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9:49 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Report: NSTSA dropped the ball on ignition switch defect

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   A House committee has determined that the government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem. 

The report issued Tuesday by Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raises serious questions about the agency's ability to keep the public safe as cars become more complex.

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Government
9:47 am
Tue September 16, 2014

House to vote on forfeiture bill

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers plan to proceed with a bill making it easier for the government to seize property linked to suspected illegal activity. 

The legislation up for a vote Tuesday in the state House allows for the forfeiture of homes, cash and other assets in home invasion and rape cases. It's designed to crack down on human trafficking.

The bill lets law enforcement take property and not give notice of forfeiture for 56 days. The current deadline is seven days.

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Government
9:51 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Drivers' fees could be exchanged for community service

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill to let drivers who owe extra "responsibility" fees for certain offenses do 10 hours of community service instead. 

The option would apply for drivers assessed $400 in fines for not having mandatory auto insurance. Drivers fined $300 for operating without a valid license also could do community service.

Extra fines for the offenses went away in 2012, but some motorists still owe them for old offenses.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to send the bill to Governor Rick Snyder.

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Government
11:06 am
Tue September 2, 2014

MI child support system effective, report says

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A Michigan government audit of $2.6 billion in child support payments says that the office in charge of collecting the money is doing an effective job in making sure that parents pay what they owe and care-givers get what's coming to them.  

The Michigan Office of the Auditor General released a report Friday on the handling of payments from June 1, 2012, to March 31, 2014.

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Government
4:53 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Housing Executive Director Woosley steps down

Credit trcna.org

  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The head of Michigan's housing agency is stepping down after billing the state for expensive meals and travel. Michigan State Housing Development Authority spokeswoman Katie Bach has confirmed that executive director Scott Woosley will resign. The Detroit Free Press reports Woosley sought reimbursements for staying in hotels that cost $400 to $500 a night and traveling in a stretch limousine.

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