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Big changes are planned for the 2018 edition of the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. The Mackinac Bridge Authority voted Friday to have the 5-mile Labor Day walk begin at both ends of the bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. Participants can turn around after 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) - eliminating the need for buses to take people back across. Participants will start in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has forced her campaign manager to resign after learning he engaged in past "inappropriate behavior" in the workplace. Keenan Pontoni joined Whitmer's campaign in August, replacing a previous campaign manager.

In a statement Thursday, Whitmer says she received a credible report Wednesday that a number of years ago, Pontoni had "engaged in inappropriate behavior with people in the workplace and for that reason I have asked for and received his resignation effective immediately." P

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Central Michigan University is extending in-state tuition rates to students from across the country. The move this week by the Mount Pleasant school's Board of Trustees applies to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral rates for all U.S. residents.

The university says it will increase its ability to recruit beyond state borders, mirroring its single-rate approach for online and satellite-location programs.

Three mid-Michigan schools were closed for two days this week as investigators tracked down the source of an online threat. The threat through the Stockbridge Community Schools' technology department involved Stockbridge Junior/Senior High School. Superintendent Karl Heidrich says the message implying a threat of gun violence was reported Tuesday to police. T

he district's schools were closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Clergy and Jewish leaders in Michigan are forming a coalition to tackle racism and anti-Semitism. The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity and the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC on Tuesday will announce the formation of the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity. Pastors' council president the Rev. Deedee Coleman says the coalition will keep open communication between black and Jewish leaders as tensions rise across the U.S. with an increase in hate speech and racial confrontations.

Police say a teenager used a pellet gun to shoot out the back window of a school bus full of children in Michigan. No injuries were reported in the shooting as students were being dropped off after school on Tuesday in Saginaw. Police Chief Bob Ruth says a 13-year-old shot out the window of the bus and then ran into a house with a group of children. 

A Michigan man charged with animal cruelty after about 70 cows were found dead on his properties is awaiting sentencing after reaching a plea agreement in the case. The Ann Arbor News reports 61-year-old Keith E. Huck Jr. of Livingston County's Cohoctah Township is scheduled to return to court on March 12 to learn his punishment. He faces up to 93 days in jail.

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Groups wanting to expand access to voting and boost Michigan's renewable energy requirement have seen the form of their ballot initiatives approved by the state elections board.

Promote the Vote wants to amend the state constitution to allow no-reason absentee voting, let people register to vote closer to Election Day and automatically register citizens when they do business at the secretary of state's office.

Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan is proposing to raise the renewable energy standard to 30 percent by 2030. It's now 15 percent by the end of 2021.

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President Donald Trump is looking for advice from a range of lawmakers as he considers whether to impose trade sanctions on aluminum and steel imports.

The president is meeting at the White House with nearly 20 lawmakers, including a number of senators representing Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

Trump says the administration is "considering all options" but he's considering issuing "tariffs and/or quotas."

A southeastern Michigan nonprofit group working to build understanding among teens from varying backgrounds through creative writing is launching its first Summer Writing Camps. One Earth Writing says it's teaming up with the Wayne State University-sponsored C2 Pipeline program on the camps that aim to engage teens in conversation and writing about food and sports. Space is limited to 40 kids, half through the college and career readiness program.

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