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The Republican-led Michigan House has voted to lessen the penalty for having an expired concealed pistol license. The bill approved Wednesday would create a six-month grace period after a permit expires in which people who fail to renew would face a $330 fine if they are found carrying a concealed pistol. The current punishment is up to a five-year felony.

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The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has voted to lift a longstanding rule prohibiting liquor stores from operating within a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) of each other.

The Detroit News reports approval Tuesday from the three-member panel allows the rulemaking process to proceed.

The proposal prompted public safety and business concerns. Michigan legislators could intervene, however, before the rule is officially revoked.

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A company that makes computerized equipment for cage-free egg production has moved to a new $2 million facility in western Michigan that's more than twice the size of its previous headquarters.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Poultry Management Systems Inc. is planning to create more than two dozen high-tech jobs at the facility in Lowell.

The 36-year-old company was based at the corporate offices of Herbruck's Poultry Ranch in Saranac.

Hundreds of students walked out of classes and blocked streets at University of Michigan as part of a planned weeklong protest against racism. The demonstrations at the Ann Arbor school began Monday morning and included people blocking roads and sitting on medians studying. Some buses had to be rerouted and students sought other stops. Traffic resumed within about an hour.

The Michigan Supreme Court is looking at the case of the hot coals. A 10-year-old girl burned her foot on hot coals that couldn't be seen under sand, a day after a Lake Michigan bonfire. The state appeals court said Watervale Inn in Benzie County isn't protected by a law that shields businesses that provide recreation.

Flags will be lowered Tuesday for a Michigan State Police trooper who died after crashing his motorcycle. Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of 28-year-old Trooper Timothy O'Neill, who died last Wednesday. State police say the three-year veteran was on patrol when the crash occurred near Rockford. 

Researchers in the Great Lakes region have found new evidence that invasive grass carp are spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie. The discovery of more grass carp eggs this summer in a northern Ohio river points to what some scientists believe is a growing danger. Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes.

A man accused of hiring prostitutes hundreds of times during his 20-year career as a Michigan prosecutor has been released from jail. The Lansing State Journal reports Stuart Dunnings III walked out of the Clinton County Jail early Sunday after serving 10 months.

Three former Michigan State football players charged with sexual assault have waived a key hearing and will advance to trial. Michigan judges typically decide whether there is enough evidence to hold a trial. But Josh King, Donnie Corley Jr. and Demetric Vance waived that hearing Thursday in East Lansing.

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Michigan State Police say a trooper has died from his injuries after crashing his motorcycle in the western part of the state.

The agency says 28-year-old Trooper Timothy O'Neill of the Rockford Post died following the crash about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

It says the three-year veteran was on patrol when the crash occurred near Rockford, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids.

It says no one else was injured, and the crash remains under investigation.

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