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Evidence from Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols' state murder trial will not be housed at the museum and memorial that honor those killed in the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in the U.S.
 
     The Oklahoman reports 32 filing cabinets and numerous computer towers, photos, maps and diagrams were moved Thursday to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum's climate-controlled archives. The collection eventually will be incorporated into exhibits.
 

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says that at one point close to a third of the state's land area had no access to electricity after high winds knocked out power this week to more than a million utility customers.
 
     More than 600,000 customers are still without power after Wednesday's storm - 515,000 with DTE Energy and 94,000 with Consumers Energy, the utilities say. The utilities say power should be restored to nearly all by Sunday.
 
     Snyder surveyed damage Friday in a Dearborn Heights neighborhood, west of Detroit.
 

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Michigan should make community college free for all and give merit-based scholarships to high school graduates who attend the state's public universities, says a commission formed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The panel released a report Friday that calls for getting rid of grade levels and instead advancing students only once they master content. The study also recommends universal access to preschool for all 4-year-olds - not just disadvantaged and poor ones - and state aid to help pay for school buildings in low-income districts and those used by publicly funded charter schools.

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BMW is adding nearly 134,000 SUVs to a 2016 recall to fix driveshaft joints that can fail and could cause the vehicles to stop moving.

The expanded recall covers certain X5 and X6 SUVs from the 2011 to 2014 model years in the U.S. and Canada.

The company recalled about 21,000 of the vehicles last year. It decided to expand the recall after getting more warranty claims.

BMW says some front universal joint seals were manufactured wrong and can let water and dirt into the joint. That can cause faster wear and potential failure.

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Dozens of warming centers are open across Michigan as hundreds of thousands of electricity customers remain without power due to high winds earlier in the week.

Temperatures were around 30 degrees Friday morning in the Detroit area, in the mid to upper 20's across West Michigan, and expected to remain cold throughout the weekend, with overnight lows in the teens or 20s and highs around 30 degrees.

Detroit has warming centers at four community and recreation centers.

Some other Michigan communities and the American Red Cross also opened warming centers.

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Michigan's unemployment rate edged upward to 5.2 percent in January as the number of people entering the job market continued to grow.
 
     The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Thursday the rate rose from 5.1 percent in December and compared with a national January jobless rate of 4.8 percent but still marked an improvement over Michigan's year-ago rate of 5.0 percent. Michigan's December unemployment was revised upward from 5.0 percent announced earlier.
 

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The operating organization for Detroit's new light-rail system says it will have a May 12 grand opening.
 
     M-1 Rail says the QLINE will open to the public that evening following a morning news conference and inaugural first-ride down Woodward Avenue for elected officials and dignitaries.
 
     CEO Matt Cullen says in a news release M-1 Rail is "bringing rail transit back to the heart of the city and connecting the Woodward Corridor in a way that's already begun to transform the entire district."
 

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Crews are working to restore power after wind gusts topping 60 mph in some areas knocked out electrical service to more than 1 million customers in Michigan and whipped through several Great Lakes states.

Wednesday's winds fanned a blaze that killed five people in a Detroit apartment building and pushed a plane carrying members of the University of Michigan basketball team off a runway during takeoff southwest of Detroit.

DTE Energy says 700,000 of its customers lost power in southeastern Michigan and more than 670,000 were without service early Thursday.

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Environmental and social justice officials are gathering in Flint as the city works to recover from its lead-contaminated drinking water crisis.

City officials say the two-day Environmental Justice Summit kicks off Thursday at Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church. Organizers say the free event aims to offer an opportunity for residents to share concerns with experts.

The goal is to develop a recovery plan that includes all residents, including those of color.

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Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation that aims to keep 100,000 criminals who are under state supervision from breaking the law again.

The 20-bill package passed by the House Wednesday limits the length of incarceration for offenders who violate their probation and creates a more intensive parole program.

Backers are hoping the measures in part will save money.

The legislation also would officially define what recidivism means.

The bills cleared the Senate last month and should reach Gov. Rick Snyder quickly once the Senate OKs changes Thursday.

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