Associated Press

A health care center in West Michigan is accused of agreeing to requests by patients for white-only caregivers. Six black certified nursing assistants filed a lawsuit April 11 against Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, where they all work or formerly worked. 

Authorities say a man suspected in a slaying in western Michigan has been fatally shot by officers after holding his wife at gunpoint. The Ottawa County sheriff's office says the 27-year-old man was shot Sunday outside his mobile home at West Olive Estates in the West Olive area. Capt. Mark Bennett says the man was holding a gun to his wife's head as officers "engaged" with him and he was shot.

A federal judge has denied a request to order Michigan officials to resume distribution of free bottled water in Flint.
 
     The Flint Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Judith Levy sided with the state, which announced an end to the program on April 6. Tests show Flint is far below the federal action level for lead as it recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis.
 
     Some residents and Mayor Karen Weaver say bottled water should remain available until home water lines are replaced, a job that will last until 2020.
 

A student who led a two-day demonstration outside of his central Michigan high school this week says it was in response to the unpunished theft of a Confederate battle flag from his pickup truck. Cameron Myers, an 18-year-old senior at Bay City Western High School, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he complained to school officials that someone had cut the large Confederate flag from a pole on his truck, but no one was disciplined. He then took to friends on social media, asking them to fly their own flags outside the school. 

The state of Michigan is defending a decision to cut off free bottled water in Flint, saying tap water now is as "good or better" than in many communities. Attorneys responded Thursday to a request that the state be ordered to resume water distribution. Federal Judge Judith Levy is holding a hearing Friday. Gov. Rick Snyder announced an end to free water on April 6.

Michigan wildlife biologists are postponing a release of sharp-tailed grouse in the western Upper Peninsula because of prolonged wintry weather. The species hasn't been seen regularly in the area since the mid-1990s. Scientists with the Department of Natural Resources had planned to capture about 20 of the birds in the eastern U.P. and turn them loose on the western end, in Ontonagon County.

Classes are canceled at a school district in southern Michigan a day after gunfire apparently from a nearby neighborhood shattered windows of two occupied high school classrooms. No one was injured at Jackson High School in Thursday afternoon's shooting. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports police say two bullets that hit the school likely came from the area of an apartment complex across the street.

NWS
National Weather Service

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered in southern Canada that also was felt in suburban Detroit.

The quake was recorded late Thursday near Amherstburg, Ontario, a town of about 21,900 people.

Jeff Ward of Taylor, Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press he was on his couch watching television when the ground started shaking.

He says a rumbling sound made him think a truck was passing on nearby Interstate 94.

But his understanding changed when the sound continued and the house started shaking.

For the second straight year, President Donald Trump is holding a rally instead of attending the White House Correspondents Dinner. The president's campaign announced Tuesday that Trump will hold a rally on April 28 in Michigan. The event in the town of Washington, which is outside Detroit, is slated to begin around the same time as the glitzy gala in the far more well-known Washington, D.C. 

The Mackinac Bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas has been shut down due to falling ice. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says Wednesday's shutdown comes as a precaution after ice came off cables and towers of the bridge. 

The bridge has been shut down several times this year due to weather. Motorists are advised to be prepared to stop and updates are being posted online .

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