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DAM COLLAPSE

Property owners near failed dams win key court ruling

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — Property owners near two dams that failed in the Midland area have won a key decision in lawsuits against the state. Judge Cynthia Stephens says the lawsuits can go forward, rejecting a request to dismiss by the Michigan environment department. It’s an early stage in the litigation, but the ruling is a victory for people who claim the state contributed to the disaster. The lawsuits allege an unconstitutional taking of private property without compensation. Attorney Ven Johnson says the state failed to demand repairs at the privately owned Edenville Dam and emphasized a high lake level to protect aquatic life.

APPEALS COURT-ERROR

Woman wins after court admits mistakes in jobless aid case

DETROIT (AP) — We goofed. A three-judge panel at the Michigan Court of Appeals says it made mistakes in a dispute over applying for unemployment aid. The court issued a new opinion in favor of a woman who has been trying to get compensation since 2016. The case involved Margaret Barnowski, who had sought benefits after losing her job at an employer in Livingston County. Barnowski’s ordeal began when she received two notices from the state unemployment agency. By the time she learned which document controlled the process, she was told it was too late to appeal. The appeals court affirmed those decisions last summer. But on a request for reconsideration, the court said Barnowski actually did have “good cause” for a late appeal.

DINGELL-SURGERY

Rep. Dingell: I’m OK after surgery for perforated ulcer

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell says her “belly was on fire” before doctors quickly performed surgery for a perforated ulcer. The Detroit-area Democrat says she expects to stay in a Washington hospital for five to seven days. Dingell says she was planning to fly back to Michigan when pain overwhelmed her Friday. Her doctor ordered her to the hospital. the 67-year-old Dingell blamed her ulcer on over-the-counter medication taken for a jaw condition. She said doctors had warned her about possible side effects. Dingell was first elected in 2012 to replace her husband, longtime Rep. John Dingell. He was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

CALUMET FIRE

Fire rips through historic downtown in Michigan’s UP

CALUMET, Mich. (AP) — Fire has damaged or destroyed buildings in a historic downtown block in Michigan’s far northern Upper Peninsula. Video posted online by TV station WLUC shows a shower of bricks as a building collapsed in Calumet. Calumet is a village in Houghton County, 275 miles northwest of the Mackinac Bridge. The fire began around 11 p.m. Friday. Hundreds of people flocked to the site to watch firefighters try to control the blaze. At least three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation or minor injuries. At least 30 people were displaced. The grand opening of a roller rink in Laurium was turned into a fundraiser for people affected by the fire.

FATAL SHOOTING-POLICE

Armed man killed by state police in western Michigan

BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — State police say troopers responding to a domestic dispute killed an armed man in western Michigan. The shooting occurred Saturday morning in Beaver Township, a rural area in Newaygo County, roughly 60 miles north of Grand Rapids. State police say the troopers were confronted by the man. His name wasn’t immediately released. No troopers were injured. 

VOTING-VOTER ID

New voter ID rules raise concerns of fraud, ballot rejection

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in Florida, Georgia and other states have seized on former President Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud to push ID requirements for voters to request or return mailed ballots. Casting ballots by mail was immensely popular during the 2020 presidential election, which was held during the coronavirus outbreak. Critics say adding ID requirements to request a mailed ballot is unnecessary and creates one more opportunity for voters to make a mistake that could leave them unable to vote absentee. They say identification is already required when registering to vote and voting in person for the first time.

MALL SHOOTING

Man shot in northern Indiana shopping mall parking lot

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Police say one man suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot in a parking lot outside a northern Indiana shopping mall. The shooting occurred shortly after noon Saturday outside the University Park Mall in Mishawaka, located adjacent to South Bend a few miles south of the Michigan state line. WNDU-TV reports the suspect fled the scene in an SUV. The mall remained open for business. The Mishawaka Police Department is urging anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to contact detectives at 574-258-1684.

HISTORIC BANDSHELL

Historic Ann Arbor bandshell shut down, needs repairs

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A park bandshell that provided a stage for The Grateful Dead has been shut down in Ann Arbor. The city put a fence around the site in West Park due to safety concerns. The foundation is crumbling. The bandshell was built in 1938 with money from the federal government. The Grateful Dead performed in the park in 1967. The city is looking for possible grants to help pay for the restoration, but the bandshell won’t be used this year. Colin Smith, Ann Arbor parks manager, says the bandshell is a “defining feature” of West Park. The bandshell has been the site of a variety of performances, from drama to hip-hop. 

AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-STANDARDIZED-TESTS

As US schools resume testing, large numbers are opting out

Standardized tests are returning to the nation’s schools, but with lower stakes and an option to opt out for many families. States are adopting a patchwork of testing plans after the Biden administration offered new flexibility during the pandemic. Some are shortening tests or delaying them, and many are lowering the stakes. Officials in some states say tests are the last thing students need right now, but the Biden administration ordered tests to resume to assess the impact of the pandemic. Some testing supporters are frustrated by the scattered approach, saying it will make it impossible to get a clear national picture of learning setbacks.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN-SHOOTING

CMU quarterback released from hospital weeks after shooting

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — A Central Michigan University quarterback is leaving a hospital, nearly a month after being shot at an apartment building in Mount Pleasant. John Keller posted online photos of himself with staff at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Keller says he’s “very thankful” to be going home and credits Hurley with saving his life. Keller and another man were shot on April 24 when someone got a gun from a vehicle during a fight at an apartment complex in the college town. Keller, a native of Canton, Ohio, sat out the 2020 season after transferring to CMU.