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Michigan Joins National Project to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse 

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The National Governors Association selected the Great Lakes State to participate in a program aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse throughout the United States, officials announced Tuesday.

In the year-long Policy Academy on Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse program, Michigan participants will learn about interventions and policies and work with five other states to create specific strategies combating the issue.

Minnesota, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Vermont were also selected to join the project. Yet, the Michigan Department of Community Health will lead the state's efforts.

Michigan's pharmaceutical drug overdose death rate increased by 136 percent from 2003 to 2012, according to officials.

“Prescription drug abuse is a growing concern in our communities, throughout our state, and across our nation,” said James K. Haveman, director of the MDCH. “The Policy Academy is an excellent opportunity for key policy makers within Michigan to collaborate with others across the nation to find better, innovative ways to protect the health of our residents.”

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Detroit Woman Pledges to Go Vegan So PETA Will Pay Her Water Bill

(DETROIT) -- As thousands of Detroit residents struggle without water, one woman is reaching out to an unlikely source to help pay for her overdue bill: PETA.

The catch? Leslie Turner will have to go vegan for 30 days as part of a deal she struck with the animal rights group.

Last week, Turner mailed her overdue bill -- amounting to $147.12 -- and a pledge to go vegan to PETA, which recently announced it would pay the bills of 10 Detroit citizens who agreed to stop eating animal products.

"I heard about it on the radio," said Turner, a 46-year-old Detroit resident. "This would be a tremendous help -- it will be one less expense that I have to worry about."

The group's offbeat campaign takes advantage of the recent water crisis in Detroit, where residents owe more than $89 million on past-due accounts, and more than 7,000 people have had their water shut off in recent weeks, prompting chaos in the bankrupt city.

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Boy, 8, Fatally Shot While in Bed on Detroit's East Side

(DETROIT) -- An 8-year-old boy was shot and killed as he lay asleep in his Detroit home early Wednesday morning.

Police told ABC's Detroit affiliate, WXYZ-TV, that a man armed with an assault rifle stood outside of the New Brewster Projects shortly before 1:30 a.m., and opened fire on the home, with bullets piercing the walls of the residence and striking a little boy who was asleep on a bed in the home.

The child was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have taken a man into custody in connection with the fatal shooting, WXYZ-TV reported.

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Man Killed in West Side Shooting 

(DETROIT) -- Police are investigating a west side shooting that claimed the life of a 20-year-old man Monday night.

Officials say two men approached the victim around 8:30 p.m. near Schoolcraft and Rutland Street and engaged in a physical confrontation that erupted into gunshots.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

The suspects fled in the victim's car after firing the weapon, the Detroit Free Press reports.

One suspect is described as armed and in his teens.

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Michigan Secretary of State Reminds Voters of Next Week's Primary

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminded voters on Tuesday to vote in next month's primary election.

"Voting provides you an opportunity to make your voice heard not only in your community but throughout the state," said Johnson.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. on August 5, and stay open until 8 p.m. Voters will be able to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary, but not both.

Voters that fall under certain categories also can receive an absentee ballot through August 4. Voters over the age of 60, physically unable to attend the polls, expecting to be out of town on Election Day, are in jail, unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons or who are appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of their home precinct can submit an application for an absentee ballot by mail by 2 p.m. Saturday or can pick one up in person at any local clerk's office.

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