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By The Associated Press • Mar 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Authorities search for missing kayaker in Grand River

LANSING (AP) — A kayaker is missing after reportedly falling into the Grand River at Lansing.

The Lansing Fire Department said rescue teams were told that the man fell into the water Tuesday evening near the Brenke Fish Ladder. A search didn't immediately find the man, but the Lansing State Journal reported a kayak and paddle were spotted floating down the river.

The missing man's name wasn't immediately released.

Boats and divers were used to search the water Tuesday. The search effort resumed Wednesday.

Fire department spokesman Steve Mazurek said "given the water level and the speed the river is traveling right now, we knew this was going to be a long, intensive operation." The river has been high due to rain and melting snow, causing recent flooding.

Authorities search southwestern Michigan river for kayaker

WATERVLIET (AP) — Authorities are searching the Paw Paw River in southwestern Michigan for a missing kayaker.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office said three people were kayaking on the river near Watervliet on Tuesday evening when two kayaks struck a log. The department said one kayaker swam to land and a 35-year-old man from Niles was missing.

The Sheriff's Office dive team was on the scene Wednesday and was searching for the man, whose name wasn't immediately released.

The search comes as area waterways have been running high due to heavy rain and melting snow that's been blamed for recent flooding in the Midwest.

Mid-Michigan school chief suspended for conduct at tourney

CARSON CITY (AP) — A mid-Michigan school superintendent has been suspended three days without pay for unsportsmanlike conduct at a regional high school wrestling tournament.

The Board of Education of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools voted 6-0 to suspend Superintendent Kevin Murphy during a special meeting Monday evening.

The board also required a public apology from Murphy, which he issued during the meeting. He said he "demonstrated a lack of sportsmanship" and was "truly sorry."

The (Greenville) Daily News reported Murphy and school board President Ben Adkins declined to elaborate on the conduct in question.

The discipline also requires that Murphy not attend any Carson City-Crystal Area Schools athletic contests, home or away, through April 30. Adkins said the dates when Murphy will serve his unpaid suspension will be decided later.

Student in custody after taking inert grenade to school

MONROE (AP) — A middle school student is in custody after authorities said he took an inactive grenade to school and made threatening statements to other students.

The Monroe Police Department and the Monroe Public Schools said the student was lodged in a detention center Wednesday after a school resource officer found the grenade in the student's locker. The device had been modified and was incapable of detonating.

Police said the student showed the device to other students and made the threatening statements. A student reported the incident to a teacher.

Woman sentenced in connection with sex-trafficking ring

LANSING (AP) — A 41-year-old woman will spend 5-20 years in prison in connection with a sex-trafficking ring that Michigan authorities said involved underage girls.

The Lansing State Journal reported that Amber Speed was sentenced Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court. In January, a jury found Speed guilty of conducting a criminal enterprise.

Speed, of Munith in Jackson County, was arrested after state police found online ads for an escort operation. The state Attorney General's Office said girls involved in the escort operation were minors when they were brought into the ring.

The newspaper reported that Speed was acquitted of sex trafficking underage girls.

Speed told police in a recorded interview that she ran an escort service in the Lansing area, but denied the women who worked for her sold sex.

Senate panel OKs $175M for roads, $1M for AG's probe of MSU

LANSING (AP) — A bill that would infuse $175 million more into Michigan roads and bridges this year has taken another step forward in the state Legislature.

A Senate committee voted 16-0 Wednesday to send the supplemental budget legislation to the full Senate, which is expected to vote on it today.

Senators amended the House-passed bill to include $1 million for Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigation of how Michigan State University handled former employee Larry Nassar, a doctor who molested young gymnasts and others under the guise of treatment. Schuette, whose office prosecuted Nassar, has hired a special independent counsel to look into the university.

Gov. Rick Snyder recently proposed the additional $175 million for road and bridge repairs in the 2018-19 budget. But lawmakers want to spend it in the current fiscal year.

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