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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. 

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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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Proposal One is a solution born of suspicion

Until recently, businesses in Michigan had to pay taxes on almost all their equipment. Not surprisingly, they didn't like this tax - the personal property tax.

Businesses pay the personal property tax on everything from the factory machines that build cars and trucks to desks and computers -- or, in the case of the Wee Discover child daycare center in Waterford, playground equipment and changing tables.

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100+ show up to give input on new standardized test

Michigan education officials are in the process of finding a new standardized test… again.

More than a hundred people were in Lansing Wednesday to tell the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) what they want out of a new assessment.

MDE had already chosen the Smarter Balanced assessment three years ago. But many lawmakers were not happy with that test because it's aligned with the controversial Common Core school standards.

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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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$10.10/hour minimum wage petition shot down by state elections board

A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

A bipartisan majority of the Board of State Canvassers threw out dozens of signatures after a last-minute challenge from opponents. They say the signatures were from people who signed the petition more than once, which is illegal under Michigan election law.

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Snyder: Pensioner approval of grand bargain sets Detroit up for faster recovery

Gov. Rick Snyder is praising Detroit pensioners for approving the city's bankruptcy restructuring plan.

The so-called "grand bargain" is designed to prevent deep cuts to retirement benefits and protect city-owned artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Snyder says the vote this week makes it more likely the city will emerge from bankruptcy soon.

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Court ruling on Obamacare tax breaks has no immediate effect in Michigan

An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly 240,000 Michiganders buy health coverage under Obamacare.

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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."

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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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AG prison report cites human, technology errors as prime cause of inmate escape

A report by the Michigan Attorney General's office has found both human and technology failures played a part in the prison escape of a convicted murderer.

Michael Elliot slipped out of the Ionia Correctional Facility last February 2 by crawling under fences during a heavy snowfall. He wore white clothes to blend into the snow. He was captured about 24 hours later in Indiana.

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Henry Paulson tells Michigan to seek out Chinese investment

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says foreign investment and immigration will be critical to turning around Michigan's economy.

The former aide to President George W. Bush spoke before the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) Monday afternoon with Gov. Rick Snyder.

"Make Michigan attractive for investment, period. OK? Make it attractive," said Paulson.

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UPDATE: At 8:28amA 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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State could become more transparent about infection rates at hospitals

The state's top health official says Michigan could be more transparent about how many people get infections while at hospitals.

A recent MLive.com series suggests the state has withheld that information from the public. That includes infection rates at specific hospitals.
    
Jim Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), says that information is becoming more important for many patients.

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State attorney general's office unveils law guides for vets and military personnel

Michigan veterans and active duty military families now have new resources to help handle legal issues. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released two new legal guides Thursday.

"Sometimes trying to help veterans in transition coming back from a deployment, it can get a bit complicated," said Schuette.

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AG Schuette won't give details on his opposition to medical marijuana bills

The state attorney general is not saying why he opposes bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan. Some top lawmakers are now urging Bill Schuette to detail his concerns.

A state House panel approved the two bills this week. House Bill 4271 would let communities allow and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. House Bill 5104 would also allow patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of marijuana.

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Future of medical marijuana bills uncertain after clearing state Senate panel

Two bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan are one step closer to becoming law. A state Senate panel approved the legislation Wednesday.

But it is not clear what will happen to the bills now that they are going to the full Senate.

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Non-union builders challenge local wage floors

An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws. The Associated Builders and Contractors says a state law preempts the ordinances.

Nearly two dozen Michigan communities have their own prevailing wage ordinances. They're supposed to ensure that workers on city-financed projects are paid something close to union wages.

If you’re looking for some hints for dining out for lunch or dinner, MLive's Jessica Webster has accumulated a few in the 25 summers she's spent here.

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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.

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