after going 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA this season. The Giants will counter with 18-game winner Madison Bumgarner, who has made six previous postseason starts while Volquez has appeared in just one playoff game.


) — Max Scherzer will start Game 1 of the AL division series for Detroit tomorrow. Justin Verlander is slated for Game 2 at Baltimore. He’ll be followed by David Price and Rick Porcello. Scherzer, Price and Verlander are the American League’s last three Cy Young Award winners.


 9.30.14:  15-year-old hit by car


Police say a 15-year-old from Muskegon suffered critical injuries Monday night after being struck by a vehicle along a Crockery Township roadside.


Cameron Smallegan had been walking with a group of friends along State Road when the group was approached by a westbound Plymouth neon.  The car was driven by a 50-year-old woman from Muskegon.


Cameron was taken to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

9.30.14: Anglers find woman’s body floating in Grand River


OLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman’s body was found in the Grand River near Coopersville.


Ottawa County sheriff’s Capt. Mark Bennett says two anglers were launching their boat Monday morning when they saw the body floating in several feet of water in Ottawa County’s Polkton Township.


The area often is used to launch boats and is popular with anglers.


Monday afternoon police got a call from an area man saying his mother was missing from a residence on Ann Street in Coopersville.  The victim in the water ended up being the missing woman.  She was identified as 72-year-old Sharon Roersma.


Her death was ruled as a homicide.  Police say she was struck and died before she was put into the river.  She body had not been in the river long before it was discovered.



9.30.14:  Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs


DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.


The recall covers Tacoma Four-by-Four and Pre-Runner pickups from the 2005 through 2011 model years.


The automaker says the leaf springs can fracture due to stress and corrosion. They can move out of position and come into contact with surrounding components, including the gas tank. Toyota says it’s not aware of any fires, crashes or injuries from the problem.


Owners will be notified by mail and Toyota says dealers will fix the problem at no cost.


Owners with questions can call Toyota at (800) 331-4331.