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The Michigan Department of Corrections plans to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in the western Upper Peninsula.
     The Detroit Free Press and WLUC-TV report he agency's director made the announcement Tuesday to meet a cut of more than $19 million in the prison budget.
     Lawmakers had instructed the department to close an unspecified prison.

The Michigan Department of Treasury says a 6 percent sales tax will soon be applied to all companies with no physical location in the state.
     The department announced Monday that sales tax will be collected from online out-of-state retailers that exceed $100,000 in sales or 200 or more transactions in Michigan within the previous calendar year. The agency estimates that the rule change beginning Oct. 1 will bring in an extra $200 million per year in state revenue.

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A public-private partnership that supports wildlife habitat restoration in the Great Lakes region has awarded $6.6 million to 25 projects. The grants come from Sustain Our Great Lakes, a program funded by federal agencies and the steel and mining company ArcelorMittal. Recipients agreed to provide $8.2 million in matching funds.

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A 33-year-old woman says she was bitten on the leg by a U.S. Secret Service dog during Vice President Mike Pence's visit last week to western Michigan.

Melissa Ramirez says she was outside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday when she was bitten.

Ramirez tells WXMI-TV she was walking to a bus stop and that the bite "lasted maybe a second but it was long enough" for the dog to get its teeth into her "pretty well."

She says the agent handling the dog was "very apologetic."

She received one stitch to close the wound.

Michigan officials have approved a series of deer hunting regulations intended to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. Among them is an immediate ban on baiting and feeding deer in the 16-county area of southern and central Michigan identified as the CWD Management Zone.

An organization that shields high-value farm and natural lands from development in five northern Michigan counties is kicking off the public phase of a $71 million campaign to protect additional parcels.

The Grand Traverse Land Conservancy says urgent action is needed as the popular resort area attracts more commercial and residential growth. Instead of trying to preserve threatened properties on a piecemeal basis, it's raising a pot of money to deal with dozens.

A trailer while being towed along a western Michigan road. State police say Sunday that a woman from White Cloud was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night in Newaygo County's Lincoln Township. A male from Fremont was airlifted to a hospital.

Police say the vehicle pulling the boat "came into a corner too fast, causing the pontoon to fall off the trailer." The driver was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence causing death. The accident remains under investigation. Lincoln Township is north of Grand Rapids.

The Historical Society of Michigan has raised $10,000 to help two groups recover from major flooding in the western Upper Peninsula. The Houghton County Historical Society is getting $8,000 after its storage building flooded in June. Water and sediment also filled the storage basement at the Copper Range Historical Society, which is receiving $2,000.

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A Michigan man charged in the neglect death of his 10-month-old baby says he shouldn't have been charged and that seeking medical help is "just as dangerous as not going."

Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home.

An autopsy determined she died of malnutrition and dehydration.

Michigan Technological University is opening a location where researchers can try out new technologies that would enable greater use of unmanned research and survey vessels. The Maritime Autonomy Research Site is on Lake Superior's Portage Canal in the Upper Peninsula city of Houghton. Officials say it will be the first freshwater testing spot of its kind in the world.

A launch ceremony is scheduled for Friday, along with an announcement of a new organization called the Smart Ships Coalition.