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By The Associated Press • Mar 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Emergency declared in part of Michigan due to flooding

WHITE CLOUD (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Newaygo County after heavy rains and melting snow caused flooding.

The declaration announced Tuesday makes available all state resources in cooperation with local efforts.

A local disaster declaration was issued last week in Newaygo County, where the White River and the Muskegon River receded this week after overflowing their banks following heavy rain. WZZM-TV reported more than 130 homes and businesses were damaged.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that flood warnings remain in effect along the Muskegon River, the Grand River and some other West Michigan rivers. Flooding was reported along the Rifle River in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula.

The warnings come amid flooding elsewhere in the Midwest.

Body of infant found in missing mother's car, police say

LANSING (AP) — Police searching for a missing 35-year-old Michigan woman said they have found the body of her 6-day-old daughter in her car.

Lansing police said Ashley Shade's Toyota Camry was found parked Tuesday and that Shade has not been located. Shade and the infant were reported missing Monday night.

Police department spokesman Robert Merritt said it's too early to say how the baby died and that an autopsy will be conducted. He said the "focus right now is finding Ashley."

The Lansing State Journal reported that Merritt also said an investigation indicated Shade gave birth last week and she and the baby needed medical attention.

Police find more dogs after 33 taken from Detroit-area garage

ROSEVILLE (AP) — The number of dogs taken from a suburban Detroit cemetery has increased after more were found in an adjacent house.

Authorities in Roseville seized 33 dogs Saturday from a garage at the cemetery. Another 10 dogs were taken from the house next to the garage.

A 51-year-old woman residing in the home told officers she was operating a rescue nearby before recently moving the dogs to the Roseville location. She said the garage was serving as temporary quarters for the dogs.

Police said the dogs were held in various cages in the garage and needed immediate attention due to their conditions.

Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon said in a statement that an unlicensed kennel citation is expected to be issued.

Federal judge denies Kwame Kilpatrick motion to vacate sentence

DETROIT (AP) — Disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has failed again in his efforts to reduce the time he's spending in federal prison for corruption.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds on Tuesday denied a motion to vacate the 28-year sentence she handed Kilpatrick in 2013 for extortion, bribery, conspiracy and other crimes during his years in office.

Kilpatrick, 48, said in his motion that the court made errors during his trial that included incorrect jury instructions.

Edmunds wrote that the motion did not show Kilpatrick's "actual innocence" and that the evidence "weighed heavily" in supporting the guilty verdicts.

A federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court have said they will not review Kilpatrick's case.

Kilpatrick resigned in 2008 following a text-messaging sex scandal involving his chief of staff.

Passengers restrain woman who tried to open plane’s exit

ROMULUS (AP) — Officials said fellow passengers restrained a woman after she allegedly tried to open an exit during a flight from Indianapolis to Detroit.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport spokeswoman Erica Donerson said the woman may have been suffering from a medical issue. Donerson said the woman was restrained until the plane safely landed at about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

The woman was taken into custody, but Donerson said a preliminary investigation suggests the woman didn't have criminal intent. The FBI said in a statement Tuesday that it has determined no federal charges will be filed.

The incident occurred shortly after takeoff aboard Delta flight 5972. The flight was operated by Republic Airline.

Republic spokesman Jon Austin said the flight arrived ahead of schedule and that the airline is apologizing to affected passengers.

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