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Attorneys: 5 Automakers Knew Takata Air Bags Were Dangerous

From the Associated Press — Attorneys for people suing air bag maker Takata and five automakers say the car companies knew that the company’s products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years because they were inexpensive. The allegations against Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford and BMW were made in a document filed Monday with a federal court in Miami. The court is handling pretrial evidence-gathering in dozens of lawsuits against Takata and the automakers. The document says the allegations are partly based on auto company documents.
Earlier, the automakers had contended that Takata was the problem because it admitted to covering up the defective inflators, which can blow apart and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Takata has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $1 billion for the scheme to cover up the air bag problems.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Man Sentenced To At Least 15 Years In Fatal Shooting

A Benton Harbor man will be spending the next 15 to 24 years in prison now that he’s been sentenced in a May fatal shooting. Prosecutors say 30-year-old Terrance Shelby shot 17-year-old Grady Manns near Shelby’s home in the area of Empire and McAllister Avenue on May 12. Shelby had caught Manns in his home with his 13-year-old step daughter, and chased Manns away. Then, he says he saw Manns near the home again several minutes later. Shelby told police he was trying to fire a warning shot, but it hit Manns. He was sentenced Monday to at least 15.5 years in prison on a second degree murder charge and for felony firearm.. ...Read Full Story

MDOT Auctioning Off Excess Properties

From the Associated Press — An office building and 21 parcels of vacant land owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation are scheduled for public auction. The excess property will be up for bid on March 20 at the agency’s Office of Aeronautics in Lansing. Officials say the excess properties are located in counties throughout the state and no longer are needed for transportation purposes. The properties include a small lot along the Thornapple River in Kent County’s Cascade Township, a more than 100-acre parcel in Gratiot County’s Washington
Township and a six-acre site in Macomb County’s Sterling Heights. Auction rules state that each property will be sold to the highest bidder and
for not less than the minimum bid price.. ...Read Full Story

Midwest, Wyoming Lawmakers Target Wolf Protections Again

From the Associated Press — Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten their livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for a fast floor vote before the season when most cows and sheep will be giving birth begins in earnest. That followed recent testimony before a Senate committee from a Wisconsin farm leader who said producers need to be able to defend their livestock and livelihoods. Meanwhile, both sides are waiting for a federal appeals court to decide whether to uphold lower court rulings that put wolves in the four states back on the list.. ...Read Full Story

MI Congressman Embraces Town Halls

From the Associated Press — Congressman Justin Amash, of Michigan, is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts in Congress have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump’s early actions and the planned repeal of the federal health care law.
He says he has a duty to attend. The events are earning the 36-year-old libertarian, who is among Trump’s most prominent critics in the GOP on immigration and other issues, some respect from angry Democrats who vehemently oppose many of Amash’s stances but credit him for not ducking his constituents and listening to them. The fourth-term congressman who has sparred with the Republican establishment is not immune to criticism from Trump loyalists, either. Amash says he is comfortable with town meetings because he has being hosting them for years.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Planning Big Expansion To Nursing Program

Southwestern Michigan College is planning to expand its Nursing and Health Education Building so more programs can be offered and more students trained. SMC President Dr. David Mathews tells WSJM News the $9.6 million project is intended to help SMC better serve the area, noting the nursing program has been a big success.. ...Read Full Story

Two Killed In Cass County Crash

A four-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man are dead after a car accident in Cass County. The sheriff’s department says Jordan White of Dowagiac lost control on School Street while in the oncoming lane, left the road and hit several trees. He was killed along with Wyatt Lister. The young boy’s mother, 20-year-old Allison Hurry of Dowagiac, was airlifted by Med Flight to South Bend Memorial Hospital for treatment. ...Read Full Story

Upton To Hold Tuesday Tele-Town Hall

Congressman Fred Upton is planning to hold a tele-town hall meeting next week. That’s as protesters demand he hold a physical town hall, which he has declined to do. Upton’s tele-town hall is set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. However, that will be dependent on the voting schedule of the House that day. During the last two tele-town halls that Upton has held, his office says about 3,000 people had a chance to dial in. The St. Joseph Republican tells us he wants to hear from constituents about whatever is on their minds. You can sign up to take part in next Tuesday’s call by going to Upton.House.Gov.. ...Read Full Story