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House OKs Shielding Privacy Of Parents Who Surrender Newborns

From the Associated Press — Legislation advancing in Michigan would protect the confidentiality of parents who give up their newborn by leaving the child at a hospital or with emergency responders. The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law, enacted in 2000, lets parents surrender a
newborn who’s no more than 72 hours old. The bill approved unanimously by the House Tuesday would keep intact birth certificate requirements for hospitals. But if a newborn is surrendered under the baby drop-off law, parents would be listed as “unknown” and the child as
“Baby Doe.” Supporters say the legislation would guarantee anonymity to parents and stop them from leaving newborns in public restrooms and dumpsters. The law has led to 175 newborns being surrendered. Senators will next consider the bill.. ...Read Full Story

Whirlpool Misses Expectations For First Quarter

Revenue was up in the first quarter for Whirlpool, but the world’s largest appliance maker missed Wall Street expectations when it somes to earnings per share at $2.50. The Benton Harbor-based company revised its full-year earnings guidance down, also falling under the expectations of analysts. Whirlpool released its earnings report Monday evening after the market closed, showing revenue growth of around 4% with the full-year earnings pressured by what it calls “temporary integration challenges” in the Europe-Middle East-Asia region.. ...Read Full Story

Two Arrested In Cass County Marijuana Bust

Two people are facing charges following a drug raid in Cass County Monday. The sheriff’s department tells us it searched a home in the 60,000 block of Conrad Road in Howard Township on suspicion marijuana was growing there. Officers searched three buildings, and say they found marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, and a marijuana grow operation. The sheriff’s department tells us it was not being conducted within the guidelines provided in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and was therefore illegal. A 62-year-old man and a 56-year-old man were both arrested, and now they’re facing drug charges. Their names have not been released.. ...Read Full Story