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9:23 am
Thu October 23, 2014

No chickens allowed in Gladstone

Darla Falcon
Credit gladstonemi.org

GLADSTONE, MI (AP)--   A Delta County community has prohibited residents from keeping chickens after a four-month debate. 

The Gladstone city commission voted 3-2 this week to uphold a city ordinance banning animals that aren't considered domestic pets. The commission asked residents to weigh in on the issue in a survey after a resident asked the city to reconsider the ban.

Gladstone city manager Darla Falcon says another motion was made at the meeting to clarify the legality of the animal ordinance. She says a committee led by a city commissioner will take up the request.

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Government/Crime
9:48 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Law allows police to targed, keep track of drugged driving

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed laws to target drivers under the influence of drugs after two young men were killed in a head-on collision by a repeat drugged driver. 

The legislation signed Tuesday allows police to conduct a preliminary roadside analysis for controlled and other intoxicating substances. A conditional bond is to be placed on motorists arrested for drugged driving and the information entered into a law enforcement database.

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Government
9:42 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Governor signs rape kit law

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has taken another step to tighten Michigan's system for processing and analyzing rape-evidence kits that sometimes have languished for years in police evidence rooms. 

Snyder on Tuesday signed a bill that creates the Sexual Assault Kit Tracking and Reporting Commission. It's to develop guidelines for a statewide system to track the kits' processing.

In June, Snyder signed legislation setting rules for testing rape-evidence kits. It followed the 2009 discovery of 11,000 untested kits at Detroit police storage facility.

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Government
8:56 am
Fri September 26, 2014

'Deafblind' added to agency name

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed an executive order renaming a Michigan government division to encompass all members of the deaf community.

Snyder approved the order Wednesday during Deaf Awareness Week. It updates the names of a state Department of Civil Rights division and an advisory council to include the word "deafblind."

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Government
9:53 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Community service now an option for drivers who owe fees

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law allowing drivers who owe extra "responsibility" fees for certain offenses to do 10 hours of community service instead. 

The option would apply for drivers assessed $400 in fines over two years for not having mandatory auto insurance. Drivers fined $300 over two years for operating without a valid license also could do community service.

Extra fines for the offenses went away in 2012, but some motorists still owe them for old offenses.

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