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Miller calls for investigation in Flint garbage crisis

State Rep. Aaron Miller, a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, has called for an investigation and opinion of the latest crisis in the city of Flint regarding cost savings pertaining to garbage collection. Miller expressed concern in his letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette that fiscal frugality is not being exercised in Flint and whether the law is …

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First case of West Nile in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus reported in the state for 2016. The person is an older adult and resides in Livingston County. The Branch-Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging residents to take simple precautions that can help prevent mosquito bites. Precautions include practicing the three R’s: Remove standing …

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State investigates adult foster care

Operations at a Three Rivers-based adult foster-care residence are in limbo as a result of a state investigation. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, the license of operator Shoheli Talukder could be revoked by the Michigan Department Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Bureau of Community and Health Systems. The agencies last week issued an order of summary suspension and notice …

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Ann Arbor banning sale of tobacco to people younger than 21

Ann Arbor is banning the sale of tobacco to people under 21. City Council voted 9-2 on Thursday to give final approval to an ordinance raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18. It’s joining the Tobacco 21 movement, which has been embraced by other communities in the U.S. The Ann Arbor News reports it …

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Troopers risk stinky spray to help out Detroit-area skunk

State troopers risked getting sprayed by a skunk to help the animal get free of a yogurt container that was stuck on its head in suburban Detroit. The troopers were dispatched Thursday morning to see if they could help the skunk, which was running in circles in Oakland County’s Royal Oak Township. In a statement, state police say the animal …

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Two injured in Fabius crash

Two Illinois residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident earlier this week in Fabius Township. State police said troopers were called shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday to the intersection of Hoffman and Lucas roads. Investigators said a 21-year-old woman from Brookfield was driving north on Lucas Road when she disobeyed a stop sign. Her vehicle struck a car heading east …

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