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U.P. electric cooperative gets federal money for upgrades

May 7, 2014

GLADSTONE, MI (AP)--   An Upper Peninsula utility cooperative will receive a $7 million loan from the federal government for improvements to 108 miles of electrical lines and other system upgrades. 

The loan to the Gladstone-based Alger-Delta Cooperative Electric Association is part of $540 million from the U.S. Agriculture department's rural utilities program to fund various projects in Michigan and 17 other states.

DETROIT (AP) — Supporters of a statewide student safety hotline modeled after a Colorado program established in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre hope to clear a final hurdle once schools resume.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a budget bill this month that includes money to develop and run the OK-2-SAY hotline for anonymous reports of threats and violence. But the green light to launch it requires legislative action by Michigan House after lawmakers return in late August.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Federal safety regulators are investigating complaints about engine stalling in some Chrysler 200 midsize sedans. 

The probe includes about 87,000 of the cars from the 2011 model year that have

3.6-liter V-6 engines.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 15 complaints that the engines stall without warning while coasting to a stop.

The probe could lead to a recall.  The safety agency says it's looking into how often the problem happens.