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A $70 million bond has been sold to help pay for repairs to a sewer line that collapsed and caused a sinkhole north of Detroit.
     Macomb County officials say Wednesday that the bond will cover most of the $75 million cost. About $5 million from the state also will be used for the work.
     The bond was sold by the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District and will cover costs associated with the emergency response to the collapse and repairs to the 11-foot diameter sewer line.

The Michigan House has voted to increase motorcycle endorsement and registration fees.
     Legislation passed Wednesday would increase the original endorsement fee from $13.50 to $16 and the renewal fee from $5 to $7. It also would increase the annual registration tax from $23 to $25.
     The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston.

Michigan residents who serve as jurors could get a pay raise and a higher mileage reimbursement rate starting next year.
     The state House unanimously sent Gov. Rick Snyder legislation Tuesday requiring that jurors be paid $30 for their first full day instead of $25. They would get $45 for each subsequent day, above the current $40 rate.
     Mileage reimbursement would double to 20 cents a mile.

A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says he's undecided about signing legislation to require Michigan to create an anti-abortion fundraising license plate.
     The Republican-led Senate enrolled the bill Tuesday after it previously won mostly party-line approval in the Legislature.
     The measure would require a "Choose Life" plate to be issued by June 2018. Michigan has fundraising plates for universities and causes like breast cancer awareness.
     The anti-abortion plate would cost $35 initially.

An official at an agency that manages the sale, rehabilitation and demolition of tax foreclosed homes in a Michigan county has resigned after an audio recording of him using a racial slur to describe black people was posted online.
     Genesee County Land Bank Executive Director Michele Wildman tells Monday that she has accepted the resignation of sales manager Phil Stair.
     The newspaper reports that Stair can be heard in the recording blaming problems in the city of Flint on people who "don't pay their bills."

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Police are investigating the apparent drowning of a 3-year-old in western Michigan.

     Ottawa County Sheriff's Office Capt. Mark Bennett says the child had been playing a backyard Monday afternoon and somehow got into an above-ground swimming pool.
     Bennett tells WZZM-TV  first responders were called to a home northwest of Holland. He says the child later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Ann Arbor is encouraging residents to go solar to help meet the city's community-wide goals of significantly reducing carbon emissions. The City Council unanimously adopted a new policy last month requiring all renovations of city facilities that are included in the city's Capital Improvements Plan to comply with current Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria for existing buildings and to incorporate solar power and other renewable energy sources to the greatest extent possible.

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids has unveiled a newly-expanded viewing park for aviation enthusiasts to comfortably watch planes take off and land.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday celebrated the efforts of the Cascade Community Foundation and the airport to enhance and expand its viewing park.

Airport President Jim Gill said the park is the closest to any active commercial runway in the United States.

The $1.1 million construction project started in fall 2016.

A Coast Guard crew has rescued a pregnant deer that was trapped in rocks along the edge of the Manistee River in northern Michigan. The Coast Guard says crew members from the Manistee station were doing routine training Wednesday morning when they saw the deer struggling to free itself. They moored their boat, pulled the deer out and carried her to a nearby field. The deer only suffered small scrapes. 

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Michigan jurors would get more pay for jury duty under legislation being considered.
     The Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would increase the pay for jurors from $25 to $30 for a full day of service. A half-day payment would also increase from $12.50 to $15. The Senate also increased the traveling expense from 10 cents to 20 cents per mile.
     Shelby Township Republican Rep. Pete Lucido is sponsoring the legislation. He says in some cities it can cost $20 to $25 just to park so a juror who is there only half the day already loses $12.50.