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Measles outbreak is over – Detroit News Watch

PONTIAC (AP) — Health officials in Oakland County say Michigan’s largest local measles outbreak since 1991 has ended. The Oakland County Health Division announced the update Wednesday about the outbreak that began in March when an ill traveler from New York visited the area. Forty of the 44 confirmed measles cases in Michigan occurred in Oakland County, and those infected ...

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Huntington Woods places ban on gay conversion therapy – Detroit News Watch

HUNTINGTON WOODS (Detroit News Watch/AP) — Huntington Woods has become the first city in Michigan to ban gay conversion therapy, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The Huntington Woods City Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday to ban the practice. Violators will be guilty of a municipal civil infraction. Commissioner Joe Rozell introduced the ordinance. He says ...

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Ex-airport official convicted in $5M bribery scheme – Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit Metropolitan airport official has been convicted of accepting more than $5 million in kickbacks from contractors. Federal prosecutors say it’s one of the largest bribery cases in Michigan’s Eastern District. The Detroit News reports that James Warner gasped as the verdict was read Wednesday in federal court. He was found guilty of bribery, conspiracy ...

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Suspected gunman killed during shootout with WSU police in Detroit – Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (Detroit News Watch) — Authorities are investigating after a man was fatally shot by a Wayne State University Police Officer. Wayne State police Chief Anthony Holt says the department responded Wednesday night following a 911 call about shots being fired outside of the Detroit Rescue Mission. The Detroit News says someone reported that the man was riding his bike ...

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James announces Senate run against Sen. Peters in Michigan – Detroit News Watch

LANSING (Detroit News Watch/AP) — Republican businessman and military veteran John James of Michigan has announced that he’s going to run for senate in 2020. James will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. James, a 37-year-old African American combat veteran and CEO of an automotive logistics company ...

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Michigan agrees to make it easier for college students to vote – Detroit News Watch

LANSING (Detroit News Watch/AP) —Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her office will take steps to help college students vote while away at school. Benson is working to resolve a lawsuit in which young Democrats challenged two laws they say discourage them from participating in elections. A law requiring that a voter’s registration match his or her driver’s license ...

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Oakland County water parks impacted by lifeguard shortage – Detroit News Watch

(Detroit News Watch) A shortage of lifeguards has forced several Oakland County water parks to reduce hours and remove lifeguards. Typically Oakland County Parks and Recreating employs 100 lifeguards to monitor the safety of around 200,000 annual visitors. Over the last decade the county has experienced a decline in lifeguard availability. Even though the county received an increase in applications ...

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Police To Address Serial Killer case – Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (AP) — A man charged with fatally shooting three people and wounding two others at a Detroit home had targeted them because they were part of the LGBTQ community, prosecutors said Friday. Devon Robinson, 18, of Detroit, was charged Thursday with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault and weapons charges in the May 25 shooting on ...

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Whitmer forms new agency for workforce, economic development – Detroit News Watch

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday reshaped and renamed a state department that handles workforce and economic development, and named a director to fill out the last permanent piece of her Cabinet. The Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED), which was formed by former Gov. Rick Snyder as part of a similar organization, will become the Department ...

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