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Mistrial declared in assault case against ex-prosecutor
Patrick Center
July 30, 2015 | AP  A mistrial has been declared in the case of a former Kent County assistant prosecutor who authorities say tried to rape a woman while on a date.
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Protesters rally against pipeline under Mackinac Straits
Jake Neher
July 30, 2015 | MPRN  Dozens of protesters rallied at the state Capitol today against an aging pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.
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Records show 48 drivers paid fines in 193-vehicle pileup
July 30, 2015 | AP  About a quarter of the motorists involved in a massive 193-vehicle pileup during a winter storm on a southwestern Michigan freeway were fined.

Wayne County officials negotiate benefits savings with union
July 30, 2015 | AP  Wayne County says a deal on benefits reductions has been reached with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324.

Election board to consider business tax, sick day proposals
July 30, 2015 | AP  Michigan's election board is planning to consider three newly announced ballot drives related to business taxes, sick days and voting by mail.

Kasich is 5th candidate who plans to attend Michigan event
July 30, 2015 | AP  Ohio Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to speak at a Republican gathering in Michigan in September.

EPA: Up to $13.9M available for Great Lakes restoration
July 30, 2015 | AP  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says up to $13.9 million is being made available in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants.

10th annual Farmers Markets at the Capitol taking place
July 30, 2015 | AP  The 10th annual Farmers Markets at the Capitol are taking place this summer in Lansing.

Michigan warns of wildfire danger because of heat, dryness
July 30, 2015 | WGVU  Michigan authorities say there's a growing danger of wildfires because of hot weather and a lack of rain in many parts of the state.

Some Michigan sentencing rules struck down as illegal
July 30, 2015 | WGVU  The Michigan Supreme Court says the state's sentencing guidelines are unconstitutional if they increase mandatory minimum prison terms based on factors not found by a jury.

Manager at credit union admits embezzling $1.9M from vault
July 30, 2015 | WGVU  Court documents say a manager at a Muskegon County credit union has admitted to embezzling $1.9 million from its cash vault between 2001 and this year.

State wants people to look out for Asian longhorned beetle
July 30, 2015 | WGVU  State officials are asking people to examine trees around their homes, neighborhoods and parks for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle.

LaGrand to announce run to fill vacant state House seat
Patrick Center
July 30, 2015 | WGVU  When Grand Rapids State Representative, Brandon Dillon, was elected chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, it meant he needed to step down as the state representative for the 75th Michigan House District. Who will fill the position?
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Authorities seek suspects following hefty blueberry theft
July 30, 2015 | WGVU  Authorities are looking for suspects following a hefty blueberry theft in southwestern Michigan.

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