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By The Associated Press • Jul 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM

2 more arrested in deaths of 2 males found in Flint River

FLINT (AP) — Police said two more suspects have been arrested in the deaths of two males whose bodies were found under a door floating in the Flint River.

Flint police Detective Sgt. Tyrone Booth confirmed the arrests Sunday and said the suspects are expected to be arraigned this week. Names haven't been released.

The bodies were found July 12 by a fisherman who moved the door so his line wouldn't get tangled.

Robert Wheeler Jr., 24, already faces first-degree murder and other charges. He's jailed without bond. He has said he will hire an attorney, but none was listed Monday in court records.

Family members have identified one of the victims as 19-year-old Ted-Mundo Meeks. The name of the other victim hasn't been released.

Ex-union official pleads guilty in federal corruption probe

DETROIT (AP) — A union official who helped negotiate a contract with Fiat Chrysler and was charged with accepting luxuries worth tens of thousands of dollars has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Nancy Johnson pleaded guilty Monday to violating the Labor Management Relations Act. Four counts of accepting prohibited money or valuables were dropped. She faces a maximum of 18 months in prison at her scheduled sentencing Nov. 19.

Johnson was the sixth person charged in a scheme to strip millions from a Detroit worker training center financed by Fiat Chrysler.

Johnson worked for the United Auto Workers and served on the 2015 negotiating committee. The plea agreement says she used a training center credit card to buy items for herself and other union officials, but most purchases were directed by or benefited others.

Public meeting planned on next phase of Great Lakes cleanup

SAGINAW (AP) — Federal officials are hosting a public meeting today in Saginaw to discuss the next phase of a multi-year effort to protect and clean up the Great Lakes.

The session is the fifth of six that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting around the region concerning the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The initiative funds projects intended to fix longstanding problems such as toxic pollution, invasive species, runoff that causes algae blooms and loss of wildlife habitat.

Officials are considering priorities for the next phase of the program, which will cover fiscal years 2020 through 2024. A proposal is expected to be made public this fall.

Today’s gathering starts at 6 p.m. at Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.

Restaurant apologizes to woman over breastfeeding incident

DETROIT (AP) — A restaurant in a suburban Detroit mall has apologized to a woman who was asked by workers to cover up while breastfeeding her son.

California Pizza Kitchen at the Mall at Partridge Creek has issued an apology to Ashlie Hanel, saying the restaurant welcomes breastfeeding mothers, WXYZ-TV reported.

Hanel said she was eating at the Clinton Township restaurant July 13 when the manager asked her to cover herself with a napkin or towel while nursing her 7-month-old. She decided to leave the restaurant immediately and said she "heard some people snickering, including other employees at the restaurant."

California Pizza Kitchen said Hanel's experience was "unacceptable, wrong and in violation of our policy." The restaurant said it supports women's right to breastfeed anytime and anywhere, and plans to immediately retrain staff on the matter.

Hanel said she tries to be conservative and discreet when breastfeeding in public. She said her doctor advised her to get out of the house because staying cooped up could contribute to postpartum depression.

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