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By The Associated Press • Mar 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Michigan releases updated fish consumption guidelines

LANSING (AP) — Michigan officials have released updated consumption guidelines for fish caught in lakes where industrial chemical contaminants have been detected.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced the release of its Eat Safe Fish guide for fish in two lakes in Kent County and waterways in Crawford and Oscoda counties. It's part of an effort to deal with emerging contaminants — perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.

The state said fish were tested as a result of the PFAS effort, but mercury testing was included. All fish have some mercury.

The chemicals were long used in firefighting, waterproofing, carpeting and other products. They have been identified at 28 sites, including near where footwear company Wolverine World Wide dumped waste decades ago north of Grand Rapids.

Man from 'Meet the Putmans' arraigned on federal gun charge

BAY CITY (AP) — A Michigan man who appeared with his family on the TLC show "Meet the Putmans" has been arraigned on a federal gun charge.

Brandon Putman appeared in federal court in Bay City on Thursday, MLive reported. He was charged with one count of unlawfully receiving an unregistered firearm. He's accused of trying to get copies of a component to convert AR-15 rifles into automatic machine guns.

Putman was charged in February with illegal possession of a machine gun. A grand jury indicted him on the newer charge.

Defense attorney Brian Lennon entered a not-guilty plea on Putman's behalf.

Putman's trial is set to start May 1. He remains free on bond.

"Meet the Putmans" aired on TLC last fall. Three generations of a family lived in one house in Michigan.

School district cancels classes after gun found, student arrested

PITTSFORD (AP) — Schools in a southern Michigan district have been closed and a 13-year-old student arrested after a handgun was found in a school building.

Classes were canceled Thursday in Pittsford Area Schools.

The Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office said school officials found the handgun in a locker Wednesday after receiving a tip. The school was placed on lockdown.

Deputies said they searched the student's possessions and found a possible "destructive device," which was removed from the school and later disposed of by a state police bomb squad.

Authorities questioned the student at the school. Additional evidence was removed from his home. He has been turned over to the county's probate court system.

Classes were expected to resume today.

3 counties labeled at high risk for bovine tuberculosis

LANSING (AP) — State officials have designated portions of three northern Michigan counties as "potential high-risk areas" for bovine tuberculosis.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development applied the label to parts of Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties.

The move came after four free-ranging whitetail deer were found that tested positive for the fatal illness.

The designation requires that all cattle and bison herds located within a 6.2-mile radius of a bovine TB-positive deer be tested within six months. Officials say the testing ensures the disease has not spread from deer to livestock, protecting Michigan's cattle industry and reassuring the state's trading partners.

The department is contacting affected herd owners to schedule testing. A public information meeting is scheduled for March 29 in Rogers City.

Detroit man charged with killing woman during dog attack

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities said a Detroit man who fatally shot a woman while trying to stop a dog that was attacking her has been charged.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Michael Lewis Williams, 61, is charged with careless discharge of a weapon causing injury or death. He is expected to be arraigned today.

Patricia Cosby, 55, was being mauled by a stray dog on a Detroit street in October 2017 when she was shot. The dog ran away.

Prosecutors said Thursday that Williams chased the dog and fired two more shots and returned to find Cosby had been wounded.

Police have said the man who fired the shot had a license to carry a concealed weapon.

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