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People who trade in their car to buy a new one would see a sales tax cut phased in more quickly under bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Buyers can subtract the value of their trade-in from the purchase price of a new vehicle for tax purposes under a 2013 law.

The legislation finalized by the Republican-led Senate Thursday would accelerate the phase-in of the tax break to 2029 - 10 years sooner.

The bills' supporters say the law helped boost auto sales and buyers deserve a fully phased-in tax reduction earlier.

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Currently, the 17 mile stretch of the Grand River from Grand Haven to the Bass River inlet is navigable to motorboat traffic. What would it take to extend it to Grand Rapids? A feasibility study reveals the 40 mile stretch from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven could be restored to a navigable waterway and at a reasonable cost.

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Authorities say one person has been injured in a plane crash in western Michigan.

The Allegan County Sheriff's Department says the plane crashed on a runway at Plainwell Municipal Airport about 1 p.m. Friday.

It said the extent of the injury was not immediately known and it had no additional information.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the agency had no immediate information on the crash.

Telephone calls to the airport went unanswered Friday afternoon.

The airport is located next to U.S. 131 about 35 miles south of Grand Rapids.

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A West Michigan-based business is expanding and creating new jobs in Cutlerville. American RV is making a $2.5 million investment at its Cutlerville location.

As recreational vehicle demand grows, the West Michigan-based RV dealer is expanding its indoor showroom adding 14,000 square. That will include more waiting rooms and office space. An additional 8,400 square feet is devoted to new service bays. American RV is also incorporating new kiosks where customers can browse inventory and comparison shop.

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Authorities say a shooting following an apparent road rage situation left one person dead and another seriously injured in western Michigan.

The shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. Monday in the parking lot near an automotive dealership Kent County's Sparta Township.

The sheriff's department says the occupants of two vehicles involved in the road rage situation pulled into the lot, where a fight took place.

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Five organizations have been awarded grants to monitor water quality in Michigan lakes and rivers. The state Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission divided $51,000 among the groups under the Michigan Clean Water Corps Program.

The Missaukee Conservation District will monitor macroinvertebrates and stream habitat conditions in the Upper Muskegon River and Manistee River watersheds. Jamestown Charter Township/Trinity Christian Reformed Church will monitor macroinvertebrate and habitat conditions in Rush Creek, a Grand River tributary.

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Alarmed by the number of motorists staring at their screens instead of the road, lawmakers are proposing to make Michigan the 15th state to ban driving while holding a hand-held phone.

Police and safety advocates say the current prohibition against texting and driving is outdated, vague and difficult to enforce.

To save lives, they contend, a blanket ban on hand-held devices should be considered - with exceptions for hands-free technology.

Nearly 12,800 crashes in Michigan last year involved distracted driving, a 70 percent spike from 2015.

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There will be no sunlight on the records of an auto insurance fund that touches every Michigan driver.

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal from a coalition of health care, labor and consumer groups.

The groups want to open the books to understand how the state Catastrophic Claims Association calculates rates.

The insurance fund was created to reimburse insurers for claims that exceed $545,000. Owners pay a fee on every vehicle each year, on top of regular insurance.

Starting July 1, the rate will rise to $170 from $160.

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Police closed a beach in southwestern Michigan for a few hours after complaints about hundreds of college students partying.

South Haven police say complaints began around midday Wednesday when three busloads of college students showed up at South Beach along Lake Michigan.

Chief Natalie Thompson says they brought alcohol and loud music, and there were some fights reported.

Thompson says four arrests were made out of 300-400 people at the beach. She didn't say what school they were from but was in touch with school officials.

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A business group is again initiating legislation to repeal Michigan's decades-old prevailing wage law.

The law requires workers on state-financed building projects to be paid higher wages based on local union contracts and is supported by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Board of State Canvassers said Monday it will consider the form of Protecting Michigan Taxpayers' petition at a meeting Thursday.

If the ballot committee collects roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures, the legislation would go to the GOP-led Legislature.

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