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An environmental group has been granted standing in its effort to challenge a planned development of high-end homes in sand dunes along Lake Michigan.

David Swan, president of the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, tells The Holland Sentinel the update is "an enormous victory." It allows for arguments to continue in court.

Holland residents Jeff and Peg Padnos are working to develop 23 homes near Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Some would be built on dune grass while others are to be constructed along the Kalamazoo River.

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Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state's congressional and legislative districts are drawn.

In a 4-3 ruling late Tuesday, the state Supreme Court rejected a challenge to an anti-gerrymandering ballot measure, meaning it will go to a statewide vote in November.

The constitutional amendment would entrust redistricting to an independent commission instead of the Legislature and governor.

It is a bid to stop partisan gerrymandering, the process of a political party drawing electoral maps to maintain or expand its hold on power.

Bernie Sanders speaks in Grand Rapids in October 2016.
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign in Michigan for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed two days before the primary.

The Vermont senator is a self-described democratic socialist who narrowly beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan's 2016 presidential primary.

El-Sayed's campaign announced Tuesday that Sanders will speak at two rallies on Sunday, in Detroit and Ypsilanti.

Sanders endorsed El-Sayed last week.

Palisades Power Plant
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The owner of nuclear power plants slated for closure in Massachusetts and Michigan says it plans to sell the facilities after they are shut down.

Entergy Corp. said Wednesday the transfer of ownership to Holtec International will speed up decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Palisades Power Plant in Covert Township, Michigan.

Pilgrim is scheduled to cease operations by June 1, 2019. Palisades is set to close in the spring of 2022. The license transfers will take place after the defueling of the reactors. 

Water faucet
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Tests of a groundwater well in southwestern Michigan show chemical contamination levels far above federal guidelines.

MLive.com reports Tuesday that levels of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid of more than 900 parts per trillion and perfluorooctanoic acid over 800 parts per trillion were found in the Parchment-area well.

The newspaper says the government's lifetime health advisory is 70 parts per trillion for total PFOS and PFOA.

The substances are referred to as PFAS and are used in manufacturing, firefighting and thousands of household and consumer products.

Nearly 20 years later, authorities still are trying to collect money from a former city manager in western Michigan who admits stealing $1.8 million. Randy Young was the city manager in Newaygo, 40 miles north of Grand Rapids. He's only paid roughly $17,000 and is objecting to the government's effort to grab his retirement account from a commercial uniform laundry company.

The government says Young now owes $4.4 million, including interest. In a recent court filing, he says his 401(k) is protected under federal law and Florida law. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

A group of 12 individuals and organizations whose projects aim to strengthen their communities have been selected for a Detroit-area talent development program.

The New Economy Initiative says its Detroit Innovation Fellowship will promote and invest in so-called social entrepreneurs in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

Nine projects will receive $10,000 each. Participants also have access to professional development and mentoring.

Michigan officials say state agencies will be providing additional help for two communities near Kalamazoo dealing with chemical contamination of the public water system. 

The governor's office said Sunday that a state of emergency had been declared for Kalamazoo County over the health concerns in Parchment and Cooper Township, where water test results announced Thursday revealed high levels substances known as PFAS.

About 3,000 people on the affected system have been told not to drink or cook with the water, and thousands of cases of bottled water have been distributed.

A federal prosecutor who quit his job to run for Michigan attorney general has filed a lawsuit to try to get on the November ballot.

Chris Graveline (GRAV'-uh-lin) of suburban Detroit wants to run as an independent, but he didn't get enough signatures by the July 19 deadline.

He and some supporters filed a lawsuit Friday, arguing that the rules for independent candidates are unconstitutional. Graveline says Michigan law allows political parties to nominate candidates in August without forcing them to gather signatures.

Michigan officials have updated a list of best-management practices to prevent soil erosion and runoff pollution during logging and other forest management activities.

The Department of Natural Resources says the tips are listed in a soil and water quality manual that has been revised since the last version came out in 2009.

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