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Public health officials are warning southeastern Michigan residents to be cautious in two lakes where harmful algae blooms have been confirmed. Health officials in Washtenaw and Wayne counties issued health advisories Friday for Ford Lake in Ypsilanti and Belleville Lake in Belleville after blue-green algae was detected in both lakes. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can make humans and pets sick if they enter the water or swallow it.

Authorities say a police SUV heading to the scene of a domestic violence report collided with a car in southwestern Michigan, killing the driver of the car and injuring two officers.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office says the crash involving the Pokagon Band Police Department SUV happened Sunday afternoon in Bainbridge Township.

The sheriff's office says the car failed to yield at a stop sign before being struck.

A 69-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hunters can now target a larger number of animals at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan. reports that under a new hunt plan, hunters can go after migratory birds, upland game species such as turkey and small game such as red foxes, in specifically designated areas in the refuge that are consistent with state regulations.

The small game hunting season opened on Saturday and the refuge will host a Youth Deer Hunt on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23.

Archery deer hunts will open on Oct. 5 and waterfowl hunts will open Oct. 13 by lottery.

The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a nearly $9 million rate increase for DTE Gas Co. to invest in infrastructure, speed up the removal of inside gas meters and to spend more on its low-income assistance and self-sufficiency programs.

The increase approved Thursday compares with an $85 million annual increase DTE sought in its original request last November. It later adjusted that to $38 million.

Residential customers using an average of 10,000 cubic feet of natural gas per month will see a monthly increase of 95 cents, beginning with their October bills.

A Michigan judge has halted plans by state regulators that would have shuttered nearly 100 medical marijuana businesses as part of a newly approved set of licensing rules. Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello granted an injunction Thursday requested by a lawyer for a medical marijuana business. The state is reviewing the judge's order.

The Motown Museum has launched a singing competition that aims to nurture talent as its namesake label did in Detroit decades ago. Museum officials say the competition known as AMPLIFY: The Sound of Detroit is accepting audition videos through next Tuesday. It's open to solo singers and groups of up to five people. 

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has formed a new division to investigate fraud within the auto insurance, health insurance and banking sectors. The anti-fraud unit will be housed within the Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Tuesday's move follows discussion in the Legislature in recent years about creating an authority to crack down on auto insurance fraud - an effort that has stalled over other proposed changes to the auto no-fault law. Snyder says fraud is driving up the cost of insurance for all Michiganders.

The University of Michigan and Harvard University are teaming up to tackle poverty and opioid addiction. The schools announced Wednesday they will work with the city of Detroit to identify steps to improve low-income residents' livelihoods. The effort pairs Michigan's ongoing Poverty Solutions Initiative with Harvard's statistical and computational research into forces influencing economic success or failure.

A hunter safety instructor charged in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy while they were squirrel hunting in western Michigan has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Roger Hoeker of Jenison learned his punishment Monday after pleading no contest to careless discharge of a firearm resulting in injury or death. A June trial ended in a mistrial .

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A shootout at a store has left a robbery suspect dead and a security guard wounded. Police say two men went into the Family Dollar store on the Detroit's west side Monday night and demanded money from the cash register. Police spokeswoman Nicole Kirkwood tells The Detroit News that the guard confronted them and exchanged gunfire with one of them.