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January 10, 2013

State in Brief: 01/10/2013

Three killed as icy roads cause crashes

WHITE PIGEON TOWNSHIP — Police across Michigan report icy road conditions and multiple accidents, including a one-vehicle crash in the southwest that killed two of the seven people aboard. Another crash in Eaton County has killed a 60-year-old driver.

The St. Joseph County sheriff's department said the double fatal crash happened about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday in White Pigeon Township, 30 miles south of Kalamazoo.

It said the driver was 30-year-old driver Kirk Miller of Keystone, Ind. The department says two of his passengers were killed but didn't immediately release their names.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich tells the Lansing State Journal that Donald Brownlee of Howell was killed when his SUV spun out of control on Interstate 69.

MLive.com said a school bus without children went into a ditch near Caledonia.

Snyder signs law to prevent child sex abuse

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation into law that aims to increase education and training in schools to help prevent the sexual abuse of children.

The Republican governor's office announced Wednesday that he signed the bipartisan legislation named "Erin's Law." It's named after a woman from Schaumburg, Ill., who was sexually abused as a child and now campaigns nationally for increased education and protections.

Snyder officials said the bills were among about 30 pieces of legislation getting his signature.

One clarifies that the state's Family Independence program is temporary and not an entitlement. It prevents further cash assistance to families that receive it for at least five years.

Another bill prohibits prisoners from keeping photos and drawings of their victims or any item that belonged to their victims.

Parole agent to interview Kilpatrick

DETROIT — A Michigan parole agent plans to interview ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick about an unreported $2,000 gift from a Chicago pastor.

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