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Michigan woman awaits sentencing in death of baby daughter

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge in the death of her 4-month-old daughter.

Nineteen-year-old Kayla Robin Coon of Owosso entered the pleas this week in a Shiawassee County courtroom to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse. She initially faced first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse charges.

Sentencing is June 2. The Argus-Press reports she faces up to up to 15 years in prison.

Owosso officers called to a home Aug. 18 found Aria Miller dead on the floor. Authorities say the child was severely malnourished and underweight, weighing 6 pounds — 2 pounds less than at birth. An autopsy listed the cause of death as neglect.

The Flint Journal reports authorities said the child had a cleft palate that hadn’t been treated.


House votes to change charity gambling rules after crackdown

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature would change regulations in the charitable gambling industry after backlash over a state crackdown that charities say has restricted their fundraising.

The legislation, approved 100-9 Thursday by the House, relates to casino-style events where nonprofits split cash proceeds with poker rooms that run their Texas Hold ’Em and other fundraisers.

The bill would rescind rules and require the Gaming Control Board to implement new ones consistent with the legislation.

The sponsor, Rep. Tom Barrett, says the agency has overstepped.

The agency — given oversight of charitable gambling by Gov. Rick Snyder — opposes the bill. It says it would limit its discretion to deny licenses and raise a limit on chips sold.

The bill goes to the Senate.


State Legislature sends  federal funding to Flint

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature is sending Flint $100 million in federal funding to address the water crisis.

Then-President Barack Obama and Congress approved the aid in December. State lawmakers voted Thursday to officially pass the money along to Flint.

The federal funding requires a $20 million state match, which will be provided from funding already authorized last year.

The new money will be used to replace corroded pipes that leached lead and to update aging water mains and infrastructure. Water meters will be replaced and an engineering study will be done.

This week marked the three-year anniversary of the city’s fateful switch to using the Flint River for municipal water while under state management. Residents are still using water filters or bottled water.


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