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By The Associated Press • Mar 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Chicago backs plan to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

CHICAGO (AP) — The City of Chicago is supporting a federal plan to shield the Great Lakes from invasive carp by strengthening defenses at a crucial Illinois choke point.

The city has joined the Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp, an initiative established this year. Other members include the states of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Ontario.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering a $275 million plan for new measures at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. Among them are electric fish barriers, water jets, noisemakers and other devices to prevent the carp from using Chicago-area waterways to reach Lake Michigan.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city endorses the draft plan and will do its part to protect the lakes from invasive species.

Michigan State Police lose appeal over $350K retaliation verdict

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A court has upheld a $350,000 verdict in favor of a former Michigan State Police sergeant who said she was transferred 180 miles from home as illegal retaliation for harassment complaints against a male co-worker.

In a 3-0 decision Wednesday, a federal appeals court says evidence supported Linda Mys' claim. She worked at the Newaygo and Rockford posts, north of Grand Rapids, and then was sent to Detroit. It was a burden because she couldn't easily meet the needs of her mother, who remained in West Michigan.

Mys wanted to become the longest-serving female officer. But, after 2 1/2 years in Detroit, she retired because of the distance between her mother and her job.

The appeals court says there's an "unbroken chain" connecting Mys' transfer to superiors who weren't happy with her.

Not 'bitter:' Michigan man cleared after 45 years in prison

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man whose murder conviction was thrown out after he spent 45 years in prison was exonerated Wednesday and won't face a second trial.

Richard Phillips, 71, was upbeat, saying the criminal justice system "works — it just didn't work fast enough."

A judge granted a request to permanently drop the case against Phillips, whose conviction was erased last year.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said a new investigation by her office backed his claim that he had no role in a 1971 fatal shooting. She said a key witness lied at his 1972 trial.

"There's nothing I can say to bring back 40 years of his life," Worthy said. "The system failed him. This is a true exoneration."

The case was reopened at the urging of the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school after a co-defendant at the '72 trial told the state parole board that Phillips wasn't involved in the slaying of Gregory Harris.

Phillips likely will be eligible for more than $2 million under Michigan's wrongful conviction law.

Michigan police say teen who shot at officer killed himself

MIDLAND (AP) — Police said a 16-year-old vehicle break-in suspect fatally shot himself while being pursued by a police officer in mid-Michigan two weeks ago.

Police initially said Jaden Marsh died after being wounded by an officer March 12 in Midland. Michigan State Police said Wednesday that Marsh fired at least two rounds from a stolen handgun he was carrying, including a self-inflicted head wound.

Police said Midland officers responded to a report that two people were breaking into a vehicle and the suspects split up when officers arrived. Police said Marsh shot at an officer, who wasn't wounded and returned fire.

Todd Marsh has said his son had untreated mental health issues and had previously attempted suicide.

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