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By The Associated Press • Jun 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Snyder signs $100 million plan to revitalize state workforce

LANSING (AP) — The state is funneling $100 million this fall into Michigan's public high schools to train students for high-demand jobs over the next five years.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed his workforce development Marshall Plan for Talent into law.

The fund will bolster career-oriented school programs to maintain a pipeline for students from graduation to jobs in professional trade, information technology or other top career fields.

Supporters say training students in technical and trade skills in lieu of only promoting a traditional K-12 education path is the key to filling the talent gap in Michigan.

Snyder, a term-limited Republican, has made the Marshall Plan his top priority during his final year of leading a state that has seen a dwindling talent pool since the Great Recession.

College cancels classes after transformer fire, power outage

MUSKEGON (AP) — A transformer fire and power outage has resulted in classes being canceled at Muskegon Community College.

The fire at the college's main campus was reported early Tuesday afternoon, the Muskegon Chronicle reported. Classes were canceled Tuesday at all of the school's locations.

MCC officials said classes are expected to resume today.

A utility crew was sent to the school to disconnect the transformer from the college's main power grid until repairs can be made or the transformer replaced. Power to the main campus was to be restored after repairs are made.

3 boys charged with sexually assaulting 2 younger boys

BATTLE CREEK (AP) — Authorities said three boys ages 11-13 have been charged with sexually assaulting two younger boys at a southern Michigan garage that police suspect was burned to destroy evidence.

The suspects are being held at the Calhoun County Juvenile Home on juvenile first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges. They're accused of repeatedly assaulting the 6- and 8-year-olds in Battle Creek.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported investigators said there may be more victims, possibly even younger.

WOOD-TV reported the younger boys told their mother about the assaults June 12, the day of the fire.

WWMT-TV reported the suspects told officers the fire started accidentally while they were smoking marijuana and dropped a cigarette on a mattress. Police Chief Jim Blocker said investigators think the fire was set intentionally in a cover-up attempt.

2 arrested after woman's body found hidden in motel room

FLINT (AP) — A 33-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man have been arrested after a woman's body was found in a Flint-area motel room.

The Flint Journal reported that an employee of the motel in Mount Morris Township discovered the body Monday morning after other guests complained of an odor.

Police Chief Terence Green said the dead woman was 28 and that her body was hidden in the room. The woman's name and a cause of death were not immediately released.

Investigators believe she had been dead for a few days before her body was found.

Green said the two suspects were wounded Friday in a shooting at an area mobile home park. Friday's shooting was not related to the death of the woman found in the motel room, he added.

Michigan town approves wind farm moratorium amid backlash

MONITOR TWP. (AP) — An eastern Michigan town is halting consideration of wind turbine projects amid resident complaints over an energy company's proposal to build a wind farm in the area.

Monitor Township officials unanimously approved a moratorium Monday on the construction of wind turbines until the township's Planning Commission can review its wind ordinance.

More than 400 residents attended the township's Board of Trustees meeting this week to voice opposition to DTE Energy's wind farm proposal. Many cited excessive noise, health concerns, wildlife damage and impact to property values in their complaints.

Resident Brooke Adamski said several homeowners have expressed frustration with the lack of information from township officials.

"I hope they can gain our trust back and move forward and listen to the majority of the people who live here in Monitor Township," said resident Jill Moreno.

Supporters of wind energy have said it's cost effective and can help lessen reliance on fossil fuels. More than 20 wind farms have been developed in rural communities across the state, including Huron, Saginaw and Isabella counties.

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