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Michigan news roundup


TUESDAY, Feb. 16 — A roundup of news from around the state, provided by our partners at Capital News Service. Follow the links for the full stories.

Service animals, not pets, qualify for new patch: Miniature horses and dogs that help disabled people are getting a patch and identification papers to gain their owners greater access to public areas. About 40 Michigan residents have applied for the identification since the law went into effect about a month ago.

Study: mental illness associated with solitary confinement: State prison officials say that inmates in solitary confinement don’t harm themselves at a rate greater than the general population, contrary to a recent national study. Michigan inmates spent a total of 12,755 days in solitary during 2013-2014, according to state officials.

Bills would allow concealed guns without permits: Gun rights advocates in Michigan are taking another run at making it legal to carry concealed guns without a permit.

Lake bottoms, visible from space, may hint at trout comeback: Satellite imagery offers a new tool for identifying nearshore lake trout spawning habitat across broad areas of the Great Lakes, according to a new Michigan Tech Research Institute study. Based on research in Lake Huron and potentially applicable to other Great Lakes, especially Lake Michigan, scientists say that understanding spawning habitat long-term could help to improve or evaluate hatchery practices and be useful in building artificial reefs.

Two sites in UP classified as Historic Places: Two UP sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, one culturally important to members of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and the other related to a strike important to labor and women’s history. Rice Bay in Gogebic County is a traditional wild rice-growing area on northeastern Lac Vieux Desert lake in Gogebic County. In Ishpeming, the Braastad-Gossard Building dates to 1888.


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