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Tire mountain finally gone from suburban Flint

Posted: 11/09/2007 - He retired, leasing the site out only to later discover it was being used to stockpile tons of scrap tires. The pile had covered most of the 3-acre site by 1989. State law had made unregulated tire piles illegal two years later.

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Detroit man convicted in deaths of girlfriend, baby

Posted: 11/09/2007 - Jimmie Reed Jr. was charged in the July 2006 deaths of 31-year-old Markeda Byas and 2-month-old Arctavia Reed in Pontiac. Authorities say Reed killed Byas, then returned and doused the bed where she and the baby lay with gasoline and set it on fire.

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Census Bureau raises Detroit's 2006 population estimate

Posted: 11/09/2007 - The city's population is now pegged at 918,849. That's 47,728 more people than the 2006 estimate of 871,121 issued over the summer. Records will show the city's population grew about 4 percent from 883,465 in 2005 instead of slipping.

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Michigan Legislature's top Republican could become recall target

Posted: 11/09/2007 - The chairman of the Oakland County Democratic Party says he soon will file paperwork to start a recall attempt against Bishop, the Legislature's top Republican. The Legislature's top Democrat is House Speaker Andy Dillon. He already faces a recall threat.

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Soldiers in 303rd MP company to return to Jackson

Posted: 11/09/2007 - About 100 members of the Jackson-based Army Reserve unit will return to the city. The Jackson Citizen Patriot says another 70 will return to Minnesota and Ohio.

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Michigan Sens. Levin, Stabenow support override of Bush veto

Posted: 11/08/2007 - The bill authorizes $342 million for a commercial shipping lock at Sault Ste. Marie and $20 million to clean up the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair. It also allows funding for a barrier to stop the spread of the Asian carp and other invasive species.

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Noble International closing plants in South Haven, Holt

Posted: 11/08/2007 - Noble International expects to complete the closure of the Holt facility during the second quarter of 2008. The closure of the South Haven West plant is to be done by the end of next year.

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`Angels' to patrol Pontiac streets

Posted: 11/08/2007 - The Oakland Press reports Mark Erickson is forming a citizens action group because he says the police department doesn't have enough officers to protect residents.

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Michigan police bust exotic animal ring

Posted: 11/08/2007 - The Flint Journal reports a police raid on two Flint-area homes turned up an assortment of unusual pets. Creatures such as wallabies, tarantulas, toucans, alligators and a hedge hog have been reunited with their owners.

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Michigan Senate votes to kill new sales tax on services

Posted: 11/08/2007 - Businesses say the tax is confusing and is unfair because it taxes some services such as consulting, graphic design and skiing but not others. Tomorrow, the House could pass a plan replacing the service tax by adding a surcharge to the new state business tax that takes effect January First.

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Michigan girl found guilty of gluing locks shut at school

Posted: 11/07/2007 - A Kent County Family Court judge will sentence her in a few weeks. She was found guilty on Tuesday. Union High School had to be closed for a day last December while locks were repaired or replaced at a cost of more than $2,000.

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