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By The Associated Press • Feb 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

3 children among 4 found dead after West Michigan shooting

SOLON TWP. (AP) — Police said three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in northern Kent County.

Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said officers responded Monday to a property near Cedar Springs, about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids. She said someone discovered the bodies and called 911.

LaJoye-Young said the three children were elementary school-age and younger, but declined to provide further information about the victims' relationships to one another. She said authorities were still confirming the victims' identities Monday evening.

LaJoye-Young called the scene "a horrific thing to be called to" and said "my heart goes out to the families involved here and the community."

Authorities don't believe there is a shooter at large. An investigation is ongoing.

General Motors to invest $36M in Lansing-area plant

LANSING (AP) — General Motors says it will invest $36 million in its Lansing-area plant to prepare for future production of crossover vehicles.

GM CEO Mary Barra announced the investment Monday. The company didn't disclose timing related to the Lansing Delta Township plant's future products.

The plant builds the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave SUVs. In a statement, Barra said the vehicles "are important products in our growing crossover portfolio."

GM is idling five of its other factories in North America this year as part of a restructuring plan that includes eliminating a total of 8,000 white-collar jobs.

Lansing Delta Township opened in 2006 and is GM's newest plant.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls the investment "incredible news" for Lansing autoworkers, their families and the greater Lansing community.

Florida company may build commercial eel farm in Michigan

ST. JOHNS (AP) — A Florida-based company is considering building a $30 million eel farm in Michigan, which one state agriculture official said could be the first facility in the U.S. to commercially raise the long fish for food.

Aqua Vida Aquaculture is considering land in an industrial park in St. Johns, just north of Lansing, The Lansing State Journal reported. The facility would occupy up to 2 acres and could create about 25 jobs.

The facility would raise African longfin eel and American eel, said Kit Munday, the company's founder. The fish are a source of "high quality protein" and are often grilled, stewed or roasted, he said.

The proposed project would be "self-contained," which means the eels wouldn't come into contact with lakes or rivers, Munday said. The facility would use water that's recirculated and reused.

Groups plan to redevelop long-vacant Detroit building

DETROIT (AP) — The city is planning to sell a long-vacant building on Detroit's west side to a group that wants to redevelop it into 180 new residential units and retail space.

Construction at Lee Plaza is expected to start as early as 2021 with restoration work estimated at upward of $50 million.

The sale to the Roxbury Group and Ethos Development Partners requires City Council approval. The city says the project is expected to reserve at least half of the residential units for people who make below the area's median income level.

Lee Plaza was built in the 1920s and converted in 1969 to senior housing. The city says it was added in 1981 to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Detroit Housing Commission closed the 17-story building in 1997.

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