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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan could provide up to $300 million in annual tax incentives to attract larger-scale business expansion and to foster the development of contaminated Brownfield sites under legislation approved by the state Senate. 

The chamber voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to move the bills to the House.

The job-creation incentives are backed by Gov. Rick Snyder a departure from his past skepticism of such tax breaks while lawmakers hope to make changes so he will support the Brownfield package.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan appeals court has found that the state's 2014 wolf hunt was unconstitutional and the law allowing it should be struck down.
   The Detroit Free Press reports  a three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals made the unanimous ruling in an opinion released Wednesday. The judges found that a provision of the law that allows for free military hunting, fishing and trapping licenses isn't connected to the law's object of providing for scientific management of wildlife habitats.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation he says provides people facing mental health issues with access to intervention and treatment earlier. 

The bill enacted Wednesday updates "Kevin's Law," a series of underutilized laws passed in 2004 that authorized courts and community mental health agencies to use assistant outpatient treatment programs instead of hospitalization for people who don't comply with prescribed treatment.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   For the first time in the history of the Michigan House of Representatives, a woman will lead the powerful budget committee. 

Republican Rep. Laura Cox was named Monday as the next House Appropriations chairwoman by Speaker-elect Tom Leonard. Cox, who will take control in January, is a first-term lawmaker from Livonia.

Leonard says Cox "is the best person for the job," and "no one is more qualified or better prepared." Cox says she is "honored and humbled" by the pending appointment.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette’s winter parking ban is now in effect.

The ban requires vehicle owners to find off-street parking between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. each day. 

The ban will be in effect until April 1, 2017.  Those who park on the street will only receive a warning until there’s a significant snowfall. 

The fine for violating the ban has risen to $75.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   An influential business group's decision to support energy legislation is being called a "breakthrough" in an attempt to update Michigan's energy laws. 

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday new versions of the bills would guarantee a competitive bidding process for electricity generation and preserve competition.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Bills advancing in the Michigan Legislature would let school districts stock a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. 

The legislation won unanimous approval in the Senate last week. The House could consider the measures after the November election.

Naloxone is used to save people from drug overdoses.

If a district decided to obtain naloxone, it would have to train at least two employees to administer the drug.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters has introduced legislation to encourage economic development through expanding the federal Historic Tax Credit. 

Peters says projects that receive credits help revitalize communities and encourage private investment.  They were created in 1976 to promote voluntary, private-sector investment in preserving historic buildings.

His changes include expanding the types of buildings eligible for the credit, eliminating the taxation of state credits, and creating a 30 percent credit for smaller deals. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder is directing Michigan's Commission on Law Enforcement Standards to produce a report that addresses public trust in police. 

Snyder signed the executive directive Tuesday. The commission has 120 days to complete its study and produce a public report.

Snyder says "given recent national events that have strained relationships ... we must take steps to build and promote faith in law enforcement in Michigan."

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Rep. Tom Leonard will lead Michigan House Republicans when the next Legislature begins a two-year session in January. 

Leonard, a second-term representative from DeWitt, won the leadership job when second-term Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker dropped from the race and backed Leonard.

In a statement Tuesday, Leonard and VerHeulen say they're merging their leadership teams and moving forward together.

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