Propane Tanks Cause Explosion At Recycling Center

An explosion today at the Kent County Recycling and Education Center on Wealthy Street has renewed the call for propane tanks to be disposed of properly. This isn’t the first such explosion and now the county is calling on residents to play it safe, when disposing of propane. “Never, ever, ever put a partially full propane cylinder in the trash or in the recycling bin, there’s too much danger, and the likelihood is someone could get injured and we could have equipment damage.” Kent County...

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People who trade in their car to buy a new one would see a sales tax cut phased in more quickly under bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Buyers can subtract the value of their trade-in from the purchase price of a new vehicle for tax purposes under a 2013 law.

The legislation finalized by the Republican-led Senate Thursday would accelerate the phase-in of the tax break to 2029 - 10 years sooner.

The bills' supporters say the law helped boost auto sales and buyers deserve a fully phased-in tax reduction earlier.

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AAA says it expects more than 1.48 million people from Michigan to travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home for the July 4th weekend.

The auto club says Thursday it's a 3.3 percent increase from the number of people from the state who traveled during last year's holiday travel period.

AAA says the last time the Michigan travel volume for Independence Day weekend was higher was 15 years ago.

The vast majority of those travelers - about 1.3 million - will go by car. Nearly 65,000 will travel by air. Others will go by train, bus or boat.

Michigan would no longer ban switchblades under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder. The Senate on Thursday voted 36-1 to finalize legislation to repeal a prohibition against selling or possessing a knife with blades that can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on the handle or "other mechanical contrivance." 

A violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $300 fine. Lawmakers say the switchblade ban is unnecessary and is being enforced unevenly across the state.

A $56.7 billion state budget is headed toward Gov. Rick Snyder's desk after the Republican-led Senate gave it final approval on mostly party-line votes. The bills approved Thursday include more money for K-12 schools, universities and community colleges.

There is less for prison spending and environmental cleanup. Republicans say the budget includes record spending on K-12 education, money to train new state troopers and addresses debt in the teacher retirement system.

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A 21-year-old Indiana man convicted in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper is expected to be behind bars for at least 14 years. Michael Barber of Mishawaka was sentenced Wednesday in Berrien County, Michigan. He said in a letter to the trooper that he didn't intend to hurt him. A jury last month convicted him of assault, attempting to disarm a police officer and other charges. 

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In May 2015, then-President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that created a new kind of public emergency notification — the Blue Alert.

It's similar to the well-known Amber Alert for abducted children, but is meant to help catch people who credibly threaten or actually harm law enforcement officials.

A naturalized U.S. citizen should not have been stripped of her citizenship for the sole reason that she lied to U.S. officials, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, vacating a lower court's decision. The plaintiff, an ethnic Serb who entered the U.S. as a refugee, had argued that false answers she gave to immigration officials were immaterial to procuring citizenship.

"We have never read a statute to strip citizenship from someone who met the legal criteria for acquiring it," Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the court's opinion. "We will not start now."

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People who trade in their car to buy a new one would see a sales tax cut phased in more quickly under bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Buyers can subtract the value of their trade-in from the purchase price of a new vehicle for tax purposes under a 2013 law.

The legislation finalized by the Republican-led Senate Thursday would accelerate the phase-in of the tax break to 2029 - 10 years sooner.

The bills' supporters say the law helped boost auto sales and buyers deserve a fully phased-in tax reduction earlier.

aaamich.com

AAA says it expects more than 1.48 million people from Michigan to travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home for the July 4th weekend.

The auto club says Thursday it's a 3.3 percent increase from the number of people from the state who traveled during last year's holiday travel period.

AAA says the last time the Michigan travel volume for Independence Day weekend was higher was 15 years ago.

The vast majority of those travelers - about 1.3 million - will go by car. Nearly 65,000 will travel by air. Others will go by train, bus or boat.

Mass shootings in Orlando, Fla., Alexandria, Va., and San Francisco during the first two weeks of June — two of them on the same day — have once again put America's complicate

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Senate Republicans unveiled their long-awaited health care overhaul proposal on Thursday. The Senate bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act," would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The broad outlines of it look a lot like the House bill, the American Health Care Act, which was passed in May.

Michigan would no longer ban switchblades under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder. The Senate on Thursday voted 36-1 to finalize legislation to repeal a prohibition against selling or possessing a knife with blades that can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on the handle or "other mechanical contrivance." 

A violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $300 fine. Lawmakers say the switchblade ban is unnecessary and is being enforced unevenly across the state.

A $56.7 billion state budget is headed toward Gov. Rick Snyder's desk after the Republican-led Senate gave it final approval on mostly party-line votes. The bills approved Thursday include more money for K-12 schools, universities and community colleges.

There is less for prison spending and environmental cleanup. Republicans say the budget includes record spending on K-12 education, money to train new state troopers and addresses debt in the teacher retirement system.

When faced with allegations of sex abuse against one of its bishops, the Church of England "colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward," the church's leader acknowledged Thursday.

Thanks to Sigmund Freud, we all know what it means to dream about swords, sticks and umbrellas. Or maybe we don't.

"For 100 years, we got stuck into that Freudian perspective on dreams, which turned out to be not scientifically very accurate," says Robert Stickgold, a sleep researcher and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. "So it's only been in the last 15 to 20 years that we've really started making progress."

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