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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:27

Girl, 16, killed in snowmobile crash

(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lapeer Post continue to investigate a fatal snowmobile crash that happened the day after Christmas in Wales Township, killing a young girl. The accident took place in the area of Mayer Road north of Ravenswood around 9 p.m. Troopers arrived on the scene and learned that two juveniles were riding the machine north on Mayer Road. As the snowmobile approached a residential driveway being plowed out by a tractor with a bucket attachment, the driver of the snowmobile swerved to avoid a collision. Both occupants were ejected. The 14-year old driver suffered a broken arm. His 16-year old passenger was transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital where she passed away from her injuries.

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's no word on when President Barack Obama will sign the bill that staves off the "fiscal cliff" of across-the-board tax increases and cuts in domestic programs. After Congress passed the bill last night, Obama left for Hawaii to complete his holiday break. Obama can sign the bill remotely using a machine called an "autopen," or the bill can be flown to Hawaii for his signature. 10th Congressional District Congresswoman Candice Miller says, "While this deal was not perfect, it was certainly better than the alternative which would have been a more than $500 billion tax increase on our economy in 2013 alone. Doing nothing would have thrown our economy back into recession, eliminated countless jobs, and caused untold pain for American families. This bill also provides permanent relief for tens of millions of American taxpayers from the Alternative Minimum Tax, and provides relief and rate certainty for millions of American seniors who depend on dividends and capital gains income to help them enjoy a secure retirement. This bill also made a much needed change to physician reimbursement rates under Medicare to make certain that seniors would still be able to see the doctor of their choice. If this fix had not been enacted then many doctors may have stopped taking Medicare patients.

"Additionally, permanent relief on the Death Tax was enacted. This tax was slated to rise to 55% on every estate above $1 million and this bill puts in place a 40% rate on estates above $5 million which will protect millions of family farms and small businesses from being forced to sell simply to pay an outrageous tax bill.

Miller was glad the agreement approved a 1-year extension of the Farm Bill. She noted that maintaining a safe, secure and abundant food supply is vital for our nation. The extension allows farmers to plan properly for the coming growing season. Miller says the failure to act on the Farm Bill would have caused prices to skyrocket for necessities like milk.

Meanwhile, don't look for a bigger paycheck despite the "fiscal cliff" deal. The bill passed by Congress does not include extending a Social Security payroll tax cut past the end of last year, so workers will now be paying about two percent more in Social Security taxes.

(HURON COUNTY) -- A 47-year old Ruth woman received only minor injuries after her vehicle rolled over Sunday night shortly before midnight on M-142 west of McKichen Road in Huron County's Sigel Township. Sheriff's deputies say the crash occurred after the woman lost control on the snow covered roadway, went into the north ditch and rolled the SUV in a field before landing on its top. The driver was taken to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe for treatment of minor injuries. Deputies believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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