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A Detroit pastor seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. John Conyers says an elections clerk should be commended for a ruling that the longtime legislator doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot for Michigan's 13th Congressional District.  Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said Tuesday that Conyers' nominating petitions were insufficient.

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Malik Bendjelloul, the acclaimed Swedish film director behind the Oscar-winning music documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" has died. He was 36.

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A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.

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A campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan has collected enough signatures for a ballot drive being threatened by Republican legislation.


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban. 


The Traverse City Film Festival is getting a little more star power on its board.  The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports festival officials on Wednesday announced five additions to the board. that includes, actor, playwright and Purple rose Theater Founder Jeff Daniels of Chelsea.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says there's no need to tell owners of recalled General Motors cars to stop driving them.  


Ford says it will buy back up to about 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion. 


A suspended University of Michigan student has sued the school, claiming it denied his rights in a sexual misconduct investigation. 


A 20-year-old Detroit area man is suing University of Michigan's Board of Regents after he was charged out-of-state tuition at the school's Dearborn campus. Hussein Berry filed the class-action discrimination lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Detroit. 


Researchers say an invasive beetle that's destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. and Canada may have arrived in North America a decade before it first was detected.   Michigan State University researchers collected cores from trunks of more than 1,000 ash trees in six southeastern Michigan counties.

A Michigan man is making it his business to recycle graduation gowns.  The Grand Rapids Press reports  that Seth Yon's Greener Grads is on a mission to recycle 1 million gowns.

Divided Michigan lawmakers have voted to allow for the use of coal ash and other industrial byproducts in cement and other products. The main bill approved 68-42 Tuesday by the Republican-led House would classify coal ash and other materials as "low-hazard" industrial wastes.   


This is Arson Awareness Week in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants to focus public attention on vehicle arson and the importance of preventing such behavior through a collaborative statewide effort.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Arbor Day Foundation have given 125 communities in the state the "Tree City USA" certification for their efforts in 2013.

The program promotes proper tree management in urban areas and awareness for the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of trees.

Among the local communities receiving "Tree City USA" designation: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline and the Village of Dexter.

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Ann Arbor City Council has approved a new hiring policy removing references to past felony convictions from most employment applications for city jobs. 

The Ann Arbor News reports exceptions to the change approved unanimously Monday night are for police and fire department applicants.

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Ann Arbor plans to consider efforts to control the city's deer population that could include killing some of the animals or sterilization.  The Ann Arbor News reports City Council voted Monday night to direct the city administrator to evaluate Ann Arbor's options and report back by the end of July.


Michigan is expected to certify a second referendum on hunting wolves for the November statewide ballot. The secretary of state's office estimates the group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected collected more than 182,000 valid signatures of registered voters. That's about 21,000 more than needed.  

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The University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology is developing a website featuring three-dimensional images of mastodons, mammoths and other prehistoric creatures. 

Paleontologist Daniel Fisher and his students began digitally scanning the images more than 20 years ago.


Detroit's latest plan to get out of bankruptcy includes a lump-sum payment of about $195 million from the state to shore up pensions and prevent the sale of city-owned art. 

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A tea party activist has filed to run against Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley at the state Republican Party convention in August.  


Henry Ford Community College is taking the word "community" out of its name.  


The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has added its first new room in more than a decade. 

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Detroit Metropolitan Airport is upgrading food and beverage offerings at the McNamara terminal with a blend of local eateries, national chains and technology allowing people to be served at the gate.  


Authorities in northwest Ohio say they've broken up a cockfighting ring.