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LANSING, MI (AP)--   To rescue Detroit's school district from potential insolvency, Michigan is turning to a familiar playbook.  

It will shift more than a quarter of the state's $250 million annual payment from tobacco companies to Detroit schools. The move is the latest in a line of tapping the legal settlement when the governor and lawmakers are in a pinch.

With the latest Detroit bailout, all but $26 million, or about 10 percent, of the yearly tobacco cash is automatically spoken for.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Congress has ordered stronger safety measures for pipelines carrying oil and other fuels in the Great Lakes region. 

The requirement is contained in a bill that cleared the Senate on Monday and the House last week. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The measure reauthorizes a federal program that regulates 2.6 million miles of pipelines nationwide.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Holocaust and the 1915 massacre of Armenians must be taught in Michigan public schools under a law signed by Governor Rick Snyder. 

At the same time Tuesday, Snyder released a letter noting that not all governments and nations accept the definition of genocide as put forth by the United Nations. He says decisions about how to teach the history in grades 8-12 should be made in each community.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Police in Michigan would be allowed to send cell phone alerts to warn the public of mass shooting incidents under a package of legislation sent to Governor Rick Snyder.  

The state House and Senate gave final approval Thursday to bills that were introduced following the Feb. 20 random slayings of six people and wounding of two others in the Kalamazoo area.

Former Uber driver Jason Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder.

Police have quoted him as saying a "devil figure" on Uber's app was controlling him on the night of the shootings.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan House has approved a bill that addresses the “dark store” property tax issue in the state.

Big box stores have claimed their property is unique and should be assessed as though they were vacant, as no other business would be able to move into it as-is.  House Bill 5578 would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own independent determination when issuing a decision on a commercial property dispute. 

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A bill going to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature would require the state to implement a plan to promote and preserve Native American history.

The legislation would allow the Department of Natural Resources to provide signs and recognition of places significant to the history of Native Americans, including along trails in the Statewide Trail Network.

Some of the trails once were used by Native Americans for transportation and trade, and became the foundation for some of Michigan's first highways.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has approved legislation prohibiting state agencies from setting regulations that are more stringent than federal rules without special input from directors.  

The measure passed 61-47 Tuesday, with House Democrats voting in opposition.

It would require directors of state agencies to prove "clear and convincing need" to make state rules tougher than federal standards.

Republican supporters say the measure gives Michigan's Legislature more control over what rules state agencies adopt.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have cut certain permit fees for noncommercial residential harbors but would lead to a $166,000 annual loss for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  

Snyder's office says the governor vetoed the bill Monday because the loss in funding might hurt the DEQ's ability to process permits.

The bill would have reduced permit fees for private boat harbors to $10 annually. Under the bill, the fees would be waived if harbor owners let members of the public dock boats during storms.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   People addicted to opioids in Escanaba have a rare group of people to turn to for treatment: the police.  

Lt. Robert LaMarche, the soon-to-be director of Escanaba Public Safety, says they won't arrest people seeking addiction treatment if drug possession is their only crime.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan House has approved a resolution to amend the state constitution requiring law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before looking through electronic data or communications. 

The House on Thursday passed the resolution 107-1 to include electronic communications under a section of the constitution protecting against unreasonable search and seizure. It would still require passage by a two-thirds majority of the Senate as well as voter approval.

If the Senate OKs the measure, it could go before voters on the November ballot.

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