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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to release a draft report on possible measures at a crucial site in Illinois that could prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan. The report due out Monday is expected to list options for upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet. The complex is on the Des Plaines River a few miles downstream from electric barriers intended to prevent fish in the Mississippi River watershed from reaching the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways. 

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Michigan State Police say the cause of a May crash that killed a police officer in western Michigan remains unknown. Norton Shores Officer Jonathan Ginka was traveling at 46 mph and didn't brake until the last second before his cruiser struck a tree, killing him. State police on Friday released findings about the May 10 crash. His death was ruled accidental. 

A divisive ballot measure next week will ask citizens in Spring Lake whether to allow their local government to create a mechanism by which the village can disincorporate. If Spring Lake voters approve the charter amendment Tuesday, the village of about 3,200 people could start what would be a lengthy process of eliminating all village taxes while discontinuing specific services only the village provides. 

The grounds at Michigan's Capitol will be under construction for the next two years as part of $70 million in improvements to its mechanical and electrical systems. The Capitol building in Lansing will be open during the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project, but the west side will be closed. Different sections of the building will be cordoned off throughout the process. 

Authorities have released the name of a 45-year-old man who died after a tire on a large front-end loader apparently exploded in southwestern Michigan. The explosion was reported Tuesday at a business in Kalamazoo. Workers say he had been using the front-end loader to move wooden industrial pallets. The sound of the explosion was heard throughout the area. 

A judge has ordered a psychiatric examination for a western Michigan woman accused of leaving her 6-month-old son in a car seat in her hot apartment for about two days. A judge Wednesday ordered 22-month-old Lovily Johnson of Wyoming to be examined by a state psychiatric expert. She's charged with murder and child abuse in the death of her son Noah. 

State conservation officers are appealing to the public for tips about the illegal killing of two deer in Tuscola County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says remains of the 8- and 9-point bucks were found Tuesday night. They were in a ditch near the intersection of Michigan Highway 25 and Clark Road in Akron Township.

Authorities say one worker has died and another has been injured after a section of ceiling collapsed at a western Michigan civic center. Capt. Keith Mulder of the Holland Department of Public Safety says an employee of a subcontractor working on a renovation of the Holland Civic Center was pronounced dead at the scene after being freed from debris. Mulder says a second worker was injured and hospitalized. The names of the workers were not immediately released. 

Authorities say a 45-year-old man has died after a tire on a large front-end loader apparently exploded in southwestern Michigan.

 The explosion was reported Tuesday at a business in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that workers say he had been using the front-end loader to move wooden industrial pallets. WWMT-TV reports the sound of the explosion was heard throughout the area. Police say they found the man with severe traumatic injuries and attempts to save him were unsuccessful. His name wasn't immediately released. The death is under investigation. 

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Michigan will wait another month before posting rate increases proposed by health insurers that sell coverage on a government marketplace, due to uncertainty over President Donald Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers.

The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services was supposed to publish the proposed rate hikes Tuesday. But it won a 30-day extension from the federal government, citing "uncertainty" over whether insurers will be reimbursed for providing required financial assistance to low-income consumers.

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