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By The Associated Press • Jul 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Muskegon day care provider must pay $1.8M in toddler's death

MUSKEGON (AP) — A former day care provider has been ordered to pay $1.8 million after pleading guilty to child neglect in the death of a toddler by an 8-year-old girl.

Muskegon County Circuit Judge William Marietti also sentenced Keysha Collins, 52, on Wednesday to five years' probation and six months' jail afterward, the Muskegon Chronicle reported. The judge said some or all the sentence could be suspended.

Marietti said Collins has shown remorse and taken responsibility.

Authorities said the 8-year-old girl, also cared for in Collins' home, killed 14-month-old Korey Landon Brown in April 2017. Prosecutors have said she won't be charged because state law doesn't allow it for children under 10.

Documents say Korey's death was ruled a homicide. Collins was accused of failing to adequately supervise children in her care.

Federal prosecutor quits to run for Michigan attorney general

BERKLEY (AP) — A federal prosecutor has quit his job to launch an independent candidacy for Michigan attorney general.

Christopher Graveline headed the violent crime unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, prosecuting gang members and drug traffickers. He faces a July 19 deadline to collect 30,000 signatures from voters to get his name on the November ballot.

Graveline has support from Barbara McQuade, his former boss and a University of Michigan law professor. McQuade was U.S. attorney for eastern Michigan under President Barack Obama. McQuade said she's backing Graveline because of his skills as a prosecutor.

Graveline believes the job of attorney general should be nonpartisan.

If he gets on the ballot, he would face other candidates, including a Republican and a Democrat.

Elon Musk tweets fixing Flint homes with lead-tainted water

FLINT (AP) — Residents in Flint whose homes still may need new water lines due to lead contamination may have a new benefactor in Elon Musk.

The tech billionaire caused a stir on Twitter, tweeting Wednesday that he was committing to "fund fixing the water in any house" with contamination above federal levels.

Musk later acknowledged in another tweet that most Flint homes have safe water and said he would organize an effort to add filters to houses that need them.

Lead leached from old pipes after the city began using the Flint River in 2014 without adding corrosion-control chemicals. Flint returned in 2015 to Detroit's water system.

Thousands of water lines have been replaced and two years of testing has shown home water levels are below the federal action level for lead.

A spokeswoman for Flint's mayor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the city has not been contacted by Musk.

Lawyers making final pitches in Flint water criminal case

FLINT (AP) — A judge is hearing key arguments in the most significant criminal case related to Flint's lead-contaminated water.

The head of Michigan's health department, Nick Lyon, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes. He's accused of not timely alerting the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015.

Some experts have tied the outbreak to Flint's poorly treated water. Legionella bacteria can emerge through misting and cooling systems.

Judge David Goggins must decide whether there's enough evidence to send Lyon to trial. He heard arguments Wednesday and will again July 25.

Special prosecutor Todd Flood said Lyon showed "willful disregard" for Flint-area residents. But Lyon's attorneys have questioned the causes of death of two people cited by Flood.

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