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GM proposing expansion of Lansing area plant

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - General Motors Co. is considering a $37 million expansion of a mid-Michigan plant that makes three crossover vehicles.

The Detroit automaker is seeking a tax break for work at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, which makes the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. GM is working with Lansing Area Economic Partnership Inc. on the plan.

GM declined to disclose details of its proposed project but says in a statement that it's "developing a business case for a potential future investment" that would boost "the plant's manufacturing capability."

The application is expected to be introduced Monday at a Lansing City Council meeting.


Feds probe Dodge Charger alternator complaints

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans.

The probe covers about 123,000 Chargers from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 14 complaints of alternator failure and stalling. All the cases happened while the cars were going 40 or more miles per hour.

In one case a car stopped in traffic with smoke coming from the alternator, which generates electricity to recharge the battery and run other devices. No injuries have been reported to the agency.

Chrysler says it's cooperating in the probe. Investigations can lead to recalls but there haven't been any so far.


Authorities: Body of female found in wooded area

ARMADA, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a female has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.

State police say the discovery was reported Thursday evening. State police say in a statement it's being investigated as a possible homicide.

On Friday morning, police said they're looking for a grey van that had dents and was occupied by two males. Police say the role of the van in the case hasn't been determined.

The age of the female or her identity wasn't released by police. An autopsy is planned.

The body was found near the Macomb Orchard Trail. It runs in Macomb County in the area of the village, which is about 35 miles northeast of Detroit.


Fire guts apartment building in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A fire has gutted an eight-unit apartment building in Grand Rapids.

No injuries are reported following the Thursday evening fire, which sent smoke billowing into the air that was visible from far away.

The cause is under investigation. The Grand Rapids Press reports that neighbors say that a boy burning leaves may have started the blaze. Whitney Lott, who lives in the building, says she saw the boy burning leaves then run away.


Police investigating church fire in Monroe

MONROE, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in the southeastern Michigan city of Monroe are investigating a church fire that burned part of an altar.

The Monroe News reports that volunteers from St. Michael Catholic Church contacted police after discovering the damage. Police say they believe linens were intentionally set on fire and burned along with part of the oak altar.

Investigators found no other damage or forced entry.


Michigan police probe medical marijuana growers

TROY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan police are investigating at least three medical marijuana grow operations in Troy that may violate state or local laws.

Police said in a release Friday that the most recent incident uncovered building code violations involving electrical, mechanical and building modifications. The building's electrical and natural gas power was shut off due to safety concerns.

In a second incident, police say they found 68 marijuana plants and more than 30 grams of dried marijuana. The plants were seized because they exceeded the amount a caregiver is allowed to have.

In a third incident, Troy officers say they also seized 48 large plants, 796 grams of marijuana and grow equipment from a man who was not in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. They said there were also multiple building code violations.


Residents turn to cats to deal with rat problem

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) - Residents in a Detroit enclave are relying on neighborhood cats to help deal with a rat problem.

WXYZ-TV reports Thursday that people living on Tennyson Street in Highland Park are relying on felines to hunt the rats coming from two abandoned homes. Residents say the homes have been abandoned for years.

Mayor DeAndre Windom says he will send crews to investigate the problem and is seeking grant money to raze the homes because the financially struggling city can't afford it.


Michigan DNR offers young hunter workshops

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Young hunters can get instructions on use of a variety of weaponry and equipment this summer during a series of workshops at state-operated shooting ranges.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is conducting Demonstration Days programs at four ranges. They will be held Tuesday at Pontiac Lake, Wednesday in Ortonville, Aug. 5 in Sharonville and Aug. 6 in Rose Lake. Each lasts from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participants can try rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, archery equipment and crossbows with help from range officers and hunter education instructors. They can use the DNR's hunting simulator and get tips from conservation officers will explain what to expect in the field.

The Mentored Youth Hunting program is designed to introduce children under age 10 to hunting and fishing.

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