Lawmakers revisit Michigan foreclosure rules
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislation to rewrite or clarify recent changes in Michigan's foreclosure rules has taken a step forward.
The bill approved 107-3 by the House last week retains main elements of a law signed last summer by Governor Rick Snyder, including taking away someone's right to save his or her property if an inspector discovers the home's in bad shape due to neglect or other reasons.
But the legislation going to the Senate imposes more restrictions on inspections, provides more notice to borrowers before inspections and gives them more chances to fix damage.
When he signed the 2013 law, Snyder called on lawmakers to clarify some issues involving inspections.
One proposed change requires borrowers to get at least 72 hours of notice before interior inspections.
OBIT-WILLIAM CLAY FORD
Ford Motor Co. leader William Clay Ford dies at 88
DETROIT (AP) - William Clay Ford Senior, who helped steer Ford Motor Company for more than five decades and owned the NFL's Detroit Lions, has died at the age of 88.
The company said in a statement Sunday that Ford died of pneumonia at his home. He was the last surviving grandson of company founder Henry Ford.
Ford served as an employee and board member of the automaker for more than half of its 100-year history. The company says in a statement that he was instrumental in setting the design direction for the company's vehicles.
CEO Alan Mulally says in a statement that Ford had a profound impact on the company.
WILLIAM CLAY FORD-DETROIT
Detroit mayor: William Clay Ford big city booster
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says William Clay Ford was one of his struggling city's biggest boosters.
The 88-year-old Detroit Lions owner and grandson of auto pioneer Henry Ford has died of pneumonia.
Duggan says in a statement that William Clay Ford's dedication to Detroit "was never more evident than ... with his decision to move the Detroit Lions back downtown."
The NFL team now plays at Ford Field. Redevelopment is well underway in Detroit's downtown, even as city neighborhoods continue to lose residents and housing stock.
The mayor says that "vote of confidence in Detroit was an important piece of the redevelopment of downtown that has since taken place."
Ford was the father of Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford.
Plans moving forward for new Detroit-Canada bridge
DETROIT (AP) - Officials in Michigan say the omission in the federal budget for funding of a border inspection plaza in Michigan is not expected to delay construction of a commuter bridge between Detroit and Canada.
Land acquisition for the New International Trade Crossing could start this summer on the U.S. side of the Detroit River with bridge construction scheduled to begin in 2016. The project would be completed in 2020.
The span would compete with the existing Ambassador Bridge for toll revenues.
President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget does not set aside money specifically for the $250 million Detroit plaza, although it does include $486 million for unspecified projects.
2 men die in Detroit fire; Space heater suspected
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit authorities say a space heater placed too close to flammable materials may have caused a fire that killed two men at a house on the city's west side.
WXYZ-TV says the fire started about 8:30 a.m. Family members say the victims include 56-year-old homeowner Richard Holmes.
The identity of the other man wasn't immediately known.
Fire Captain Frank Maiorana tells WDIV-TV that crews arrived quickly from a fire station several blocks away to find the fire had spread fast.
SAGINAW BAY-SNOWMOBILERS RESCUED
Coast Guard rescues 2 snowmobilers on Saginaw Bay
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued two men whose snowmobiles crashed through the ice about a mile from shore on Saginaw Bay near Bay City.
The Coast Guard says in a statement that other members of the men's party called Bay County's 911 center from the scene Saturday night. The statement says an air boat from the Coast Guard's Essexville station arrived about 9:45 p.m.
The Coast Guard says the 19- and 45-year-old men managed to pull themselves back onto the ice by the time the air boat arrived. It says they were taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia.
The men's names weren't released.
SAGINAW PLAYER MISSING
Saginaw Spirit: Search for center Terry Trafford
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - The Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League say that 20-year-old center Terry Trafford has been missing from the team for six days.
The Saginaw News says that Trafford was last seen Monday at the Dow Event Center, the team's home arena.
Team president Craig Goslin says the team is "very concerned for the young man" and hopes he's found soon.
Trafford is a Toronto native and has been with the Spirit for several seasons. He's listed at 5-foot-11 inches and 190 pounds.
The Associated Press left a phone message with Saginaw police on Sunday seeking information on the case.
Woman says mummified body in Michigan was sister's
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A woman says a mummified body found in the garage of a suburban Detroit home is that of her sister, who apparently died six years ago at age 49.
Paula Logan tells WXYZ-TV that the body found Wednesday in Pontiac is that of Pia Farrenkopf. Authorities investigating the discovery haven't released her name.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (BOO'-shard) says there was a key in the ignition of the car that held the body. But he says the ignition was off, and there still was gas in the tank.
Bouchard says he wonders if the woman suddenly died while in the rear seat of her Jeep. A contractor sent by the bank that holds the mortgage discovered the body.
Neighbors say the homeowner hasn't been seen in years.
Drunken driver hits house, kills man, hurts wife
AUBURN, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in Bay County say a drunken driver crashed an SUV into a house, killing a man who lived there and injuring his wife.
WSGW-AM says the crash happened early Sunday in Auburn, about 10 miles west of Bay City. Police tell MLive DOT com that the dead man was 41-year-old Vaughn Lietzke.
Authorities say his 42-year-old wife Sandra Lietzke was airlifted to Saginaw's Saint Mary's of Michigan Medical Center, where she was in stable condition.
Deputies say the 21-year-old driver failed to stop at a stop sign, ran over a curb and struck a corner of the house. Sheriff's Lieutenant James Chlebowski says the Auburn man was examined at the scene, the taken to the jail.
The lieutenant says the driver's name will be released after he's arraigned Monday.
10-year Michigan gravel mining battle continues
KASSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A decade-long legal fight that has eaten up hundreds of thousands of tax dollars has continued with a judge denying a northern Michigan woman's request to mine gravel on her property.
Circuit Judge Thomas Powers ruled last week that Edith Kyser can't mine the gravel on the land she owns in Leelanau County's Kasson Township, about 15 miles northwest of Traverse City. The parcel borders the county's 5-square-mile gravel district but isn't part of it.
Kyser lawyer Christopher Bzdok says the township has spent unlimited money to fight the mining request.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle says Kasson Township records show that the community has spent about $245,000 on the case.
The fight started in 2004 when Kyser asked to have her property rezoned but was denied.
Gilda's laughter festival holds FUNderwear Run 5K
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Organizers of an annual festival of laughter have held a 5K race with a unique dress code.
As part of the 3.1-mile FUNderwear Run on Sunday morning, runners were encouraged by Gilda's LaughFest to wear undies on the outside, over their clothes. Organizers say about 300 people participated, with misty conditions and a 21-degree Fahrenheit temperature at the 10 a.m. start.
The FUNderwear Run supports Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, a free emotional health support community where people can find laughter in the midst of a cancer or grief journey.
The race began on the Grand Rapids Community College campus.
LaughFest runs through next Sunday. Headliners include Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Sinbad and Chris Tucker.
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