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A group is trying to stop Nestle Waters North America Inc. from pumping more western Michigan groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand.
     Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation says Wednesday that it's preparing a petition for a contested case against Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, which approved Nestle's application to remove 400 gallons (1,514 liters) of water per minute from an Osceola Township aquifer.
     The group says the DEQ will get the administrative challenge within 60 days.

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The Michigan Supreme Court is crossing the Mackinac Bridge for the first time. The court is hearing a case Wednesday in Sault Ste. Marie. Justices schedule arguments outside Lansing during each term, but spokesman John Nevin says a visit to the Upper Peninsula is unprecedented.

The case is a dispute over a golf cart crash in suburban Detroit. Ken Bertin and Doug Mann were playing the 17th hole when Mann struck Bertin, who was injured. The issue for the Supreme Court is a technical one: Is it a case of ordinary negligence or a higher legal standard known as reckless misconduct?

An autopsy has found that a man suspected in a slaying in western Michigan died of a single gunshot wound after a police officer shot him while he held his wife at gunpoint. Authorities say 27-year-old Matthew Hartman was shot Sunday outside his mobile home at West Olive Estates in the West Olive area. Ottawa County sheriff's deputies and Holland police were at the scene and a Holland officer shot Hartman as he came out of the home holding a gun to his wife's head. The shooting is under investigation.

The Michigan House wants to direct 4 percent of the Liquor Control Commission's revenue toward fighting substance abuse.
     The chamber voted 104-3 Tuesday to earmark state funds from alcohol taxes, liquor licenses and liquor code violation fees for distribution among community health agencies.
     The bill would inject the money into services such as substance abuse prevention and treatment programs - one-fourth of which could not be exclusively alcohol-centric.

Michigan's public schools would receive their largest increase in base per-student funding in 17 years under a budget plan endorsed by the state House.

The Republican-controlled House approved the plan Tuesday, including a boost ranging from $120 to $240 per pupil proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Once the Senate passes a proposal and revised revenue estimates are released, a budget agreement will be finalized in June.

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The Michigan House of Representatives has passed the new Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act.

A four-bill package of legislation defining and punishing pyramid schemes has passed the Michigan House.

The chamber voted Tuesday to clarify that a pyramid scheme is any plan that primarily compensates individuals for recruiting others and not through actual product sales. The punishment for intentionally promoting the schemes would be a felony with up to seven years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000. Pyramid schemes already are illegal under state and federal laws.

Audi is recalling about 391,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the electric coolant pumps can overeat and possibly cause a fire. The recall covers the 2013 to 2016 A4, the 2013 to 2017 A5, the 2012 to 2015 A6, and the Q5 SUV from 2013 to 2017. All have 2-Liter turbocharged engines.

The Volkswagen luxury brand says in government documents that the pumps can become blocked with cooling system debris, or moisture in the pump can cause an electrical short. No reports of fires are listed. Dealers will replace the pumps at no cost to owners.

A northern Michigan woman has been sentenced up to 22 1/2 years in prison for suffocating her infant daughter, her second criminal case in the death of a child. The Petoskey News-Review reports 32-year-old Lisa Rae Bryan learned her punishment on Tuesday in Emmet County Circuit Court.

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A prosecutor says officers won't face charges after shooting a man who fatally shot himself in the head in a western Michigan cemetery. Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker announced Monday that two Wyoming Police Department officers and a sergeant had a reasonable fear that 52-year-old Joel Peloquin may have fired at them or bystanders and they had to make a split-second decision.