10.21.16:  Michigan Senate OKs bike-safety bills after deadly crash




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan lawmakers are responding to a traffic crash that killed five bicyclists with the approval of legislation governing how drivers should pass cyclists on the road and requiring bike and motorcycle safety instruction in driver education classes.

A bill passed 34-2 by the Senate Thursday would require drivers overtaking a bicycle to pass at least 5 feet to the left. They could pass a bicycle in a no-passing zone if it’s safe.

Another bill approved unanimously would require at least three hours of instruction pertaining to bicycles and motorcycles in driver education classes.

The bills head to the House next.

In June, five cyclists were killed and another four injured near Kalamazoo when a man allegedly plowed his pickup truck into the group.


10.21.16:  Park development discussion shocks Ferrysburg




FERRYSBURG, Mich. (AP) — Ferrysburg City Council members have discussed the possibility of developing a local nature preserve, causing confusion among residents who thought the fight to save the land was over.

MLive reports that council members discussed the possibility of advertising the 40-acre Ferrysburg Nature Preserve to developers at their meeting Monday night.

Resident Heather Hawley says the conversation shocked some in the community who were under the impression the land was going to remain preserved after city council members made it a park in 2002 at the request of residents who feared possible development.

Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger says the topic was brought up while talking about the sale of another city-owned property adjacent to City Hall. Bessinger says no developers have reached out with proposals.






DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is confirming another death due to the rupture of an air bag made by Takata Corp.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a 50-year-old woman died Sept. 30 in Riverside County, California.

Honda Motor Co. confirmed the woman’s death and said she was driving a 2001 Civic.

This is the 11th known U.S. fatality attributed to Takata air bags.

The air bags can inflate with too much force, which causes their metal interior to rupture and spew shrapnel into the vehicle.

The problem touched off what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history. More than 69 million inflators have been recalled in the U.S. and more than 100 million worldwide.


10.21.16:  Southern California schools cope with heat




WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Forecasters say a heat wave in Southern California that sent temperatures in some areas into the high 90s over the past two days is expected to ease slightly today.

Thursday’s heat raised the risk of wildfires and children attending schools with no air conditioning had to sweat it out.

Long Beach airport hit 99 degrees.


10.21.16:  Typhoon Haima churns toward China after lashing Philippines




BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon that slammed into the northern Philippines, triggering flooding and landslides and leaving seven people dead, is now churning toward southern China.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall this afternoon on China’s mainland south.

Authorities in the city of Shenzhen have ordered schools, markets and factories to close.


10.21.16:  Cubs take 3-2 lead over Dodgers




LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are one win away from their first World Series berth in 71 years.

The Cubs head back to Chicago with a three-games-to-two lead in the NL Championship Series following an 8-4 rout of the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The game was tied 1-1 in the sixth until Addison Russell blasted a two-run homer to center field off losing pitcher Joe Blanton. Javier Baez broke the game open with a three-run double in the eighth to put the Cubs in front, 8-1.

The Cubs also received a strong pitching performance from Jon Lester, who limited the Dodgers to a run and five hits while striking out six over seven innings.

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda couldn’t get out of the fourth inning, charged with one run and three hits.

Blanton has already served up three home runs in the series, including a tiebreaking grand slam by Miguel Montero in Game 1.

Los Angeles didn’t produce much offense until the Cubbies built an 8-1 lead.

Chicago has scored 18 runs over the last two games after being shutout in the previous two contests. The Cubs have scored at least eight runs in all three of their victories.

Game 6 is Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers will go with ace Clayton Kershaw, who blanked Chicago over seven innings in Game 2. Kershaw will be opposed by ERA champion Kyle Hendricks as the Cubs try to wrap up their first trip to the Fall Classic since the Truman administration.


10.20.16:  Michigan jobless rate edges up to 4.6 percent in September




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.6 percent in September when more people entered the job market.

Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives Director Jason Palmer attributed the increase Wednesday to more people seeking jobs.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget reported total employment rose by 11,000 over the month while the number of people unemployed increased by 4,000. It says the total employment gain for the month followed several monthly employment declines in the state during the middle of the year.

The higher jobless rate was the first monthly increase for the state this year. The September rate was half a percentage point lower than the same month in 2015 and four-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 5.0 percent.


10.20.16:  Flint water panel calls for new emergency management rules




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan should consider abandoning its one-person emergency management structure and instead install a team of three experts when deficit-ridden municipalities and school districts fall under state control.

That’s according to a report released Wednesday by a legislative committee that investigated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.

Nine current or former government workers have been criminally charged since medical experts detected elevated levels of lead in children due to the water supply in the impoverished city of nearly 100,000.

The report makes a raft of recommendations intended to prevent a repeat of such a crisis in the state.

It suggests replacing lead service pipes statewide, lifting emergency managers’ general immunity from civil lawsuits and prohibiting them from using cost as the primary factor in any decision that will affect public health and safety.


10.20.16:  Drop off unwanted prescriptions at many Michigan sites




DETROIT (AP) — Police departments around Michigan will collect unwanted prescription drugs Saturday at more than 130 locations.

There is no charge, and no questions will be asked.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the home medicine cabinet is a common plan for prescription drug abusers to find drugs.

Liquids and needles will not be accepted at disposal sites. For a list of sites in Michigan, go to , click the “Got Drugs?” icon and follow the links to a database.

A phone number is also available: (800) 882-9529. The drop-off will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


10.20.16:  Counterfeiting bust at Indiana festival leads to 24 arrests



MANSFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have seized tens of thousands of suspected counterfeit items from several booths at the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana and arrested 24 people.

Indiana State Excise Police Officers say they executed search warrants Wednesday at the event in Mansfield. Charges include forgery and counterfeiting. Those arrested are from states including Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Authorities say the investigation started following citizen complaints in 2015.

Once festival booths were set up this year, undercover officers bought counterfeit items from several booths. Indiana State Excise Police Officers worked with agents from Advanced Investigative Services and Continental Enterprises Inc. on the case.

Items seized were believed to be imitations of brands including Nike, The North Face, Oakley, Adidas, Beats by Dre and professional sports leagues.