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Dept. of Treasury Reminds Residents Online Shopping Is Not Tax-Free

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Department of Treasury reminds residents, who intend to shop online this holiday season, to keep their receipts.

Purchases made online are not tax-free, though retailers online sometimes do not collect sales tax. In these cases, Michigan law requires the purchaser to report and pay the "Use Tax."

Taxpayers are expected to keep their receipts and report the six percent tax on their state individual income tax return.

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State Officials Warn Dog Owners to Be Wary of Canine Brucellosis

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is urging Michigan residents to have their dogs tested after three cases of canine brucellosis have been detected in the past four months.

Canine brucellosis is a bacterial disease that is transmissible to humans through bodily fluids. People infected with the disease may experience symptoms similar to the flu. Dogs suffering from canine brucellosis may fail to become pregnant, or suffer stillbirths, inflammation of the male reproductive system, eye abnormalities and/or severe back pain, the MDARD says.

The MDARD also offered tips for dog owners such as:

  • Any dog owner planning a litter should make sure their dogs do not have brucellosis.
  • Breeding kennels should have a brucellosis surveillance programs.
  • Anyone purchasing a dog should ask the breeder or veterinarian to see negative brucellosis test results.
  • Any newly acquired dog or any dog that suffers from certain eye and spinal disorders should be tested for brucellosis by a veterinarian.

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State Lottery Aims to Offer Online Services in 2014

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Lottery plans to offer the online purchase of lottery tickets by the end of 2014.

The state lottery states that the new iLottery services should be available by the fourth quarter of 2014.

Online lottery players will require age and identity verification and an account. Players must play from within the state and will have spending limits.

Illinois and Georgia already offer iLottery services and Nevada and Delaware -- and soon New Jersey -- offer online gaming via casinos.

The online lottery system is expected to provide about $480 million in revenue over the next eight years.

In the 2012 fiscal year, the lottery contributed $778.4 million to the state School Aid Fund.

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Board Votes to Increase Toll on International Bridge

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Beginning next April motorists using the International Bridge will have to pay a higher toll.

The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority voted unanimously on Monday to increase the tolls on the bridge. According the Michigan Department of Transportation, the toll hike applies to both commercial and passenger vehicles.

Officials say from April 1, 2014 the toll for passenger vehicles will go from $3 per trip to $3.50. That toll will again increase on April 1, 2019, when passenger cars will be charged $4 per trip.

"Capital improvement projects expected to cost about $54.7 million (USD) are needed over the next 15 years to keep the bridge and plaza facilities structurally sound and operationally safe," General Manager of the International Bridge Administration, Phil Becker, said in a statement. "It's important to remember that all toll revenues are dedicated to covering the operations, maintenance and capital costs for the bridge."

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Lansing Police to Hold Session About Hiring Process

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Lansing Police Department is holding a session about the police officer hiring process on Tuesday.

The information session will reveal current employment opportunities within the department as well as establish a list of interested candidates for future openings.

The session will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle of David Church at 2645 W. Holmes Road. Police officers will be at the information session to answer questions.

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