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Michigan

January 23, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 01/23/2014

SOS: Technology will shorten lines

DETROIT — The Michigan secretary of state’s office soon will allow customers at some of its branches to be in line without actually being in line.

A new system called MI-TIME Line will launch soon at 10 of the busiest locations, allowing customers to schedule appointments and virtually get in line via home computer, phone or text message, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced Wednesday.

Customers at those branches who use the system can be called or texted when it’s their turn. Those without mobile phones can stop by the office, check in at a MI-TIME Line kiosk and head out to run errands while they wait.

“We all lead busy lives, and we know that our customers’ time is important,” Johnson said in a statement. “Spend the time you save shopping nearby, running errands or being with family. We’ll let you know when it’s almost your turn.”

The system had a “soft launch” last week at branches in Flint and Lansing. It will debut in the coming weeks in Macomb County’s Clinton Township, Detroit, Livonia and Pontiac, and later in Southfield, Taylor and Troy.

The 10 offices that will be using the new system together handle more than 2 million transactions per year.

2 men convicted of murder in shooting

SAGINAW — A jury has convicted two men of first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of a 6-year-old girl during a revenge attack on a man.

The Saginaw County jury reached the verdicts Wednesday in the trial of 24-year-old Michael D. Lawrence and 22-year-old Rico A. Saldana.

Lay’la Jones was killed Aug. 29, 2012, in Saginaw. Authorities say the men were targeting a man for an earlier killing.

Judge Darnell Jackson will sentence Lawrence and Saldana to the mandatory life in prison without possibility of parole at a future date.

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