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The head of a team leading Michigan's response to contamination in water from toxic industrial chemicals has urged the federal government to set stronger standards. Carol Isaacs presented her requests Friday during a discussion on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances threatening water sources in numerous communities statewide.

The state of Michigan says nine service agencies have been awarded a total of $54 million in grants for low-income assistance with heating and electric bills and to teach energy self-sufficiency. The Michigan Public Service Commission and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that Michiganders can apply for the Michigan Energy Assistance Program through the MI Bridges website at www.michigan.gov/mibridges or by filling out a paper application at local Health and Human Service offices.

The University of Michigan has raised $5 billion so far during its multi-year fundraising campaign that's scheduled to wrap up at the end of 2018. University President Mark Schlissel announced Thursday the "Victors for Michigan " campaign reached that mark with support from more than 382,000 donors. He says in a statement it's "further evidence of the power of the University of Michigan family."

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is proposing to raise Michigan's tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21. The gubernatorial candidate included the proposal in her health care plan that was released Wednesday. She says Michigan has a high tobacco usage rate and it is time for the state to join five other states that have increased the purchase age to 21. She says 95 percent of adult smokers started smoking before they turned 21. 

Organizers of a Michigan ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use say it would generate up to $134 million a year in taxes for state and local governments. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released the projection Monday in an economic study it commissioned. The report estimates combined revenue from a 10 percent excise tax on retail sales and the 6 percent sales tax at $520 million in the first five years of implementation, including $134 million in 2023.

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Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Gretchen Whitmer for governor, Garlin Gilchrist for lieutenant governor and 19 other Michigan Democrats running for Congress or the Legislature.

The twenty-one candidates in the state are among 260 nationwide who won Obama's backing in his second wave of endorsements Monday.

Obama says Michigan's middle-class families "need a governor who knows how to get things done," crediting Whitmer's past work to raise the minimum wage and expand Medicaid.

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The three major candidates for Michigan attorney general have put criminals in prison during their law careers. But that's where the parallels end.

Democrat Dana Nessel is best known for fighting to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage. Tom Leonard, the Republican contender, is speaker of the House in Lansing. Chris Graveline is on the ballot as an independent.

Their goal is to become Michigan's next chief law enforcer with a staff of 281 attorneys.

Thomas Brennan, a former Michigan Supreme Court justice and founder of Cooley law school, has died. He was 89. The law school says Brennan was surrounded by family when he died Saturday in Lansing. The cause wasn't disclosed. Brennan was just 37 years old when he was elected to the Supreme Court in 1966. He resigned in 1973 to run the young law school, which is now known as WMU-Cooley Law School.

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Union nurses and the University of Michigan have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract following months of negotiations. The nurses represented by the University of Michigan Professional Nurses Council announced the tentative agreement Saturday jointly with Michigan Medicine. 

The previous contract expired June 30. Details of the agreement will be discussed at upcoming membership meetings and the nurses are expected to schedule a ratification vote in the coming weeks. The union represents more than 4,000 nurses at the University of Michigan.

Officials now estimate that a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will open in late 2024.
    Construction starts next week on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, named after the late hockey legend.
    Officials said Friday that a 36-year contract for the project includes $2.9 billion ($3.8 billion Canadian) to design and build the bridge, as well as about $1.5 billion ($1.9 billion Canadian) to operate and maintain it during that time.

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