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By The Associated Press • Jun 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Michigan voters to decide on legalizing recreational pot

LANSING (AP) — Michigan voters will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

A citizen-initiated measure wasn't approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature before a 40-day deadline passed Tuesday. That means the ballot initiative will get a public vote in November.

Michigan has allowed medical-marijuana use for nearly a decade. If the ballot measure is successful, Michigan would become the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

The proposal would allow people age 21 or older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana outside their home and grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10 percent excise tax on marijuana would be assessed at the retail level.

The Michigan Senate leader wanted legislators to pass the bill to make it easier to change later, but support was lacking in the House.

State conservation officer rescues 1 of 2 kayakers from Lake Michigan

MANISTIQUE (AP) — A state conservation officer has rescued one of two kayakers from Lake Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that officer Mike Evink, the state police and other agencies responded Monday afternoon to a report of an overturned kayak south of Manistique in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Evink used his personal watercraft to locate and take one of the men to waiting paramedics. He searched for the second man and found him in about 8-10 feet of water. The DNR said several dive attempts by Evink to reach the man were unsuccessful. A police dive team later pulled the 23-year-old man's body from the lake.

The rescued man was taken to a Manistique hospital.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Students chastised for wearing marine uniforms at graduation

MARSHALL (AP) — Two high school graduates in southern Michigan have been chastised by their principal and a school board member for wearing Marine dress uniforms during commencement.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported Tuesday that the Marshall High School students decided not to wear their caps and gowns for Sunday's ceremony.

District Superintendent Randy Davis said they were allowed to participate in order to avoid disappointing their families who earlier were told caps and gowns were required.

Marine spokesman 1st Lt. William Tunney identified the graduates as Pfc. Willie Couch and Pfc. Samuel Hackworth.

Tunney told The Associated Press that they met high school graduation requirements to attend Marine recruit training. He said they graduated Friday from recruit training and are to report Monday to Infantry school in North Carolina for continued combat training.

Man dies after cutting self during home break-in

PETOSKEY (AP) — Authorities said a man has died after apparently cutting himself on shattered window glass after breaking into a home in northern Michigan.

The man was identified as 36-year-old Vincent Parnell Reynolds, who recently moved to Petoskey from the Saginaw area.

Officers found Reynolds bleeding on the morning of May 27 on the home's roof. Police said he left a party, eventually broke into a house and tried to escape through a window after a brief confrontation with the owner.

Petoskey Public Safety Director Matt Breed said investigators believe Reynolds severed an artery in his arm while breaking windows with his hands.

Police still aren't sure what Reynolds' motive was, but they said they don't believe he was trying to take anything. They're still investigating.

Black woman forced to expose herself at Target, lawyer says

SOUTHFIELD (AP) — A lawyer for a black Detroit-area woman says Target employees falsely accused her of stealing a bikini and forced her to expose parts of her body.

Attorney Jasmine Rand said Monday that Ashanae Davis, 20, was shopping at a Target store in Southfield on May 22. A security worker grabbed her arm, another handcuffed her and she was walked to a room, where she was told to lift her shirt and pull down her pants.

Rand says employees in the room were a white man, black man and white female manager.

Minneapolis-based Target says the woman was originally stopped because she had a swimsuit with tags in her bag that was later determined to have been purchased elsewhere. Target says the first security guard who confronted the woman has been fired.

Rand says that's not enough and that other black women with similar complaints have contacted her firm.

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