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Detroit chief: Don't shoot guns to mark New Year

Updated: 01/02/2008 - Ella Bully-Cummings tells the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News that she doesn't want Detroit children to have to hit the floor in fear because of the popping sound of gunfire around them.

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Bishop tries to be optimistic despite tax increase

Posted: 12/31/2007 - Worried especially about the state not making bond payments and worsening Michigan's credit rating if a shutdown lasted a while, the GOP-controlled Senate agreed to tax increases approved by the Democratic-led House.

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Some of Dillon's goals delayed by budget crisis

Posted: 12/31/2007 - Dillon is wrapping up his first year as House Speaker. He led a chamber that was under Democratic control for the first time since the late 1990s and will be up for grabs again in the November 2008 election.

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Storm could dump up to 8 inches of snow in parts of Michigan

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The National Weather Service says the storm was moving Friday from Illinois into southern Michigan. The heaviest snow was predicted in Alpena and other parts of the northeast Lower Peninsula, which could see 6 to 8 inches.

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Hazmat crews respond after 5 train cars derail in Saginaw

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The derailment happened Thursday night. Streets in the immediate vicinity of the Saginaw Bay Southern Railroad train were closed, and Interstate 675 at the city limits was briefly closed to traffic.

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State takes control of Grand Rapids cemetery

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Authorities say Robert Nelms invested money belonging to Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens into an offshore hedge fund. An Ingham County court order says Chapel Hill's assets have been reduced to "very little" from an audit that found $3.4 million in 2004.

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1 person dead in Michigan plane crash

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Sheriff Scott Fewins tells WPBN-TV that a husband and wife were aboard the twin-engine Cessna 310 on Thursday night. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports emergency responders reached the victims by snowmobile from a densely wooded swamp in East Bay Township.

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Man acquitted in handshake assault files civil suit

Posted: 12/28/2007 - John Curtis Ridgeway was found not guilty in July 2006 of assaulting a prosecutor, a police officer and a courtroom bailiff. He was arrested after each became ill after shaking his hand in December 2005.

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Flicked cigarette lands pair in jail over holiday

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Patricia Moore and her family were driving through Almont from a holiday dinner in St. Clair Shores on Sunday when a police officer pulled them over to ask who threw a cigarette out the window.

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NWA offering passengers chance to rebook without penalty

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The policy, announced late Thursday, allows passengers with tickets on those days to shift the date of the ticket to anytime up until January 13. The storm is expected to bring snow to parts of Michigan.

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Hazmat train derails in Saginaw

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The Saginaw News reports authorities have barricaded Interstate 675 at the city limits. Firefighters say four of the five cars that derailed Thursday night appear to be harmless.

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Owner of dogs that killed man, woman ordered tried

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Brighton District Judge Theresa Brennan on Thursday ordered 52-year-old Diane Cockrell to stand trial. The attacks happened September 13 near her Iosco Township home, about 45 miles west-northwest of Detroit.

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More than 450 wineries sell through Michigan mail

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The state Liquor Control Commission reports 451 wineries and wine distribution companies have received permits and sold wine through the mail to Michigan customers.

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Michigan Walk of Fame announces 2007 inductees

Posted: 12/28/2007 - They are among 12 people to be honored on the sidewalk display in downtown Lansing just a few blocks from the state Capitol. The project honors past and present state residents who have made significant contributions to the state, nation or world.

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MichCon to drop natural gas price Jan. 1

Posted: 12/27/2007 - DTE spokesman Len Singer says a typical residential customer with a bill of about $175 per month during the heating season can expect to save about $12 per month through March.

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