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A civil lawsuit filed Monday following the death of a 16-year-old in a Michigan youth facility says he screamed "I can't breathe" as a staff member placed weight on the Black teen's chest for nearly 10 minutes. The lawsuit filed Monday names Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo and Sequel Youth and Family Services as defendants. Cornelius Fredericks died May 1 after going into cardiac arrest April 29. At the time, authorities said he was being restrained by staff after throwing a sandwich.

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Upper Peninsula. A search at the Alger prison turned up methamphetamine, LSD, a medication for opioid addiction and a digital scale. The DFederal agents are investigating a drug operation behind bars at a prison in the etroit News says the details are in federal court records. No one has been arrested, and there's no mention in the documents about how drugs got into the prison.

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Michigan state parks will resume collecting admission fees Monday after a three-month break because of the coronavirus.

The recreation passport costs $12 when renewing a license plate registration through the secretary of state or $17 at park entrances.

The cost is lower for motorcycles. The pass is valid for one year or until the current vehicle registration expires.

The pass allows people to visit more than 100 state parks and recreation areas.

Visitors from outside Michigan can purchase the annual pass online or at state parks for $34 or pay $9 a day.

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A federal judge threw down the yoga mat Friday and said gyms and fitness centers can reopen next week after finding that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration had failed to show any rational link between the coronavirus threat and the shutdown.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in Kalamazoo noted that gyms are closed in much of Michigan while restaurants, bars, barbershops and hair salons are back in business.

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More than 30,000 gallons (113,562 liters) of liquids containing so-called “forever chemicals” have been collected under a Michigan disposal program, officials said.

The amount, which was collected in less than a year, contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, said Steve Sliver, executive director of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team.

PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they persist indefinitely in the environment without breaking down.

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A judge has refused to stop the secretary of state from sending unsolicited absentee ballot applications to millions of voters. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens rejected a request for a preliminary injunction. Stephens says an application is merely an application - and can be thrown away if someone doesn't want to act on it. The plaintiffs, Yvonne Black and Nevin Cooper-Keel, are Republican candidates for the state House. Cooper-Keel said the applications are a ploy to encourage early voting and rob him of an opportunity to campaign.

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A man was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in a house fire that killed his wife and three children in western Michigan.

Robert Scales, 38, has said he was at work when the fire occurred in Grand Rapids in February.

Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker declined to discuss the case in detail but said there’s no evidence that the fire was intentionally set.

“We’re charging him with gross negligence,” Becker said.

Scales was being held at the county jail. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration until July 16, enabling her to keep intact restrictions and orders that remain after she lifted a stay-at-home policy. The governor - who has been gradually reopening the state - hopes to let gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys reopen by July 4. They currently are only operating in northern Michigan. The state of emergency also is the underpinning for orders that make people eligible for unemployment an additional six weeks, pause evictions, and require masks and social distancing during the pandemic.

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The Michigan Legislature has approved spending $880 million in federal relief aid in response to the coronavirus pandemic, setting aside funding for frontline workers, municipalities and child care providers. The bill would allocate more than a quarter of the $3 billion sent to state government by Congress and President Donald Trump. The Senate plans to pass the legislation later Wednesday. It's expected to be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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The state of Michigan has lifted the suspension of a barber's license, but he still faces a hearing in July for cutting hair while shops and salons were closed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. An administrative law judge on Tuesday granted the state's request to lift Karl Manke's suspension. Regulators said an "imminent threat" to public health no longer exists at the Owosso barbershop. The 77-year-old Manke reopened his shop on May 4 in defiance of Whitmer's order to keep barbershops and salons closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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