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By The Associated Press • Apr 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Man gets life for killing teen who accused him of rape

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A judge has sentenced a West Michigan man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl who accused him of rape.

Quinn James, 43, of Wyoming learned his sentence Monday after a Grand Rapids jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Mujey Dumbuya. Her partially clothed body was found January 2018 in woods in Kalamazoo, about 50 miles southeast of her Grand Rapids-area home.

James was a maintenance worker at Dumbuya's school, and she accused him of sexual assault in 2017. Authorities said James killed the girl while free on a $100,000 cash bond in the assault case.

James was sentenced late last year to 20-30 years in prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

2 girls hurt in pile-up crash that included a school bus

GRANDVILLE (AP) — Authorities said two girls have been injured in a pileup involving a school bus and 13 other vehicles along an icy interstate off-ramp in West Michigan.

Michigan State Police said the girls ages 12 and 14 were transported to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries following the crash Monday morning along westbound I-196 in the Grandville area. The girls were riding in a passenger vehicle.

Police said one vehicle spun out due to icy roads, triggering the pile-up that collected 14 vehicles. The roadway was icy after recent snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Andy Hefferman, who was among the drivers involved, said the vehicle in front of him tried to stop and slid. He said there were "cars lined up about three deep pretty far in front of me."

Magic Johnson firm's plans at Detroit fairgrounds move ahead

DETROIT (AP) — Plans are moving forward by a company with ties to former NBA star Magic Johnson to redevelop property at the old Michigan Fairgrounds in Detroit.

The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority announced Monday that Magic Plus LLC's about $472,000 purchase of about 16 acres for a mixed-use development along Woodward Avenue has closed. The City of Detroit is paying $7 million for the remaining 142 acres for additional redevelopment.

Johnson led Michigan State University to the 1979 college basketball championship before a Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2011, he said he'd invest in Detroit.

The planned sale of the fairgrounds property was announced last year. The state fair was held there through 2009 before losing state funding amid declining attendance.

Native American tribe seeks to set water quality standards

BARAGA (AP) — A Michigan-based Native American tribe wants to implement water quality standards under the Clean Water Act for its reservation.

The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton reported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on the proposal by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's application. If approved, the tribe would be allowed to develop and maintain its own water-quality standards for surface waters on its reservation.

Concerns about water quality potentially affecting the Upper Peninsula reservation are linked to cattle farming, commercial logging and mining, runoff from road salt, illegal dumping, industrial discharge, septic systems, and lawn chemicals. The public comment period is open until May 23.

Officials announced earlier this year that the EPA awarded a $195,000 grant to the tribe to modernize its environmental data reporting system.

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