Snyder raises $3.3M for campaign, Schauer $2.8M
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Snyder reports raising $3.3 million this year for his re-election campaign, about $500,000 more than his Democratic opponent, Mark Schauer.
Schauer was aided by applying for nearly $1 million in public campaign funds.
Snyder on Friday filed a campaign finance report showing he has nearly $4.7 million in savings. Schauer's report showed $2.5 million cash on hand.
Snyder's campaign is emphasizing his money advantage and decision not to take contributions from political action committees. The Schauer camp says he has cut into Snyder's fundraising edge without spending as much as the governor.
A recent EPIC-MRA poll showed the candidates about even. Snyder had 46 percent of likely voters polled and Schauer 43 percent, with a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Ford fires engineer who planted recording devices
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - A lawyer says a Ford Motor Co. engineer was fired after she placed listening devices in meeting rooms at its headquarters.
Ford says the FBI is involved at the company's invitation. The Detroit News identified the engineer as Sharon Leach. She declined to comment, but her attorney, Marshall Tauber, says she did nothing wrong.
He says she placed devices under tables so she could transcribe meetings. Tauber says Leach was insecure about taking notes but wasn't "spying" at Ford headquarters in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.
Tauber says Leach surrendered the listening devices. Ford declined to comment Friday beyond a brief statement. It says it's working with the FBI.
The News says Leach's home was searched by the FBI in June.
More than 30 Michigan gang members indicted
DETROIT (AP) - More than 30 members of a Detroit street gang have been indicted on federal drug and firearm charges.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Friday five of the 33 Latin Counts members were also indicted on racketeering charges, including assaults, murder, narcotics, firearms and robbery.
She says the suspects were indicted on charges involving the distribution of heroin and cocaine, as well as various firearm offenses.
Members of the Latin Counts identify themselves with red and black clothing and accessories typically tilted to the left. Their tattoos and street tags usually feature a five-pointed star or crown.
The indictment says branches of the street gang operate in Michigan, including Lincoln Park, Ecorse and southwest Detroit, and Illinois.
14-year-old girl killed while out with dog
ARMADA, Mich. (AP) - Police say a 14-year-old girl was killed while out with her dog near a recreation trail in Macomb County.
Armada (Ar-MAY'-da) Police Chief Howard Smith says a body found Thursday night has been identified as April Millsap. He says she's the victim of a homicide in the community about 35 miles northeast of Detroit.
Smith spoke to reporters Friday. Investigators are looking for a gray van that had dents and was occupied by two males. The body was 15 to 20 feet off the Macomb Orchard Trail.
Smith says April's dog stayed with the body. April was a student at Armada Middle School.
MISSING MAN-COUPLE CHARGED
$1 million bond set in killing of Michigan man
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A judge has set a $1 million bond for a northwest Ohio man who is charged along with his wife in the slaying of the wife's former lover.
Thirty-six-year-old Robert Strauss appeared in a Toledo courtroom Friday. A judge set a $1 million bond for 36-year-old Desirae Strauss on Monday.
The Toledo couple is charged with bludgeoning to death 52-year-old Brian Martin of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Martin's daughter reported him missing June 28.
According to a police report, Desirae Strauss's mother told officers that she saw Martin at the Strauss' home on June 22.
Martin's body has yet to be found. Toledo police say evidence found at the couple's home indicates Martin was attacked there.
The daughter told police her father and Desirae Martin had been romantically involved for three years.
GENERAL MOTORS-PLANT EXPANSION
GM proposing expansion of Lansing area plant
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - General Motors Co. is considering a $37 million expansion of a mid-Michigan plant that makes three crossover vehicles.
The Detroit automaker is seeking a tax break for work at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, which makes the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. GM is working with Lansing Area Economic Partnership Inc. on the plan.
GM declined to disclose details of its proposed project but says in a statement that it's "developing a business case for a potential future investment" that would boost "the plant's manufacturing capability."
The application is expected to be introduced Monday at a Lansing City Council meeting.
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