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A World War II veteran from western Michigan has received his medals for service, nearly 71 years after he was honorably discharged.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that 89-year-old John Butler of Portage was presented the medals Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton during a gathering with family and friends.

The medals include a Purple Heart.

Butler was 16 when he joined the Navy in 1944.

He was a radar operator on the USS Kidd when the ship was attacked on April 11, 1945.

Upton noted Butler lost his right eye and was hospitalized for several months.

A man who authorities say pointed a gun at his brother-in-law in an apparent joke has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for second-degree murder in the man's death.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports  Timothy Salo this week learned his punishment. He pleaded guilty in January and admitted that he fatally shot 29-year-old Jason Vanostran in April 2014 inside Salo's mobile home in Kalamazoo Township.
Salo, who initially said Vanostran shot himself, apologized during the hearing and says the shooting was an accident.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he wants to connect health care providers with community support networks as part of an effort to help Flint residents amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.
Murthy heard from residents Tuesday after meeting Monday with doctors, social workers, students and others. He says he heard "stories of anger and pain but also of resilience and strength."
Murthy also says those affected in Flint are "motivated to be a part of things to make it better."

Officials say the wing of a plane clipped the tail of another plane in a de-icing area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Wayne County Airport Authority spokeswoman Erica Donerson tells The Associated Press the wing of an American Airlines plane touched the tail of a Southwest Airlines plane shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at the airport in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.
Donerson says no one was injured. She says the planes both are Boeing 737s and would be inspected.

A Michigan legislative committee has approved spending $30 million to help cover the water bills of Flint residents confronting a lead-contaminated supply.
The budget legislation unanimously OK'd Wednesday moves to the full House for consideration, possibly later in the day. It won approval from the Senate nearly two weeks ago.

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Michigan is suspending a plan to comply with federal requirements for reducing carbon emissions from power plants after the U.S. Supreme Court put the rules on hold until legal challenges are resolved.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration announced the decision Tuesday, a week after the high court's stay.

The Michigan Agency for Energy says pausing compliance with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan will have no bearing on announced coal plant retirements, which includes 25 units between 2013 and 2020.

New Michigan laws will keep intact a cap on a college scholarship program in high-poverty areas but clarify the rules in case some communities' programs are dissolved.

The bills signed Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder allow "promise zones" in up to 10 communities - a continuation of the current limit.

Eight zones have qualified for state funding after raising enough private money.

Jackson was certified but has not qualified for matching funds, and is taking steps to dissolve its zone.

General Motors is recalling about 200,000 Saab and Saturn cars in the U.S. and Canada to replace the Takata driver's air bag inflators.

The move is part of a broader recall of over 5 million vehicles announced last month by U.S. safety regulators.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force in a crash and hurl metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

At least 10 people have died worldwide and 139 have been hurt due to the problem.

The GM recall includes the Saab 9-3 from 2003 to 2011 and the Saab 9-5 from 2010 and 2011.

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Police say an inactive grenade that was found in a box of donations at a Goodwill store in western Michigan prompted a brief scare.

State police troopers and the bomb squad responded Sunday afternoon to the store in Ludington following a report that the explosive was found.

The Ludington Daily News reports that it turned out there was no cause for alarm, however, since it was inactive.

Authorities advise anyone wanting to dispose of a military relic such as a grenade should contact police or sheriff's officials to make arrangements.


After his Allendale campaign stop, Kasich headed to East Lansing talking with Michigan State University students there.

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich explains young voters should be discriminating when it comes to evaluating candidates in the presidential race, in particular democratic candidates. Kasich said that’s because the U.S. is "not a socialist country."

It was an apparent shot from the Ohio governor at Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, who also campaigned in Michigan Monday.