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By The Associated Press • Aug 4, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Parents arrested in neglect death of 10-month-old daughter

SOLON TWP. (AP) — Two parents in northern Kent County have been arrested in the neglect death of their 10-month-old daughter.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the child not breathing and unresponsive Thursday in a Solon Township home after her father called 911. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy on Friday ruled the cause of death as malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect by adult caregivers. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Both parents are being held in the county jail pending review of the case by prosecutors. Their names have not been released.

$8.1M cleanup planned at site of military manufacturing

MUSKEGON TWP. (AP) — An $8.1 million cleanup is planned at a West Michigan site used for military aircraft and tank engine manufacturing.

The 170-acre site in Muskegon County's Muskegon Township is owned by military manufacturer L3 Technologies, but records indicate that the contamination occurred prior to the company's ownership, the Muskegon Chronicle reported.

Court documents say contaminants include arsenic, cyanide, chromium, PCBs, lead and mercury. The newspaper said pollution has affected the site's groundwater and there are concerns about air quality. Contamination occurred between the 1920s and the mid-1990s.

Under an agreement with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, L3 will cooperate with the cleanup conducted by former owner TDY, previously known as Teledyne Inc. The U.S. Department of Defense is expected to cover about $6.2 million of the cost.

Vice president to unify Republicans after Michigan primary

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Michigan to unify Republicans a day after next week's primary election.

The state Republican Party's "unity rally" is scheduled for Wednesday at a hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.

Republican candidates are vying to advance in statewide races for governor and U.S. Senate.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser said Friday that Pence will "rally our base, support our ticket" and help Republicans across the state to unite.

Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines are running for an open governor's seat. The Senate candidates are businessmen John James and Sandy Pensler.

Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon said Pence's visit makes it clear that the GOP is embracing President Donald Trump's "harmful health care agenda."

Central Michigan U appoints Kentucky school’s leader as president

MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees has appointed the leader of Murray State University in Kentucky as the school's next president.

The school in Mount Pleasant said Friday's vote to select Robert O. Davies as Central Michigan's 15th president was unanimous.

Davies is scheduled to start Sept. 1. He's been president at Murray State since 2014.

In a statement, he said that Central Michigan University is "100 percent committed to student success" and that's a "unique niche most research universities don't fill."

Davies will succeed George E. Ross, who announced in January that he would be stepping down from his leadership role after eight years as president. Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Gealt started this week as the school's interim president.

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