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Tuesday, May 10
Lansing - Michigan's system of paying for school improvements has created vast gaps between districts, according to a report. A Michigan State University center and the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan said residents in districts with lower property values pay higher tax rates to raise smaller amounts of money for construction while those in wealthier districts can raise more money while paying lower tax rates.

Monday, May 9
Flint - The city council plans to take a close look today at the trash trucks Mayor Don Williamson wants to buy for $2.34 million, about $160,000 more than the lowest bidder. The mayor's office says the trucks are worth it in the long run, but council President Johnnie Coleman has his doubts. The models will be at City Hall.

Friday, May 6
Farmington Hills - Eight Jewish motorcyclists are headed for Washington to honor Holocaust victims in the first Ride to Remember. The weekend event is expected to bring together about 200 Jewish bikers from 14 states to commemorate Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for those killed by the Nazis during World War II.

Thursday, May 5
Dexter - The selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the next pope has meant a big increase in business for Thomson-Shore Inc. The company is the printer for Ignatius Press, a Catholic publishing house that has exclusive rights to publish 22 works by Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. Scheduled runs of 3,000 copies have been bumped up to 30,000 and new runs of all of the pope's works are scheduled.

Wednesday, May 4
Lansing - Sen. Gilda Jacobs wants to lift the state's Prohibition-era ban against selling alcohol on Sunday morning and Christmas, saying it frustrates and inconveniences customers. Jacobs introduced legislation that would allow alcohol sales between 7 a.m. and noon Sundays and remove the Christmas Day ban.

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