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A state audit says workers at a Michigan veterans home falsely claimed they were checking on patients after being alerted of possible falls, failed to properly investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, and took too long to fill prescriptions.

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans also continued with inadequate staffing levels even as the state filed four complaints against the contractor hired to supply nursing aides.

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A public meeting has drawn opponents and supporters of plans to drill an exploratory oil well on church property in suburban Detroit, packing a high school auditorium.

Traverse City-based Jordan Development has filed a permit application to drill at Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality held the public meeting Wednesday night at Southfield High School to get public input before making a decision.

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An artist says he's used lead-infused paint to create a portrait of Gov. Rick Snyder amid Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water.

Michael Dykehouse of Ann Arbor tells The Detroit News the white paint that's made with lead is "part of my vocabulary as an artist."

The 41-year-old used it in the painting this month as a permanent reminder of children affected in Flint.

If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities.

A Michigan Court of Appeals judge is challenging the state constitution's ban on judges over age 70 seeking re-election.

The Lansing State Journal reports Judge Peter O'Connell will be ineligible to seek re-election when his term expires in January 2019.

Because of that, the 67-year-old filed paperwork to have his name appear as an incumbent on this year's ballot, seeking re-election in 2016 instead of in 2018.

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A bill has been signed into law that aims to protect three areas of state-owned land in the northeastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan from artificial light pollution.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill Tuesday.

The areas now designed as dark sky preserves are Rockport State Recreation Area in Presque Isle and Alpena counties, Negwegon State Park in Alpena and Alcona counties, and Thompson's Harbor State Park in Presque Isle County.

The new law is meant to protect activities including stargazing and nighttime photography.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A Muskegon butcher will test his meat-cutting skills in a national competition.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that Juan Calderon works at Texas Roadhouse in Muskegon. He will compete against more than 100 other professionals next month. He is one of three butchers from Michigan who will compete at The Ice Factory in Kissimmee, Florida, on March 8 and 9.

A package of bills that would raise speed limits on some Michigan highways has stalled in the House.

The House was a few votes short of passing the main piece Wednesday, which would have revved up speed limits to 75 mph on 600 miles of rural highways.

Leaders stopped the voting.

Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, a Republican from Oxford, says he might drop a provision that would allow the state to consider 80 mph limits on some roads.

The legislation would raise the speed limit to 60 mph on 900 miles of highway.

Police say a man not seen for nearly a week apparently died inside a vacant Muskegon house after breaking a window and cutting himself on glass.

Lavonte Moses suffered a significant loss of blood.

The body of the 22-year-old was discovered Monday by construction workers.

His girlfriend last talked to him on Feb. 8.

The Muskegon Chronicle says police believe Moses was alone in the house.

The house was locked but a window on the first floor was broken.

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A World War II veteran from western Michigan has received his medals for service, nearly 71 years after he was honorably discharged.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that 89-year-old John Butler of Portage was presented the medals Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton during a gathering with family and friends.

The medals include a Purple Heart.

Butler was 16 when he joined the Navy in 1944.

He was a radar operator on the USS Kidd when the ship was attacked on April 11, 1945.

Upton noted Butler lost his right eye and was hospitalized for several months.

A man who authorities say pointed a gun at his brother-in-law in an apparent joke has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for second-degree murder in the man's death.
 
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports  Timothy Salo this week learned his punishment. He pleaded guilty in January and admitted that he fatally shot 29-year-old Jason Vanostran in April 2014 inside Salo's mobile home in Kalamazoo Township.
 
Salo, who initially said Vanostran shot himself, apologized during the hearing and says the shooting was an accident.
 

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