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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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State Police Searching for Person of Interest in Death of Teen

Michigan State Police(LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan State Police are asking for public assistance to identify a person of interest in the July 24 death of a Michigan teen.

The body of April Millsap, 14, was found on the Macomb Orchard Trail. State police said that the teen was walking her dog at the time of her death, which was between 6:20 p.m. and 8:20 p.m.

Authorities released a composite sketch of a person of interest in the case, a tall white man. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-616-4677.

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Michigan Announces Plan to Help Fund Green Laboratory Practices

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced on Thursday a program to help Michigan institutions develop sustainable laboratory practices.

The department says that funding through the Michigan Green Labs Initiative will be available to help institutions minimize the environmental impact of their lab organizations. The project is funded federally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is supported by a number of universities across Michigan.

Eligible organizations include universities, local governments and tribal governments. Grants up to $10,000 will be offered following a proposal with clear detail as to how the money will be spent and at least 50 percent of funding coming from the applicant.

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Snyder: Vote to Cut Pensions a 'Sacrifice' to Help Detroit, Michigan

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Earlier this week Detroit retirees and active employees voted to accept pension cuts as part of a plan to help Detroit move out of bankruptcy, a vote that Gov. Rick Snyder says shows that "Detroit continues to move forward."

Snyder said that the vote, results of which were released on Tuesday, is "an important step in the process of resolving Detroit's bankruptcy as quickly as possible." He called the vote a "sacrifice" that will help the city and the state.

"This vote is recognition that all of Michigan has pulled together to support our state's largest, and iconic, city and the people who work to protect and provide services to its residents," Snyder added.

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GM Plans to Add Up to 1,750 jobs, Invest $800 Million in Michigan

(DETROIT) -- General Motors is planning to add up to 1,750 jobs and invest an additional $800 million into the state over the next several years, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The initiative is part of a $1 billion investment plan announced by the Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday that includes two Chinese automakers.

“GM’s prospects are bright, and we want Michigan to play an important part in the company’s growth,” the car manufacturer said in a statement. “We are pleased with the state of Michigan’s action, which makes a strong business case for potential future jobs and investment at GM facilities across Michigan.”

It’s unclear where the jobs will be made available but the company said it planned to add locations throughout the state. Most of the jobs are expected to be offered at its technical center in Warren.

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