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Doctor must wait for key decision in Flint water case

FLINT (AP) — A judge has heard closing arguments, but it still could take weeks before Michigan’s chief medical executive learns if she’ll face trial in a Flint water case.

A special prosecutor wants Dr. Eden Wells to stand trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of a man who had Legionnaires’ disease. She’s also charged with obstruction of justice and lying to police.

Judge William Crawford must decide if there’s enough evidence, a low legal standard at this stage. She denies the allegations.

Prosecutor Todd Flood said Wells should have done more to inform the public about a Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015. Some experts have linked it to a change in Flint’s water.

Resort community eliminates ‘Christian persuasion’ bylaw

BAY VIEW (AP) — Members of a northern Michigan resort community have eliminated a bylaw being challenged in court that requires homeowners to be of “Christian persuasion.”

The Petoskey News-Review reports members of the Bay View Association voted 69 percent to 31 percent Saturday to strike down the decades-old requirement.

A newly adopted rule states applicants for membership must support the Bay View mission and “respect the principles of the United Methodist Church.” It eliminates a requirement that applicants submit a letter of recommendation from their pastor or church leader.

A group of residents have filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the rule, alleging it violates the First Amendment.

The U.S. Department of Federal Housing notified the associated in May that it failed to prove it’s exempt from a law prohibiting discrimination.

Michigan twins from different parties advance in election

KENTWOOD (AP) — Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan.

Monica Sparks, a Democrat, and her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, won their party's nomination Tuesday during the primary election. They'll now advance to the November election for seats on the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

It's possible that Sparks and Tyson could serve together because they're running in different districts.

Sparks says she decided to run for office when her sister declared her candidacy. They say they were adopted into a family that taught them to pay attention to government and public affairs.

City employs goats to get rid of poison ivy

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats.

Goat owner Mary Beth Herbert says the goats graze on the poison ivy, causing stress to the plants so that they retreat. She says it will take years of cyclical grazing to eradicate the poison ivy.

On Wednesday, the goats named Ruth, Bader and Ginsburg, got a start. Herbert brought the sic-month-old Kiki goats in her Subaru, and enclosed them in fencing where they grazed away on plants along the city’s bike path behind the high school.


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