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By The Associated Press • May 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Snyder orders flags at half-staff for Texas shooting victims

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is joining President Donald Trump's call to lower Michigan and U.S. flags to half-staff through sunset Tuesday to honor the victims of the high school shooting in Texas.

Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff Tuesday evening.

Friday morning’s shootings at Santa Fe High School killed 10 people, most of them students, and wounded 10 others.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

Battle Creek woman gets 25-50 years for abusing 4-year-old

BATTLE CREEK (AP) — A mid-Michigan woman whom police said beat her son and locked him in a closet for days at a time has been sentenced to 25-50 years in prison.

Megan Schug, 24, of Battle Creek learned her sentence Friday in Calhoun County Circuit Court after pleading guilty in February to a charge of child abuse.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported the woman apologized in court.

Doctors said the boy, then 4, was lethargic, emaciated and nearly dead when Schug took him to a hospital on March 22, 2017. Police said his feet were bound and he was forced to urinate and defecate on himself. Prosecutors said the child lost several toes to gangrene.

Schug's boyfriend, Isaac Miller, 36, also has been charged with child abuse.

Oops: First-class mail discovered in Postal Service trailer

ALLEN PARK (AP) — Did you miss a letter last fall? Investigators say they discovered 1,800 pieces of first-class mail that was headed for recycling in suburban Detroit.

The Postal Service inspector general said the mail was found in a trailer in March at an Allen Park facility, mixed with undeliverable bulk business mail. Some of the first-class mail was postmarked months earlier in November.

Coincidentally, inspector general staff were checking the accuracy of delayed mail reports at major distribution centers in Allen Park, Pontiac and Lansing.

Postal Service spokeswoman Elizabeth Najduch said the first-class mail was recovered and delivered. She said the Allen Park center gets undeliverable business mail for recycling from more than 270 post offices. It's typically ads, catalogs and fliers.

Najduch said corrective steps have been taken.

Lake Erie waves surge past seawall, flooding neighborhoods

LUNA PIER (AP) — Inmates from a county jail and volunteers helped fill sandbags along part of the Lake Erie shoreline in southeastern Michigan as waves burst through a damaged seawall, flooding neighborhoods.

Some residents in Frenchtown Township's Grand Beach subdivision and Allen's Cove in Luna Pier were evacuated Friday due to the rising water, the Monroe News reported.

Storm pumps, meanwhile, were placed along the shoreline to help remove lake water from around homes.

"With the lake being this high, if the dikes aren't at a sufficient height to keep the water out, our pumps can't handle" the water coming in, Monroe County Drain Commissioner David Thompson said. "No system can handle that much water coming over."

Frenchtown Township and Luna Pier are southwest of Detroit and just north of the state line with Ohio.

Parts of the seawall were damaged during an April 15 storm, allowing waves and water from the lake to gush through gaps and around homes, garages and vehicles close to the lakefront. Some roads and streets were closed to traffic because of the high water.

Woman faces prison after disabled son's estate missing $400K

CHARLOTTE (AP) — A Michigan woman who authorities say embezzled more than $400,000 from her disabled 9-year-old son's estate faces prison after entering a plea to resolve the case.

The Lansing State Journal reported Kasie Pruden-Rivera, 32, of Eaton County will be sentenced next month after pleading no contest to embezzling more than $100,000. The plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Investigators said Pruden-Rivera received nearly $650,000 on behalf of her son and spent about $240,000 on a house, but that the rest is unaccounted for. Prosecutors said Pruden-Rivera will likely face no more than 20 months in prison because she has no previous convictions.

Court records say her son has cerebral palsy, permanent brain damage and other health problems. The money was from a settlement after her son suffered seizures and brain damage shortly after birth at an Army hospital.

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