LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker is proposing to raise Michigan's minimum wage to stop momentum for a larger increase proposed by organizers of a ballot initiative. Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge said yesterday he introduced legislation to raise the hourly minimum to $8.15 from $7.40. The minimum for tipped employees would rise a dime to $2.75 per hour.
CLAWSON, Mich. (AP) - Postal workers and retirees have protested in suburban Detroit over the offering of services in Staples stores. They gathered outside a Staples store in Clawson, holding signs that said, "The U.S. mail is not for sale." Postal unions fear a loss of jobs to lower-paid workers. Retired Royal Oak carrier Mike Smith tells The Oakland Press it's "terrible."
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Two people have been charged with election crimes in an effort to gather signatures to recall the Benton Harbor mayor. The Berrien County prosecutor's office says Edward Pinkney of Benton Township is charged with changing dates on petitions used to gather signatures. He's also accused of allowing someone to sign more than one time.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An American doctor killed in Afghanistan went to medical school in Detroit and has a son who is a Grand Rapids police officer. Doctor Jerry Umanos of Chicago was among three Americans killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire at Cure International Hospital in Kabul this week.
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