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Days after voting to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, Democratic Sen. Gary Peters is launching his first TV ad in what could be a tough re-election fight - highlighting his military service and work to help veterans. The ad debuted during the Michigan-Michigan State basketball game Saturday, nine months before the first-term senator's expected general election showdown with Republican challenger John James. James, a Detroit-based businessman, has touted his combat experience as a helicopter pilot in Iraq.

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A cruise ship currently being built in Norway is scheduled to visit the Great Lakes, including a stop at Traverse City in northern Michigan eight times starting January 2022. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the Discovery Center & Pier about a year ago announced plans to transform a former coal dock in Michigan into a site that ships could use to land passengers. It's part of efforts to attract more cruise ship traffic to Grand Traverse Bay. The 665-foot-long Viking Octantis is offering four different itineraries, starting in January 2022.

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High water levels are wreaking havoc in the Great Lakes. The five inland seas are bursting at the seams during the region's wettest period in more than a century, which scientists say is likely connected to the warming climate. And no relief is in sight. Forecasters expect the lakes to remain high well into 2020. Homes and businesses are flooding, roads and sidewalks are crumbling and beaches are washing away. Homeowners and agencies are extending battered seawalls, constructing berms and piling stones and sandbags. Some are elevating houses or moving them farther inland.

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Investigators in western Michigan might have discovered the remains of a teenager who's been missing since 1989. Aundria Bowman's adoptive father was recently charged in an unrelated 1980 homicide in Virginia. Authorities say skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave under cement Wednesday in Allegan County's Monterey Township. It could take weeks to get an identification. Undersheriff Mike Larsen says the search for Aundria gained momentum after the November arrest of her adoptive father, Dennis Bowman. He's charged with killing the wife of a U.S.

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Volkswagen is recalling nearly 107,000 older vehicles sold in the U.S. by its Audi luxury brand because Takata driver's air bag inflators could hurl shrapnel in a crash. The vehicles may have one of the 1.4 million air bag inflators that Takata recalled in December. They have a new and distinct problem from previous Takata recalls, but still can explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister. The new problem has led to at least one death. Many of the cars in the Audi recall are more than two decades old.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed a $61.9 billion state budget, including what she says would be the biggest increase for Michigan classroom operations in 20 years. The plan unveiled Thursday would boost overall spending by 3.9%. The Democrat proposes increasing base per-student funding by $225, or 2.8%, for most schools. She also proposes a $60 million boost for special education and a $60 million increase for academically at-risk and economically disadvantaged students.

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Michigan's top insurance regulator says the state is committed to educating drivers about a new law that will let motorists save money by foregoing unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services has created a consumer hotline and email address to respond to questions and complaints. There's also a website with information about the changes that take effect in July. Department director Anita Fox detailed the resources on Tuesday. She also discussed forms drivers will fill out when they buy a policy.

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A woman and one of her children died early Wednesday when a fire swept a western Michigan home, leaving two other children hospitalized in critical condition, police said. Grand Rapids Police Lt. Terry Dixon said the woman died at the scene shortly after midnight, while one of her three children died on the way to the hospital after firefighters removed all four from the home.

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Michigan State University officials say its performing arts center has removed a gift shop display featuring dolls depicting prominent black figures that were hanging from a tree-like rack. School spokeswoman Emily Gerkin Guerrant issued a statement apologizing for the display, which was intended to mark Black History Month along with programming at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Black graduate student Krystal Rose Davis-Dunn tells the Lansing State Journal that the dolls recalled "lynching of black people from trees." Guerrant says an internal investigation is underway.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters portrait
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Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said Tuesday he will vote to remove President Donald Trump from office, saying the facts show that he abused his power to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

Peters, who is seeking re-election to a second term this year, announced his decision a day before the Republican-led Senate is scheduled to vote on two impeachment articles.

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