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Bills that have cleared an initial legislative hurdle would legalize online gambling in Michigan and start the process toward possibly also allowing internet sports betting in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The state House late Tuesday voted 68-40 in favor of the legislation, which is not expected to be considered by the Senate until September at the earliest after lawmakers adjourned for a summer break.

An 8 percent tax would be collected from wagers, minus winnings paid out - which would be less than a 19 percent tax now paid by Detroit's three casinos.

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Authorities say two men were injured in a shooting outside an apartment complex near Grand Valley State University in western Michigan.

The shooting happened late Tuesday in a parking lot at Copper Beech Townhomes in Allendale Township.

Ottawa County sheriff's deputies say one man was taken to a hospital for treatment of a single gunshot wound and the other was treated at the scene.

University police officers also responded.

The school said in an alert "an apparent disagreement during a party" preceded the shooting.

Authorities say there's no indication of foul play in a camper fire in southern Michigan that killed two young siblings and a dog and injured a third child.

The Branch County sheriff's office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday near Bronson, about 115 miles southwest of Detroit. Chris Gump tells WWMT-TV he was outside the camper and saw smoke.

He says he went inside to find his children and got his 7-year-old stepdaughter out, but he couldn't save 2-year-old Faith Gump and 5-year-old Ethan Gump.

A man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in southwestern Michigan in 2016 has agreed to be sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison in a plea deal.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports 26-year-old Alex Perez will be given his punishment July 16 after pleading no contest but mentally ill to two counts of second-degree murder.

He was charged in the deaths of 27-year-old Renee Mitchell and her father, 67-year-old John Mitchell, near Coloma.

Stephanie Kopaceski, whose sister and father were killed, says the expected sentence "isn't enough."

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Prosecutors have charged an unlicensed driver in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old western Michigan girl.

Nineteen-year-old Dakota Lee Welch was formally charged Monday with operating a vehicle without a license causing death and failure to stop at the scene of a deadly crash.

He also faces a habitual offender charge.

He's being held on $500,000 bond. During his initial court appearance, Welch said there's no proof his vehicle struck the girl, Taylor Davis, on Sunday in Muskegon Heights.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation requiring that Michigan driver's licenses or state ID cards not exceed the duration of a noncitizen's legal presence in the United States.

The bills were approved Monday and codify Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's existing procedure regarding IDs for temporary residents such as foreign college students. Since 2013, such licenses have been marked with the letters "LT" for limited term.

Owners of Detroit's vacant, hulking 105-year-old Michigan Central Station say they've sold the iconic symbol of Detroit's fall from greatness to Ford Motor Co. for redevelopment.

Matthew Moroun, son of building owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun, said Monday that Dearborn-based Ford's Blue Oval logo "will adorn the building." The announcement came in front of the 500,000-square-foot (46,000-square-meter), 18-story station that closed in 1988.

Moroun says Ford plans to disclose details of the redevelopment soon. Ford says an announcement is planned next week.

The Detroit Zoo announced it has converted three bear habitats into one collective environment, more than doubling the space shared by three rescued grizzly bears.

The renovated 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square meter) habitat aims to provide a more "naturalistic" experience for the bear brothers Mike, Thor and Boo.

According to the Detroit Zoological Society, the new area includes a cave and a variety of nooks that provide more options for bears to move around.

The family of a Michigan man killed in the Vietnam War who was honored at a recent memorial has been found.

The National Security Agency honored the late Sgt. Robert Townsend at the Memorial Wall in Fort Meade, Maryland, on May 29. The Daily Tribune reports about 20 of Townsend's relatives were in attendance.

They learned of the special honor thanks to 74-year-old Vietnam veteran Lonnie Long, who searched for Townsend's surviving children for the memorial and contacted the newspaper in March.

The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication and problem solving with residents of the western Michigan city.

Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College. The police department says each interactive session focuses on objectives instead of suspicion about others' intentions.

Chief David Rahinsky says there are local and national conversations about "trust between the community and law enforcement."