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An international art competition in western Michigan has announced that it's changing its voting structure as it gears up for its ninth year.

ArtPrize held its annual Premiere Event on Thursday to prepare for ArtPrize Nine's Sept. 20 kickoff.

Jaenell Woods, the organization's communications manager, says voting is done in two rounds.

The first narrows the entries down to 20 chosen by the public and 20 by an expert jury.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will co-host a conference on developing eco-friendly infrastructure projects.

Organizers say it will be the first conference focused on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal of protecting surface waters in the Great Lakes region.

The event is scheduled for May 31 through June 2 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

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Police have arrested three demonstrators after a Grand Rapids protest against federal immigration policy blocked traffic.

MLive reports about 40 people participated in the protest Thursday that at one point blocked traffic near the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids.

Police say that after issuing several warnings, they arrested two men aged 64 and 40 and a 49-year-old woman for impeding traffic and resisting and obstructing.

They say the remaining protesters continued to a nearby plaza without further incident.

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A judge ignored the terms of a plea agreement and sentenced a former FBI agent to jail for shooting at a police officer outside a Michigan fitness club.

Judge Dennis Leiber told 35-year-old Ruben Hernandez of North Las Vegas, Nevada, that anyone who shoots at a law enforcement officer is going to jail. He sentenced Hernandez Thursday to 135 days.

Hernandez pleaded no contest to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as one in sentencing.

Prosecutors recommended no jail time.

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Police agencies in Michigan are disputing a report by federal safety regulators who say better communication by 911 dispatchers might have prevented a crash that killed five bicyclists.

The Kalamazoo County sheriff and two police chiefs say the National Transportation Safety Board has done "a disservice" to everyone involved in the 2016 tragedy, including victims and survivors.

A group of bicyclists was struck by a pickup truck in Kalamazoo County's Cooper Township.

The driver is charged with second-degree murder and driving under the influence of drugs.

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A suspended western Michigan school teacher has been arraigned on an embezzlement charge for allegedly pawning more than $28,000 in computers and overhead projectors stolen from his school over 5 1/2 years. 

Thirty-eight-year-old Anthony J. Marsiglia of Grand Rapids was freed on bond following his court appearance Wednesday.

Kent County Sheriff's Deputy William Marks wrote in an arrest affidavit that after officers confronted Marsiglia, he admitting stealing and pawning the equipment.

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Legislation that would restrict state courts from enforcing foreign laws has been introduced in Michigan.

The bill proposed Thursday doesn't mention Sharia law that's used in some parts of the Islamic world, but says judges can't apply foreign laws if doing so would violate state or federal constitutional rights.

Authorities say they temporarily evacuated a home in southern Michigan after a woman was found living with more than 100 cats.

The animal control divisions of the Calhoun County sheriff's department and the Battle Creek Police Department went to the home in Athens on Thursday as part of an investigation into suspected animal cruelty.

The sheriff's department says the 113 cats were found "in various conditions of health and sanitation" and they were removed from the home.

Investigators say the 64-year-old woman living with them was cooperative.

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Police say six people were arrested for disorderly conduct or other reasons at a Flint church during a town hall meeting related to the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

Flint police Chief Tim Johnson had asked men arriving at House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday evening to remove their hats and warned all in attendance not to disrupt the meeting.

The Flint Journal reports officers stopped men wearing hats from entering and men who wouldn't remove them were asked to leave.

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Prosecutors cannot use some statements made by a Michigan man who is charged with killing six people in between picking up riders for Uber.

Judge Alexander Lipsey said Thursday that Kalamazoo police were too aggressive when Jason Dalton indicated that he didn't want to talk about a series of shootings in the Kalamazoo area in February 2016.

But the judge also says separate statements made to state police can be used as evidence at Dalton's trial, which is scheduled to begin in June.

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