News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) - A judge has agreed to a 90-day timeout in a lawsuit that accuses the Michigan Corrections Department of violating the rights of female prison guards. The U.S. Justice Department and the state will use the time to try to settle the case. The government sued in 2016, saying female guards were being forced to work overtime at the women's prison in Washtenaw County. The guards say it's also difficult to transfer because the Corrections Department won't let male guards fill certain jobs.
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) - A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in southwestern Michigan in 2016 has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison. Twenty-six-year-old Alex Perez was given his punishment Monday after earlier pleading no contest but mentally ill to two counts of second-degree murder in an agreement with prosecutors. He was charged in the deaths of 27-year-old Renee Mitchell and her father, 67-year-old John Mitchell. Police found Perez in Georgetown, Colorado, after an Amber Alert.
DETROIT (AP) - More than 70 Detroit residents are expected to receive deeds to their homes after completing a program designed to help stabilize city neighborhoods. The deeds are being presented Tuesday afternoon during a ceremony at the city's Northwest Activities Center. The Detroit Land Bank Authority says the owners have completed its Occupied Buy Back Program which was launched in 2015.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of bear hunting clinics over the next few weeks. The programs are scheduled for July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 11 at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac. Experienced hunters and DNR educators will explain the basics of bear hunting. Among them are habitat, gear, stand placement, baiting, rules and regulations, carcass care and hide care.
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