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• Dec 28, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Snyder signs cyberbullying law, vetoes 'baby box' bill

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a bill making it a crime to cyberbully and vetoed ones that would have amended Michigan law to let parents voluntarily surrender a newborn inside a device rather than hand the infant to a police, fire or hospital employee.

The Republican governor also signed legislation to let Michigan businesses count out-of-state workers for the purposes of qualifying for state economic development incentives. He rejected a measure that he said would have increased the number of digital billboards.

All told, the term-limited Snyder — who leaves office next week — signed 47 bills and vetoed 11, bringing to 156 the number of measures he has approved in the hectic lame-duck period after the election. He has vetoed 15 bills.

The new cyberbullying law makes it a misdemeanor to post a message or statement on the internet — or any other medium designed to convey information to other people — that expresses an intention to threaten and commit violence against another person. Continued harassment and intimidation would be a felony if it causes serious injury or death.

The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law, enacted in 2000, lets parents surrender a newborn who is no more than 72 hours old by leaving the baby with a uniformed police, fire or hospital worker. It has led to at least 175 infants being surrendered safely.

The bills — approved 97-11 and 30-8 votes in the House and Senate — would have extended the 72-hour window to 30 days and allowed for surrendering the baby in a "safety device" installed at a police station, fire department or hospital. Within 30 seconds of a newborn being placed in the "baby box," such a device would have to trigger a 911 call and send a notification inside the facility.

2 arrested in Colorado after body found near Michigan road

RIGA TWP. (AP) — A man and woman are jailed in Colorado in connection with the slaying of a 45-year-old Ohio man whose body was found near a roadside in southern Michigan.

The Monroe News reported Thursday that the 39-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were arrested Friday in Aurora, Colorado, and face extradition back to Michigan. Police said they are from Toledo, Ohio. Their names were not released pending arraignment.

James Wappner's body was found Dec. 4 in Lenawee County's Riga Township after someone noticed something just off a highway and called authorities.

A cause of death for Wappner has not been released. Wappner was from Toledo.

Riga Township is northwest of Toledo and along the Michigan state line with Ohio.

Assault charge filed against Indiana woman in plane incident

DETROIT (AP) — An Indiana woman accused of attacking a Delta Air Lines crew is moving toward a guilty plea in Detroit federal court.

In a new court filing, Camille Krueger of La Porte, Indiana, is charged with head-butting and spitting on federal officers who were removing her from a Germany-to-Detroit flight last January. The assault charge is filed as a criminal "information," which is negotiated and typically leads to a guilty plea.

The incident started in the air. Investigators said Krueger had to be restrained on a Delta plane after attacking her husband and crew members. She had been drinking wine.

Krueger was secured in her seat for the final 90 minutes. A mask and leg restraints were also placed on her.

Michigan's $52M for lock may speed construction, save money

LANSING (AP) — Michigan's commitment of up to $52 million toward construction of a new Great Lakes shipping lock could accelerate the project's completion by a year and save taxpayers $30 million.

Gov. Rick Snyder and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the figures Wednesday while announcing a memorandum of agreement.

Michigan's funds will be used to pay for design work and a portion of a channel-deepening project that will be an important step toward building a second large-size lock at Sault Ste. Marie to accommodate freighters that haul iron ore and other bulk commodities.

The federal government is spending $32 million on the channel deepening.

Congress has authorized funding for the second large Soo Lock, but must appropriate funds over numerous years to pay for the $1 billion project.

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