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As environmental officials hope to soon set an enforceable limit on the level of PFAS allowed in drinking water, the state of Michigan is seeking the public’s input on the matter. According to a release, “The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division will hold this week the first of three hearings to receive public comments on proposed rules to establish maximum contaminant levels for seven per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS in drinking water.”

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A Michigan prison inmate says he was transferred and lost his job as a tutor after complaining that teachers were supplying answers to a high school equivalency test. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith declined to dismiss the lawsuit, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday, which means it will go to trial or be settled. Munin Kathawa, 57, who is serving a life sentence for murder, sued five people, including a deputy warden, claiming his rights were violated.

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People could pick up prescriptions at Michigan pharmacies that are not staffed by an on-site pharmacist under a bill that has cleared the Legislature and will go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature. The measure would allow for "remote" pharmacies, which proponents support as a way to expand access to pharmacy services in rural and underserved areas. Pharmacists at "parent" pharmacies" could use real-time audio and video computer equipment to review a prescription before it is dispensed by pharmacy technicians.

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The December Institute for Supply Management Research survey shows that West Michigan economy remains soft. It’s the result of the now settled General Motors strike.

In late October, the General Motors strike was settled. Auto part suppliers in West Michigan are still feeling the impacts.

“Unfortunately, it isn’t a full recovery yet. Some of the participants in the survey have indicated that the work hasn’t come back as strong as they had hoped for the auto industry.”

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A judge has dismissed a misdemeanor charge and closed a criminal case against a state official who was fired as head of Michigan's drinking water office during the Flint water scandal.á Liane Shekter Smith's 2019 deal with a special prosecutor called for her no-contest plea to be erased after a year if she cooperated with investigators. Fadwa Hammoud of the attorney general's office says she had to honor the deal. Hammoud took over the Flint water investigation after Shekter Smith made a deal with Todd Flood. Shekter Smith had pleaded no contest to an obscure misdemeanor.

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A liberal advocacy group argued today that the state Supreme Court should give it access to records from the state attorney general’s office.
 

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The Michigan Lottery has raised more than $1 billion for public schools for the first time. The lottery announced Wednesday it contributed more than $1.07 billion to the school aid fund in the last fiscal year, a $129 million boost over the prior year. It was the largest one-year increase in the lottery’s 47-year history and the fifth straight record-setting year. Since the 2013-14 fiscal year, the lottery’s contribution to the $13.5 billion school aid fund is up $327 million, a 44% increase. 

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Takata is recalling 10 million more front air bag inflators sold to 14 different automakers because they can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. The recall is the last one the bankrupt company agreed to in a 2015 settlement with U.S. safety regulators. It could bring to a close the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.

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A Michigan judge has ordered a mental competency evaluation for a man charged in the slaying and mutilation of a man he met through the dating app Grindr. The Flint Journal reportsáthat the judge issued the order during a hearing Wednesday in Corunna.

The 50-year-old defendant, Mark Latunski, attended the hearing via a video feed. He was arraigned Dec. 30 on open murder and disinterment and mutilation of a body charges in the killing of 25-year-old Kevin Bacon. Authorities say Latunski admitted to stabbing Bacon, slitting his throat and eating parts of his body.

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Fair and Equal Michigan submitted petition language to the Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday to change language on the Elliott Larsen Act. 

“The Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of things like their religion, nation of origin or sex, and we are trying to modernize the law by adding protections for the LGBTQ community on the basis of sexual orientation and the gender identity or expression.” 

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