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State officials say the flow of crude oil through twin underwater pipelines has been halted temporarily because of high winds and waves in the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.
 
     The Michigan Agency for Energy says the temporary shutdown of Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 is in keeping with a November agreement between the state and the Canadian oil transport company.
 
     Under the deal, operation of the line will stop when bad weather causes wave heights of 8 feet (2.4 meters) or higher for longer than an hour.
 

State officials say five ruffed grouse have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it marks the first time the disease has been confirmed in the state's ruffed grouse population. The five birds were collected from August through October in Iron, Delta, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. Two were found dead and three were shot by hunters. 

Plans are being detailed for Ann Arbor's expanded 2018 deer hunt as part of the city's ongoing deer management efforts. The Ann Arbor News reports nonprofit contractor White Buffalo will complete sterilizations from Jan. 2-7 by tranquilizing up to 26 female deer and surgically removing their ovaries. 

A hunt to kill up to 250 deer is scheduled Jan. 8-31. A number of parks will be closed 3 p.m.-midnight every day for the hunt. It could be the city's biggest hunt if it goes according to plan. A total of 156 deer were killed during hunts the last two winters.

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High winds swept across Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and prompting a partial closure of the Mackinac Bridge. Winds were reported gusting more than 50 mph (80 kph) on Tuesday morning in places. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy both reported several thousand scattered outages.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas was closed Tuesday morning to all vehicles except for passenger cars, passenger vans and empty pickups. Those crossing the bridge were told to drive slowly.

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Michigan's Legislature is beginning hearings on legislation that would force local governments to boost funding for employee retirement plans or face the possibility of a state intervention.

The bills are being debated Tuesday in House and Senate committees controlled by Republicans. Legislative leaders hope to enact the measures this month to shore up underfunded municipal systems, but opposition is building from police and firefighters worried about cuts to benefits.

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At least 30 percent of the new vehicles Ford will roll out in China by 2025 will be electric, with Beijing pushing hard to improve air quality for people living in smoke-choked cities.

The Detroit automaker said Tuesday that the 15 new electric vehicles, part of the 50 new vehicles it is introducing to China's massive market in the next 18 years, will be Lincolns and Fords.

Its joint venture with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., announced last month, will produce a separate range of electric vehicles under a new brand.

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A relative of John Conyers says the longest-serving current U.S. House member won't seek re-election amid allegations that he sexually harassed female staff members.

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State officials say five ruffed grouse have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it marks the first time the disease has been confirmed in the state's ruffed grouse population. The five birds were collected from August through October in Iron, Delta, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. Two were found dead and three were shot by hunters.

The state says there is no evidence of human infection from properly cooked game.

West Nile Virus primarily is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

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Court records show that a shoe manufacturer reached an agreement with a Michigan township nearly 50 years ago that allowed the company to continue dumping tannery sludge in the area as long as the waste didn't contaminate water.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that attorneys representing local homeowners summarized the 1966 court settlement with Plainfield Township in a lawsuit recently filed against Wolverine World Wide. The lawsuit alleges that the company's old landfill in Belmont contaminated water with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl.

Prominent clergy, Detroit elected leaders and community activists are calling for due process in support of U.S. Rep. John Conyers who faces allegations of sexual harassment from several women who once worked for him.
 
     Detroit NAACP President the Rev. Wendell Anthony, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and county Clerk Cathy Garrett were among dozens of people attending Monday's rally at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Northwest Detroit.
 

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