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By The Associated Press • Jul 3, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Ex-U of Michigan doctor charged with more sex crimes

DETROIT (AP) — A former University of Michigan doctor charged earlier with receiving and possessing child pornography now is accused of inappropriate conduct with young patients.

Mark Hoeltzel, 46, of Ann Arbor has been charged with transfer of obscene materials to a minor, enticement of a minor and production of child pornography, MLive reported.

Hoeltzel was arrested in February after being treated for sex addiction. A complaint unsealed then says a December 2017 search of Hoeltzel's home found a flash drive with 210 pornographic images, mostly minor females.

Hoeltzel's attorney, Raymond Cassar, wasn't available Monday but has said his client is presumed innocent.

State regulators suspended the pediatric rheumatology specialist's license in December 2017. Hoeltzel practiced at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, before going to the University of Michigan in 2013.

Conyers III seeking run as independent for father's seat

DETROIT (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers is hoping to get his name on the 13th Congressional District ballot as an independent.

The Detroit News reported that John Conyers III is circulating petitions and that candidates with no party affiliation have until July 19 to submit qualifying signatures to make the November ballot.

Wayne County's clerk has said Conyers III didn't have enough signatures for the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to fill out the final two months of John Conyers' term or for the full term that starts in January. Courts have upheld her ruling.

More than a dozen candidates are running for the office.

John Conyers was first elected in 1964. The 89-year-old stepped down in December 2017, citing health reasons, though several former female staffers had accused him of sexual harassment.

Body found in river 2 days after kayaker seen falling in

STERLING HEIGHTS (AP) — A body has been pulled from the Clinton River in Macomb County.

Police said the body was found Monday afternoon in Sterling Heights, north of Detroit.

Authorities began canvassing the river Saturday afternoon after witnesses told police that a kayaker had fallen into the water.

The body found Monday matches the description of the person seen falling into the river. The body has been turned over to a medical examiner.

Corps of Engineers prepares to seek funding for Soo Locks upgrade

SAULT STE. MARIE (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says construction of a second Great Lakes navigation lock for large freighters will be included in its 2020 budget request to the Trump administration.

Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue of the agency's Detroit district said Monday the Soo Locks upgrade will have to compete with others from around the nation. Congress will make the final decision about whether to fund the $1 billion project.

A new Army Corps of Engineers analysis significantly boosts the project's benefit-cost score, which should improve its prospects. 

Only one of the existing locks can accommodate the 1,000-foot freighters that haul iron ore and other bulk cargo between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes. Advocates say if it's disabled for a lengthy period, steelmaking and U.S. heavy manufacturing could be severely harmed.

Woman found living with adult daughter's corpse, police say

DETROIT (AP) — A 65-year-old woman has been found living with the body of her adult daughter in a house on Detroit's west side.

Detroit police Officer Dan Donakowski said Monday that the mother went to a police precinct Sunday and told officers that her daughter had died. Officers went to the home and found the 47-year-old woman's body.

Donakowski said a medical examiner must determine when and how she died. No one has been arrested.

The woman's body may have been in the home for months, Detroit media reported. Police spokeswoman Holly Lowe told The Detroit News that the mother told officers she couldn't part with her daughter after she died.

No more SAT for teachers who want Michigan certification

LANSING (AP) — A new Michigan law eliminates a requirement that teachers take the SAT, the standardized test commonly used in college admissions.

The test was required for people who wanted to become certified to teach in Michigan. But critics say it's not a good indicator of a successful teacher.

Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, said the SAT doesn't measure enthusiasm, passion or competency in a certain subject. He said it can be another hurdle to getting people into the teaching profession.

The new law kicks in Sept. 25.

The Detroit Free Press said aspiring teachers still must pass a test in their subject.

Kate Walsh of the National Council on Teacher Quality doesn't have a problem with eliminating the SAT, but believes teachers should take a basic skills test.

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