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Associated Press • Sep 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM

University of Michigan's president pay hiked to over $800K

ANN ARBOR (AP) — A pay raise for University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel is bumping his salary to more than $800,000 a year.

The school's Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to approve a 3.5 percent raise for Schlissel. The pay hike will give him a base salary of nearly $824,000, up from about $795,000.

Regents approved 3 percent raises for Schlissel each of the past two years.

Schlissel became the school's 14th president in 2014 after three years as the provost of Brown University.

Governor asks flags lowered today for Marine's funeral

ARMADA (AP) — Michigan's governor is asking that flags around the state be lowered to half-staff today in honor of a Marine from southeastern Michigan who died during training.

Gov. Rick Snyder's office said flags will be lowered at all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in Lansing on the day of the funeral for Marine Pfc. Michael Giannattasio.

Military officials said the 22-year-old from the Macomb County village of Armada was found unresponsive Aug. 30 at California's Camp Pendleton. The (San Diego) Union-Tribune reported Giannattasio's death remains under investigation.

Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home said Giannattasio graduated from La Salette Academy in Olivet, Illinois, in 2014 and attended Macomb Community College before enlisting in the Marines.

His funeral Mass will be today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macomb County’s Ray Township.

Census figures show drop in Detroit poverty rate

DETROIT (AP) — Fewer people are living in poverty in Detroit, although the former car and manufacturing giant still has the highest rate among the nation's 20 largest cities, according to updated census estimates.

Detroit's 2016 poverty rate of 35.7 percent was down from nearly 40 percent the year before, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

Residents also are making more money. Census estimates show Detroit's 2016 median household income of just over $28,000 topped the nearly $26,000 in 2015.

Those figures are good news for Motown, which continues to rebound from the Great Recession and the city's 2014 exit from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

A number of tech-based companies have moved operations and employees into Detroit's resurgent downtown over the past few years. Hundreds of other jobs have been created by manufacturing firms taking root across the city's 139 square miles.

Cleveland has the second-highest poverty rate among big cities at 35 percent, up from 34.7 percent in 2015. Philadelphia was third at 25.7 percent, compared with 25.8 percent the year before.

Construction worker killed when saw hits his neck, police say

TROY (AP) — Police said a construction worker was killed Wednesday night when a saw hit his neck while removing an in-ground backyard pool in suburban Detroit.

Troy police said the 39-year-old man from Canton Township died at the scene. The worker was cutting through a metal pool when he lost control of the saw and it struck him.

Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the death is considered accidental.

The worker's name wasn't immediately released. Lehman said police notified the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which investigates workplace injuries and deaths.

Indiana man enters plea in attack on Michigan state trooper

ST. JOSEPH (AP) — An Indiana man accused in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper has reached a plea agreement in the case.

Travis Wise, 19, of Middlebury pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of assault with intent to commit murder. He's expected to get a minimum prison sentence of 15 years on Oct. 16 in exchange for other charges being dismissed.

Trooper Garry Guild was chasing a stolen motorcycle Feb. 20 in Berrien County near the Indiana state line. Wise's half brother, Michael Barber of Mishawaka, Indiana, charged Guild after crashing the motorcycle. Police said Wise then pulled up and joined in attacking Guild.

Two motorists stopped the men, allowing the officer to arrest his attackers.

Barber was earlier convicted and sentenced to least 14 years behind bars.

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