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Judges featured at Maple Theater event

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) along with the Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, and TMA NOW Detroit will present “Women in the Workplace: Has Anything Really Changed Since ‘9 to 5?’” on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township.

The discussion will focus on the difficulties for women in the workplace and how women still face some of these issues during the course of their employment.

Panelists will include Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris. 
The event begins with check-in at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. 

To register, visit womenlawyers.org and click on “events.”


Report: Ford to pay $30M-plus for lawsuit over transmissions

Ford will pay at least $30 million in a proposed settlement over a class-action lawsuit related to failing transmissions in its Fiesta and Focus vehicles.

The lawsuit represents nearly 2 million owners and former owners of the cars, which had bad dual-clutch transmissions, the Detroit Free Press reports, citing court documents.

In addition to the $30 million in cash reimbursement, there will be an easier process for people to get compensated and a simplified buyback program for defective vehicles, the report said.

Ford spokesman T.R. Reid said the company believes the settlement is “fair and reasonable” and expects it to be approved during a final hearing on Feb. 28. The case was filed in 2012.


EPA to design sediment remediation project for Detroit park

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed a $2.5 million agreement to design a project to remediate contaminated sediment and create a substantial new habitat at a riverfront park being developed in Detroit.

The contaminated sediment at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park is within the Detroit River Area of Concern and identified by the U.S. and Canada as one of 43 toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes basin, according to the EPA.

The project agreement allows the EPA to develop a plan along the shoreline of the 22-acre site along the city’s west riverfront.


Moose stuck on railroad bridge is rescued, relocated

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — A moose got stuck on an active railroad bridge in Vermont and was removed and relocated with minimal injuries, state fish and wildlife officials said.

State Fish and Wildlife received a report on the morning of Jan. 22 that a moose was stuck on a bridge near the Ludlow and Cavendish area in southern Vermont.

Ggame wardens and wildlife biologists, with assistance from the Springfield Fire Department and a crew from the Vermont Rail System, sedated the moose and picked it up with a railroad crane truck.

The department posted about the story on Facebook and said that often, such recoveries are not successful and can pose risks to the animal and responders.

“Regardless, it’s great to see that in this case it ended well for those involved and for this very fortunate moose!” the post read.

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