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By The Associated Press • Nov 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Michigan State says legal pot vote won't change campus rules

EAST LANSING (AP) — Marijuana is becoming legal in Michigan but not at Michigan State University.

MSU released a statement Monday, saying the use and possession of marijuana still will be prohibited at any university building or property. Violators will face "legal and disciplinary action."

Michigan voters last week approved the use of marijuana for people age 21 and older, a decade after medical marijuana was blessed by state voters. The law could kick in before the end of the year, although it will take months or longer for retail pot shops to develop. Communities could ban them.

MSU's statement is similar to a statement released by the University of Michigan.

Changes proposed in inventory of Michigan forest roads

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking public comments on proposed changes in its inventory of forest roads.

The plan adds 26 miles of roads in northern Lower Peninsula, bringing the total to nearly 7,600 miles.

It also adds 31.5 miles to the number that are open for off-road vehicle use, bringing that total to 6,308 miles.

Officials say the changes result from on-the-ground reviews by DNR staffers and a review of public comments submitted earlier.

Public input on the newly proposed revisions will be accepted by email at [email protected] and online until Dec. 7. Comments also can be made at the January and February meetings of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

The DNR director is expected to decide in February whether to approve the plan.

Mom who died with daughter had 'quality of life' issues, police say

PORT HURON (AP) — Police believe a woman killed her 79-year-old mother and then fatally shot herself due to "quality of life" issues for the older woman.

The women were identified as 58-year-old Jennifer Fowler and her mother, Helen Fowler. Their bodies were discovered Saturday at a Port Huron home.

Port Huron police Sgt. Jeremy Young said the younger Fowler likely picked up her mother in Fort Gratiot that day. He said investigators believe Helen Fowler was dealing with some "quality of life" issues.

Young told the Port Huron Times Herald that there was some family discussion about their mother's suffering. No other details were released.

Tampering suspected in leak from ammonia tank

HAMLIN TWP.. (AP) — Authorities suspect that someone tampering with a tank containing ammonia that's used in farming caused a leak in rural Michigan that prompted some evacuations.

The fire department in Eaton County's Hamlin Township said crews responded Sunday night to reports of a strong odor and found a leak at an anhydrous ammonia storage tank. The leak was quickly stopped. About 10 people were evacuated from nearby and others were told to stay indoors.

No injuries were reported, but two firefighters were evaluated at the scene.

The all-clear was given early Monday after the ammonia dissipated.

The cause of the leak is under investigation.

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