Lawmakers closer to letting the dogs out…at restaurants

Dogs may soon be allowed to eat outside with their human on restaurant patios. The State senate passed a bill today to allow restaurants to have dogs on their outdoor patios. The legislation gives specific requirements restaurants have to meet in order to let Fido on the patio. Local governments can impose stricter requirements or ban the practice all together. Matt Blakely is with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He says restaurants can already get a waiver to allow dogs...

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A Michigan developer who plans to create a private marina and nearly 40 home sites near the Saugatuck Dunes State Park is facing pushback from conservation groups.
 
     The property spanning more than 300 acres once belonged to oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who proposed large-scale development that didn't materialize before his death last year.
 
     David Swan is president of the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance. He says the development proposed by the land's new owner, Jeff Padnos, and development company Cottage Home is "McClendon 2.0."
 

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Gov. Rick Snyder has authorized the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue a standing order pre-authorizing pharmacists to distribute the overdose reversal drug naloxone to eligible individuals.
 
     Snyder's office said Thursday that pharmacies that obtain the standing order will be able to dispense naloxone to those at risk of an opioid-related overdose and to family members, friends, or others who might be able to help such individuals. Naloxone currently is only available to be administered by law enforcement and other first responders.
 

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The Michigan Senate has held its annual Memorial Day ceremony honoring fallen troops.
 
     The chamber was filled Thursday with veterans of all military conflicts from World War II to the Iraq War, along with their families and friends.
 
     Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, who heads the state's Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, said in a keynote speech that the holiday remembers the courage of those who come from all walks of life.
 

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Right to Life of Michigan is one step closer to getting a new donation program – courtesy of the state legislature. Legislation for the Secretary of State to create and sell “Choose Life” fundraising license plates is on its way to the governor’s desk.

   There have been many attempts to pass similar legislation in the past – but none has gotten to the governor’s desk.

The money from sales of the special license plates would go to the Choose Life Michigan Fund, which was created by Right to Life of Michigan – an anti-abortion group.

The Michigan appeals court says county road commissions can be exposed to lawsuits if snowplow drivers are operating on the wrong side of the road. The court ruled in favor of a northern Michigan woman who was injured when a Kalkaska County snowplow struck her car in 2013. 

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As I hurry home battling the rush hour traffic in the evening, I see a queue in front of the gates of the local mosque. Men in white skull caps, women clad in saris and burkas, young children with school bags on their backs — all are waiting with containers in their hands for a share of the nombu kanji. Mosques in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala distribute the kanji, a lightly spiced rice and lentil porridge, before the sunset prayers during the fasting month of Ramadan, which starts Friday evening.

In a rush to get the holiday weekend rolling? Here are some quick facts about last night's Eastern Conference championship game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics:

*The Cavaliers ended the Celtics post-season — winning the game, 135-102.

*The win sets up a third consecutive match-up with Western Conference champion Golden State in the Finals.

*LeBron James scored 35 points to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader — surpassing Michael Jordan

Gunmen attacked a bus that was taking Egyptian Christians to a monastery Friday, killing at least 24 people and wounding 27 more, according to local officials and NPR's Jane Arraf.

The death toll was announced by a spokesman for Egypt's health ministry.

The attack occurred in Minya, a province some 160 miles south of Cairo along the Nile River.

Four months into the Trump administration, the president's lawyer needs a lawyer.

Intensifying investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election and ties between Russians and the Trump campaign have a lot of high-profile people in search of legal advice, if only out of an abundance of caution. And, two sources tell NPR, one of them is White House counsel Donald McGahn.

Memorial Day weekend is a time when a lot of Americans remember those who have served and lost their lives during war — and not all of those individuals were U.S. citizens.

When the Iraq war started, nearly 40,000 members of the military were not U.S. citizens. Army Pfc. Diego Rincon was one of them.

In 1989, his family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia. In 2003, he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He died for his country even though he wasn't a citizen.

A man sobbed in a New York emergency room. His elderly wife, who suffered from advanced dementia, had just had a breathing tube stuck down her throat. He knew she never would have wanted that. Now he had to decide whether to reverse the life-sustaining treatment that medics had begun.

Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg returned to the university Thursday to give graduates a commencement address, filled with calls for building a connected world "where every single person has a sense of purpose."

Tennis queen Serena Williams is serious about trying new things this year. In addition to becoming engaged and being pregnant, La Serena has taken on the challenge of helping to diversify Silicon Valley — a task that might be hardest of all. Williams has joined the board of SurveyMonkey.

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Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana's lone congressional seat on Thursday despite an election eve misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.

A Manchester crowd's impromptu rendition of "Don't Look Back in Anger," by hometown band Oasis, emerged as an uplifting emblem of resilience after Monday's deadly bombing there.

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