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EMU professor charged with killing wife

A part-time Eastern Michigan University mathematics teacher was arraigned Sunday for the death of his wife.

Jean-Pierre Trias, 44, is being charged with the murder of his wife, Katherine Kellogg Porter, 53, at the couple’s Pittsfield Township home, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Police responded to the home in the 4700 block of Hickory Pointe Boulevard around 4:45 p.m. Friday, where Porter was found dead.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4911 or the confidential tip line at 734-822-4958.

New York passes first gun laws after Sandy Hook

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a series of gun control measures into law Tuesday, Jan. 15, expanding the state’s assault weapons ban.

“I am proud to be part of this government, not just because New York has the first bill but because New York has the best bill,” the governor, a Democrat, said at a news conference. “I’m proud to be a New Yorker because New York is doing something, because we are fighting back.”

The bill changes the state’s definition of an assault weapon and calls for restrictions on ammunition and the sale of guns.

The new laws also call for increased efforts to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people and greater punishment for crimes involving guns, according to The New York Times.

The New York State Assembly voted to approve the bill 104-43 and the State Senate approved the bill 43-18 Monday night. Cuomo signed the bill less than an hour after it was approved by the Assembly.

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