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Officials: Voter Registration Deadline Nearing for General Election 

(LANSING, Mich.) -- State officials are reminding Michigan residents of the fast-approaching deadline for voter registration.

Citizens have until Oct. 6 to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said Wednesday.

"Every community will have an election in November and so I encourage you to register to vote," Johnson said in a statement. "Registration only takes a few minutes and then your voice can be heard at the ballot box."

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be a U.S. citizen. Voters can register by mail or in person at their county, city, or township clerk's office, or they may also visit any Secretary of State office. Those who qualify have the option of casting an absentee ballot.

For more details, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center website.

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Michigan President: 'Our System Failed on Saturday'

(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel released a statement Tuesday in response to the scandal surrounding a possible player concussion.

On Saturday, quarterback Shane Morris was kept in the game after taking a hard hit.

"Despite having one of the finest levels of team medical expertise in the country, our system failed on Saturday," Schlissel said in a statement. "We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates, and the entire Michigan family. It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety. As president, I will take all necessary steps to make sure that occurs and to enforce the necessary accountability for our success in this regard."

Head Coach Brady Hoke has been criticized for keeping Morris on the field.

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Ford Cuts Profits Outlook for 2014

(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- Will Ford's profit warning be the first of many?

The share price of the second-largest U.S. auto company plunged more than 7% as the firm cut its full-year profits outlook.

At a conference call for investors Monday, Ford CEO Mark Fields said he expects a pre-tax profit of around $6 billion this year, down from the $7 billion to $8 billion the firm previously forecast.

The decline is mainly attributed to weak sales in Russia, which has been slapped with economic sanctions that have impacted the country's growth.

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Construction on West Detroit Connector Rail to Begin This Week 

(DETROIT) -- Work on the West Detroit connect rail project is scheduled to begin this week, with improvements set to eliminate conflicts between passenger rail and freight trains on the city's west side.

Construction will replace the rail bridge over Junction Avenue, installing one mile of new track and switches, along with improvements for signals.

Changes aim to boost Amtrak passenger service at the West Detroit and Bay City crossings.

Work will affect lanes on Junction Avenue as the roadway will have only one lane open in each direction.

The bridge is scheduled for demolition this coming weekend, along with closures to Junction between Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway starting at 10 p.m. on Oct. 3.

Project work is slated for completion in June 2015.

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Michigan's Athletic Director Apologizes for 'Mistakes That Were Made'

(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- The University of Michigan's athletic director is now apologizing for "mistakes that were made" after a player appeared to have sustained a concussion and the head coach kept him in the game.

On Saturday, quarterback Shane Morris struggled to stay on his feet after getting leveled by a hit to the chin. But Coach Brady Hoke kept him in for another play.

In a statement posted online after midnight, athletic director Dave Brandon apologized for "mistakes that were made." Brandon blames confusion on the sideline for a lack of communication. He says for the first time, Morris was diagnosed on Sunday with a probable mild concussion.

Brandon does not address calls for Hoke's resignation.

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