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Fewer insurance companies will be offering health care plans in Michigan through the Affordable Care Act marketplace this fall.

Since Obamacare began, Michigan insurance regulators have vetted the companies willing to offer health care plans in the state.  This year, they’ll have fewer companies to vet. 

Detroit houses
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Comerica Bank plans to invest up to $5 million in a Detroit program for home mortgages that seeks to address issues with property appraisals.

The money will go toward the Detroit Home Mortgage program, which was introduced last year. The bank notes that housing in Detroit typically appraises below the price to buy and renovate, making it more difficult for some to buy homes in the city.

Businesses in Hamtramck, Michigan
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A judge has suspended property tax bills at dozens of homes near Detroit in the latest round of a decades-old lawsuit over the destruction of black neighborhoods.

Hamtramck has struggled to fulfill an agreement to offer low-cost family housing as the remedy for discrimination in the 1950s and '60s. Now the city has another problem: protests over soaring tax bills on many of the homes that were given to victims or their relatives.

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Michigan farmers are among those criticizing President Trump’s plan to impose new business and travel restrictions on Cuba.

President Donald Trump is clamping down on some commerce and travel between the United States and Cuba, but leaving intact many new avenues President Barack Obama opened.

Larry Nassar at a hearing in Michigan earlier this year
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan is seeking to terminate the parental rights of a sports doctor accused of sexual assaulting dozens of women and girls.

  The Lansing State Journal reports attorneys for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services filed a petition against 53-year-old Larry Nassar.

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Construction of a Consumers Energy wind turbine project in Michigan is expected to start three years ahead of schedule.

The Michigan Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the Jackson-based utility's proposal to begin work in 2019 instead of 2022 on Cross Winds Energy Park III in Tuscola County.

In 2016, the commission approved the utility's plan to buy 19 wind turbine generators for its Cross Winds Energy Park II and an option to buy 33 more for the future Cross Winds Energy Park III.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The long-delayed $62 billion merger of chemical giants DuPont and Dow has been approved by U.S. antitrust regulators.

  The Justice Department said Thursday it would approve the deal as long as the companies sell off some herbicide and chemical units to preserve competition. Those sales are already in the works.

  The merger was originally announced in December 2015 and was initially expected to close in the first half of 2016. But it was delayed several times while U.S. and foreign regulators reviewed it.

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Michigan's elections bureau is satisfied with the form of a ballot petition to make the Legislature part-time.

Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a likely gubernatorial candidate who is spearheading the drive, said Thursday the secretary of state is recommending that the Board of State Canvassers approve the petition form. A state spokesman confirms that election officials think it meets technical requirements in state law.

Doctor's office
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A fourth person has been charged in the case of alleged genital mutilation of girls by members of a Muslim sect.

Tajera Shafiq was arraigned Wednesday in Detroit's U.S. District Court on charges of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, and aiding in the practice. She was released on bond and placed under house arrest with an electronic tether.

Federal documents say Shafiq attended the cutting of two Minnesota girls in February at a Detroit-area clinic, which authorities allege was performed by Dr. Jumana Nagarwala.

Attorney General Bill Schuette
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The head of the Michigan health department is one of the five charged with involuntary manslaughter with regard to their involvement in the Flint water crisis.

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A bill approved by the Michigan Legislature would let residents legally leave a vehicle running unattended on private property.

The bill cleared the Senate on a 30-6 vote Tuesday and goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. It was proposed after a Detroit-area man was ticketed $128 for leaving a car running in his driveway as the vehicle warmed up.

Sterns Park beach
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Congrats are in order for the city of Ludington.

The city broke a mark set by the Guinness World Records for the most people simultaneously making sand angels at a beach.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A tentative deal to steer more newly hired teachers into 401(k)-only retirement plans has stopped a surprising budget showdown between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder.

  But key details remain to be finalized in a matter of weeks before the Legislature's summer recess.

  The decisions will affect not only future school employees but also a $55 billion state spending plan that is poised to receive Snyder's imprint after he was excluded from earlier talks.

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Michigan's 15 public universities would get an overall 2 percent boost in state funding under legislation ironed out by lawmakers.

A Republican-led conference committee voted 5-1 for the $1.6 billion higher education budget bill Tuesday, with one Democrat in opposition. Schools' funding increases would range from 1.5 percent to 2.7 percent. Five universities' state aid would remain below levels from seven years ago.

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A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says he's undecided about signing legislation that would require Michigan to create and sell an anti-abortion fundraising license plate.

The Republican-led Senate enrolled S.B. 163 Tuesday after it won mostly party-line approval in the Legislature.

