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JOHN CONYERS-FUNERAL

Funeral services to be held for Rep. John Conyers

DETROIT (AP) — Funeral services are scheduled in Detroit for longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

A family hour will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Greater Grace Temple, followed by services at 11 a.m. Former President Bill Clinton and civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson are among those expected to attend.

Conyers died Oct. 27 at age 90 at his Detroit home, two years after resigning from Congress where he served for 50 years. He first was elected in 1964 and was a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus. Conyers also is credited with creating the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

His legacy was smeared in 2017 following allegations that he sexually harassed female staffers. He denied the allegations but eventually stepped down, citing health reasons.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-FEES

Fees reduced, eliminated for medical marijuana users

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is lowering or eliminating fees assessed on people who register to use marijuana for medical reasons.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced last week that new rules are in effect.

The application fee for a two-year registry card is now $40, down from $60. A $10 fee to update, replace or add or remove a caregiver has been eliminated.

Caregivers, who supply patients with marijuana, will no longer have to pay a $25 background check processing fee.

Marijuana Regulatory Agency Executive Director Andrew Brisbo says the state has worked hard to streamline the process for cardholders, not only lowering costs but making it easier for patients to apply for an receive their cards.

PARTY SHOOTING-DETROIT

Party shooting in Detroit leaves 1 dead, 4 wounded

DETROIT (AP) — One person has been killed and four others wounded during an early morning shooting at an after-party on Detroit’s eastside.

Police say someone fired shots into a crowd just before 5 a.m. Saturday. A 26-year-old man may have been the target of the shooting and was slain.

A 20-year-old man was in critical condition. Two other men and a woman were in stable condition at hospitals.

The shooting was under investigation.

EASTPOINTE-RANKED VOTING

Unusual election method in Detroit suburb breaks new ground

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb will make Michigan history Tuesday when it uses “ranked-choice voting” for two seats on the city council.

Voters will be asked to rank four candidates, from first to fourth. The first choices are counted first, but second choices on the ballots also come into play. The winners in Eastpointe will be two people with slightly more than 33.3% of the vote.

Eastpointe agreed to ranked-choice voting to settle a 2017 lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department. The government claimed white voters acting as a bloc had historically diluted the voting power of black residents in citywide council races.

Blacks are estimated to make up more than 40 percent of Eastpointe, which has a population of 32,000. Only one member of the city council is black.

DRINKING WATER STANDARDS

Michigan regulatory board halts state’s drinking water rules

(Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan regulatory oversight board has temporarily paused state drinking water standards that would limit allowable levels of certain toxic industrial chemicals.

MLive.com reports the committee voted Thursday to wait two weeks before deciding whether to delay or approve draft maximum contaminant levels for seven compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, called PFAS.

The substances, widely used in firefighting foam, nonstick cookware and other products, have been dubbed “forever chemicals” because they persist so long in the environment.

The Environmental Rules Review Committee is staffed with business and industry representatives selected by former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

The panel was created last year by the GOP-controlled Legislature. Republican lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s effort to eliminate the panel while she restructured the former Department of Environmental Quality.

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ENERGY BILL GRANTS-MICHIGAN

Grants awarded to help people behind on home energy bills

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than $54 million in grants have been awarded to community service agencies to help low-income Michigan residents who fall behind on home energy bills.

Michigan Energy Assistance Program grant agencies help with payments that can be used to meet home heating and electricity costs on primary residences.

The Michigan Public Service Commission says assistance can cover full or partial payment of one or more bills for electric, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other deliverable fuel used to provide heat. Grant agencies also provide weatherization improvements and other energy self-sufficiency services to reduce energy waste.

The grants are funded by a monthly surcharge assessed by participating utilities and through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. More than 65,000 households received grant assistance this past funding period.

HUMANITIES GRANTS-MICHIGAN

Schools, museums, cultural centers receive humanities grants

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than a dozen universities, museums and art and cultural centers across Michigan have been awarded grants for projects and programs.

Michigan Humanities recently announced a total of roughly $175,000 in grants to 13 organizations. The Humanities Grants support projects exploring history, theater, reading, education and community identity.

Recipients of the grants, worth up to $15,000, include the Flint Youth Film Festival, Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer for the “Women’s Suffrage Project” and Marquette Regional History Center for “The Great Outdoors: The History of Outdoor Recreation in Marquette County.”

Michigan Humanities CEO Shelly Kasprzycki says the selected projects “bring new ideas and unknown perspectives to light.” She adds they also “attract visitors and support community development.”

ISLE ROYALE-SUPERINTENDENT

Longtime superintendent of Isle Royale National Park retires

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The longtime superintendent of Isle Royale National Park in Michigan is retiring.

Phyllis Green stepped down Friday as head of the remote park in northwestern Lake Superior. She held the position for 18 years. It was her final stop in a 41-year career with the federal government that also included posts with the U.S. Forest Service.

At Isle Royale, Green oversaw the first stages of a continuing project to restore the gray wolf population by relocating animals from the mainland.

The native of Houghton, Michigan, also led efforts to prevent exotic species in ship ballast tanks from infesting waters near the island park.

Green worked to upgrade visitor facilities and equip the park with solar power while protecting its wilderness character.

UAW PRESIDENT-LEAVE

UAW president taking leave amid corruption probe

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers President Gary Jones is taking a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation of corruption in the union.

The UAW said Jones requested the leave, which is effective Sunday.

The federal government has been investigating fraud and misuse of funds at the UAW for more than two years.

Jones has not been charged. But in a recent court filing, federal prosecutors alleged that seven top UAW officials conspired since 2010 to embezzle funds through schemes such as submitting false vouchers for conference expenses.

In a statement, Jones said he’s stepping aside so the union can focus on negotiating better contracts for its workers.

UAW Vice President Rory Gamble will serve as acting president. He recently negotiated the union’s tentative agreement with Ford Motor Co.