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Michigan officials have approved an energy company's request to build two natural-gas-fired turbines outside Detroit.

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A federal appeals court appears to be on the side of Michigan prisoners seeking credit for good behavior.

A judge recently struck down a law that retroactively cut off good behavior or discipline credits for prisoners who were convicted of committing murder when they were teens. An appeals court on Wednesday declined the state's request to freeze that decision.

Michigan's Iron Belle Trail
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Hiking and bicycling routes that will traverse Michigan have secured $10.5 million in private donations. Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday shared the fundraising update on the Iron Belle Trail at an Ann Arbor event. He was joined by philanthropists including officials with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, which has pledged roughly $5.5 million for trail design and development in Washtenaw County and Detroit. A group has been formed to help raise an additional $155 million in private money.

Medical Marijuana
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Ann Arbor is temporarily halting new medical marijuana dispensaries after more than 30 recently applied for permits to operate in the city.

The Ann Arbor News reports that the city council voted unanimously Monday to impose a 60-day moratorium on issuing new permits as it considers limiting the number of dispensaries allowed in the city. Dispensaries that have already received zoning approval or that have applications currently under consideration will be exempt.

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Wildlife biologists are worried about how prolonged wintry weather will affect deer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

State Department of Natural Resources supervisor Terry Minzey says things looked good for the U.P. deer herd a month ago, but the situation has deteriorated as winter has held on.

Deer fitted with radio collars for DNR studies have suffered a 13.5 percent mortality rate so far this winter, with 11 percent of adult female deer dying.

Key Safety Systems
Key Safety Systems

Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker embroiled in a massive global recall linked to at least 22 deaths, said Thursday that its president has resigned now that its acquisition by U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety Systems has been completed.

Takata’s president, Shigehisa Takada, said in a statement that as of Wednesday he was succeeded by Yoichiro Nomura, its chief financial officer.

This is Apricot. She's a Vizsla/Pit mix up for adoption at Detroit Dog Rescue.
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No bans on pit bulls allowed, says the Michigan Senate.

The chamber voted 22-13 on Thursday to prohibit local governments from dictating breed-specific regulations on dogs. The legislation will benefit canines that are perceived as more aggressive - mostly pit bulls, but also Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Cane Corsos.

About 30 local governments have some form of breed-specific ordinances, which supporters of the bill say encroaches on dog owners' property rights.

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The Michigan appeals court has been ordered to take a second look at a lawsuit filed by a woman who said her rights were violated after she encountered a transgender woman in the locker room at a Midland health club.

 The state Supreme Court says the appeals court erred in declining to consider Yvette Cormier's claims under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

The debt-heavy auto parts company Federal-Mogul, owned by's company Icahn Enterprises LP, is being sold in a deal worth about $5.4 billion.

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 A judge has struck down a law that bars some Michigan prisoners from getting credit for good behavior.

The decision could clear the way for faster parole hearings for prisoners who were convicted of murder when they were teens.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith says it was unconstitutional for lawmakers to retroactively cut off good behavior or discipline credits for juvenile lifers in homicides that occurred before 1999.

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Bills that would require Michigan driver's licenses and state ID cards to show certain immigration statuses are under consideration in a state House committee.

The legislation would prohibit the secretary of state from issuing license or ID cards that expire after the duration of an immigrant's legal status.

It also would codify existing procedure for noncitizens with temporary lawful status in the U.S., such as DACA recipients or foreign college students, to require their licenses or cards display that they are a "limited-term" resident.

Michigan State University sign
Michigan State University

A woman who attends Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit against the school yesterday alleging that three former men’s basketball players sexually assaulted her in 2015.

The lawsuit says the assault occurred April 12, 2015 after the 18-year-old woman met the players at a local bar.

The woman says in the suit that she was taken to an apartment where the players took turns raping her in a bedroom.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids – and does not name the woman or the players.

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The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a century-old inn in a lawsuit over hot coals on a Lake Michigan beach. The court says Watervale Inn is protected by a law that shields landowners from liability during recreational activities. The court last week reversed a decision by the Michigan appeals court. A 10-year-old girl, Bailey Noble, suffered burns while stepping on the hidden remnants of a beach bonfire in 2013.

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A judge sentenced four teenagers to a program at a youth treatment center for throwing rocks and sandbags onto I-75 near downtown Toledo and killing a Michigan man.

Police say the boys were all 13 or 14 years old when they were arrested in December.

One sandbag smashed through a car windshield and hit 22-year-old Warren resident Marquise Byrd. He later died.

