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By The Associated Press • Jun 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Michigan governor candidates meet for only joint debate

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) — Six of Michigan's seven major-party gubernatorial candidates have met for their only joint debate before August's primary.

Democrats and Republicans sparred Thursday night over roads, education and other topics at the debate hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber's political action committee. There were few fireworks.

The format typically had two candidates from opposing parties answer questions.

Attorney General Bill Schuette touted his endorsement from President Donald Trump and a tax-cut plan, while Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said he has the backing of Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan has come a long way under their leadership.

Democrats criticized what has happened under Snyder's watch, citing Flint's water crisis.

Gretchen Whitmer said she would "fix the damn roads," while Shri Thanedar and Abdul El-Sayed said corporations have benefited at people's expense.

Police officers justified in shooting armed man, prosecutor says

KALAMAZOO (AP) — A West Michigan prosecutor says four officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a man who turned a gun toward them during a standoff.

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said Thursday he will not charge the officers in the April 18 shooting of 48-year-old David Gino Teneyuque.

WWMT-TV reported Teneyuque was coaxed from a van he had been holed up in, hit with a single bean-bag round fired by police, and then turned a gun toward officers. He was shot nine times.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff James VanDyken said the four officers from different departments who fired shots were placed on paid administrative leave following the incident.

Man sentenced in death of boy who found gun, then shot himself

CLINTON TWP. (AP) — A Detroit-area man will spend 17-50 years in prison for the death of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with a gun he found on the ground.

Lamonte Johnson was sentenced Thursday. He was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and gun charges.

Police have said Cameron Dillard was playing June 20, 2017, with other children when he picked up the gun after it was dropped outside an apartment complex in Clinton Township, northeast of Detroit.

Cameron's mother was nearby and heard the gunshot. The boy was rushed to a hospital by his parents, but later died.

Johnson of Mount Clemens later was arrested in Detroit.

Girls discover World War I practice bomb in Michigan lake

ARGENTINE TWP. (AP) — Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan.

The Flint Journal reported that Paige Burnett, 10, and Sage Menzies, 9, were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake on Tuesday when Paige felt something unusual.

The girls and Sage's mother dragged the 3-foot-long mystery find from the murky water.

Paige said they were excited at first, but then got worried. She said she was "so scared" it might explode.

The lake is in Genesee County's Argentine Township. Township police Sgt. Douglas Fulton said the Michigan State Police's bomb squad came out and drilled a hole in it, but "nothing but mud came out."

Charges dismissed for taking high-tech meters off house

SUTTONS BAY (AP) — Charges against a northern Michigan woman who says health concerns prompted her to remove high-tech electricity meters from her home have been dismissed.

Heatherlee Yorty, 63, of Suttons Bay said her health improved after she paid an electrician to put traditional meters back on her house.

She had faced misdemeanor charges because some electricity usage wasn't recorded.

Leelanau County Assistant Prosecutor Tristan Chamberlain told the Traverse City Record-Eagle that Cherryland Electric Cooperative put meters back on the home and agreed not to pursue legal action against Yorty as long as she agreed not to bother with them.

The so-called smart meters allow utilities to track electricity consumption without sending someone to each home. Cherryland says it has no scientific data to support the claim that meters cause health problems.

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