Family walks out as shooting photos are introduced
DETROIT (AP) - Family members left the courtroom when prosecutors revealed photos of the body of a 19-year-old woman who was shot on a Dearborn Heights porch.
On the second day of trial Thursday, photos of Renisha McBride and the home where she was killed were introduced as evidence. Her mother and other relatives in court were uncomfortable.
Theodore Wafer is charged with second-degree murder, although he insists he shot McBride in self-defense.
Earlier, jurors heard Wafer's recorded remarks to police when officers arrived at his home last Nov. 2. He suggested the shooting was an accident and told police that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded.
Wafer said someone was trying to get into his home around 4:30 a.m.
DETROIT WATER SHUTOFFS
Groups try to pull plug on Detroit water shutoffs
DETROIT (AP) - Taps are flowing and toilets are flushing for thousands of Detroit residents with unpaid water bills, but national and international voices denouncing a massive wave of service shutoffs continue to rain down on the city's water utility.
Human rights and other groups have rallied downtown, made a filing in Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings and appealed to the United Nations as water shutoffs rose from 500 in March to more than 7,200 in June.
A Canadian group plans to haul 264 gallons of water Thursday to a rally outside City Hall.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Unitarian Universalist Service Committee also is in Detroit to deliver national petitions opposing the shutoffs to city leaders.
On Monday, the utility suspended shutoffs for 15 days to educate customers on how to make payment plans.
Michigan elections board torn over minimum wage
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's elections board is torn over whether to certify a voter-initiated proposal to raise the minimum wage.
The four-member Board of State Canvassers adjourned for a couple of hours Thursday afternoon after asking secretary of state's staff to review signatures that opponents of the minimum wage measure say are invalid duplicates. The measure's supporters say the challenge came too late.
In an attempt to head off the ballot drive, lawmakers in May repealed the minimum wage law that would be amended by the proposal and passed a smaller minimum wage hike. The hourly minimum will rise to $9.25 by 2018 with inflationary increases after.
The voter-initiated law would increase the minimum to $10.10 an hour over time, with later inflationary increases and a bigger bump for tipped employees.
BALLOT ISSUES-WOLF HUNT
Michigan board certifies 3rd wolf hunt measure
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A measure intended to make moot two wolf-hunting referendums on the November statewide ballot is headed to the Michigan Legislature.
The Board of State Canvassers on Thursday certified that a pro-hunting group turned in enough valid signatures for their proposed voter-initiated law. It would allow the Legislature or the appointed Natural Resources Commission to designate a species as game that could be hunted.
The Republican-led Legislature is expected to approve the measure soon. If it doesn't act, the proposal will go to voters.
Michigan last year held its first wolf hunt since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. Opponents of wolf hunting have collected enough signatures to ask voters to repeal two 2013 laws that cleared the way for the first hunt.
Council considering land deal for US-Canada bridge
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit City Council is considering the transfer of 301 city-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.
A special council session is scheduled Monday morning.
Gov. Rick Snyder and Canada have agreed to build the New International Trade Crossing over the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The bridge's Detroit footprint would be on the city's southwest side.
Canada is paying most of the $2 billion project's cost on both sides of the border and plans to recoup the money through tolls. Officials say they hope to open the bridge in 2020.
The project is opposed by the owner of the existing Ambassador Bridge.
RUNNER DIES-DOG ATTACK
Runner dies after attack by 2 bull mastiffs
METAMORA, Mich. (AP) - A suburban Detroit man has died following an attack by two bull mastiffs as he ran in a Lapeer County village.
WDIV reports that the two 3-year-old dogs mauled 46-year-old Craig Sytsma Wednesday evening in Metamora, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. The Livonia man later died at a hospital.
Police tell the television station that the dogs have been involved in other biting cases. They are being held by animal control.
Michigan funeral home director sentenced to prison
IONIA, Mich. (AP) - The former director of a Michigan funeral home is heading to jail for up to four years after stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in funeral funds.
Marti Schrauben of Portland, Oregon was sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison on 18 counts, including embezzlement, insurance fraud and racketeering. He also owes court fines, costs and fees.
Prosecutors say Schrauben forged death certificates and submitted fake claims to insurance companies.
His business partner at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Homes in Ionia and Portland discovered money was missing from pre-paid funeral accounts. Schrauben stole an estimated $500,000.
Restitution will be determined in a future hearing.
4 more Michigan cities get Uber ridesharing
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A California company that uses mobile application software to link people needing transportation in Ann Arbor and the Detroit area to drivers is expanding to several other Michigan cities.
San Francisco-based Uber (OO'-bur) says service is starting in Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing.
Uber use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with the company.
Uber says it operates in 140 cities in 40 countries.
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