MICHIGAN ROADS Mich. plan would fund road repairs with fuel taxes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Two state lawdevices are proposing higher taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel to raise money to repair Michigan's roads. The bills thorough Tuesday are the latest attempt to rise resources for roads and also proccasion Michigan from losing federal corresponding money for roadways in 2011. The bills would certainly raise the state's gas tax of 19 cents per gallon to 23 cents this year and also to 27 cents in 2013. The diesel taxation of 15 cents per gallon would certainly increase to 21 cents this year and also to 27 cents in 2013. It's approximated the steps would certainly raise $480 million a year when fully enforced. Recent attempts by lawmakers to raise even more road money have stalled bereason of opposition to tax increases. The new bills are sponsored by Republican Rep. Ricdifficult Ball and Democratic Rep. Pam Byrnes.

SHOTS FIRED-POLICE Man arrested after Detroit-area police fired upon

DETROIT (AP) - Police have arrested a 20-year-old Detroit male sought after an exadjust of gunfire via submetropolitan officers adhering to a traffic stop. Detroit police spokesguy John Roach claims in a release that the man was arrested Tuesday afternoon once officers saw him walking alengthy a city street. Southfield police had actually identified Savion Hakeem Franklin as the guy who ran with a northwest Detroit community late Tuesday morning after officers quit a vehicle for speeding and also running a red light around one mile north of the Detroit-Southfield border. Police tell the Detroit Free Press and also The Detroit News that six to eight shots were fired at the policemans. One of the officers changed fire. No injuries were reported.

TREASURY OFFICE-THEFT Burglars take even more than $9,000 from Treasury safe

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - The state is looking at a feasible $2 billion deficit in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, and the theft of more than $9,000 from a branch office isn't helping. Sterling Heights police tell the Detroit Free Press that employees reporting to occupational Monday uncovered the theft. It's thought to have actually emerged between 4:30 p.m. Saturday and also 6:30 a.m. Monday. Police say the thieves damaged a home window and removed part of a wall to acquire into a room where a safe was compelled open. Treasury spokesguy Terry Stanton claims field office and also repertoire staffers work-related at the submetropolitan Detroit area, wright here ago taxes, state company debt and other payments can be made. He states the office will certainly remajor closed until repairs are completed, possibly by the finish of the week. --- Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

PREGNANT WOMAN-CRASH Woguy, fetus die adhering to Detroit rollover crash

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say a womale who was seven-and-a-half months pregnant and the fetus she was delivering passed away following a rollover crash on Interstate 94 in Detroit. Michigan State Police Sgt. Linda Mys says 23-year-old Shardae Homesly was thrown from an SUV adhering to the midday Tuesday crash and the fetus was torn from her body by the force of the crash. Police say Homesly and the fetus were transported independently to St. John Hospital, wbelow they were pronounced dead. Police say the Detroit womale was riding in a Jeep Liberty and also wasn't wearing a seat belt. The male driver, who was treated and also released from St. John Hospital, was wearing a seat belt. His name wasn't released. Police say the crash happened after the SUV was cut off by one more car and also swerved.

COUSINS SLAIN-MICH Lansing man guilty in 2004 slayings of 2 cousins

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Lansing guy has actually been found guilty in the 2004 slayings of 2 cousins. An Ingham County jury on Tuesday found 25-year-old Jonathan Hicks guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and also guns charges in the deaths of Betsy and Brandy Lowe. Hicks deals with sentencing Feb. 17. Anvarious other Lansing guy, 24-year-old Levon Pate, has actually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case. Pate testified Thursday that he offered false indevelopment in 2006 by saying Hicks had actually tried to fire the gun on the night of the murders, yet it jammed. Hicks has insisted he didn't have a gun and didn't recognize Pate was going to shoot the woguys. Pate asserted complete duty for the shootings Thursday. Hicks' attorney, Tom Clement, says his client likely will appeal Tuesday's verdict. --- Indevelopment from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

