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RHINELANDER, WI (AP)--   Authorities have decided no charges will be filed in a fatal New Year's bar fight in Rhinelander. 

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek said Thursday the evidence does not support criminal charges.

Forty-eight-year-old James Tanner of Rhinelander died early January 1 after part of his broken sternum punctured his heart.

Police say a disc jockey had pushed Tanner into a bar at Sackett's Bar. The push came after Tanner had punched another man in the face.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy again has rejected a deal to get the city out of a disastrous financial agreement with major banks. 

Judge Steven Rhodes on Thursday turned down a more than $165 million compromise, saying "it's just too much money." He had rejected a $230 million deal in December.

The agreement is considered a key step as the city comes up with a sweeping plan to exit bankruptcy.

LANSING, MI (AP)--  Flu hospitalizations in Michigan are way up this season because of the spread of the more serious H1N1 strain of the disease. 

The Michigan Department of Community Health says the good news is this year's flu vaccine targets the H1N1 strain, making it highly effective in preventing the disease.

The department says labs confirm 169 Michigan cases this season, compared with 338 a year earlier.

Ford recalling Edges

Jan 16, 2014

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 28,000 Edge crossovers in the U.S. because a damper in the fuel line could crack and cause fuel leaks.  

The recall involves Edges from the 2012 and 2013 model years with 2.0-liter engines. All of the vehicles were produced between September 2010 and April 2013.

Ford said an improper manufacturing process could cause the damper to crack, resulting in fuel odor or leakage. Fuel leaks can lead to a vehicle fire.

iLottery closer to reality

Jan 16, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state panel has approved a Michigan Lottery contract for "iLottery," billed as a way to help fund public schools and keep the lottery relevant. 

The Michigan Lottery announced that the action Tuesday by the State Administrative Board finalized the iLottery services contract with Pollard Banknote Limited, which already provides ticket printing and other services for the state's lottery operations.

The contract is expected to have a value of about $23.2 million for the first four years.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Civil Service Commission has voted to impose higher health care costs on about 32,000 unionized Michigan government workers. 

Roughly 70 percent of Michigan's 47,000 employees have union representation.

The commission voted 3-1 Wednesday at its meeting in Lansing to accept wage increases and health benefit terms that an impasse panel had recommended.

The impasse panel's recommendations came after unions and Governor Rick Snyder's administration disagreed on wages and health benefits.

State changes bait fish rules

Jan 14, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Anglers who buy minnows to use as bait in Michigan no longer will be required to have their receipts with them while fishing under new state regulations. 

The Department of Natural Resources previously required anglers to be in possession of the receipts to help fight a fish-killing disease called viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS.

The rule was meant to steer people to shops where bait was certified as disease-free.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   About 75,000 Michigan residents chose a health insurance plan from a government website during the first three months of enrollment under the federal health care law.  

Numbers released Monday by the Obama administration show that roughly 10 times more people in Michigan enrolled in private plans on the website in December than in the prior two months.

It's unclear how many of the 75,000 residents have followed through and paid their first monthly premium for coverage effective January 1st. Enrollment continues until the end of March.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   National and local foundations have committed more than $330 million toward Detroit's pensions to stave off the possible sale of city-owned pieces in an art museum. 

Mediators in Detroit's bankruptcy proceeding say in a statement Monday that other foundations are expected to announce their participation in the plan.

Nearly 130 individuals also have contributed to a fund established with a Detroit-area community foundation.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A company looking to dig a huge iron mine near Mellen is complaining state regulators want too much information on its plans to take bulk mineral samples. 

The Department of Natural Resources says Gogebic Taconite needs certain permissions for the sampling, including a storm water permit and an air permit exemption. DNR regulators asked the company for more information on the process last month.