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Cherry harvest begins in northern Michigan

The cherry harvest has begun in northern Michigan, a week earlier than normal. Most growers this week are harvesting sweet cherries and over the next couple of weeks will start harvesting tart. Nikki Rothwell is the Coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center. She said the weather has played an unusual role in the timing of the harvest. “We started out really cold-remember that April snow?-we started out really really cold so we thought we were about two weeks behind....

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A small crowd that held a May Day rally in front of the state Capitol has a big ambition – to organize ballot campaigns that will support each other. The groups include efforts to legalize marijuana in Michigan, shut down an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, and to change the redistricting process.

Democrats in Lansing have renewed their mission for a Voter Bill of Rights.

Democrats in the state House attempted to pass a resolution to amend the Michigan Constitution last year. This time, State Representative Jon Hoadley is spearheading the effort.

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A 70 year old Flint man was sentenced this week for returning more than ten thousand pop cans and bottles to illegally collect on Michigan’s ten cent bottle return.

State officials say John Custer Woodfill partnered with an Indiana scrap dealership that bought uncrushed cans from residents at 60 - 80 cents per pound.

Andrea Bitely is the press secretary for Attorney General Bill Schuette. 

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A new bill in Lansing would protect people who leave their car idling in their driveway from getting a ticket. 

The measure would change an existing law that allows police to ticket drivers who leave their cars idling.

But some lawmakers argue that law is intended to protect residents from car theft.

The current law allows police to ticket idling vehicles - whether they’re in public parking lots or in private driveways.

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Teachers don’t have to wait if they want to drop out of their union. That ruling was handed down Wednesday by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The court said the Michigan Education Association can’t force teachers who want to leave to wait until an August “opt-out period.”

           

The ruling would also apply to other unions that would want to restrict when members could exit.

 

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Student enrollment has been on a steady decline across Michigan since 2010.

New data from the Michigan Department of Education show the trend has continued into the 2016-2017 school year.

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The Air Force said it will not comply with a new Michigan safe water law because it says it is discriminatory.

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Scientists are launching an exploratory mission into the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in search of undiscovered shipwrecks.

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Grayling is expected to get an economic boost within the next couple years from a new particleboard plant.

The project is expected to create 700 temporary construction jobs, 200 full-time jobs in the plant, and hundreds of new jobs in the local forestry and transportation industries.

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Cities statewide have been struggling financially, according to the Michigan Municipal League.

The league is proposing legislative solutions to help balance municipal budgets.

Matt Bach is with the Michigan Municipal League. He said city revenue has not tracked with the economy.

“People might think ‘oh the economy is getting better there is more jobs, there are more things happening.’ Which is true, Michigan’s economy is improving, but Michigan’s cities aren’t seeing that because of the way things are structured. The cities aren’t seeing that growth.”

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