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STURGEON BAY, WI (AP)--   A Michigan man has been charged with killing his wife more than four decades ago in Wisconsin, even though her body has never been found.

Law enforcement agents from Wisconsin and Michigan arrested 82-year-old Richard Gale Pierce Thursday in his hometown of Cheboygan, Michigan. A criminal complaint charges Pierce with killing 35-year-old Carol Jean Pierce in Sturgeon Bay in September 1975.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A senior Michigan medical executive who is charged in the death of a man due to a Legionnaires' outbreak linked to Flint's lead-tainted water crisis has been recognized for her eminent career in health care. 

The Flint Journal reports that Dr. Eden Wells has been awarded the Roy R. Manty Distinguished Service Award.

A judge is deciding if Wells will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man who had Legionnaires' disease. She's also charged with obstruction of justice and lying to police. Wells has denied the allegations.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Congress has taken a key step toward building a long-sought shipping lock on the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Superior.

Funding authorization for the Soo Locks project was included in a water resources bill that cleared the Senate on Wednesday. It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.

The complex at Sault Ste. Marie has just one lock suitable for 1,000-foot freighters that haul iron ore and other cargo from Lake Superior along the St. Marys River to the other Great Lakes.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (AP)--   Central Michigan University says it has kicked a fraternity out of school after many allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing and the death of a member.

Vice President Steven Johnson says the allegations against Phi Sigma Phi show a "significant threat to the safety" of students. He says the university has been frustrated by witnesses who have been uncooperative or unwilling to discuss certain matters.

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Local governments in the Upper Peninsula are raising money to pay expert witnesses in a major dispute over the taxable value of big-box stores.

The Michigan Tax Tribunal will hear a case next year involving a Menards store in Escanaba. City Manager Patrick Jordan says Escanaba is trying to raise $200,000, which would trigger another $200,000 from the state Treasury Department.

Jordan says approximately $171,000 has been raised. Marquette County has given $10,000.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court is hearings arguments in a case that will determine if people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program can sue the state.

An automated computer system run by Gov. Rick Snyder's administration was a disaster. Thousands of people were accused of cheating to get unemployment aid. They were forced to repay money, along with substantial penalties, before the state acknowledged errors.

The issue for the Supreme Court on Wednesday is a technical one: Did plaintiffs wait too long to sue?

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states.

Michigan and North Dakota will decide now if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A review of water testing results at Detroit Public Schools found that one school had more than 54 times the allowable amount of lead under federal guidelines while another exceeded the regulated copper level by nearly 30 times.

The Detroit News reports it reviewed hundreds of pages of water reports for 57 Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings that had elevated levels of lead and/or copper in the water.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up nearly 2 cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon.

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 58 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.96 per gallon in the Traverse City area. The highest was in the Marquette area for the third consecutive week at about $3.06 a gallon.

The Detroit-area's average was about $2.98 per gallon, up about 1 cent from a week ago.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state of Michigan says nine service agencies have been awarded a total of $54 million in grants for low-income assistance with heating and electric bills and to teach energy self-sufficiency.

In Marquette, the Superior Watershed Partnership was given $2.4 million.

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