The boys apologized to Byrd’s relatives in juvenile court Friday, but the family called the sentence too light.

Mackinac Bridge
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Officials say 550 gallons of potentially toxic coolant fluid have leaked from electric power cables that run underwater where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet.

The owner of the cables, American Transmission Company, says the fluid is a mineral-based synthetic oil used for insulation that can be harmful if released into the environment.

American Transmission says the leak was discovered after the two cables tripped offline Sunday evening. The cables have been taken out of service.

Senator Debbie Stabenow
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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen a site for an expanded health clinic in Traverse City.

The Michigan Democrat says the expansion will cover about 22,000 square feet and help alleviate crowding at the existing clinic. Services provided will include primary care, women's health, disease prevention and telehealth services.

A new facility will also offer mental health, physical therapy and home-based primary care services.

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Visitors to a public nature preserve in western Michigan will be able to enjoy an additional 17 acres (7 hectares) of Lake Michigan sand dunes as the result of a $1.95 million project. The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has announced the added 1,000 feet (305 meters) of Lake Michigan frontage and 1,200 feet along the Big Flower Creek to the Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve near Montague. 

Flitn River
Courtesy of the Flint River Watershed Coalition

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments general assembly has adopted a plan aimed at protecting the region's water resources.

The plan emphasizes the importance of integrated management of water resources to advance tourism, recreation, economic development, protection of natural resources and water infrastructure.

Natural resources priorities include preventing and controlling invasive species and preserving and restoring more than 340,000 acres (137,600 hectares) of wetlands.

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The University of Michigan is moving on to the national championship game for the first time since 2013, after ending Loyola-Chicago's incredible run in the NCAA Tournament.

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Michigan's mandatory fee to cover unlimited medical benefits for injured drivers is rising to $192 a year.

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Michigan’s emergency operations center is being activated Thursday in preparation for this weekend’s expected crash landing of a Chinese space station.

It is highly unlikely that any part of the space station that survives the reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere will land in Michigan. But the Michigan state police is getting ready just in case.

Belmont Tower at MSU
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Lawyers for Michigan State University and more than 200 girls and women say they will restart talks that could lead to a settlement in civil lawsuits related to sexual abuse by former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

In a court filing Tuesday, both parties say they are scheduling mediation with Layn Phillips, a former federal judge in Oklahoma.

Medical Marijuana
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Michigan's marijuana industry likely won't face any federal changes, though the state's Treasury Department has altered a tax on medical marijuana card holders.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the federal budget passed last week indicates the government will continue to not enforce federal drug laws in states with legalized medical marijuana.

Part of the new line 6B pipeline in central Michigan.
Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

State officials have given Enbridge Energy permission to install 22 more anchor supports along twin pipelines at the bottom of the waterway linking Lakes Michigan and Huron.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit last week allowing the supports for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. Installing the additional anchor supports will minimize the span distance within the Straits of Mackinac.

According to the DEQ press release, each of the 22 anchors will be installed using 10-inch diameter screws with a total lake bottom impact of nine cubic yards.

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Detroit police are trying to curb overtime costs that have increased in recent years. The Detroit News reports the city paid $40 million in overtime for Detroit officers during the 2017-18 fiscal year, up from $28.3 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The newspaper says that's also up from $16.9 million paid in the 2012-13 fiscal year. Detroit police Chief James Craig says: "There are valid reasons why officers need to work overtime, but we need to better manage it." Union officials say overtime costs will increase if Detroit doesn't do more to retain officers.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Open-records disclosures can no longer include information on cybersecurity plans and vulnerabilities in Michigan.

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A lawsuit has been filed to challenge Michigan's ban on public aid for private schools.

The ban has been in place since voters added it to the state Constitution in 1970. A judge recently cited it while blocking the state from giving $2.5 million to private schools for fire drills, inspections, and other state requirements. The Michigan Supreme Court declined to intervene.

The lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of a group that includes a Roman Catholic school in Grand Rapids, parents and lawmakers.

A street pole in the middle of flood water
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster for 17 counties and two cities hit hard by recent flooding from heavy rain and melting snow. He also opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to local governments in those areas. 

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Michigan says more than one-fifth of local governments have an underfunded pension plan, retirement health care plan or both.

The Treasury Department on Monday issued the results of an initial round of reporting required under the Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act.

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The longtime chief executive of Dow Chemical, who led the company through the financial crisis, a merger with rival DuPont and then the planned disassembly of the entire enterprise, is stepping down.

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