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Top officials in Gov. Rick Snyder's administration say it could cost Michigan up to $800 million a year to keep the state's Medicaid expansion program at current enrollment levels if cuts approved by the U.S. House are enacted.

State Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon gave the estimate Monday during an event in which Snyder aides and advocates defended the expanded Medicaid program.

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City officials are cooling the coals on front porch grilling in Detroit.

The Detroit News reports that the City Council has updated its outdoor fire code to ban outdoor cooking under a roof or an enclosed area.

The ordinance was approved last month and aims to prevent accidental fires when grills tip over or flames lick too close to homes.

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Property owners have won a key decision from the Michigan appeals court in their long-running lawsuit over dioxin contamination by Dow Chemical.

The court rejected arguments by Dow that it was too late to sue over dioxin released decades ago into the Tittabawassee River. The plaintiffs, who own property in the river's flood plain, say their land has been spoiled by the pollution.

The lawsuit was filed in Saginaw County in 2003. Dow argued that the statute of limitations had expired because the public became aware of the dioxin problems in the 1980s.

Little Caesars Arena Construction site in downtown, with a Pistons banner
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A federal lawsuit seeks to block some public funding of Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and a new Detroit Pistons headquarters without a vote from city residents.

The lawsuit Thursday says Michigan law prohibits spending school property tax revenue on the projects because a tax voters approved in 2012 was to be used exclusively for Detroit's public schools.

Rows of cherry trees in an Elk Lake orchard
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Michigan State University scientists have received $300,000 in grants to research protections for the state's cherries from an invasive fruit fly.

The funding will support efforts to fight spotted wing drosophila, which industry surveys say ruined 21% of Michigan's cherry crop in 2016.

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There are 17 months before Michigan's gubernatorial race, and an already crowded field of candidates has grown by one.

Patrick Colbeck, a conservative state senator who has opposed Gov. Rick Snyder on Medicaid expansion and higher fuel taxes to better fund roads, announced Thursday that he has filed paperwork to seek the governorship.

Snyder, a Republican, cannot run again for the state Senate due to term limits.

Colbeck was first elected to the Senate in the 2010 tea party wave.

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Legislation passed by the Michigan House calls for increased penalties and tougher sentences for anyone who assaults courthouse workers.

Several of the headboards found burned near the village of Lake Ann in Benzie County.
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources discovered 20 burned mattresses and bedspring frames on state-managed land in northern Michigan last week. 

MDNR says conservation officers responded to a complaint on May 24 about the burned items in Benzie County's Inland Township. They're seeking information from the public about anyone responsible for dumping and burning them.

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A prosecutor has determined that Grand Rapids police were justified in the death of an 18-year-old man who was involved in a shootout with officers.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker also released police in-car camera and officer body camera footage Tuesday of the May 3 confrontation with Malik Carey.

JetBlue plane
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Authorities say a JetBlue flight from New York to San Francisco landed in Michigan after a lithium battery in a passenger's laptop apparently started a fire.

No injuries were reported and the plane landed safely about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

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Lawmakers are ramping up work on the state budget after cutting Gov. Rick Snyder out of talks.

Republican leaders over the weekend set "target" spending levels - a key step needed before the House and Senate this week can start ironing out differences in a $55 billion spending plan. The leaders proceeded despite an impasse with the Republican governor over closing the pension system to newly-hired school employees.

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OTISVILLE, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court won't stop a lawsuit against a teacher who is accused of downplaying the risks of a table saw at a high school in Genesee County.

Elizabeth Bellinger suffered severe injuries when her hand slipped while cutting wood in a shop class at LakeVille Memorial High School. She says teacher Julie Kram told students that a blade guard was necessary only when insurance inspectors visited the school.

Kram denies it, although she admits telling students the guard was optional.

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DETROIT (AP) - President Donald Trump's spending plan for 2018 includes $77.6 million for operation and maintenance of Great Lakes shipping channels and related infrastructure, including the lock system at Sault Ste. Marie.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District oversees operations in Michigan and parts of Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A nurse administers a vaccine.
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Authorities are taking steps to limit hepatitis A exposure at the Oakland County Jail in suburban Detroit after an inmate was confirmed to be infected.

The Oakland County Health Division and the sheriff's office announced Friday that they're advising those detained at the jail in Pontiac between May 8 and May 23 to contact the Health Division to determine potential exposure. A male inmate was confirmed to have hepatitis A.

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A school district in western Michigan has settled a lawsuit with four young women who say they were inappropriately touched by a former Major League Baseball player who worked at Lakewood High School.

Details of the settlement haven't been released. A federal judge signed an order Thursday dismissing the Lakewood district from the case. Chad Curtis remains in the lawsuit.

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