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Michigan's elections board has ordered a second look at whether an anti-abortion group collected enough signatures to put before the Republican-led Legislature veto-proof legislation to ban a second-trimester procedure. Bureau of Elections staff determined a sample showed not enough voter signatures. The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers on Thursday unanimously directed they pull a larger sample. Michigan Values Life needs 340,000 valid signatures but was nearly 7,300 short. Right to Life, the organizer of the initiated bill, wants to ban dilation and evacuation procedures.

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Small breweries could sell and deliver more craft beer to stores without having to go through Michigan’s three-tier system for alcohol distribution under legislation that advanced to the governor’s desk on Wednesday.

The Senate voted unanimously in favor of the main measure, which would let microbrewers self-distribute up to 2,000 barrels annually — up from 1,000. On-premises sales would no longer count against the limit, either.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that K-12 schools can reopen for in-person instruction as long as Michigan’s successful containment of the coronavirus doesn’t lapse, subject to safety rules she will announce June 30.

Schools closed in March and ended the academic year with online or other remote learning. The governor said schools may resume physical instruction during phase 4 of her restart plan. All of the state is in that stage or, in northern Michigan, where COVID-19 cases and deaths are low, a step further along.

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Michigan’s top law enforcement official unveiled several changes she hopes to make to policing in the state, including a public registry of verified police misconduct claims meant to increase transparency and prevent problem officers from getting rehired in law enforcement elsewhere.

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The University of Michigan is attempting to reach more than 300,00 former students, encouraging them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of sexual abuse going back decades.

The Ann Arbor school said Tuesday that it is contacting former students who were on campus from the mid-1960s through the early 2000s to ask them to call WilmerHale if they experienced abuse by the Dr. Robert E. Anderson or have information that may be relevant.

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A candidate for Michigan civil rights director has been rejected after concerns were raised about his connection to the Flint water crisis.

Harvey Hollins was turned down in a 4-4 vote Monday by the Civil Rights Commission, reported.

Hollins was urban affairs adviser under Gov. Rick Snyder. He was among senior members of Snyder’s team who knew in 2015 about a spike in Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area. Experts linked it to bacteria in the water.

Snyder didn’t speak publicly about Legionnaires’ until early 2016.

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A ballot group failed to collect enough petition signatures to put veto-proof legislation before the Republican-led Michigan Legislature that would prohibit a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state elections bureau said.

Monday’s report was a blow to the Michigan Values Life committee. It submitted 380,000 signatures in December, about 40,000 more than the 340,000 needed.

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Organizers of a Michigan ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people said Monday they were evaluating whether to continue following a major victory in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fair and Equal Michigan launched the ballot effort in January after years of being unable to pass LGBT protections through the Republican-led state Legislature. The proposal would change a 1976 civil rights law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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Michigan’s health department on Monday mandated coronavirus testing of all nursing home residents and staff after reporting the deaths of nearly 2,000 residents tied to the facilities — about a third of all COVID-19 deaths across the state.

Director Robert Gordon’s order requires initial universal testing. Also, all new or returning residents have to be tested, and there must be weekly testing of all residents and staff in a home with any cases until 14 days after the last positive result.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to extend their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel to July 21 during the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday's agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. The restrictions were announced on March 18 and were extended in April and May. Mexico and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security also confirmed the extension at their borders.