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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit man charged after one man died and two others were wounded in a 2017 shooting at a Lansing barbershop has been convicted of murder and other charges. The Lansing State Journal reports a jury this week convicted Shawn Pickens of charges including first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and carrying a concealed weapon. The murder conviction is punishable by a mandatory term of life in prison without parole. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 16.
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) - A prosecutor has dropped charges of failing to report child abuse against two school officials in a case where an art teacher threw a chair in his southwestern Michigan classroom, hitting and injuring an 11-year-old student. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic says the decision comes after Benton Harbor Charter School Academy's governing body, Choice Schools Associates, took steps educate those at its schools about reporting child abuse. The teacher was fired and pleaded guilty to assault.
DETROIT (AP) - A coalition of local governments and utilities has sued the state of Michigan over its implementation of the nation's toughest drinking water rules for lead. The Detroit-area group filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in the state's Court of Claims. They argue the changes made in June place a heavy financial burden on communities, infringe on private property rights and don't reach problematic fixtures inside residences.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislation that would facilitate the replacement of an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes is headed to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. The Republican-led Legislature approved the bill Tuesday. It would require a state authority to quickly OK the Snyder administration's deal for the construction and operation of a utility tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would house a replacement for a segment of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. The company would pay for the tunnel.
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