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"WASHINGTON — A deal struck tonight by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and the Senate majority leader is expected to save millions in blight removal funds for Detroit and other Michigan cities, as well as for cities across the nation, which were at risk of being rescinded." (Detroit Free Press)

LANSING, MI — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and Michigan Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich are calling on Iran to release Amir Hekmati, a Flint native who has been in prison for nearly four years after he was accused of spying. (MLive)

Hundreds of thousands of Michiganians who qualify for veteran benefits aren't using them, and many vets don't know they're eligible. As a result, Michigan ranks among the bottom five states for federal spending per veteran. (Detroit News)

Washington — Michigan's congressional delegation is pressuring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to turn over a study on the value of funding a large replacement lock at Sault Ste. Marie. In a letter last week, 15 lawmakers, led by U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, requested that a top Army Corps official release the new information, emphasizing the importance of the Soo Locks to the regional economy. (Detroit News)

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U.S. Senator Gary Peters says proposed bi-partisan legislation would help reduce government spending in a common sense fashion.