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Michigan Rep. Fred Upton declines to run for Senate in 2018

Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year. Upton, of St. Joseph, has held southwestern Michigan's congressional seat for 30 years. He said Friday there was "a path" to running, but he has chosen "not to follow it." He instead will seek re-election to the House, saying "we need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever." Third-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election in 2018. Republican candidates include former state...

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   Governor Rick Snyder has named his legal advisor to the Michigan Supreme Court. The state’s newest Supreme Court justice says she may have to sit out some cases.

As the governor’s legal counsel, Beth Clement has played a role in some decisions that are now being litigated. That would include cases related to the Flint water crisis. 

   “I’m aware of those potentials and prepared to look at each one individually.”

   It is up to each Supreme Court justice to decide whether a conflict exists that requires them to step away from a case.

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Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year.

Upton, of St. Joseph, has held southwestern Michigan's congressional seat for 30 years.

He said Friday there was "a path" to running, but he has chosen "not to follow it."

He instead will seek re-election to the House, saying "we need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever."

A judge is promising a decision in the weeks ahead after hearing arguments in a dispute over a company's bid to pump more water for the Ice Mountain brand.

Nestle Waters North America sued after Osceola Township rejected a permit in Osceola County in western Michigan.

Nestle wants to withdraw up to 400 gallons a minute, with help from a pipeline booster station at SpringHill Camps, a summer camp.

Strangers salute WWII vet who died at 90 with no family

Nov 17, 2017

More than 100 people have paid their final respects to a World War II veteran from Michigan who died with no known relatives. About 150 people, some of whom never met Gordon Hale, gathered for his funeral Thursday at Grand Haven's Lake Forest Cemetery. 

A southwestern Michigan high school principal who is facing a federal sexual harassment lawsuit has resigned. The resignation of Rodney Prewitt as principal of Loy Norrix High School was announced at a Thursday meeting of the Kalamazoo Public Schools' board.

It comes less than a month after he was placed on paid administrative leave pending a district investigation. Alicia Curry sued Prewitt and the district last December, saying her constitutional rights were violated due to a sexually hostile environment created by Prewitt after a brief dating relationship between them ended.

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You are in a foreign country. And things are certainly looking a bit foreign.

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Let the signs guide you.

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Everyone inside the classroom in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city, is captivated with this lesson. It's the people farther away — across the island — who are not happy about it.

   Governor Rick Snyder has named his legal advisor to the Michigan Supreme Court. The state’s newest Supreme Court justice says she may have to sit out some cases.

As the governor’s legal counsel, Beth Clement has played a role in some decisions that are now being litigated. That would include cases related to the Flint water crisis. 

   “I’m aware of those potentials and prepared to look at each one individually.”

   It is up to each Supreme Court justice to decide whether a conflict exists that requires them to step away from a case.

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