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side view of a red Detroit Fire Department Firetruck.
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A newspaper investigation has found the Michigan fire marshal's office hasn't performed annual inspections of churches, theaters, restaurants or other places of public assemblage as required by state law.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the Legislature has never funded the requirement. The state fire marshal's office alleges local fire departments perform the inspections.

But surveys show that most fire departments statewide are all-volunteer with no inspectors on staff.

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Quicken Loans is introducing computer coding to 5,000 Detroit students.

The mortgage lender says Code(D)etroit will teach modern coding fundamentals to 1,250 students each day, beginning June 18, during the Techstars Startup Week Detroit.

Quicken Loans is partnering with Detroit-based technology training institute Grand Circus. Grand Circus will work with Quicken Loans to find and train volunteer instructors for the code training.

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Michigan’s senior U.S. senator wants the Trump administration to provide more information to Congress about what’s on the table in talks with North Korea.

The on-again/off-again summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un appears to be back on-again.

Trump withdrew from a planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim last Thursday, then quickly announced that the meeting could get back on track..

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Across Michigan and the United States, people are taking a moment to remember America’s military dead.

In Washington, President Donald Trump is marking his second Memorial Day as Commander in Chief with a planned visit to Arlington National Cemetery and a salute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Before the late-morning activities at Arlington, Trump said in a tweet that "those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today."

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Researchers are setting out again in search of the remains of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 that disappeared over Lake Michigan nearly 70 years ago.

The airplane was carrying 58 people from New York to Seattle when it went missing in 1950. There were no survivors, marking the worst aviation disaster in the U.S. at the time.

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A health advisory has been issued after more than 8,000 gallons (30,283 liters) of raw sewage spilled into northern Michigan wetlands that are connected to Grand Traverse Bay.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department says the spill in Acme Township happened Tuesday and went into the wetlands that are connected via a creek to the bay's east arm.

Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court is interested in the case of a former police chief in the Upper Peninsula who's been barred from running for public office because of a corruption conviction.

Fred Paquin wanted to run for St. Ignace City Council in 2013 and 2015 but was told that a conviction disqualified him under the Michigan Constitution. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to misusing federal money given to the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians when he was the tribe's police chief.

Paquin says he shouldn't be barred from running for city council because the tribe is sovereign.

The Michigan Capitol in Lansing.
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Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers have struck a budget deal that includes using a surplus to boost road spending, school-safety initiatives and savings.

The agreement was reached Thursday. Now the leaders of individual legislative subcommittees will iron out details in coming weeks.

State budget spokesman Kurt Weiss says the deal includes an increase of more than $400 million on infrastructure spending, an additional $115 million for the "rainy day" fund and $58 million to help schools improve their security and hire more counselors.

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A 15-year-old student who was arrested in March after threatening violence at his school and the discovery of guns, ammunition and pipe bomb materials at his southwestern Michigan home has entered guilty pleas in the case.

The boy pleaded guilty this week to explosives and firearms charges. He earlier faced additional charges including making a terrorist threat.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 5. Van Buren County Prosecutor Michael Bedford says the court determined the case would be handled as a juvenile matter.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack.
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack said Thursday that judges should drop rhetoric that "would validly call into question judicial impartiality," The Associated Press reported.

She says it's important these days, especially "when our norms of public discourse appear under stress.”

According to AP, McCormack was referring to a Jackson County case involving a man who broke into the home of a police officer and trashed it, even breaking a 100-gallon aquarium.

Dow Chemical
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Officials say a former Dow Chemical headquarters complex building in Michigan that was being demolished has unexpectedly collapsed.

No injuries were reported in the Thursday morning collapse of the six-story building at Dow's campus in Midland, about 105 miles (169 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Authorities say no one was at the building at the time. The company says the structure had been weakened during the demolition process, leading to its collapse. The collapse created a cloud of dust, but Dow says any potentially hazardous materials had already been removed.

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A former Detroit-area airport official is accused of receiving more than $5 million in kickbacks from contractors.

Federal prosecutors say it's one of the largest bribery cases in Michigan's Eastern District.

James Warner was charged Wednesday with conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice. He was an infrastructure manager at the agency that runs Detroit Metropolitan Airport, from 2010 through 2014.

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The Michigan appeals court says a four-year prison sentence for a polite bank robber was unreasonable.

The court has granted a new hearing to James Gailey. Guidelines suggested a minimum sentence of 10 months in jail, but Jackson County Judge John McBain went much higher.

Gailey pleaded guilty to robbing a bank just two days before Christmas in 2014. He told a teller to put money into a cloth bag. Gailey didn't have a weapon, and he apologized several times. He was accused of robbing the same bank months later.

The Spoke Folks, a Grand Rapids non-profit, wants to put "More Butts On Bikes" and help people maintain them.
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Nearly 500 Detroit second-grade students have received new bikes, helmets, locks and bells after completing a bicycle safety program.

The bikes and other items were given Tuesday to the students by the Detroit Red Wings, Chevrolet and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation during a special assembly at Little Caesars Arena.

The students attend 10 schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. They have been practicing riding and learning road safety since April in their physical education classes as part of the Road & Bicycle Program.

Capitol Building in Lansing, MI
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The Michigan House is scaling back legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case after Michigan State University agreed to a $500 million settlement with victims.

