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Authorities say four teenagers are to blame for a joyride at a golf course in western Michigan that caused about $37,500 in damage.
The Grand Rapids Press reports the teens, ages 17 to 19, are accused of using nearly two dozen golf carts as bumper cars, tearing up grass and damaging several carts beyond repair. It happened in October at Cedar Chase Golf Club in Kent County.

Direct-sales giant Amway Corp is donating at least $100,000 worth of water purification filters to community organizations in Flint amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water. reports  the filters are going to organizations that serve children and Amway is looking for more such groups that need the systems.

A Republican legislative leader says bankruptcy for the Detroit school district must remain on the table unless the Legislature passes "serious reforms" aimed at putting it back on the path to sustainability.
House Speaker Kevin Cotter on Thursday cited proposals outlined Wednesday by Republicans. They include restricting teachers' collective bargaining rights, moving new hires into a 401(k) retirement system and implementing merit pay.
Democrats have criticized such measures.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials say anglers should prepare to take down their ice shanties as warmer weather approaches. The shelters must be removed by sunset Sunday on Lake St. Clair and by midnight March 1 for southern Lower Peninsula counties. Anglers in the northern Lower Peninsula and those on Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters can keep their shanties up until midnight March 15. March 31 is the removal deadline in the Upper Peninsula. Shanties still can be used after those dates, but must be taken down daily.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - For a second time, the Canadian government is delaying a decision on whether to allow storage of waste from nuclear power plants less than a mile from Lake Huron.

Ontario Power Generation wants to bury 7.1 million cubic feet of low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste about 2,230 feet deep near Kincardine, Ontario.

The company says the waste would be entombed in rock and wouldn't endanger the lake. Opponents contend it's too risky.

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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.

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.