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Candidates for the Michigan Legislature are being chosen by voters in Tuesday's primary election. Winners will face off in the November general election when control of the state House of Representatives will be at stake. Republicans have controlled the House since 2010. A five-seat swing would be needed for Democrats to gain a majority there. The GOP holds a 59-50 edge.

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The Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has lifted a water ban that left 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Mayor D. Michael Collins says Monday that the Lake Erie drinking water is safe and that the warning has been lifted.

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Low turnout likely with no marquee statewide race A lack of contested statewide races at the top of Michigan's primary ballot means turnout will be low - possibly extremely low.

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Ohio water contamination continues to effect some Monroe County communities in Michigan UPDATED 11:36 am 7/4/14 Toledo, Monroe County Tap Water Safe To Drink Again The Water is safe again for 400,000 people in Northeast Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Still, affected residents shouldn't drink straight from the tap without first taking a few precautions. ( read more )

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AAA Michigan: Gas prices slightly higher, but Michigan is best in the country. AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state rose about 2 cents in the last week, the first time they've increased in five weeks.

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Michigan Team Overcomes Early Adversity To Win Another Solar Car Challenge The University of Michigan has won its fifth national title in a row at the American Solar Challenge competition. The Ann Arbor News reports the university's car named Quantum won the eight-day solar vehicle competition. The 1,700-mile event started July 20 in Austin, Texas. The three-wheeled car was the first to cross the finish line in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon.

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2nd Suspect in Demarius Reed Murder Not Guilty on All Charges A jury acquitted a man Monday evening in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

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Residents Clean-Up After Severe Thunderstorms There are still more than 5,000 residents and businesses in Washtenaw County without power this morning. Residents are cleaning up after a series of severe thunderstorms Sunday that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.

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Detroit's emergency manager is praising workers and retirees who approved pension cuts as a way to get the city out of bankruptcy. Results filed late Monday show the changes were endorsed by a landslide. The tally gives the city a boost as Judge Steven Rhodes determines whether Detroit's overall strategy to scrub billions in debt is fair and feasible to all creditors. Trial starts Aug. 14. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr says retirees made an "informed, positive decision." General retirees would...

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Zingerman' Co-founder Honored With 'Champions Of Change' Award The White House today will honor Paul Saginaw at a ceremony in Washington. he is among those being recognized with a 'Champions of Change' award. Saginaw is co-founder of the Zingerman's community of businesses. During a visit to Ann Arbor in April, President Barack Obama praised Saginaw for paying his restaurant workers above minimum wage.

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State Child Poverty Up, Teen Deaths Down The annual Kids Count survey finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying. The report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Michigan ranks 32nd in overall child well-being nationally, down one slot since last year.

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UPDATE: At 8:28am A relative of a man who died after being pulled from a lake in Washtenaw County says the man had wandered away from a picnic.

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Detroit due to report results from pension vote The city of Detroit is expected to report the results of voting on pension cuts by retirees and former and current workers. The outcome will have an impact on the city's bankruptcy case, which goes to trial on August. 14th.

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Snyder, Paulson to discuss foreign investment today Governor Rick Snyder and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are expected to discuss how foreign direct investment can benefit Michigan and the Detroit area. They will speak Monday afternoon during a Detroit Economic Club event at Ford Field.

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79 Illegal Water Users Caught In 3 Days A spokesman for Detroit's water system says it cited 79 customers for illegal water use in one three-day period and levied $21,750 in fees. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been cracking down on tens of thousands of nonpaying residential and business customers.

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Corn Acreage Down Nationwide Michigan farmers have reduced the amount of land they use for growing corn. The Detroit News reports weather and falling market prices caused farmers to start growing corn later than usual this year. Michigan's corn farming area has shrunk by about 10,000 acres to 2.24 million.

Lawsuit: Michigan Regents Break Open Meetings Act The Detroit Free Press has sued the University of Michigan, saying its Board of Regents routinely violates the state Open Meetings Act. The newspaper says it filed the suit Friday in the Michigan Court of Claims. The Associated Press left phone messages Sunday seeking comment from university spokespeople.

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An annual conference of Underground Railroad scholars and enthusiasts is coming to Detroit. The Detroit News reports the event coordinated by the National Park Service will explore the roles women played as leaders along the secret network for runaway slaves. Detroit was the last stop on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.

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A Detroit-area soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to the neck has made an initial court appearance on a second-degree murder charge. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was arraigned Thursday in Livonia District Court. The judge ordered a $1 million bond and set a preliminary hearing for July 30. John Bieniewicz died last week from injuries sustained June 29. Police and prosecutors say Saad struck Bieniewicz as the 44-year-old soccer referee announced his decision to eject him from a...

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The campaign of Republican Michigan U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land says it raised about $2.15 million from donors in the latest quarter and got an additional $1.2 million from Land herself. Democrat Gary Peters says his campaign raised $1.95 million.

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Vice President Joe Biden will mingle with liberal activists next week at the Netroots Nation convention. Netroots Nation says the vice president has agreed to speak at its annual political conference being held this year in Detroit. The July 17 speech will be the first time Biden has addressed the group. The conference is a major gathering for liberal political activists and often features major candidates and rising political stars. The speech gives Biden a chance to keep up his ties to the...

A new Michigan allows families and health professionals to seek involuntary treatment for substance abusers. The law was signed last week by Governor Rick Snyder. It establishes a procedure under which a family member or health professional can petition a judge for the forced treatment.

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Eastern Michigan University will be introducing kids on the autism spectrum to pirates, dinosaurs and rocket ships this summer.

The judge in Detroit's bankruptcy case is expected to get an update on the voting process from city lawyers.

An upcoming show about a Detroit-area strength coach is set to hold its local premiere. The first episode of Discovery Channel's "American Muscle" series is to be screened Thursday at Barwis Methods Training Center in Plymouth. The show follows Mike Barwis and the work he does at his gym. Not only does Barwis train top pro, college and Olympic athletes, but he also works with patients who have suffered various injuries, including some who were told they would never walk again. The first...

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