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Appeals court opens door to public aid for private schools

DETROIT (AP) — Private schools and their supporters in the Legislature have won a key ruling in a dispute over using tax dollars.

The Michigan appeals court on Tuesday said the state can give money to private schools to help them comply with health and safety rules, without violating the state Constitution. The case will return to a lower court judge to determine if the reimbursements are merely incidental to teaching and don't involve entanglement with religion.

Separately, Judge Cynthia Stephens also must decide whether the money needed approval from two-thirds of lawmakers for a local or private purpose.

The American Civil Liberties Union and public-school groups have challenged more than $2 million in public aid for private schools for fire drills, inspections and other state requirements. They say it violates the Michigan Constitution.


Website offers easy access to lead information, resources

A recently updated Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) website is providing a one-stop shop for Michigan residents seeking lead information and resources.

Michigan.gov/lead provides information on lead and lead services in Michigan, along with lead policies and laws. The newly revamped website also allows users to access lead data and reports and provides resources for lead professionals and healthcare providers.

“We want to educate people about lead The updated site is the result of combining two MDHHS lead websites. Leading the effort were the Healthy Homes Section (HHS) and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP). Both HHS and CLPPP work to reduce lead exposure in Michigan.


30-hour coffin stays rewarded with cash, Six Flags passes

AGAWAM, Mass. (AP) — Dying to win a little cash and a free pass to Six Flags New England? All you need to do is spend 30 hours in a coffin.

Six Flags in Agawam says six randomly chosen participants will try to spend 30 hours lying in a coffin that measures just 2 feet wide and 7 feet long.

The stunt starts Saturday at the amusement park. Those who manage to stay put will be given $300, a pair of 2019 season passes and the casket itself.

Participants will be allowed out of the coffin for six minutes each hour to use the bathroom, but they'll have to eat all their meals while lying inside it. They'll also be subjected to random "terrifying visits by the Fright Fest Freaks."


Oink oink, honk honk: Rogue pig goes hog wild in traffic

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It was a classic case of a ham on the lam.

Police in Maine's capital city are looking for the owner of a 50-pound piglet that wore itself out while dodging traffic Saturday evening after presumably escaping.

The Portland Press Herald reports Augusta police went door to door looking for the animal's owner without any luck.

They say the pig is being cared for by a person familiar with farm animals until the owner can be found.

The animal was in good condition other than being tired out from running around.

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