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By The Associated Press • May 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Couple sentenced in trafficking involving disabled woman

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — A suburban Detroit couple has been sentenced after authorities say they hired out a woman with physical and mental disabilities for sex while forcing her to live in a shed.

Michael Welch, 40, and Misty George, 32, of Macomb County’s Macomb Township were charged in 2017 with human trafficking and prostitution-related counts.

Welch was sentenced Thursday to 5-20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including human trafficking.

George pleaded no contest to human trafficking and had agreed to testify against Welch. She was sentenced to five years of probation, with credit for more than a year in jail.

Authorities said they advertised the woman online while forcing her to live in a shed after she was unable to pay them rent. Relatives of the victim eventually contacted police.

Archdiocese: Abuse claim against dead priest deemed credible

DETROIT (AP) — The Archdiocese of Detroit says an allegation that a priest who died in 1984 sexually abused a child has been found to be credible.

The archdiocese said in a news release Friday that the complaint against the Rev. Jan Tyminski was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review Board, considered and deemed to be credible.

The archdiocese didn't say where or when the abuse occurred. It said Tyminski was ordained in Poland in 1935 and began ministering in Archdiocese of Detroit in 1951. He served in five Detroit parishes: St. Andrew, Resurrection, Sts. Peter & Paul (Westside), St. Cunegunda, and Immaculate Conception. He retired in 1976.

Roman Catholic dioceses across Michigan have turned over documents in a state investigation of sexual abuse by priests.

Whitmer helps break ground on new Grand Rapids veterans home

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said a new $49 million Grand Rapids Home for Veterans will be "cutting edge."

Whitmer joined other dignitaries Friday afternoon to break ground on the home, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

The 128-bed residence is expected to open by the end of 2021. It will sit adjacent to the existing veterans home and will replace its 355-bed predecessor at an undetermined time. The new facility will consist of four residential homes and a community center.

Another new state veterans home is being built in the Detroit area.

Michigan is revamping how nursing care is provided to veterans, with plans to transition to smaller facilities. The changes follow a state audit that uncovered insufficient care, inadequate staffing levels and other problems at the existing Grand Rapids home.

Tax revenue projections largely unchanged since January

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration have reached a consensus on revised tax revenue projections that will be used as they work to enact the next state budget.

They say revenue estimates for this fiscal year and the next budget year are largely unchanged from January.

State Budget Director Chris Kolb said in a statement that the estimates "don't fundamentally change the fact that we have constrained resources" to deal with big challenges including fixing the state's roads, educating children and dealing with threat posed by chemical contamination to Michigan waters.

Following Friday's revenue estimating conference, general fund general purpose revenue for the 2019 fiscal year is projected at $10.85 billion, up $151.5 million from estimates agreed to in January. School aid fund revenue is now estimated at $13.48 billion, down $68.2 million from January.

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