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Gov. Announces First Payment into Mich. Health Endowment Fund

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Gov. Rick Snyder announced on Thursday that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan made the first payment of $100 million in the new Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

The fund was created in 2013 and requires BCBSM to contribute up to $1.56 billion to the fund in the next 18 years.

"This marks yet another important step in our efforts to improve the health of Michigan senior citizens and youths," Snyder said.

The fund was created to benefit Michigan residents, focusing strongly on minors and seniors. The fund has priorities such as infant mortality, wellness and fitness, access to healthy food, technology enhancements, health-related transportation needs and foodborne illness prevention.

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State Police to Host Drug Take-Back Event on April 26

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will partner up for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26 to provide a site for Michiganders to get rid of prescription drugs they may have in their homes.

The event will take place on April 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and individuals can go to any of the state police's 29 posts to give up expired, unused or unwanted medications.

Residents can give up their medications for free with no questions asked. The MSP notes that no liquids, inhalers, patches or syringes will be taken at their posts.

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, says that the event helps to "prevent pill abuse and theft by helping residents rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs."

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State-Licensed Commercial Fishing Brings in 35 Percent More Value

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said on Wednesday that state-licensed commercial fishing was up over 35 percent in 2013.

State-licensed fisheries caught over 3.6 million pounds of fish worth about $5.53 million before processing, marketing and retail sales. While the overall harvest fell short of 2012's figures in terms of overall weight -- down about 150,000 pounds -- the gross dockside value was up $1.44 million.

The Michigan DNR says most of this increase in value is attributed to an increase in the price of lake whitefish.

The overall participation rate remained the same, with 31 active state-issued licenses operated by 20 businesses fishing in Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Erie. The 20 businesses added an estimated $25 million to the state economy.

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Detroit Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing His Mother

(DETROIT) -- A Detroit man has been accused of fatally stabbing his mother.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Pamela Williams, 54, was fatally stabbed at her Detroit home on Sunday.

Her son, Jeremy Dijon Williams, 25, has been arrested and charged with open murder.

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Teen Dies After Shooting Outside Detroit High School

(DETROIT) -- A teenager has died after he was shot outside a Detroit high school Friday night.

According to the Detroit Free Press, shots were fired from a car full of people into a crowd outside the school.

Darryl Smith, 19, was shot and died later this weekend. According to the Free Press, Smith was not a student at the high school but had been attending an event there with a relative.

The suspects fled the scene following the shooting and no arrests have been made. Police believe the suspects to be gang members, the Free Press reports.

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