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Some Detroit municipal union leaders say striking is one of several options being discussed during ramped-up strategy sessions before new contract talks with the city begin.

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The latest round of cold temperatures following an unseasonably warm stretch earlier in the year is being blamed for wiping out some fruit crops in West Michigan.

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The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis.  Ford says that it doesn't expect a resin shortage to disrupt production at any of its factories.

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Eight proposals may be on Michigan's November ballot, bringing a deluge of money and ads over issues ranging from protecting collective bargaining rights to requiring utilities to use more renewable energy.

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The Republican-led state House has narrowly approved a bill that would allow more online charter schools in Michigan.

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Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth is offering a way for people convicted of non-violent crimes to avoid time behind bars by cleaning up dead animals.

Tougher graduation requirements for Michigan's high school class of 2011 did not result in a sharp rise in the number of dropouts.

The Michigan Court of Appeals again has put the brakes on a case that threatened to derail or delay a deal reached between the city of Detroit and a state-appointed financial review team.

A federal judge says he won't get involved in a dispute between Detroit city unions and Gov. Rick Snyder.

A state review team has determined that a "severe financial emergency" exists in Detroit, meeting the threshold necessary for the state to appoint an emergency manager.

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

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