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A top Republican lawmaker is opposing legislation that would ease Michigan election clerks' ability to process an expected influx of absentee ballots, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent." Local officials want legislators to let them start opening the return envelopes the day before Election Day. The actual ballots would still stay inside the secrecy envelopes until counting on Election Day.

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An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades. The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it's set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university's athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams.

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John Beilein has admitted that losing NBA games has hit him hard. Maybe too hard.

The 67-year-old former Michigan coach struggled to get through the season’s unofficial first half with the young Cavaliers, who have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

It’s not clear if he’ll make it until the end.

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A piece of northern Michigan property long owned by Michigan State University has been sold to a local cultural center.

The East Lansing school’s Board of Trustees approved the sale of the Leland Township property Friday to the Leelanau Community Cultural Center for $800,000. The center had been using it for cultural and educational programming.

The township, which had a long-term lease for the property, constructed an additional building and was responsible for the overall maintenance of and improvements to the buildings and grounds, the university said.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced Tuesday that his presidential campaign is expanding operations in Michigan, three weeks before the state’s Democratic primary.

Sanders, who narrowly won Michigan over Hillary Clinton in 2016, announced the hiring of nine additional staff and the opening of four offices. The offices will be opened in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Flint between Wednesday and Friday.

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An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site's shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan's high water levels. High water is causing problems for properties all along Michigan's shoreline, including the Point Betsie Lighthouse on the northeastern shore of Lake Michigan, the Record-Eagle reported. A crack in the cement barrier intended to prevent erosion in front of the lighthouse is a high priority.

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Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90. Bieber shepherded the UAW through a recession, the Reagan era, industry downsizing and rapidly expanding global competition. Under Bieber, the UAW also actively supported the Solidarity labor movement, which challenged Poland's Communist government, and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

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Leaders of seven Michigan companies with ties to the aerospace industry are joining state officials on a trip to Mexico in search of new export opportunities. They'll take part in a three-day program beginning Tuesday that's designed to match potential buyers, partners and distributors. The Mexican aerospace market has provided customers for Michigan companies, particularly small and medium-sized manufacturers of products not available in Mexico.

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A Michigan man sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996 for a marijuana dealing conviction is hoping to cut his remaining time behind bars. WNEM-TV reports that 68-year-old Michael Thompson has served nearly 25 years of his sentence and won't have a chance for parole until he's in his late 80s. Thompson was denied clemency by then-Gov. Rick Snyder two years ago, but now a movement called "Free Michael Thompson" has gained traction. There is a website dedicated to sending emails and letters as well as making calls to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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A Michigan organization that aims to boost access to college is using a grant to help students without legal status to live in the United States. The Michigan College Access Network says the $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan will be used to aid the new Michigan Coalition for Undocumented Student Success. Specific goals for the grant include hiring a program coordinator to coordinate the the translation of a student guide to college into Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, and working with educators on ways to support college-bound students.