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Relatives and friends of a Michigan woman who vanished 14 years ago plan to honor her with a memorial stone at a cemetery. 

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports Mary Denise Lands was 39 when she vanished in March 2004.

Her boyfriend, Christopher Pratt, told authorities she'd left their Marshall apartment wearing medical scrubs and a leather jacket following an argument.

Lands was declared dead in 2011 after searches, rewards and a police investigation failed to uncover information leading to her whereabouts.

Authorities are investigating the death of a bald eagle in western Michigan's Mecosta County.

The Department of Natural Resources says the eagle was discovered in a tree in Grant Township on March 1.

The bird was the victim of a traumatic injury. A necropsy and lab tests at Michigan State University could help determine the eagle's cause of death.

Lt. John Jurich of the DNR's law enforcement division says it's important that violators are held responsible for killing a "majestic, protected species."

He says tips from the public could help the investigation. I Public Domain

Auditors have flagged the state of Michigan for gaps that could increase the risk of its computer network being hacked. An audit released Friday made 14 findings, including five that are "material" - the most serious.

The Office of the Auditor General says the Department of Technology, Management and Budget did not do enough to ensure that only authorized devices access the IT network and did not fully implement an effective process for managing updates to operating systems.

Michigan officials have shuttered 40 medical marijuana businesses across the state.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs started the process Thursday of closing down facilities that are operating illegally and haven't submitted applications for a license.

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A southwestern Michigan man who authorities say walked into a police department and confessed to killing his girlfriend has been convicted.

Berrien County Trial Court says 52-year-old James Parker Huffman of Niles was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder.

He faces a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing, which is scheduled for April 30 in Niles.

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley is launching a campaign ad that will run for nearly three weeks on network and cable TV stations. 

The 30-second ad begins airing Friday. It makes Calley, the state's lieutenant governor, the first Republican to buy ad time on broadcast TV - which has broader reach. Democrat Shri Thanedar also is airing ads.

Calley's ad shows him jogging through a town, with more people gradually joining in.

He says Michigan's conservative reforms have led to the creation of more than 500,000 jobs.

Michigan State Police officials say they will be looking out for impaired drivers on St. Patrick's Day. 

Troopers say they will be participating all day Saturday in an international traffic safety effort known as Operation C.A.R.E., which stands for "Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts."

State police director Kriste Kibbey Etue says in a release the department encourages safe driving and won't tolerate drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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A woman says her 13-year-old son had red marks and bruises on his neck after being choked by a substitute teacher at a southwestern Michigan school.

Mona Thompson tells WWMT-TV her son was asked to leave the classroom Tuesday at Kalamazoo's Milwood Magnet School after another student threw a tennis ball at the teacher.

She says the teacher grabbed the 8th grader by the throat in trying to remove him.

She says other middle school students tried to intervene and her son "retaliated with a punch."

Police say prosecutors will review the case.

Nearly $800,000 is being awarded to Benton Harbor in southwestern Michigan to replace water meters and a fire engine. The funding is part of more than $5 million in grants awarded by the state Treasurer's office to 11 cities through the Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships Grant Program. Cities can participate in the program if they are experiencing one or more conditions indicative of probable financial stress. T

Police say four teens have been arrested in connection with a threatened school shooting in southeastern Michigan. Whitmore Lake Public Schools Superintendent Tom DeKeyser received a threat about "shooting up" a school building shortly after classes let out Tuesday, and Northfield Township police officers deemed the threat to be credible.