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Man sentenced to life for killing girlfriend before shootout


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his girlfriend before exchanging gunfire with officers on a freeway in western Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Thirty-four-year-old Adam Nolin was given the mandatory punishment Monday after a Kent County jury convicted him in June. He declined to make a statement at the hearing.

There was no dispute that Nolin fatally shot Tia Randall at her home in Wyoming, near Grand Rapids, last September. His lawyer insisted Nolin acted impulsively, not with premeditation.

Nolin called his mother after the shooting. She alerted authorities in the Grand Rapids area. Prosecutors said Nolin was upset because Randall was interested in another man.

After the shooting, police chased Nolin on U.S. 131. He shot at officers and was struck by a patrol car.

 

Report: Great Lakes cleanups boost economic development
 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A new report says cleaning up some of the Great Lakes region’s most heavily polluted areas has led to billions of dollars’ worth of economic development and brought communities closer together.

The study released Tuesday was conducted by the International Association for Great Lakes Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

It reviews efforts to restore harbors, river mouths and other spots that were contaminated with toxic wastes during the industrial boom era.

The U.S. and Canada identified 43 such “areas of concern” in the 1980s. Work remains to be done on most of them.

The report highlights 10 places where cleanups have spurred development.

Among them are the Buffalo River in New York, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, the Detroit River in Michigan and Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront area.

 

Michigan agriculture officials plan trade mission to China
 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is planning another trade mission to China.

The fourth annual trip is scheduled for Nov. 8-12 and the agency says representatives of Michigan food and agriculture companies will travel to Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Shanghai. It’s part of an effort to better understand the Chinese market and meet with Chinese buyers interested in Michigan products.

Michigan officials say China is the state’s fifth-largest export market for food and agriculture products.

The Food Export Association of the Midwest will also conduct a trade mission to South Korea on Nov. 6-7, giving Michigan companies another chance to explore trade prospects.
 

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