DETROIT STUDENT-HANDGUN 2 weapons charges dismissed versus boy, 10

DETROIT (AP) - Prosecutors have dismissed 2 of 3 weapons charges versus a 10-year-old Detroit boy accused of bringing an unloaded handgun to school. The Wayne County prosecutor's office said in a release Tuesday that charges of carrying a concealed weapon and also minor in possession of a firearm in public have been dropped. The youth pleaded guilty last week to possession of a weapon in a weapons-cost-free school zone. A hearing is booked for Feb. 26. Prosecutors say adult penalties do not use in juvenile court. The boy's name has actually not been released. He has actually been ordered to attfinish a court-oversaw gun safety and security routine. Another student saw the boy with the gun in a bathroom Jan. 20 at Brewer Elementary/Center School and also told a teacher. The teacher took the gun.

WIND FARM-UTILITY Detroit Ediboy launches commercial wind farm

RRICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - DTE Energy Inc.'s Detroit Edikid unit has introduced commercial operation of a wind farm in north Michigan through a Traverse City company. Detroit Ediboy claims the facility, jointly operated with Heritage Sustainable Energy east of Cadillac in Missaukee County, is the utility's largest such undertaking. It's meant to supply sufficient electricity to power around 2,000 homes. Detroit Edichild shelp Tuesday that it's also the utility's initially wind farm arisen under the state's power legislation enacted in October 2008. It needs that 10 percent of Michigan's power come from renewable sources by the end of 2015. The salso massive wind wind turbines are qualified of producing about 14 megawatts of renewable power. Detroit Edichild expects to include around 1,200 megawatts of renewable power, mostly from wind, by 2015.

FIXING RETIREMENT-CONTEST WMU team wins retirement planning dispute, DC expedition

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - First prize in a contest asking college students to draft a plan for their generation's comfortable retirement goes to a team from Western Michigan College. Sam Demoremainder, Lauren Hearit, Ashley Horvat and Brad Kent split $20,000 and also head to Washington Feb. 4 after winning the iOMe Challenge. Team adviser Susan Hoffmann gets $1,000. The students will satisfy via members of Congress throughout the Washington expedition to comment on proposals for improving the nation's retirement defense. The iOMe Challenge was started by De Pere, Wis.-based Plan Administrators Inc. Texas Tech College in Lubbock, Texas, was initially runner-up, while St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., acquired honorable point out.

PURE MICHIGAN LIVING State structure `Pure Michigan Living' effort

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A brand-new "Pure Michigan Living" campaign is being rolled out to promote the state as a location to contact residence. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority on Tuesday launched a "Pure Michigan Living" Net site to highlight positive stories around the state, which has actually been struggling for years with a negative economic climate. To kick off the campaign, the authority is utilizing a Web site to collect stories around why civilization pick to live in Michigan. The "Choose Michigan" initiative is seeking 1,000 stories from occupants between currently and Monday. The "Pure Michigan Living" campaign adheres to the state's "Pure Michigan" proclaiming to promote the state's travel desticountries to a nationwide audience. "Pure Michigan" is expected to be scaled ago unless it gets more funding.

KISS BOOK-LAWSUIT NY agency sues in Detroit over Kiss photo book

DETROIT (AP) - You gotta record a lawsuit in Detroit Rock City. A firm that controls photos and also posters of the rock team Kiss is suing to stop the sale of a book with photos of the performers. Kiss Catalog Ltd. says trademarks are being violated by "Vintage Kiss Photos: 1974-1981." The lawsuit names Marc Scallatino of Blackhardwood, N.J., and photographer Janet Macoska of Cleveland. Kiss Catalog, based in New York, is asking a judge to shut down vintagekissphotos.com. Macoska states she marketed some Kiss imperiods to Scallatino yet warned that he couldn't use them for a book.

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E-mail messperiods seeking comment were left Tuesday via Scallatino. The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Detroit, wbelow component of the 1975 Kiss album "Alive!" was taped at Cobo Arena.