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State money to WMU to benefit behavioral health, autism research

Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A big announcement from the state of Michigan is set to help students and families in West Michigan.

The state pledged $4 million Friday to Western Michigan University, with an announement being held Friday morning at the university's Health and Human Services campus.

The big focus of the money: graduating more mental health professionals from Western to help kids with autism.

State Representative Margaret O'Brien, of Portage, was flanked by local officials as she made the big announcement.

"We've been able to secure $4 million of state funding, directed toward Western Michigan University," Rep. O'Brien said.

She says this will increase the number of mental health professionals trained to help kids with autism.

Right now, some families have to drive hours away and wait for years to get the help they need.

It's a struggle mother Darci Stevens is familiar with, having a son with a disorder on the autism spectrum.

A goal of the new effort is treating kids with autism earlier.

Stevens says early intervention through WMU has helped her son.

"If the board-certified analysts get in sooner, less has to be untaught; so it is very critical for the kids," she said. "I can only hope and pray that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential like my son did; it's absolutely fabulous to get this opportunity for all the kids."

The idea is that graduating more professionals from Western will keep them here to fill that need.

The university is planning on hiring more instructors, beefing up programs, and doing more research on treatments for autism.

Stephanie Peterson, of the WMU psychology department, says it will be a big community collaboration.

"So we can entice the most qualified people to come to our program and really have top-notch graduates," Peterson said. "We can make a huge difference, and we can help families."

The money should be coming into the university later this fall.
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WORLD-FINANCIAL MARKETS

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average surged 5 percent and the yen slid against the dollar after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery.

Other Asian stock markets were also higher after the Japanese central bank's announcement Friday. The dollar rose 1.2 percent to 110.64 yen.

The bank said it would increase its asset purchases by between 10 trillion yen and 20 trillion yen ($90.7 billion to $181.3 billion) to about 80 trillion yen ($725 billion) annually.

The Nikkei was up 4.6 percent at 16,380.11 after shedding some of its initial gains. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.2 percent and Seoul's Kospi was up 0.1 percent.

ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Today. the Commerce Department will release its September report on consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity in the U.S.

Also, the University of Michigan will issue its monthly index of consumer sentiment for October. In September, the index reached its highest level since July 2013, led by greater optimism that the economy will grow and incomes will rise.

The Labor Department will also release the third-quarter employment cost index.

Before the market opens, Exxon Mobil will report its quarterly financial results.

CITI-REVISED EARNS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Citigroup is slashing its third-quarter earnings by $600 million, saying that recent investigations by regulators have altered the results it reported earlier this month.

The New York-based bank on Thursday revised its quarterly net income to $2.8 billion from a previously reported $3.4 billion, citing legal expenses.

The bank's operating expenses rose from $12.36 billion to about $13 billion.

The company said in a statement the unexpected increase came from "rapidly-evolving regulatory inquiries and investigations, including very recent communications with certain regulatory agencies related to previously-disclosed matters."

Citi previously reported third-quarter net income of $3.44 billion, or $1.07 per share, on Oct. 14. The results exceeded Wall Street estimates.

Like other major banks, Citigroup has been the target of lawsuits and government investigations for its role in the mortgage meltdown that helped spur the financial crisis of 2008.

SURGICAL GOWNS LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A lawsuit says Kimberly-Clark Corp. falsely claimed its surgical gowns met the highest standards for protecting against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

Lead attorney Michael Avenatti says the Texas hospital where two nurses contracted Ebola used to stock the gowns but it's not clear if the nurses had used them.

The $500 million fraud suit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles on behalf of a surgeon who wore the gowns.

The lawsuit says Kimberly-Clark knew for a year that the gowns failed industry tests and allowed the transfer of bodily fluids, bacteria and viruses, but the company still promoted them as having the highest level of impermeability.

The maker of Kleenex and other consumer products says it doesn't comment on lawsuits but stands behind its products' safety.

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