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The annual fireworks over the Detroit River is marking its 60th year of lighting up the skyline of Detroit and neighboring Windsor, Ontario.

The theme for the June 25 Ford Fireworks extravaganza is "Come Alive in the D!"

The 24-minute show will feature more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects visible for miles along the Detroit River. It's produced by The Parade Co. and Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. has been the title sponsor since 2013.

Leaders from more than 70 communities across the United States and Canada are expected to attend a conference in Detroit to discuss efforts to end chronic homelessness and homelessness among U.S. military veterans.

National nonprofit Community Solutions is hosting the June 26-27 event at Cobo Center.

Its part of the Built for Zero campaign. Community Solutions says Detroit is one of the cities participating in the campaign.

Battle Creek officials have lifted a drinking water advisory they'd issued after elevated levels of manganese were found in the water last week.

The order to lift the advisory was issued Saturday and was approved by the Calhoun County Department of Public Health and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services.

Children's Protective Services in a western Michigan county is changing its oversight policy after the death of a baby who was left alone for two days strapped in a car seat inside his home.

The Kent County agency will now require a higher-level manager to sign off on caseworker decisions involving families with more than one prior case.

The change follows the death of Noah Johnson last year. An autopsy found that the 6-month-old had a diaper rash and had been dead for some time before his mother, Lovily Johnson, brought the infant's lifeless body to the hospital.

Michigan's Energy Office is hosting a forum and panel discussions on electric vehicles.

The event is scheduled Wednesday at the Michigan Agency for Energy in Lansing. It will include a ride-and-drive of several electric vehicle models and a workplace charging demonstration.

Panelists will talk about electric vehicle fleets and electric vehicle use by the public. Organizations also will share their experiences with electric vehicle fleets and charging.

The forum is sponsored by Midwest EVOLVE and Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities.

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Tests have confirmed chemical contaminants in soil and groundwater at Cascade Township's Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The western Michigan airport released a report Friday that shows elevated levels of PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Airport officials say the levels are below state limits for drinking. They also say the airport will test some nearby residential wells.

PFAS compounds are used in food packaging and many consumer products. They're also found in firefighting foam used by airports and the military.

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Health officials are advising families in a southwestern Michigan not to allow infants to drink from a city's water system after finding elevated levels of manganese.

The city of Battle Creek began distributing bottled water Thursday following an announcement that manganese was identified exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's health advisory level.

Battle Creek officials say adults and children older than 12 months can drink tap water.

The city also advises against boiling water, which may increase manganese levels.

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler is not caving to calls from board trustees and legislators for him to resign.

After two trustees said Friday that Engler was unfit to lead the university, Engler insisted he's looking ahead to a public Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for next Friday.

Engler underscored his role in the university's $500 million settlement to hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by a now-imprisoned former campus sports doctor, Larry Nassar.

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State wildlife policymakers are considering new regulations intended to stop the spread of deadly chronic wasting disease among Michigan's deer.

The Department of Natural Resources presented its recommendations Thursday to the Natural Resources Commission, an appointed panel that sets hunting rules. 

The commission is expected to act on the proposals at a later meeting, perhaps in July or August.

Members listened to public comments Thursday.

Deer carrying the disease have been found in Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.

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Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Michigan to raise money for Bill Schuette's gubernatorial campaign and to highlight the effect of federal tax cuts on businesses and workers.

Pence is due in the Detroit suburbs Friday.

He first will attend a fundraiser for the Republican state attorney general in Birmingham and then will visit a construction company in Rochester to tout the tax changes before traveling to Columbus, Ohio.

Pence, the former Indiana governor, last visited Michigan in May to give the commencement address at Hillsdale College.

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