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Proposed Fruitport casino would violate written agreement, three tribes argue

While construction of a new Casino in Fruitport Township has been in the works for nearly a decade, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Saginaw Chippewa Indians and the Gun Lake Tribe have voiced their opposition to the build. The three tribes, whom all operate their own respective casinos, claim the new casino that would be operated by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, would violate a signed agreement that limits one casino per tribe. With the Little River Band already...

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids is displaying the work of the 38th president's photographer. "Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford" will open Monday and run until Sept. 2. Organizers call it a collection of behind-closed-door images captured by photographer David Hume Kennerly. Kennerly and Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, will attend an evening presentation.

With thunderstorm season upon us, tornado drill set for Wednesday

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A voluntary statewide tornado drill is planned in Michigan as officials encourage residents to prepare for the possibility of severe weather this spring and summer. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state is scheduled to run through Saturday. A tornado drill is planned to take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Michigan residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to take part in the effort.

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AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.71 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 1 cent less than a year ago. AAA says the statewide average rose to a new 2019 high of $2.74 per gallon last Thursday before easing. AAA says more increases are expected this spring.

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While construction of a new Casino in Fruitport Township has been in the works for nearly a decade, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Saginaw Chippewa Indians and the Gun Lake Tribe have voiced their opposition to the build.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan is facing a housing shortage for its temporary employees this summer.

The lakeshore's deputy superintendent, Tom Ulrich, says the attraction along Lake Michigan's eastern coastline is in need of housing for up to 25 seasonal workers. Those workers include park rangers, guides and maintenance workers.

Urlich tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that the lakeshore usually has plenty of government-owned housing. He blames the shortage on frozen pipes, employee retirements and the 35-day government shutdown.

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Water levels in overflowed creeks are slowly starting to decline on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

"What used to be a dry creek is now a swelling, raging river," said Peri Pourier, South Dakota state representative for the district that includes Pine Ridge.

The freshman representative has been coordinating relief efforts for the community, where many residents were cut off by flooded roadways. "There are community and tribe members getting on horseback to reach people and get them supplies," Pourier told NPR.

The community of Parkland, Fla., is reeling from the news this weekend that two young people took their own lives. On Friday, 19-year-old Sydney Aiello was buried, five days after she killed herself. Aiello was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year at the time of the mass shooting. A day later, on Saturday, another student took his life. He was a current student, a sophomore whom authorities haven't identified.

The largest solar farm east of the Rocky Mountains could soon be built in Virginia and, depending on whom you ask, it would be either a dangerous eyesore that will destroy the area's rural character or a win-win, boosting the local economy and the environment. The solar panels would be spread across 10 square miles — 1.8 million panels soaking up the sun's rays.

President Trump signed a proclamation Monday that recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, formalizing the Middle East policy shift he announced over Twitter last week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was with Trump at the White House as he signed the presidential proclamation. Prior to the signing, Netanyahu made remarks lavishing praise onto Trump that drew comparisons between the president and the Persian emperor Cyrus as heroic defenders of the Jewish people.

Pediatricians have long warned parents about the risks of consuming too many sugary drinks — including the link to Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

The father of a Newtown, Conn., girl who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has died in an apparent suicide. Newtown Police say 49-year-old Jeremy Richman was found dead early Monday morning, not far from his office.

"This is a heartbreaking event for the Richman family and the Newtown Community as a whole; the police department's prayers are with the Richman family right now, and we ask that the family be given privacy in this most difficult time," said Lt. Aaron Bahamonde.

Duke University is paying the U.S. government $112.5 million to settle accusations that it submitted bogus data to win federal research grants. The settlement will also bring a $33.75 million payment to Joseph Thomas, the whistleblower who drew attention to the fraud when he worked for Duke.

Thomas, a former Duke lab analyst, sued the university on behalf of the federal government, saying that a Duke researcher fudged data to help the university win and keep lucrative grants from two agencies, the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Apple announced on Monday a new video-streaming service, Apple TV+, to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others. It also unveiled a new credit card, tied to Apple Pay, and Apple News+, a subscription news service.

The iPhone has traditionally been Apple's biggest moneymaker, but those sales have been slowing, so the company is looking to make services a bigger part of its business.

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who attained national prominence as a legal antagonist of President Trump, has been arrested on federal bank fraud and wire fraud charges.

Prosecutors in California say he embezzled client money to pay his own expenses and debts.

Avenatti was arrested in New York on separate federal charges. He was released released on $300,000 bond, according to The Associated Press.

On March 15, a 28-year-old Australian man opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring dozens more. The shooter had previously declared allegiance to "white identity" — a fact that came as no surprise to J.M. Berger, an author who studies extremist movements.

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