LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's attorney general is recommending numerous changes in prison security after a convicted quadruple murderer escaped earlier this year. Bill Schuette's independent investigation into the February escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility flagged problems with video surveillance, fence alarms, prisoner counts and other issues. The report also says the Michigan Corrections Department should consider whether to re-station armed guards in towers and make perimeter patrol a full-time job again.
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) - Police in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming say a pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger online for a sexual encounter. Police say 18-year-old Brooke Slocum was held captive before her death. Her body was found Thursday in the trunk of the suspect's car. Her 25-year-old boyfriend, Charles Oppenneer, was found decapitated in a park a day earlier. His head hasn't been found. Investigators say emails indicate that Slocum connected with the suspect, 31-year-old Brady Oestrike, through a Craigslist ad.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Several environmental groups are challenging the state's decision to update an air emissions permit for a Detroit-area steel plant. The Sierra Club and the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center object to a decision in May by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to revise the permit for a Dearborn plant owned by Severstal, a Russian company that is selling the plant to AK Steel of West Chester, Ohio. The groups say the permit will allow the plant to continue polluting at levels that had been cited more than 30 times in state enforcement actions.
DETROIT (AP) - The city of Detroit has promised to report the results of voting on pension cuts Monday but declined to disclose the numbers during a morning bankruptcy hearing. The outcome based on the results from thousands of city retirees and workers' votes will have an impact on Detroit's bankruptcy case, which goes to trial on Aug. 14.
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