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By The Associated Press • Apr 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Woman gets 25-70 years for sexual conduct with infant

BATTLE CREEK (AP) — A southern Michigan woman involved in a child pornography ring has been sentenced to 25-70 years in prison after pleading no contest to the criminal sexual conduct of an infant girl.

Talia Furman, 33, of Springfield apologized to the court Monday in Calhoun County, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but it is treated as such for sentencing.

Furman and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Matthew Toole of Battle Creek, were arrested last year. He's been sentenced to two consecutive sentences of 25-70 years after pleading no contest to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Furman and Toole are also among several people charged with conspiring to kidnap and kill a child in Branch County.

Woman prisoner dies after hospital stay for bee sting

YPSILANTI (AP) — A Michigan prison inmate who said she was stung by a bee has died after being discharged from a hospital.

Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz said Lisa Marie Johnston collapsed Friday while pushing another inmate in a wheelchair at the women's prison in Washtenaw County. She died two hours after she had been returned to prison.

The 37-year-old was taken to a hospital Wednesday.

Records show Johnston was sentenced in March to at least two years in prison for a drug crime in the Traverse City area.

Gautz told the Detroit Free Press that Johnston collapsed before an appointment with prison medical staff. He said a follow-up is typical after a hospital discharge.

3 health systems team up on $48M laundry facility in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Three health systems are teaming up to build and operate a $48 million medical laundry service facility in Detroit.

The collaboration announced Monday involves Henry Ford Health System, Michigan Medicine and St. Joseph Mercy Health System.

The facility in the city's Northwest Goldberg neighborhood is expected to be operational in spring 2020 and will have the capacity to handle 78 million pounds of linens a year for the health systems. It will have about 180 employees, including more than 100 new hires.

The facility will be owned and operated by the nonprofit Metropolitan Detroit Area Hospital Services, which has operated a laundry facility on Detroit's west side for decades. The 70 employees working at the current MDAHS laundry facility will be relocated to the new facility.

Woman loses appeal over Facebook post about son in sewer

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who says she suffered emotional distress when she learned that her missing son was found slain in a Detroit sewer has failed to persuade the Michigan appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit over a Facebook post.

Brenda Burton sued Detroit and a water department employee who was accused of writing on Facebook that he had found a "dead body in the sewer" in September 2015. Burton says she went to the site and saw her son, Osean Lockett, under the manhole cover.

Burton says the water employee acted recklessly when he made the Facebook post before police could remove the body.

The appeals court says the post might have been "thoughtless," but it wasn't "utterly intolerable in a civilized community."

Hello, spring: Winning guess is worth $1,508 in UP ice contest

NEGAUNEE (AP) — Someone who must know something about Upper Peninsula weather has won $1,508 for guessing when old mining equipment would break completely through melting ice.

The Teal Lake Melt-Down came to an official close Friday when the metal structure was completely submerged on the lake in Negaunee. Contestants had up to March 31 to buy a $5 ticket and guess when the headframe would sink.

The winning entry was only 49 minutes from the actual time. The winner's name wasn't immediately released.

The third annual event was a fundraiser held by the Negaunee Lions Club. Half of the ticket revenue goes to the winner.

A sheriff's department dive team will recover the structure from Team Lake as part of a training exercise.

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