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The Detroit skyline as seen from across the Detroit River.
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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan scored a significant win against challengers to his third term in office last night. He won more than 70% of the vote.

Challenger Anthony Adams came in second and will face Duggan in the general election.

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A Democrat in the state Legislature is asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to issue a formal opinion on whether electronic signatures can be counted on petitions to amend state laws.

The same question is already before the Michigan Court of Appeals. That’s after a lower court tossed electronic signatures gathered by the Fair and Equal Michigan campaign, which is trying to add LGBTQ protections to the state’s civil rights law.

Hillsdale City Hall hosted the town hall Friday.
Tyler Scott

Hillsdale City Council is considering an ordinance that aims to make performing an abortion illegal within city limits, and would declare the city a "sanctuary city for the unborn."

The text of the ordinance was drafted by Mark Lee Dickson, a pastor from Texas who's in charge of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative. Heather Tritchka-Stuchell, wife of council member Greg Stuchell, said she called Dickson and asked him to come to Hillsdale, and said she has 400 signatures in support of the ordinance.

Updated August 3, 2021 at 7:07 PM ET

Days after a national eviction moratorium expired, the Biden administration on Tuesday issued a new, more limited freeze that remains in effect through Oct. 3.

Grand Rapids' new police chief, Eric Payne.
City of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids police chief Eric Payne plans to retire next year, after two years of leading the department.

Payne first joined GRPD in 1987. He took over as the department’s first Black police chief in the summer of 2019, promising there would be changes.

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A federal judge heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit  seeking damages for Flint residents from the banks that handled the bonds for the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline (KWA).

Major banks (J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company) helped underwrite the financing of the city’s share of the construction of the water pipeline from Lake Huron to Genesee County.

Updated August 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET

The U.S. has delivered 110 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to 65 countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia, President Biden announced Tuesday at the White House.

PFAS foam on the Huron River.
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The bipartisan federal infrastructure bill, that senators finished writing this past weekend, would include $10 billion for PFAS cleanup.

PFAS—or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—are a family of chemicals often called "forever chemicals" because they can persist in the environment for centuries. Exposure to certain kinds of PFAS has been linked to impaired immune systems and increased risk of some kinds of cancer.

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The federal ban on evictions has expired, but people in Michigan can still get help paying their rent.

The state has more than half a billion dollars available through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program, known as CERA.

More information, and an online application, is available at Michigan.gov/cera.

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The campaign to add LGBTQ protections to Michigan’s civil rights law has appealed a court decision that stalled the petition drive. The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign filed its paperwork Monday with the state Court of Appeals.

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