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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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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he wants to connect health care providers with community support networks as part of an effort to help Flint residents amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.
 
Murthy heard from residents Tuesday after meeting Monday with doctors, social workers, students and others. He says he heard "stories of anger and pain but also of resilience and strength."
 
Murthy also says those affected in Flint are "motivated to be a part of things to make it better."
 

Officials say the wing of a plane clipped the tail of another plane in a de-icing area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
 
Wayne County Airport Authority spokeswoman Erica Donerson tells The Associated Press the wing of an American Airlines plane touched the tail of a Southwest Airlines plane shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at the airport in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.
 
Donerson says no one was injured. She says the planes both are Boeing 737s and would be inspected.
 

A Michigan legislative committee has approved spending $30 million to help cover the water bills of Flint residents confronting a lead-contaminated supply.
 
The budget legislation unanimously OK'd Wednesday moves to the full House for consideration, possibly later in the day. It won approval from the Senate nearly two weeks ago.
 

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Michigan is suspending a plan to comply with federal requirements for reducing carbon emissions from power plants after the U.S. Supreme Court put the rules on hold until legal challenges are resolved.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration announced the decision Tuesday, a week after the high court's stay.

The Michigan Agency for Energy says pausing compliance with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan will have no bearing on announced coal plant retirements, which includes 25 units between 2013 and 2020.

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