Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have restricted the use of aftermarket parts in repairing newer cars.
Governor Snyder explained his veto by saying that the bill could have raised insurance rates, made repairs more expensive on some cars, harmed the economic recovery of the state and was simply an overreach of power.
Emily Lawler on Mlive.co m reports that the bill would have required mechanics to use OEM parts exclusively, unless customers signed a waiver to use typically less expensive aftermarket alternatives.
Representative Peter Pettalia of Preque Isle, the sponsor of the bill said that all the entities involved were getting greedy, adding that the original bill, which focused on mechanic licensing, strayed pretty far from its original intent.
Representative Pettalia says that he intends to reintroduce the bill one day, in order to bring back the licensing clarifications needed in the bill.
Former MDEQ official Liane Shekter Smith pleaded the fifth when questioned about her role in the Flint water situation.
Ron Fonger of the Flint Journal reports that this is the second time in three months that Smith has declined to comment on how DEQ and its employees handled the Flint water situation.
According to Gus Burns on Mlive.com, Smith, former head of the MDEQ's drinking water and municipal assistance unit appeared in Wayne County Circuit Court for a hearing, where Smiths attorney said that she was pleading the fifth, not as a suggestion of guilt, but from an abundance of caution.
After Smith invoked her constitutional right to plead the fifth, assistant attorney general Tom Dawson did not object, and the judge agreed that Smith will not have to immediately be forced to comply with the subpoena.
The city of Flint has been advised to budget more than $300,000 dollars to pay for civil and criminal lawyers in any upcoming water situation cases.
Gary Ridley of the Flint Journal reports that two contracts obtained by the Flint Journal in a Freedom of Information Act request show that Butzel Long, the law firm hired by Flint to handle the fallout from the water situation advised the city to budget at least that amount for its services through June 30th.
Mayor Weaver said on Tuesday that the city may look to the state to help pay for the legal fees, after the state announced in January that the Department of Treasury would reimburse the city up to $225,000 dollars to reimburse the city for another lawsuit filed by Flint resident Larry Shears.
In sports, the Detroit Tigers were in Kansas City last night to take on the Royals in the first game of a four game series.
Justin Verlander got the win ultimately after giving up 8 hits and 4 runs in 7 innings of work. What JV also did, was throw 7 strikeouts, hit two batters and improved his record to 7 and 5 on the season.
But the real story of the night was the Detroit bats who hit 6 dingers and scored 10 runs.
3 of those homers came from Victor Martinez alone, and to seal the deal, Miguel Cabrera hit a 2 run shot in the 7th
Unfortunately to go along with the win, the Tigers are going to be without outfielder J.D. Martinez for the next 4 to 6 weeks after he broke his elbow in the second while chasing down flyball against the wall.
Detroit improved their record to 34-32, only a game behind the Royals in the al central, and play again tonight with Tigers rookie Michael Fulmer on the mound looking to extend his 28 inning scoreless streak.
Game 6 of the NBA Finals last night saw the Cleveland Cavaliers force game seven on the backs of a crushing defense in the first quarter, and LeBron James who once again scored 40 plus points on the night.
However despite being held to 11 points in the first quarter, Golden State, who was looking clinch the series, wouldn't go down without a fight, and outscored Cleveland 32-28 in the second, and 28 21 in the third. But it just wasn't enough to catch the Cavaliers, and in the 4th quarter, Cleveland continued to set the pace of the game to beat the Warriors 115-101.
Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday night at 8 eastern in Oakland, California.
And finally, according to Techdirt.com, AT&T is being sued by Citigroup for infringing on their copyrighted phrasing.
Apparently, Citigroup uses this copyrighted phrase in their rewards programs, marketing campaigns, and branding.
AT&T is alleged to have flagrantly ignored those copyright claims in using the phrase to say thanks to their customers, and Citigroup lawyers are contending that AT&T, using the phrasing in their own marketing campaign, could lead to consumer confusion and could be see n as a false designation of origin.
Oh yea, the phrase that is copyrighted by Citigroup, is “thank you.”
And to that end, as a programming note, I myself would like to say thank you to all of my listeners, and announce that the daily radio news on 94.3 WKUF will be on hiatus until August.
Special reports will be aired when available, but regular news updates on WKUF will return in 8 weeks.
And as always, for more information about today's stories, visit WKUF.fm, I'm David Jackson.