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I-75 Construction in Wayne County to Start in May

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced that construction on Interstate 75 in Wayne County is scheduled to start next month.

Work will begin on I-75 on May 9 between Sibley and Goddard Roads, through the cities of Taylor and Southgate.

Officials said work will include repairs to 4.5 miles of pavement, with the work expected to be completed by early September.

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Two Arrested After Undercover Officers Observe Drug Deal

(DETROIT) -- Two people were arrested on drug-related charges in Detroit on Tuesday evening.

Police said around 6:40 p.m. undercover officers were conducting surveillance when they observed an alleged narcotic transaction take place in the area of 8 Mile Road and Cherrylawn Street. The officers responded and arrested two suspects.

A large bag of suspected crack cocaine was also recovered.

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Priest, Administrator Accused of Stealing Nearly $700K from Church

(DETROIT) -- A priest and a parish administrator have been indicted on charges for allegedly stealing nearly $700,000 from St. Thomas More Church in Troy.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that Edward Belczak, 69, and Janice Verschuren, 67, have been indicted on charges including mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy.

"The five-count indictment alleges that between 2004 and 2012, Belczak and Verschuren stole money and diverted funds from St. Thomas More Church and the Archdiocese of Detroit for their unjust enrichment and then concealed their criminal acts by creating or verifying false financial reports that were submitted to the Archdiocese," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

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Michiganians React to SCOTUS Ruling

(DETROIT) -- There are mixed reactions in Michigan after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the state's ban on factoring race into college admissions on Tuesday.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette applauded the ruling.

"We need to have diversity on our campuses, our colleges and universities across the State of Michigan and across America, and we need to achieve this diverse student population by constitutional means; that's the message of this opinion," Schuette said.

Michigan law student Rachel Jankowsi says she's excited about the ruling.

"I think it's a win for equality and I think now all college applicants have the ability to apply to college without race, or sex, or anything like that being a factor," Jankowsi said.

However, critics like student Kurtis Davenport believe the ruling turns a blind eye to racial inequality in K through 12 education.

"I know plenty of people that could be here, that should be here, and they are not here because they can't afford to be here or they can't get in because of the education system that they were provided with in the beginning," Davenport said.

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Detroit Police Arrest Three Following Armed Robbery

(DETROIT) -- Three people were arrested by police on Monday afternoon following an armed robbery in Detroit.

Police said they were called to the 2200 block of Helen Street around 3:30 p.m. and were told about an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The victim gave officers descriptions of three suspects involved in the robbery, and a search of the area by officers resulted in three suspects being spotted just around the block from where the robbery happened.

All three were taken into custody.

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