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By The Associated Press • Jan 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM

More than 26M fish stocked in Michigan waters during 2017

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said it placed nine separate fish species into state waters during fall stocking operations.

More than 834,000 fish were stocked at 76 locations.

DNR fish production manager Ed Eisch said when combined with spring and summer results, the 2017 stocking total exceeded 26 million fish.

Michigan has six state and three cooperative hatcheries. They produce the species, strain and size that fisheries managers need. The fish must be delivered at the right place and time for stocking to succeed.

Most fish in Michigan are stocked in the spring.

Species stocked in 2017 included brook trout, brown trout, coho salmon, lake trout, Eagle Lake and steelhead strain rainbow trout, lake sturgeon, walleye and muskellunge.

Michigan jail system fights hepatitis A with free vaccines

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan jail system is fighting the spread of hepatitis A in the state's three largest counties.

Thousands of jail inmates in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have opted to receive the hepatitis A vaccine for free in recent months, The Detroit News reported. Health officials have also offered the vaccination through the Detroit Detention Center and Detroit Re-Entry Center.

The vaccine is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and costs the state $25 per dose, said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Inmates receive the vaccinations for free because they're covered through the state agency's adult vaccination program.

Those in jail are particularly vulnerable to hepatitis A because of the close quarters inmates share, health officials said.

The hepatitis A outbreak began in Michigan in 2016, Sutfin said. More than 110 people contracted the disease that year, compared with an annual average of 65 cases in the previous five years.

Train strikes car stuck on tracks; no injuries reported

COMSTOCK (AP) — A passenger train has smashed into a car that became stuck on tracks in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office said the Amtrak train hit the car at about 10:45 a.m. Monday in Comstock, south of Grand Rapids. The car reportedly slid past a stop sign near an intersection. Roads in the area were snow-covered at the time.

The 47-year-old driver was able to get out of the car before the crash and was not injured. Sheriff's officials said she was ticketed.

No injuries were reported on the train.

Man found dead in cold had accidental overdose, authorities say

DETROIT (AP) — A man found dead outside a Detroit church amid frigid temperatures earlier this month died of an accidental overdose, authorities said Monday.

Police had initially said the man may have succumbed to the cold, but the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said test results found Dwayne Johnson died of cocaine and opioid toxicity. An office spokeswoman said the manner of death was ruled an accident.

The 54-year-old Detroit man was found dead Jan. 1 outside Detroit's Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Johnson's death was reported amid bitterly cold temperatures that were blamed for contributing to a number of Michigan deaths.

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