RUNNER DIES-DOG ATTACK
Dogs that killed Michigan man will be euthanized
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A couple charged with second-degree murder after their dogs fatally mauled a Michigan jogger have agreed to have the animals euthanized.
Valbona Lucaj and husband Sebastiano Quagliata signed the agreement with prosecutors Friday, the same day they appeared in court on charges related to the death of Craig Sytsma of Livonia.
He was attacked by two cane corsos on July 23 in Metamora Township, 45 miles northwest of Detroit. The agreement says the dogs and a third cane corso will be killed as soon as possible.
The dogs have been in custody along with eight puppies. The puppies will be offered to an animal rescue group.
Bond was set at $500,000 each for the 44-year-old Lucaj and 45-year-old Quagliata.
Police find human remains near Lansing freeway
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Authorities are investigating human remains found near a Lansing freeway.
Lansing police say the remains were discovered Friday near Dunckel Road and the U.S. 127 interchange a day after a Michigan State University research student stumbled upon personal items in the area.
The items appear to match belongings of a person reported to the police department as missing. An autopsy is scheduled Saturday.
MINIMUM WAGE-BALLOT DRIVE
Group declines to challenge minimum wage ruling
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A coalition of labor interests and community organizers says it won't challenge a decision not to put a minimum wage increase on the November ballot.
Raise Michigan coalition spokesman Frank Houston said the group determined its efforts "to ensure that everyone who works full-time makes a decent wage are better fought outside of the courtroom."
The ballot drive would have amended current law to increase Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.
The Board of State Canvassers initially estimated that Raise Michigan collected enough signatures. But once the board accounted for duplicates identified by a restaurant-backed group opposing the proposal, it disqualified 5,600.
In May, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law gradually increasing the wage from $7.40 to $9.25 an hour just before Raise Michigan submitted its proposal.
AUTO SALES-GENERAL MOTORS
SUVs lead GM to 9.4 percent July US sales increase
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 9.4 percent last month, making it the best July since 2007.
The increase was led by redesigned truck-based SUVs and came despite GM's recall crisis that began in February.
Sales of the redesigned Cadillac Escalade SUV more than doubled while Chevrolet Tahoe sales rose 52 percent. The Buick Encore small SUV posted a 28 percent increase. GM says sales are up because people are feeling better about the economy.
The company sold 256,160 vehicles for the month.
GM has recalled nearly 30 million vehicles this year but says it is near the end of a safety review.
The Edmunds.com website predicts that total U.S. auto sales rose 11.1 percent last month for the best July since 2006. All automakers report sales on Friday.
Former Detroit mayor hit with big fine in SEC case
DETROIT (AP) - The bill keeps growing for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
A judge has ordered him to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for accepting money and trips from city pension advisers. Kilpatrick didn't respond to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Federal Judge Victoria Roberts this week ordered Kilpatrick to pay a penalty of $390,000. He and former city Treasurer Jeff Beasley are also on the hook for $162,000, the value of the gifts plus interest.
Kilpatrick is serving a 28-year prison sentence for corruption. He owes more than $4 million to the Detroit water department, a conservative estimate of the profits enjoyed by a contractor who got excavation work with Kilpatrick's help.
He resigned as mayor in 2008.
Funeral held for slain girl, 14, as probe goes on
ARMADA, Mich. (AP) - Family and friends of a 14-year-old Michigan girl have gathered for her funeral as investigators continue hunting for the killer.
Joggers found the body of April Millsap on July 24 in a drainage ditch along a trail in Armada. The recent middle school graduate disappeared while walking her dog.
April's funeral was held Friday at Armada's St. Mary Mystical Rose Catholic Church.
The Detroit News says a number of cars had pink bows affixed to them in honor of April, and the funeral program detailed how she loved animals and writing poetry and short stories.
On Thursday, police and FBI agents were stopping vehicles entering and leaving the southeastern Michigan village.
State police say no one's being held in the killing.
UP roadside park that closed due to bears reopens
MUNISING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Transportation has reopened a roadside park in the Upper Peninsula that has had problems with bears.
The Mining Journal of Marquette and WLUC-TV report the Deer Lake roadside park along M-28 at Shelter Bay in Alger County is back open on Friday.
It closed earlier in the week in the hopes state Department of Natural Resources workers could trap and relocate bears that have been raiding garbage containers.
According to WWTV-WWUP, the DNR is asking area landowners to place traps near the roadside park on private land, leaving the park open.
The park is a popular place for swimmers, anglers and picnickers.
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