ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 30-vehicle pileup has forced the closure of U.S. 131 north of Grand Rapids. State police Sgt. Brian Keely tells MLive.com that no major injuries are reported in the chain-reaction crash, which happened about 12:45 p.m. in Kent County's Algoma Township near Rockford. Keely blames the crash on rapidly forming ice on the expressway surface as a snowstorm moved across the area.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Measures on their way to Gov. Rick Snyder would block welfare recipients from withdrawing their taxpayer-provided cash from ATMs in liquor stores, horse tracks and strip clubs. The bills approved by lawmakers are similar to a state law enacted last year for casino ATMs. Snyder is expected to sign the six-bill package, parts of which legislators began sending to him last week.
DETROIT (AP) - Imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been ordered to pay $4.7 million in restitution. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds rejected objections from Kilpatrick's lawyers and ordered him Tuesday to pay $4.5 million to the city of Detroit and $195,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. Defense lawyers have said the federal government didn't have evidence to support such a large restitution order.
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors has picked Mary Barra (BAR'-uh) as its next CEO, meaning she'll be the first woman to head a major U.S. car company. Barra has worked for GM for 33 years currently is the company's product development chief. The company says Barra will replace Dan Akerson (AK'-ur-suhn) in mid-January. GM says Akerson is moving up his retirement plans by several months because his wife is battling advanced cancer.
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