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Associated Press • Apr 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Michigan bills require temporary immigration statuses on IDs

LANSING (AP) — Bills that would require Michigan driver's licenses and state ID cards to show certain immigration statuses are headed to the House floor.

On Tuesday the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure unanimously approved the two bills, which would prohibit the secretary of state from issuing license or ID cards that expire after the duration of an immigrant's legal status.

The legislation also would codify existing procedure for noncitizens with temporary lawful status in the U.S., such as DACA recipients or foreign college students, to require their licenses or cards display that they are a "limited-term" resident.

Supporters of the bills, which were introduced by Republican Reps. Pamela Hornberger and Beth Griffin, say they would revise Michigan law to comply with federal restrictions on state licenses and cards for temporary residents.

Removal of controversial fountain expected to start soon

KALAMAZOO (AP) — Removal of a Michigan park fountain that some say celebrates white supremacy is expected in the coming weeks.

Kalamazoo officials say the Fountain of the Pioneers in Bronson Park will be dismantled and stored until a decision is made on where to relocate it. Last month, the city commission ordered the monument removed.

The fountain was completed in 1940 and features a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American. Some residents say the piece is racist. Others argue that it is art and can teach people about history.

The fountain is expected to be removed by the end of May as part of a park renovation. Crews already have started taking down sculptures of playing children from another section of Bronson Park.

Farmer gets jail time in cruelty case involving 70 dead cows

HOWELL (AP) — A Michigan farmer charged with animal cruelty after about 70 cows were found dead on his properties has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and ordered to pay nearly $20,000 in restitution.

Keith E. Huck Jr., 61, of Livingston County's Cohoctah Township learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to reduced charges, including animal abandonment and failure to bury a dead animal.

The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports Huck told the court it was how he makes a living and "just a big loss."

Huck was charged last year after cows were found in what authorities described as various states of decay. Officials say three pigs and five cows were recovered alive from barns on properties owned by Huck about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.

70-year-old man charged in small town bank robberies

EMPIRE (AP) — A 70-year-old man is charged with robbing three banks in northern Michigan while distracting police with phony reports of crimes, including a school shooting.

The robberies occurred in 2015 and 2016 in Empire and Lake Ann, small towns west of Traverse City. The case was unsealed last week in federal court.

The FBI says it seized key evidence from William Minore, especially a World War II-era grenade. A similar grenade was displayed during a robbery at Honor State Bank in Lake Ann.

The FBI says Minore's voice on calls to 911 was confirmed by family members. Investigators also connected his handwriting to a sign that was posted at a bank during a robbery, telling customers that the branch was closed.

Minore denies the allegations and says someone set him up as a "patsy."

Michigan man gets prison in pursuit crash that killed 1

SOUTH BEND (AP) — A southwestern Michigan man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in a police pursuit crash that killed an Indiana motorist.

The South Bend Tribune reports 39-year-old James Morrison of Niles, Michigan, learned his punishment on Monday after earlier pleading guilty to five felony counts, including resisting law enforcement, in the February 2017 crash.

Police say Morrison had heroin in his system and was driving a stolen SUV at speeds exceeding 100 mph as he fled from a pursuing Berrien County sheriff's deputy.

The pursuit ended in northern Indiana's St. Joseph County when the SUV crashed into a pickup truck along Indiana 933, killing its 62-year-old driver, Andre Northern of South Bend.

City of Flint officially released from state oversight

LANSING (AP) — The city of Flint has been officially released from state oversight after roughly six years — a period including a public health crisis spurred by high lead levels in its water.

Michigan officials said Tuesday the paperwork has been processed and the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board dissolved.

Gov. Rick Snyder determined Flint was in a financial emergency in 2011, and appointed an emergency manager remaining until 2015. The advisory board then oversaw a transition to local control.

Mayor Karen Weaver cheered the news but criticized Snyder's decision to close the city's four remaining free bottled water stations. Officials say tap water has tested below federal lead and copper limits for about two years.

Weaver has asked to meet with Snyder. Representatives for both say they plan to do so.

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