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By The Associated Press • Jul 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Michigan expands list of conditions medical pot can treat

LANSING (AP) — Michigan regulators have significantly expanded the list of conditions approved for treatment by medical marijuana.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Monday added 11 medical conditions deemed debilitating by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008. They are: arthritis, autism, chronic pain, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, Parkinson's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, Tourette's syndrome and ulcerative colitis.

Denied conditions include anxiety, asthma, brain injury, panic attacks, depression and diabetes.

Existing entries on the list include post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and severe and chronic pain.

Officials say they received public comments related to petitions to add conditions to the list. They add the final decisions reflect changes in state law to include marijuana-infused products and advancing research.

West Michigan boy, 5, dies after being struck by delivery driver

WAYLAND (AP) — A 5-year-old boy has died after being struck by a delivery driver in Allegan County, police said.

The boy was hit Friday night while riding a bike in the Wayland area and pronounced dead at the scene. Family members identified him as Blake Huffman.

Police said a 33-year-old woman driving the vehicle was delivering food for an area Jimmy John's store.

The circumstances of the crash are under investigation.

The Wayland Jimmy John's franchise owner, J.P. Walters, released a statement saying the accident was "a terrible tragedy for everyone involved." The statement offers sympathy for the child's family and says the franchise is cooperating with police.

Michigan company to pay overtime after federal investigation

OWOSSO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor said a Michigan truck accessories manufacturer has agreed to pay back wages owed to 134 employees.

The department said Rugged Liner Inc. will pay $308,111 to the workers after an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division found the company violated overtime and record-keeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Officials said the Owosso-based company automatically deducted 30 minutes from some employees' work time regardless of whether they took their meal breaks. Other violations included failing to pay employees for time worked before or after their shifts and failing to include some bonus payments when calculating workers' rates for overtime.

A spokeswoman for Rugged Liner's parent company, Truck Hero Inc. of Ann Arbor, had no immediate comment, but said a statement was being prepared.

Lost Purple Hearts to be returned to dead soldiers' families

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Relatives of three dead U.S servicemen plan to gather in West Michigan to receive lost Purple Heart medals their loved ones had earned in World War II.

The medals are scheduled to be returned to family members today at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library in Grand Rapids.

The effort is being undertaken by the Georgia, Vermont-based group Purple Hearts Reunited, which has made it its mission to track down misplaced medals.

The medals were awarded to Staff Sgt. Marinum Gillesse, who was wounded in action and died in 2003; and privates James Nameth Jr. and Clayton Richard, both killed in action.

The nonprofit foundation said it has returned roughly 450 medals since its 2012 founding.

Man charged in Detroit-area shooting captured in Illinois

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — Authorities said a man facing murder and other charges in a shooting at a block-style party in suburban Detroit has been captured in suburban Chicago.

The Macomb County (Michigan) Sheriff's Office said Perry Bernard Rouse Jr., 25, was taken into custody Saturday at a motel in Harvey, Illinois. He's being held pending extradition to Michigan. It wasn't immediately known whether he had a lawyer.

Authorities said 17 spent shell casings from three weapons were found following the shooting at about 12:20 a.m. Thursday in Mount Clemens. People had gathered for a Fourth of July celebration before the shooting.

Twenty-four-year-old Charlie McGowan of Clinton Township was shot and pronounced dead at a hospital. A 26-year-old woman suffered a leg wound.

Prosecutors on Friday charged Rouse with first-degree murder, assault and three weapons offenses.

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