State Government

The loophole in Michigan law that allows concealed-weapon permit holders to open carry in "gun-free" zones isn't likely to be closed any time soon. That's because two state lawmakers — one a Republican and one a Democrat — are proposing drastically different approaches to addressing the issue. (Detroit News)

Republican State Representative Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell says she'll run for the GOP National Committee.

The Gongwer News Service says Gamrat announced her intention to run Thursday.

She faces two other candidates, including Mary Whiteford, who lost to Gamrat in the 80th House District primary last year. The other candidate is Kathy Berden of Sanilac County. Other candidates may also seek the post.

The winner will be chosen by the state Republican Party Committee.

OTSEGO, MI -- The state-owned Otsego dam on the Kalamazoo River got more grant money to help with its eventual demolition and restoration of the river to its natural course. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division was awarded $102,050 to provide further assistance to fund the Otsego Dam removal project in Otsego Township. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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(Lansing-Gongwer News Service) The sponsor of a proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the Michigan Legislature says the bill should move forward despite the national controversy surrounding a similar law in Indiana. 

TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, MI -- The Michigan Department of Corrections is confirming a report that its food-service provider, Aramark, served some food that had been thrown in the trash to prisoners housed in Saginaw County. The incident occurred in October 2014 at the Saginaw Correctional Facility, 9625 Pierce in Tittabawassee Township. Chris Gautz, public information officer for MDOC, said Aramark fired the worker involved. (MLive)