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By The Associated Press • Apr 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Judge won't order Flint bottled water program to resume

FLINT (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request to order Michigan officials to resume distribution of free bottled water in Flint.

The Flint Journal reported that U.S. District Judge Judith Levy sided with the state, which announced an end to the program on April 6. Tests show Flint is far below the federal action level for lead as it recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis.

Some residents and Mayor Karen Weaver say bottled water should remain available until home water lines are replaced, a job that will last until 2020.

A resident filing the lawsuit said lead in his water tested far above the federal action level. The judge wasn't swayed, since the man isn't living in the home.

Levy said Friday that denying the request wouldn't cause irreparable harm.

Classes canceled after gunfire hits southern Michigan school

JACKSON (AP) — Classes are canceled at a school district in southern Michigan a day after gunfire apparently from a nearby neighborhood shattered windows of two occupied high school classrooms.

No one was injured at Jackson High School in Thursday afternoon's shooting.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported that police said two bullets that hit the school likely came from the area of an apartment complex across the street. Police were working to determine whether the school was targeted or if it was stray gunfire that hit the building.

The school was put on lockdown Thursday after the shooting.

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal described the high school as an "unfortunate victim of neighborhood violence."

The shooting is under investigation and tips from the public are being sought in the case.

Calley mistakenly filed some signatures for other candidates

LANSING (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley inadvertently turned in dozens of nominating petitions for other candidates in unrelated races as part of his bid to qualify for the ballot.

The Detroit News reported at least 47 sheets submitted by the lieutenant governor contained signatures for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Sandy Pensler and two petitions were for U.S. House hopeful Nancy Skinner, a Democrat.

Michael Stroud, a consultant for Calley's campaign, said the petitions were accidentally submitted because a circulator collected signatures for a number of candidates. Stroud said it "doesn't impact the total count," since more than 25,000 signatures were properly filed — about 10,000 more than needed.

The newspaper said the erroneous petitions were discovered by a super PAC supporting Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is running for governor.

Man found slain in Indiana recreation area was from Michigan

FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — Authorities said a man found slain earlier this month in a recreation area in northeastern Indiana most recently lived in mid-Michigan.

Indiana State Police on Thursday announced an update on the homicide investigation, saying that the body found April 13 by workers at Trine State Recreation Area in Steuben County had been identified as 29-year-old Nigel Jerome Headley of Lansing.

An autopsy determined that the death was a homicide and the cause was multiple blunt force traumatic injuries to the head.

Indiana State Police, Indiana conservation officers and the Steuben County coroner's office are working together on the investigation. Anyone with information that might be helpful in the investigation asked to contact Indiana State Police in Fort Wayne.

Detroit-area students march to honor gun violence victims

FARMINGTON HILLS (AP) — Dozens of students walked out of their Detroit-area high school as part of an effort to honor victims of gun violence and create a dialogue about increasing school safety.

The protest at North Farmington High School began at 10 a.m. Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting that left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado. It was one of many demonstrations in Michigan and around the U.S.

The North Farmington students walked en masse, with a police escort, nearly a mile through Farmington Hills to a Methodist church, where they took part in a town hall-style meeting.

The North Farmington students carried signs honoring those killed not only at Columbine, but also in mass shootings in Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas; and elsewhere.

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