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Schauer turns in signatures for Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Democrat Mark Schauer has made his Michigan gubernatorial campaign official by turning in about 27,000 signatures from all 83 counties to election officials.

The former state lawmaker was joined by supporters Friday afternoon at the secretary of state building in Lansing. He is the only Democratic candidate expected to file for the August primary.

Schauer says "people are angry" with budget cuts and tax increases approved by incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. Schauer says voters will support him for governor "because they want fairness," opportunities and "an economy that works for everyone."

Snyder turned in 1,000 fewer petitions Thursday. Schauer told his supporters he's "confident" they will "make sure this is only the first time" he beats Snyder.


Judge interviewing experts in Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) - A former New York lieutenant governor is among the candidates being interviewed as a possible expert in the Detroit bankruptcy case.

Judge Steven Rhodes says he wants a set of fresh, experienced eyes to offer opinions as Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy this year. Richard Ravitch and others are being questioned Friday by Rhodes in court.

Rhodes says he expects to decide later Friday or by Monday.

The 80-year-old Ravitch has had a long career in public service and has been outspoken about financial risks faced by states and local governments. He tells The Associated Press that many promises no longer are affordable.

Ravitch says Detroit is the most dramatic example of "what happens when you kick the can down the road." He says he'd work for free.


Imprisoned rapist charged with 3 Detroit killings

DETROIT (AP) - A 32-year-old man already serving 75 years in prison for multiple rape, kidnapping and robbery convictions has been charged with killing two women and a man in Detroit.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Gabriel Cooper was arraigned by video link Thursday in Detroit District Court on first-degree murder, torture, larceny and firearms charges.

His probable cause hearing is April 28. It's unknown if he has a lawyer.

The office says Cooper stabbed 30-year-old Larae Bowman and shot her 32-year-old brother Lavon Bowman at their home in November 2012.

It says Cooper fatally shot 22-year-old Candest Mills, who was found in front of a home in January 2013.

Cooper is imprisoned at the Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon Heights for a 28-count felony conviction from Wayne County in 2013.


Walk to Lansing protests exclusion of students

DETROIT (AP) - A dozen student "gladiators" are planning to lead a march from Detroit to Lansing to protest what they say is the harmful and unnecessary suspension or expulsion of school children for often-minor offenses.

Organizers with the Harriet Tubman Center's Youth Voice project say about 150 students and adults will cover the 85 miles in 14 relay stages, beginning Monday and ending Wednesday at the Michigan Capitol.

Among those planning to be out front is 16-year-old Michael Reynolds, who missed seven days last school year for failing to have his student ID Cody Academy in Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press says Michigan public schools made 1,796 expulsions in the 2012-13 school year.

The state Board of Education is considering a revised model policy on suspensions and expulsions.


Wayne County executive to seek re-election

DETROIT (AP) - Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano plans to kick off his re-election campaign on Monday.

The Democrat has scheduled a news conference in Detroit at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58, where supporters are expected to gather.

First elected in 2002, he's seeking his fourth term. He previously served as sheriff of Wayne County.

The Detroit News reports that other announced candidates seeking the post include Democratic state Rep. Phil Cavanagh of Redford Township, Democratic County Commissioner Kevin McNamara of Belleville and Westland Mayor Bill Wild.


Guardsman to receive Purple Heart at Texas event

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - U.S. Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno will present the Purple Heart at Fort Sam Houston to a staff sergeant injured while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Robert T. Drebenstedt is scheduled to receive the decoration Wednesday at the fort's Warrior and Family Support Center.

Drebenstedt is a member of the Michigan Army National Guard injured by an improvised explosive device Aug. 1, 2012. Officials at Fort Sam Houston did not release details on the extent of the combat engineer's injuries.


Police: Girl, 4, finds pill inside Easter egg

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Police say a suburban Detroit pre-school student opened a plastic Easter egg following a school party and found a pill used to treat anxiety and other problems.

The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens and the Detroit Free Press report the 4-year-old girl attended a party Wednesday at Huron Park Elementary in Roseville where plastic eggs that were supposed to contain candy were distributed for an Easter egg hunt.

Police say she opened the egg at home and found the pill, a generic form of Xanax. Her mother notified school officials.

John Kment, superintendent of Roseville Community Schools, says no other parents reported finding anything unusual in the eggs and the pill was turned over to police.


Billboard boosts effort to catch serial soiler

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - A billboard along Interstate 94 is part of an effort to help catch a person who has been soiling slides at an Ypsilanti playground over the last six months.

WJBK-TV reports Adams Outdoor Advertising put eye-catching messages such as "Help us flush the pooper" on an electronic billboard about the case around exit 183 near Ypsilanti.

Earlier this month, officials in Ypsilanti said they were taking measures to put a stop to the so-called mystery pooper. Police or other Ypsilanti employees have been stopping at Prospect Park each morning to make sure another surprise was not left overnight.

The park sits near a school and features a basketball court, a tennis court being used as a skateboarding venue as well as a picnic area.

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