BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
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GENERAL MOTORS-CRUISE MANAGEMENT
SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors’ No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker’s self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in on its bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation. GM President Dan Ammann will become CEO of the company’s Cruise Automation subsidiary at the beginning of next year. He will replace Cruise co-founder Kyle Vogt, who will become chief technology officer. The transition announced Thursday comes as Cruise gears up to up introduce a ride-hailing service deploying its driverless technology in GM’s Chevy Bolt next year. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 700 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers on Thursday finalized bills that would ease the wireless industry’s shift to next-generation technology, approving statewide regulations for the installation of a dense network of “small cells” on telephone poles and other infrastructure. The legislation was sent to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature a day after it won bipartisan House approval on 74-35 and 77-32 votes. It is backed by carriers such as Verizon and AT&T but opposed by local governments as an infringement on their ability to recover costs for the use of public rights of way. By David Eggert. SENT: 400 words.
— XGR--TREE REMOVAL REGULATIONS: The Michigan Senate has voted to restrict municipalities’ ability to regulate the removal or trimming of trees on private property. Under a Republican-sponsored bill approved 23-15 on Thursday, local governments could still have rules protecting “heritage” trees — trees that are at least a certain height and are not diseased, dying or otherwise a safety threat.
— MICHIGAN STATE-PERLES: George Perles has resigned as a member of Michigan State University’s governing board after nearly 12 years, citing his age and health. Perles was a former Michigan State football coach and athletic director before winning election as a trustee in 2006. With AP Photo.
— MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Medical marijuana shops that have trouble buying pot from licensed growers may get a reprieve from regulators as a new regulatory system gets off the ground.
AUTO SHOW-WHEELS TO WATCH
As buyers flock to SUVs and pickup trucks instead of sedans, automakers are revealing their latest offerings for the growing market at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Companies that have specialized in making smaller SUVs are now making roomier models and competing on technology features that enhance safety and pleasure. By Business Writers Cathy Bussewitz and Tom Krisher. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— JUDGE-PROSTITUTION-MICHIGAN: A former judge accused of paying women for violent sex has been sentenced to at least one year in prison, far less than what prosecutors had sought. Jarold Calkins was a District Court judge in Monroe County at the time.
— YOOPERS WANTED: Come home for the turkey. Maybe return again for a job. That was the message in Michigan’s northwestern Upper Peninsula as employers courted young professionals who were home for Thanksgiving.
— CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE-MICHIGAN: State officials say deer in two additional Michigan counties are suspected of having chronic wasting disease.
— SISTER SHOT-MICHIGAN: A 16-year-old boy could avoid a lengthy prison sentence for the accidental fatal shooting of his 14-year-old sister at their home in western Michigan.
— CHILD KILLED-CHARGE: A woman is awaiting sentencing after entering a plea in a crash that killed a 9-year-old who was walking his bike with his mother along a road in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.
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