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Authorities say they temporarily evacuated a home in southern Michigan after a woman was found living with more than 100 cats.

The animal control divisions of the Calhoun County sheriff's department and the Battle Creek Police Department went to the home in Athens on Thursday as part of an investigation into suspected animal cruelty.

The sheriff's department says the 113 cats were found "in various conditions of health and sanitation" and they were removed from the home.

Investigators say the 64-year-old woman living with them was cooperative.

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Police say six people were arrested for disorderly conduct or other reasons at a Flint church during a town hall meeting related to the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

Flint police Chief Tim Johnson had asked men arriving at House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday evening to remove their hats and warned all in attendance not to disrupt the meeting.

The Flint Journal reports officers stopped men wearing hats from entering and men who wouldn't remove them were asked to leave.

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Prosecutors cannot use some statements made by a Michigan man who is charged with killing six people in between picking up riders for Uber.

Judge Alexander Lipsey said Thursday that Kalamazoo police were too aggressive when Jason Dalton indicated that he didn't want to talk about a series of shootings in the Kalamazoo area in February 2016.

But the judge also says separate statements made to state police can be used as evidence at Dalton's trial, which is scheduled to begin in June.

The Holland City Council has decided to not allow items to be placed in public right of ways as spot reservations the night before a parade part of a festival celebrating Holland's Dutch heritage.

The Holland Sentinel reports the council voted 6-2 Wednesday banning placing items to claim spots the night before Saturday's Muziekparade, an event included in the city's Tulip Time festival.

Placing blankets and other items on sidewalks and curbs was previously allowed starting at 9 p.m. the day before.

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The Michigan Senate has voted to provide property tax relief to people who inherit a home after the death of a close relative.

The legislation approved unanimously Thursday would let heirs retain the principal residence exemption for up to two years.

Under current law, the principal exemption from school operating taxes expires at the end of the year in which the owner dies.

The bill's supporters say current law makes it hard on a decedent's estate or heirs.

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Michigan would no longer ban switchblades under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

The Senate voted 36-1 Thursday to repeal a prohibition against selling or possessing a knife with blades that can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on the handle or "other mechanical contrivance."

A violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $300 fine.

The sponsor, Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, has said the switchblade ban is unnecessary and is being enforced unevenly across the state.

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Central Michigan University plans to cut 30 vacant staff positions and lay off about 24 staff members amid efforts to balance its budget.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports the update comes as university administrators finalize a balanced fiscal year 2018 budget.

Barry Wilkes, the school's vice president of finance and administration, told faculty and staff in an email this week that there will be 4 percent, or $20 million, in total base budget reductions.

An all-campus budget forum was scheduled for Thursday.

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Severe thunderstorms packing high winds knocked down trees and power lines in western Michigan, prompting some school closings. Winds gusting above 60 mph were reported along Lake Michigan early Thursday in the Ludington area, where power was knocked out to hundreds of customers in several communities. 

The Ludington Daily News reports the Ludington Area School District and some other districts canceled classes for the day. The damage came as severe thunderstorms moved across the state. Forecasters say additional storms in the afternoon could cause additional problems.

In 100 years, the Michigan State Police has gone from being a temporary wartime emergency force of 300 men to a full-service law enforcement agency with nearly 10 times more employees.

The agency marked its centennial Wednesday at the Capitol building in Lansing.

Visitors saw displays about the state police's history. Gov. Rick Snyder and other top officials thanked troopers at a reception.

The agency's roots originated in World War I, when then-Gov. Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force for domestic security.

The National Transportation Safety Board says better communication between police agencies might have prevented the deaths of five bicyclists last year in southwestern Michigan. A pickup truck plowed into a pack of cyclists on a rural road near Kalamazoo last June. The driver, Charles Pickett Jr., is charged with second-degree murder and driving while under the influence of drugs. The NTSB says 22 minutes passed between the first 911 call about an erratic driver and the crash in Cooper Township.

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