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Testing has found unsafe levels of hazardous chemicals from a decades-old tannery waste dump site in western Michigan in private residential drinking water wells in an expanded area. T

he Grand Rapids Press reports that multiple properties near Belmont have tested positive for high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

State toxicologists say exposure to PFAS have been linked through human studies to cancer as well as other health issues.

A November hearing is planned on an appeal related to a bottled-water company's plans to pump more groundwater in western Michigan.

The Osceola Township Planning Commission in April rejected a request from Nestle Waters North America for a permit to build a new pumping station.

A zoning appeals board later let that denial stand. Nestle says the decision was reached in error.

The Ludington Daily News reports 51st Circuit Court Judge Susan Sniegowski was appointed to hear the case and a hearing is set for Nov. 15.

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AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 10 cents per gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.40 per gallon.

That's about 5 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.30 per gallon in the Bay City, Midland and Saginaw areas.

The highest was about $2.54 per gallon in the Marquette area.

It's the fourth week in a row that the Marquette area had the highest average price.

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A Michigan inmate's book that was published this summer is raising questions as to whether a prison writer should profit from tragedy.

The Detroit News reports that 49-year-old Curt Dawkins is imprisoned for fatally shooting Tom Bowman of Kalamazoo while on drugs in 2004.

He's serving life without parole at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater.

While in prison, Dawkins wrote a collection of short stories about prison life called, "The Graybar Hotel."

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The winners of this year's international ArtPrize competition are being announced during an event in western Michigan.

In all, $500,000 in cash prizes will be awarded as part of ArtPrize Nine - including $200,000 for the public favorite and $200,000 for a winner picked by an expert jury.

An awards event takes place Friday night in Grand Rapids before ArtPrize wraps up on Sunday.

The first round of voting narrowed entries down to 20 chosen by the public and 20 by the jury. The second round of voting ran through this week.

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen is a step closer to a new job on a federal appeals court.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination Thursday and sent it to the full Senate. All nine Democrats on the committee voted no.

The 48-year-old Larsen was nominated to the Cincinnati-based appeals court by President Donald Trump.

The court hears cases from federal courts in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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A U.S. House committee has advanced a plan to make Indiana's Dunes National Lakeshore a national park. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved the plan Wednesday.

The full House will next vote on whether to send it to the Senate. The plan is sponsored by all nine of Indiana's U.S. House members. Democratic U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky of Merrillville says turning the dunes into a national park will boost the region's tourism industry.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel found it "ironic" that students who voted for President Donald Trump felt shunned on campus after the 2016 election.

Schlissel also wrote last year that he was "torn" about recommending appointees for the new administration. He said, "I can't imagine lending one's name to a Trump administration."

The remarks were in emails released Wednesday by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

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A former police sergeant in Michigan who admitted to abusing prescription drugs he collected from several police agencies through pill take-back programs has reached a plea deal in the case. The Flint Journal reports 45-year-old ex-Burton officer Shawn Duncanson was arraigned Tuesday in Genesee County District Court and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty and use of a controlled substance. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says federal marshals have captured a suburban Detroit dentist in the Dominican Republic more than four months after 27 fraud-related counts were filed against him.
 
     Marshals apprehended 51-year-old Dr. David Johnson of Chesterfield Township last week, and he's currently being held in Miami. Schuette says Johnson has waived extradition and will be returned to Michigan for arraignment in Ingham County.
 

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