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Political candidates could ask for a recount only if they have a reasonable chance of winning under legislation advancing in Michigan. The House approved the bill 98-10 Wednesday.

It's a response to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's recount request last year, even though she won just 1 percent of the vote.

Deal ends legal challenge over tourism room tax

Oct 13, 2017
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A tourism bureau in northern Michigan will stop collecting a room tax from two inns after a lawsuit challenged whether the levy was legal. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation says a judge dismissed the case after Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau said it would stop assessing the fee against Sylvan Inn and Lakeshore Inn in Glen Arbor. 

The lawsuit could have had broad consequences for tourism promotion programs around Michigan. More than 50 tourism agencies collect a room tax. But the judge didn't rule on whether it violated the First Amendment.

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Michigan municipalities would be prohibited from levying local taxes on food and beverages under a bill advancing to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature. No local government in Michigan is now considering such a tax. But lawmakers say it is possible, pointing to Philadelphia and Chicago as places with soda taxes. Similar taxes have been approved in San Francisco and Oakland, California. 

2 reach plea deals in death of woman outside nursing home

Oct 12, 2017

Two women charged in the death of an 85-year-old woman who was found in cold weather outside an assisted living center in western Michigan have reached plea deals in the case. Denise Filcek on Wednesday entered a plea to a charge of intentionally placing false information on a chart involving medical records. Authorities say she was responsible for making bed checks. She told the judge, however, she didn't check on everyone. 

The Michigan Supreme Court is set to hear a high-profile case about a man who fatally shot a woman who banged on his door following a late-night car crash in suburban Detroit. Ted Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder after shooting 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his Dearborn Heights porch in 2013. The issue for the Supreme Court on Thursday is jury instructions.

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A former police sergeant in Michigan who admitted to abusing prescription drugs he collected from several police agencies through pill take-back programs has reached a plea deal in the case. The Flint Journal reports 45-year-old ex-Burton officer Shawn Duncanson was arraigned Tuesday in Genesee County District Court and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty and use of a controlled substance. 

Michigan's 300,000-plus residents who owe extra driver "responsibility" fees for certain traffic offenses would see their debt eliminated under bipartisan bills backed by the House speaker and others. The legislation announced Thursday would forgive more than $600 million in fees that have been assessed. Michigan already is phasing out all new responsibility fees by October 2019. 

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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.

A judge has heard arguments challenging a Michigan city's decision to keep an apple grower away from its seasonal market because of his views on gay marriage. In defense, East Lansing attorney Michael Bogren says the city doesn't want a vendor who discriminates.

A federal judge must decide in the coming weeks whether to order Michigan State University to allow campus space to be rented for white nationalist Richard Spencer to give a speech this month. A lawsuit filed Sunday night against MSU in federal court in western Michigan seeks a preliminary injunction forcing the school to let a Spencer supporter rent a room or hall.

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