News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge has ordered Flint City Council members to meet with mediators in a Detroit courthouse to try to reach a long-term agreement over water. Council members appeared in Judge David Lawson's courtroom Monday asking for another week to make a decision on a possible 30-year contract with Great Lakes Water Authority. At the same time, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration urged the judge to allow Flint's mayor to bypass the council and sign the deal. Lawson isn't ready to do that.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A ballot committee proposing to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan has submitted more than 360,000 voter signatures in a bid for a statewide vote in 2018. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in the signatures to state election officials in Lansing on Monday. Michigan already allows for the use of marijuana for medical reasons. The proposal would make it the ninth state to legalize the drug for recreational use.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A law firm hired to review Michigan State University's Title IX program found it complies with federal legal requirements but can be improved. The school said a report released Monday by the Kansas City-based Husch Blackwell firm recommended the university improve the program by re-evaluating its mandatory reporting protocols and streamlining the policy to make it more accessible for students and employees.
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A southern Michigan man says he robbed three pharmacies in under an hour as part of an attempt to get enough money to bail his sister out of jail. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports Antrell Williams of Jackson learned his punishment earlier this month, getting 20 to 40 years in prison. Williams apologized and said he robbed the pharmacies to collect money and drugs to sell hoping to collect $25,000.
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