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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $10 million in funding for 10 health centers in Michigan, including a system that serves Flint.

The department says Wednesday that the funding is for facility renovation, construction or expansion.

The release says the funding will be used by health centers to bump up patient capacity and provide more primary and preventative health services for medically underserved populations.

According to the release, $1 million is going to Genesee Health System, which serves residents in Flint.

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High school students in southwestern Michigan have taken top honors statewide for the school's campaign to stop distracted driving and boost seat belt use.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says Thursday that students at Sturgis High School were recognized for their efforts to educate classmates.

The "Strive For a Safer Drive" campaign is presented by the safety office and Ford Driving Skills for Life.

Three Rivers High School in St. Joseph County finished second.

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“A K-9 program really, is something we have to try to think outside of the box for to get funding in our organization.”

A tight budget is helping to make  crowdfunding that “outside the box” idea for the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.   Adding canines to the program is desired says Undersheriff Michelle LaJoy-Young, with their current economic environment, she says they can only do the basics.  She adds community input helped the crowd funding idea move forward.

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The Michigan House has approved legislation that would allow about 120 frail prisoners a year to be released to live in a nursing home.
 
The House OK'd the medical parole legislation late Wednesday. It now goes to the Senate for consideration at a time when the number of geriatric prisoners and associated health costs are rising.
 
A bill analysis says the legislation could save the state's prisons up to $5.4 million a year. The analysis says medically frail prisoners cost between three to five times more than other prisoners.
 

After 15 hours of mostly private meetings, the Michigan House approved a $500 million restructuring plan for the ailing Detroit Public Schools.
 
House lawmakers started session Wednesday and emerged early Thursday morning to approve a plan that's aimed at easing teachers' fears they won't be paid.
 

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $10 million in funding for 10 health centers in Michigan, including a system that serves Flint.

The department says Wednesday that the funding is for facility renovation, construction or expansion.

The release says the funding will be used by health centers to bump up patient capacity and provide more primary and preventative health services for medically underserved populations.

According to the release, $1 million is going to Genesee Health System, which serves residents in Flint.

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Kenyan rescue workers freed a woman from the rubble of a building in Nairobi on Thursday, six days after its collapse.

Then, just hours later, the Kenya Red Cross said three more people — a man and two women — were rescued alive.

NPR's Gregory Warner in Nairobi tells our Newscast unit that the collapse of the six-story building on Friday killed at least 36 people. He adds that dozens are still missing. Here's more from Gregory on the first rescue Thursday:

This story is part of NPR's podcast Embedded, which digs deep into the stories behind the news.

Sitting on a dresser in the back bedroom of a house in Austin, Ind., is the bottom of a soda can. A woman places a sliver of a pill, a powerful prescription opioid called Opana, on the jagged half-can. She begins to heat the pill with a cigarette lighter, melting its hard white coating and turning it the color of whiskey.

Her name is Joy.

Over the past few hours, Nigerians have been buzzing about Captain America: Civil War, the latest in the Marvel Comics film series, on the Twitter hashtag #CaptainAmericaInNigeria.

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KFC in Hong Kong is marketing edible nail polish that tastes like — wait for it — chicken.

"Yes, it is actually a real thing," the agency running the campaign tells The New York Times.

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