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Many out-of-state websites that facilitate online sales in Michigan would have to collect and remit the 6 percent sales tax under legislation approved unanimously Wednesday by the state House.

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Property owners and local governments are assessing the damage from a day of relentless waves and high winds along Lake Michigan in western and northern Michigan.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state will make it easier for low-income residents to qualify for public assistance by raising the limit on the value of assets they can have.

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A California company has been awarded a state contract for traffic signal equipment, a year after it hired Michigan’s retiring transportation director.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is proceeding with plans to set what may be some of the country’s strictest and most far-reaching limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water.

A pilot program at MSU could give students election day off, but it would mean the majority of students are not on campus over election day leaving questions about potential impact to voter turnout
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Prosecutors have dropped a felony sexual-assault case against a Michigan State University athletic trainer who separately was among several people at the school implicated in the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal.

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A Michigan legislative committee on Thursday backed bipartisan bills that would raise the age at which criminal defendants would be automatically treated as adults, following a compromise to resolve funding and other issues.

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A jury has convicted a former mid-Michigan fifth-grade teacher of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against male students that he taught.

Jurors also found Patrick Daley not guilty on five counts of the same charge and could not teach a verdict on one count.

He taught at Washington Woods Middle School in Holt for five years.


A fourth Indiana man has died following a small plane crash near a mid-Michigan airport.

The Clinton County sheriff’s office says Monday that 27-year-old Zechariah Bennett died Saturday.

Six men were aboard the single-engine plane which crashed about 9 a.m. Thursday outside Capital Region International Airport in DeWitt Township, outside Lansing. The plane earlier had left Indy South Greenwood Airport near Indianapolis.

Larry Inman
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Work has started on gathering petition signatures toward possibly recalling a Michigan lawmaker facing federal charges of trading votes for campaign money.

Republican Rep. Larry Inman has denied any wrongdoing and has rebuffed a formal call from the Michigan House that he resign from his Traverse City-area seat.