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Developers of high-end homes in the Lake Michigan sand dunes are using a 114-year-old document in a legal dispute against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Holland residents Jeff and Peg Padnos, operating under North Shores of Saugatuck LLC, filed a quiet title action this month against the federal agency.

They're working toward developing 23 homes near Saugatuck Dunes State Park, some of which would be built on Lake Michigan dune grass while others would be along the Kalamazoo River.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Flint city attorney who claimed she was fired for speaking out about illegal or unethical activities. Federal Judge David Lawson says Stacy Erwin Oakes' statements were made in her role as Flint's chief legal officer. He says she can't back up a retaliation claim.

The residents of two southwestern Michigan communities have been told to stop using their water for drinking or cooking after the discovery of high amounts of industrial chemicals. Michigan and Kalamazoo County health officials announced Thursday that the water supply of the city of Parchment and Cooper Township is contaminated with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. The chemicals have been used in manufacturing, firefighting and thousands of household and consumer products. The contamination's source is under investigation.

File photo of Gov. Rick Snyder speaking in Grand Rapids in 2016.
Hilary Farrell / WGVU

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a second state of disaster for Houghton County following July flooding in parts of the Upper Peninsula that were still working to recover from June's severe flooding.

The declaration announced Wednesday will allow the state to make additional resources available and open the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide more financial assistance.

Several inches of rain fell July 12 in the Keweenaw Peninsula, closing roads in Hubbell and elsewhere.

Some roads that were repaired after June's flooding were damaged again.

Firefighters who put out a blaze that gutted a gun shop in western Michigan faced discharging ammunition as they worked to subdue the flames.

The fire burned Wednesday evening at Grasmeyer Bros. gun shop in Muskegon County's Dalton Township. No injuries were reported.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Dalton Township Fire Chief Alan Styles says the business was closed for the day at the time of the fire. He says ammunition was "still live and discharging."

Crews from a dozen departments responded and extinguished the fire after a few hours.

A judge has heard arguments over whether Michigan's health director should face trial in the deaths of two men during a Legionnaires' disease outbreak amid Flint's water crisis.
 
     The attorney general's office says Nick Lyon failed to alert the public about the outbreak in a timely manner. Some experts have blamed the outbreak on Flint's water supply, which wasn't properly treated when it was pulled from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015.
 

A Michigan drug testing lab is among several private businesses tapping into the state's investigation of chemical contaminants.

Trident Labs added testing for perfluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, in March after toxic contamination was identified at a former tannery near Rockford.

The Holland lab says it can produce PFAS testing results in five days for $250. The turnaround time and low cost is rare for environmental testing, where bills can total thousands of dollars.

A federal grant will help improve a system that provides early warnings about harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan says the Great Lakes Observing System Regional Association in Ann Arbor will receive $585,702 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The association brings together organizations leading the annual monitoring, reporting, and dissemination of harmful algae data. Also involved are representatives of affected user groups, especially drinking water treatment plant operators.

The Grand Rapids City Commission has voted to allow medical marijuana facilities in the western Michigan city.

The ordinance approved Tuesday will allow up to 53 provisioning centers and up to 83 medical marijuana facilities, which include growers, processors and others. They'll need proper state licensing and special land use approval from the city's planning commission.

The ordinance goes into effect Nov. 1.

A former director of a nonprofit Michigan pet rescue shelter has reached a plea agreement in an animal cruelty case that was brought after about 120 animals were seized by authorities.

Seventy-year-old Sharen Kizer of Howell pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of animal neglect. She initially faced a felony animal cruelty charge.

Kizer has been ordered to pay nearly $54,000 in restitution to the Livingston County Animal Shelter.

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