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Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

August 13, 2014 | AP       The Obama administration says the clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health law.
     Officials said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship and information documentation doesn't match what the government has on file.
     These consumers will need to upload their documentation to HealthCare.gov by Sept. 5, or mail it in.
     Otherwise their coverage will end Sept. 30.
     Of the 8 million people who signed up for private coverage through President Barack Obama's law, more than 2 million at one point had discrepancies of some sort that affected their eligibility.
     That number has been greatly reduced - but the remaining cases are proving difficult to clear up.

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Recruits to start DNR conservation officer academy
LANSING, Mich.  December 26, 2014  |  AP  A group of 44 potential state conservation officers are scheduled to start recruit school.   
College sees small, big benefits with loan promise
ADRIAN, Mich.  December 26, 2014  |  AP  A small, private Michigan college has a deal for students: Make more than $37,000 a year after graduating or the school will pay all or part of your loans.   
Eastern Michigan offers grad school open house
YPSILANTI, Mich.   December 26, 2014  |  AP  Eastern Michigan University has scheduled an open house for undergraduate students and working professionals interested in graduate school.   
ACLU backs evangelists in Arab fest controversy
DEARBORN, Mich.  December 26, 2014  |  AP  The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the side of Christian evangelists in a free speech case at a federal appeals court.   
Man donates 26 rods to hook more kids on fishing
PORTAGE, Mich.  December 26, 2014  |  AP  Hams, money, coats? No, a Kalamazoo-area man gave the needy what he knows best - fishing.   
Midwestern governors build credentials for 2016
MADISON, Wis.   December 26, 2014  |  AP  Some potential Republican presidential candidates likely won't be shuffling off to Iowa or New Hampshire as the calendar flips to 2015. They'll be hunkered down in statehouses across the Midwest, drafting budgets and pushing bills through their GOP Legislature.   
MI Supreme Court to decide whether paternity can be challenged after divorce
  December 26, 2014  |  MPRN  The state Supreme Court will decide whether a woman can have her ex-husband’s parental rights revoked because he’s not the biological father of her daughter.   
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Expert believes boy is competent to stand trial
Grand Rapids MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A psychologist says a 12-year-old boy is competent to face trial in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a playground in the Grand Rapids area.    
Investigator joins Michigan secretary of state
Lansing MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A veteran investigator has joined the Michigan Secretary of State's Office to crack down on auto insurance fraud and other scams.    
Muskegon teen to be tried in death of her newborn
Muskegon MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU   A 17-year-old girl has agreed to stand trial on a murder charge after her newborn daughter was found partially buried outside an apartment complex in western Michigan.    
'Swiss' Imfeld retires from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.   December 24, 2014  |  AP  The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's longtime food purchasing manager has retired.   
Enbridge oil spill settlement is $6.25M, not $6.75M
BATTLE CREEK, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  A settlement over a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan is worth $6.25 million, not $6.75 million as lawyers reported earlier in December.   
Forecasters warn about strong Christmas winds
DETROIT   December 24, 2014  |  AP  Michigan utilities are bracing for extremely strong winds, a year after a storm put thousands of people in the dark at Christmas.   
Session yields 224 lame-duck bills going to Snyder
LANSING, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is reviewing hundreds of bills approved by the Legislature in the waning days of the lame-duck session.   
Gold bars worth $2,370 dropped in Michigan kettle
MUSKEGON, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  The gold rush continues at Salvation Army collection centers in Michigan with the discovery of two gold bars in a donation kettle in Muskegon.   
What stalled in Legislature's lame-duck session
LANSING, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  A look at some legislation that died in the recent lame-duck period and must be reintroduced in the Republican-controlled Legislature's next two-year session.   
NRC adopts eat-what-you-road-kill policy
LANSING, Mich  December 24, 2014  |  MPRN  A new rule makes it easier for drivers who hit and kill an animal to claim their road kill.   
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Cop gives gift cards, not tickets, in small town
bellevue, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A police officer inspired by the generosity of others with a badge is giving gifts instead of tickets in southwestern Michigan.    
Prisoner who won Supreme Court case denied parole
Adrian, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A prisoner who won a major Michigan Supreme Court case about changing his sentence won't be released anytime soon.    
100th Agriculture and Natural Resources Week set
East Lansing MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Plans are being made to mark the 100th Agriculture and Natural Resources Week next year.    
No appeal after law on same-sex benefits is stopped
Detroit, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  The state of Michigan won't appeal a decision that struck down a law barring local governments from offering benefits to same-sex partners.    
Muskegon Heights city manager gets new Flint post
  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Flint's state-appointed emergency manager has named Muskegon Heights city manager, Natasha Henderson, to the same job in Flint.   
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Gay marriage cases teed up for justices' action
WASHINGTON   December 23, 2014  |  AP  Gay marriage cases have been added to the Supreme Court's agenda, with enough time for them to be argued and decided by late June.   
Democratic mayor to help inaugurate GOP governor
LANSING, Mich.  December 23, 2014  |  AP  Detroit's Democratic mayor will serve as master of ceremonies for the inauguration of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in Lansing.   
DNR: Federal ruling limits options for wolf management
  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  State wildlife officials say they’re disappointed in a court decision that restores federal endangered species protections to the gray wolf in Michigan and other Great Lakes states.   
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Gov. Snyder will have final say on eliminating county gun boards
  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  Significant changes could be coming soon to the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses (CPLs).   
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MI Supreme Court: Schools must show dollar loss to sue state
LANSING, Mich  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  The Michigan Supreme Court says schools districts cannot sue the state under the Headlee Amendment for underfunding K-through-12 education.    
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Meth lab sends 2 officers, 2 suspects to hospital
Ishpemin, Mi  December 22, 2014  |  WGVU   Authorities say two police officers and two drug suspects went to a hospital for treatment after being exposed to chemicals from an active methamphetamine lab in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.    
App lets patients take prehistoric virtual journey
Ann Arbor MI  December 22, 2014  |  WGVU  An app featuring a bronze fossil floor at the main entrance of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor allows patients to take virtual prehistoric journey.    
Grand Rapids to reimagine Grand River floodwalls
Grand Rapids MI  December 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids is reimagining its flood protection system along the Grand River after years of resistance to calls by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost floodwalls.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 24 cents in week
Dearborn, MI  December 22, 2014  |  WGVU   AAA Michigan says statewide gas prices have dropped about 24 cents a gallon in the last week.    
Police: Man fatally shot during barbershop party
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  December 22, 2014  |  AP  Police say a man was fatally shot in Grand Rapids during a large weekend party at barbershop.   
State: 57 school districts had deficits for year
LANSING, Mich.  December 22, 2014  |  AP  Michigan education officials say 57 school districts and charter schools had budget deficits at the end of the latest fiscal year, up from 52 at the same time a year earlier.   
Judge: Clarification to tax formula is retroactive
LANSING, Mich.  December 22, 2014  |  AP  A judge has upheld a new law clarifying that Michigan never intended to give out-of-state companies a lower tax liability in a 2007 tax overhaul.   

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