Schauer calls for child tax credit, paid sick time
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer says Michigan's $600-per-child tax credit should be restored and all but the smallest businesses should provide 40 hours of paid sick leave a year.
Schauer proposed the changes Wednesday in Lansing while outlining his economic priorities for women and families.
The child tax credit was eliminated to help offset a business tax cut. Schauer declined to say how he'd replace lost revenue if the credit's restored.
He says Republican Gov. Rick Snyder took money out of families' pockets that could have gone into the economy. Schauer also says if he's governor he'd strengthen laws to ensure women earn "equal pay for equal work."
Snyder spokeswoman Emily Benavides says women recognize job creation and lower unemployment under Snyder's watch and aren't fooled by Schauer's "political stunt."
Schauer voted in 2012 GOP presidential primary
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is acknowledging that he voted in the state's 2012 Republican presidential primary.
Schauer told reporters Wednesday he voted because there wasn't a Democratic presidential primary and he doesn't like to miss "any elections." He declined to say whom he voted for.
Eventual GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney narrowly defeated ex-Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in Michigan.
State Republican spokesman Darren Littell says Schauer intentionally undermined the voting process and is "speaking out of both sides of his mouth."
The GOP secretly videotaped Schauer telling supporters earlier this year that they shouldn't cross over to vote in the 11th congressional district primary "especially when there are things at stake on our side of the ballot."
Lansing groups seek welcome for child immigrants
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A coalition of activists and religious leaders in Lansing is calling on the City Council to make the community a welcoming place for child immigrants from Central America.
Maximo Anguiano of the group Action of Greater Lansing spoke at a news conference Wednesday outside Cristo Rey Church, saying that "the simple word 'welcome'" is why participants were holding the public action.
The effort comes amid protests and counter-protests surrounding plans by Grosse Pointe Park-based Wolverine Human Services to house Central American refugee children at its facility in Vassar.
So far, there are no reported plans for Lansing to take in any of the 57,000-plus young Central American refugees.
The Lansing State Journal says Mayor Virg Bernero has told refugee service agencies that Lansing is ready to help if needed.
Judge: Why wasn't child murder suspect in jail?
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit judge says it appears an ex-con accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in front of her father should have been behind bars at the time.
Twenty-five-year-old Raymone Jackson appeared Wednesday for arraignment before Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner in the first-degree murder case.
Groner asked the government why Jackson wasn't jailed March 26 when Michigan paroled him after a drug sentence. Groner gave Jackson 11 months in jail in September in a separate drug case.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Paula Bridges says Jackson actually began serving the 11-month jail sentence last September and was released in March for good behavior.
Bridges says Michigan could have imprisoned him then but didn't.
Prisons spokesman Russ Marlan tells the Detroit Free Press that Michigan couldn't have held Jackson past June 25.
BOY BURNED-PARENTS CHARGED
Mother's parental rights to 3 children terminated
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A judge has terminated a 31-year-old Saginaw mother's parental rights to her three daughters, whose brother died from physical abuse.
The Saginaw News reports that Probate Judge Faye Harrison told Mio Campbell on Wednesday that she "entirely failed" in her responsibility to them.
The 11-month-old, 2-year-old and 8-year-old girls have been in foster care since the March 1 death of 6-year-old Elijah Dillard from burns and head injuries.
Elijah's 39-year-old adoptive father is charged with first-degree murder. Aki Dillard faces a September trial.
Campbell is charged with child abuse. Her lawyer Barbara Tomcal says Campbell "did not have the ability to stop" Dillard's abuse.
The judge says Campbell could have reported any violence to the family's state Department of Human Services caseworker.
GAS STATION DEATH
Man jailed in fatal stabbing of gas station clerk
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Police say they've arrested a man in the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Battle Creek gas station employee.
MLive.com says police answered a call about a robbery and shooting about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the body of Nicole Gates of Battle Creek at a Citgo gas station.
Detective Sgt. Jim Martens says it appears that an acquaintance stabbed Gates to death before stealing money, beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets.
Police say they arrested 30-year-old Shawn Pike of Battle Creek about 10:30 a.m. on first-degree murder, robbery and other charges. Police also have arrested a 21-year-old man, whose name wasn't immediately released.
The men are expected to be arraigned Thursday.
GRAND RAPIDS STATUES
Statue series grows, to include Betty Ford in 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Grand Rapids Community Legends project has added a sixth statue to a series that will grow to include former first lady Betty Ford four years from now.
Organizers on Wednesday unveiled a sculpture of civil rights activist Helen Claytor. It's part of a series that's expected to have 25 statues before completion.
The Grand Rapids Press says the project plans sculptures of boxing champion Stanley Ketchel in 2015, businesswoman Anna Sutherland Bissell in 2016 and businessman and politician Julius Houseman in 2017. The Ford sculpture will be installed in 2018, 100 years after her birth.
President Gerald Ford died in 2006, and Betty Ford died in 2011. They lived in Rancho Mirage, California, for decades.
Their hometown was Grand Rapids.
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