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By The Associated Press • Jun 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Feds putting more prosecutors in Detroit, West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is adding more prosecutors in Michigan.

U.S. attorneys in Detroit and Grand Rapids say they'll benefit from the government's focus on fighting violent crime. Six are being added in the Eastern District and four will be hired in the Western District.

Detroit U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said his office will use new prosecutors to "keep the residents of Michigan safe." Grand Rapids U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said the new hires will "make a positive impact" in West Michigan.

The government said it's adding more than 300 prosecutors across the country. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said violent crime, illegal immigration and opioid abuse are priorities.

Snyder approves nearly $50M for public recreation projects

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has approved nearly $50 million in spending to boost public recreation statewide.

The $49.9 million for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund enacted Monday will go to 34 land acquisition projects and 97 development projects. It includes $12.5 million to buy up to 372 acres surrounded by Ludington State Park.

Among the state or local development projects are trails, parks, canoe and kayak launches, playgrounds, and splash pads across Michigan.

About $45 million in matching funds will be provided locally.

Also Monday, Snyder signed legislation establishing a five-member group to advise the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board on annual spending recommendations. The fund consists of royalties paid by oil and gas companies that buy and lease state-owned mineral rights.

Body of kayaker recovered from Huron River, authorities say

DEXTER TWP. (AP) — Authorities said the body of a missing kayaker has been recovered from the Huron River in southeastern Michigan.

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office spokesman Derrick Jackson told The Ann Arbor News that the body of 36-year-old Robin Early was found Friday evening in the river about 1.5 miles from where she disappeared.

She was last seen putting a kayak in the water near Portage Lake Dam on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday night, a person spotted what looked to be a body near the Argo Dam in Ann Arbor. Police said the body was that of 35-year-old Jason Yoder, who had been missing since jumping from a railroad bridge Wednesday.

Candidate protesting shootings by police arrested at event

ROYAL OAK (AP) — A Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in suburban Detroit was arrested during a community race after protesting and refusing to leave the roadway.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Brian Ellison was arrested Saturday during Royal Oak Police Department's Run with the Police. Ellison, running for the 8th District seat held by second-term Republican Rep. Mike Bishop, was protesting two recent fatal shootings by police.

Ellison was charged with two misdemeanors: interfering with a government operation and resisting arrest. He was released on bond and is expected to be arraigned later.

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue said Ellison was told not to interfere with the race, but he intended "to disrupt the event."

Ellison said his intention was to raise awareness about shootings by police.

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