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Detroit bankruptcy judge revives idea of regional water agency

By Cherie Curry DETROIT (Reuters) - The federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case has revived the idea of a regional water authority and also suggested the city may need court oversight after it emerges from bankruptcy.

Police: Crane falls at US Steel facility in Detroit suburb of Ecorse; 1 worker dead

ECORSE, Mich. - Police say a worker has died after a crane fell at a U.S. Steel facility in suburban Detroit. Police in Ecorse say the accident involving the crane operator happened Friday morning at the Great Lakes Steel facility. No other injuries are reported. U.S. Steel said in a statement that the operator worked for Connelly Crane, a contractor. The worker's name wasn't immediately released. The death is under investigation.

Police: Crane falls at US Steel facility in Detroit suburb of Ecorse; 1 worker dead

ECORSE, Mich. - Police say a worker has died after a crane fell at a U.S. Steel facility in suburban Detroit. Police in Ecorse say the accident involving the crane operator happened Friday morning at the Great Lakes Steel facility. No other injuries are reported. U.S. Steel said in a statement that the operator worked for Connelly Crane, a contractor. The worker's name wasn't immediately released. The death is under investigation.

Bankruptcy judge OK's $120 million loan for Detroit

(Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved Detroit's plan to borrow $120 million from Barclays PLC to improve services in the cash-strapped city. Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case, overruled objections by city creditors who took issue with the timing and structure of the loan. "This court has previously held the city is service-delivery insolvent," Rhodes said. Detroit has said it plans to use some of the loan proceeds on public safety improvements.

Long-awaited home demolitions will turn blighted Detroit neighbourhoods into blank canvas

DETROIT - The families of Detroit's Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighbourhood. After that, their community's future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas.

No money in Obama's budget plan to build customs plaza for US-Canada bridge

DETROIT - U.S. President Barack Obama has failed to put money in his federal budget proposal for a customs plaza on the Detroit side of a planned $3.5 billion bridge between the city and Canada. Obama sent his $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget to Congress on Tuesday, but it doesn't include the $250 million cost of a border inspection plaza. The plaza is a vital part of the planned New International Trade Crossing to link Detroit to Windsor, Ont. The Canadian government is funding most of the bridge, expected to open in 2020.

Dispute over ownership of land where $7M Troy transportation centre built stalls project

TROY, Mich. - A roughly $7 million transportation centre built after years of debate in suburban Detroit is the focus of a dispute about land ownership. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/MTwE41 ) Oakland County Circuit Judge Leo Bowman on Friday dealt a fresh setback to the centre, denying the city of Troy's request to be awarded immediate possession of the land under the facility.

Ottawa plans to spend $631 million over two years on Windsor bridge

OTTAWA - Ottawa is giving a boost to southwestern Ontario's battered manufacturing sector with more than $1 billion in spending over the next two years to help the auto industry and build a new bridge to the U.S. at Windsor, Ont. The federal budget Tuesday called for spending $631 million over the next two years to help build a new Detroit-Windsor crossing. "Our investment in the new Windsor-Detroit crossing means Canadian goods will get to market faster, allowing businesses to grow, expand trade and help secure a prosperous future," Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said.

Money for 'major' infrastructure projects in budget, Flaherty says

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says his upcoming federal budget will contain money for "major" infrastructure projects. Flaherty told CTV's Question Period that infrastructure is a good investment, but the government must be prudent at the same time. "There will be money for infrastructure, and very importantly, major infrastructure projects in Canada, major economic infrastructure projects," Flaherty said.

Michigan mother charged with dismembering body of 32-year-old son

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A registered nurse in southeastern Michigan dismembered her 32-year-old son's body and dumped the parts along several area roadways, authorities said on Monday. Donna Scrivo, 59, was charged with the dismemberment, disinterment and mutilation of the body of her dead son, Ramsay Scrivo, and the unlawful removal of the corpse, St. Clair Shores Interim Police Chief Todd Woodcox said.
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