Former Governor Rick Snyder has decided to back out of a Harvard University research and teaching fellowship. Snyder says his presence on campus would have been too disruptive.

The former governor said in a tweet that he was looking forward to sharing the positive and negative aspects on his time in office. But he added, and this is a quote: “the current political environment and its lack of civility makes this too disruptive.”

You’ve likely been seeing fireworks in the sky celebrating the Fourth of July early. But because of a new law, you might not see them throughout the weekend depending on where you live.

There are about a dozen days throughout the year that state law now requires communities to allow fireworks. Including June 29 to July 4…and July 5th if it happens to fall on a Friday or Saturday.

   Otherwise local ordinances can restrict fireworks use.

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A fourth Republican is challenging fifth-term U.S. Representative Justin Amash for his congressional seat in western Michigan.

Peter Meijer, whose great-grandfather and grandfather built the Meijer chain of grocery and general merchandise stores, announced his candidacy Wednesday. The 31-year-old military veteran and Grand Rapids native who served in Iraq is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

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On Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a set of emergency rules for recreational marijuana licensing and adult-use. The rules are the first step to understand how local government and individuals can participate in the industry. 

“It allows them to realize the rules that will be in place for when they apply in the Fall and it allows municipalities to decide if they want to participate.” 

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The Benton Harbor school board has rejected a tentative agreement that would have staved off the closing of the city's high school.

During a special meeting Tuesday, the five-member board unanimously rejected a resolution calling for it to work with the state of Michigan on the proposed deal.

Board president Stephen Mitchell said school officials want to work with the state, but need to have "trust and collaboration" before a deal is made.

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Authorities are searching for a boy who reportedly disappeared in a mid-Michigan river. A dive team searched for several hours Tuesday night after friends lost sight of him in the Grand River in Lansing, but severe thunderstorms that moved through the state forced them to temporarily halt search efforts. Crews planned to return to the river Wednesday to look for the boy.

A judge says Facebook posts by a man involved in a West Michigan crash that killed an 83-year-old man showed disrespect for the elderly victim. The Muskegon Chronicle reports 55-year-old Jon Kevin Middlecamp was sentenced this week to three months in jail for the May crash that killed Jerry Huston of Egelston Township and seriously injured Huston's wife, 80-year-old Patricia Huston. Middlecamp earlier pleaded guilty to misdemeanors including moving violation causing death.

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Testing in three southwestern Michigan waterways has turned up no trace of Asian carp that have damaged the environment and economy in other parts of the U.S.

The state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service monitor primary Great Lakes tributaries for genetic markers left by bighead and silver carp, which out-compete native fish for food.

The DNR says 336 water samples have been taken this year from the Kalamazoo River and Ottawa County's Spring Lake and Lake Macatawa. They were analyzed for Asian carp DNA. None tested positive.

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Buds not bullets.

Boxes that could be used to store ammunition instead are being given away to store marijuana in three Michigan counties.

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is using a grant to purchase more than 500 lock boxes and provide educational materials to keep marijuana away from children. The boxes will be distributed at no charge.

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A former FBI agent who investigated the Flint water scandal says the team was moving toward new charges when new prosecutors took over.

Andy Arena was ousted in February, and special prosecutor Todd Flood was removed in April. Arena tells The Detroit News that no one spoke to him to understand how he was doing his job. He's a veteran law enforcer who has investigated mobsters and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Arena says investigators were months away from "dropping a heavy rock" - more charges related to financial deals involving Flint's water.