A House committee Tuesday adopted new versions of Senate-passed bills. Voting is expected this week.

Detroit
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Michigan's economic development board has awarded $618 million in tax incentives for a development project in Detroit that includes a 58-story building on the site of the iconic former J.L. Hudson department store.

Michigan State University sign
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Michigan State University has named a former state Supreme Court justice, Robert Young, to be its general counsel as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

The school's interim president, John Engler, announced Monday that Young will replace Kristine Zayko, who's been serving as acting general counsel.

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Michigan is giving online retailer Amazon $4 million to ensure it opens another facility in the state.

The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved the incentive Tuesday. Seattle-based Amazon plans to create 1,000 full-time jobs at the $150 million fulfilment center in Gaines Township near Grand Rapids.

It will be Amazon's fourth warehouse in Michigan and first in the western part of the state. The state has authorized grants to each since late 2016.

Amazon will lease space on land owned by furniture maker Steelcase. A third party will build the center.

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia was indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury.
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The NFL has determined sexual assault allegations against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia from 1996 are not subject to its personal conduct policy.

"The allegations occurred well before his affiliation with the NFL," the league said Monday after completing its review of the Lions' interviewing process.

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The son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers will not have his name printed on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to replace his father. 

Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett decided Monday that John Conyers III had fewer than the 1,000 valid nominating petition signatures needed.

Garrett said Conyers III didn't have enough signatures to make the ballot to fill out the final two months of his father's term or for the full term that starts in January.

He can appeal the ruling in county court.

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Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula has reopened three buildings but turned off drinking fountains while campus officials investigate high lead levels in water.

The school says lead in water samples exceeded the federal action level of 15 parts per billion. The buildings are Thomas Fine Arts, the Learning Resources Center and the Physical Education Instructional Facility - known as PEIF.

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Prosecutors are seeking a 14-year prison sentence for a Detroit-area man convicted of dealing diseased body parts for medical training.

Arthur Rathburn is returning to Detroit federal court on Monday, four months after he was convicted of fraud and shipping hazardous material.

 

The sale of human remains is unusual but mostly legal, especially when body parts are used for medical training. But Rathburn was accused of failing to disclose that the parts had tested positive for diseases.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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The National Park Service is seeking public input on how to manage a dramatic increase in visitors to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Lakeshore Superintendent Dave Horne tells the Mining Journal of Marquette that the number of visitors has doubled over the last five years.

National Park Service officials have been hosting open houses and gathering feedback on a proposed lakeshore's visitor use management project.

The DEQ PFAS Investigation Map near Rockford, MI
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Michigan will spend $1.7 million to test water supplies around the state for certain kinds of industrial chemical contaminants. The chemicals are known as PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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City of Luna Pier

Updated on Friday, May 18 at 4:28 p.m.

Inmates from a county jail and volunteers were filling sand bags along part of the Lake Erie shoreline in southeastern Michigan to help prevent neighborhood flooding from waves bursting through a damaged seawall.

The Monroe News reports that some residents in Frenchtown Township's Grand Beach subdivision and Allen's Cove in Luna Pier were evacuated Friday due to the rising water.

The Monroe County Drain Commission placed storm pumps along the shoreline to help remove lake water from around homes.

Money
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More than 100 local units of government in Michigan will be developing plans to ensure retirement benefits they promised employees and retirees are paid in the future.

The state treasury department said Thursday that corrective actions are needed because of underfunded pensions, retirement health care plans, or both.

Sue Snyder
Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder announced Friday plans for a new 24-hour statewide hotline for sexual assault survivors to call for help, counseling, and resources.

“It’s critically important that all survivors of sexual assault have somewhere safe to turn for help,” Sue Snyder said in a press release. “This hotline will connect survivors with a caring, trained professional who can help provide them with the immediate and long-term support they need to begin their journey toward healing.”

Ded and Flora Rranxburgaj's younger son, Eric, speaks on his father's behalf outside ICE offices in Detroit Wednesday.
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A group of immigrant advocates are walking from Detroit to Lansing to bring attention to deportations that separate families, including an Albanian man seeking sanctuary in a Detroit church.

The 90-mile journey started Monday at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit, where 48-year-old Ded Rranxburgaj has taken refuge since January. Rranxburgaj is facing an order for removal after his legal status expired. His wife has multiple sclerosis and depends on his care.

Legislation that allows parents to surrender their children to secured "baby boxes" has passed in Michigan's House.
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Michigan's House has passed legislation that lets parents leave their newborns in secured boxes at hospitals, fire departments and police stations in addition to personally surrendering them to emergency services personnel and first responders.

Lawmakers approved the four-bill package Wednesday that amends the Safe Delivery of Newborns Law to allow for use of these baby boxes which the state Department of Health and Human Services would be tasked with regulating. The bill also redefines "newborn" as a child not older than 30 days.

Inconsistent lead level readings led to the closure of three buildings on Northern Michigan University's campus.
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Northern Michigan University has closed three campus buildings as a precautionary measure after initial water tests found inconsistent lead level readings.

The school in Marquette announced Wednesday that the Physical Education and Instructional Facility, or PEIF; Thomas Fine Arts; and the Learning Resources Center will be closed until the school gets expedited results of additional tests.

Those results could come over the weekend. The school will then make a determination of whether additional investigation and testing is required. The school is posting updates online .

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