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It could soon get harder for criminals to insert credit and debit card skimming devices into gas pumps in Michigan. These are devices criminals use to remotely steal customers' card information.

A bill (S.B. 415) has cleared both the state House and Senate that would require gas station owners to install at least one of several security measures on gas pumps to thwart these skimming devices.

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Michigan is closing one of its 32 prisons to save $22 million in the next fiscal year.

The Pugsley Correctional Facility in Grand Traverse County will close in September. The minimum security prison has more than 1,300 beds and 230 employees. It’s been open since 1956.

The corrections department made the announcement Tuesday, a day before a legislative committee is expected to endorse the closure in the next state budget.