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Friday, May 17, 2019
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Lawmaker accused of selling his vote over text says he 'should have called' instead
A Republican state representative is standing firm in the face of turmoil. Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, was indicted by federal prosecutors this week for attempted extortion, bribery and lying to an FBI agent. Inman is calling the entire ordeal a big misunderstanding, saying texts can be misinterpreted and don't prove bribery. He also is resisting a call to resign by House Speaker Lee Chatfield. Inman sat down with MLive politics reporter Malachi Barrett in an attempt to clear the air. MORE
Video: Interview with Rep. Larry Inman
Representatives shocked by Inman's indictment
Extortion charges tied to texts seeking donations for 12
Weekend forecast: Keep your rain gear at the ready
It looks as if a large spring storm has Michigan in its sights. MLive chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa has the particulars of this weekend's forecast. The main takeaway is we can expect rain. Probably not a lot at first. But most everywhere in Michigan will get some. MORE
A 'blue' full Flower Moon sounds just lovely
Rise and shine: Begin you day with our live weather forecast
More than 40% of state's federally-funded roads are rated 'poor'
We all know Michigan's roadways are in rough shape. Heck, the governor's race in November was decided, in part, by this topic. We've got the data to back up what our eyes see and what our tie rods are dealing with. However, some Michigan counties are better off than others. MORE
These counties have the worst road ratings
Michigan counties with the best road ratings
Revisiting that time a prep player had six home runs in six at-bats
It was a feat worthy of a call from the likes of ESPN and USA Today. In fact, it still stands as a national high school record. And, somehow, 18 years have passed since it happened. Stevan Louch was a senior centerfielder for Clare High School when he had the day of a lifetime at the plate in the spring of 2001. MORE
Uncommon Michigan prep softball and baseball records
These 10 Northern Michigan resorts offer indulgent spa treatments
Northern Michigan is the perfect place for relaxation, especially when there are resorts offering soothing spa treatments to calm your mind and body. From massages to facials to manis and pedis, these places know how to pamper their guests. One of the resorts even offers a speed massage complete with a shot of bourbon for those who want an accelerated round of relaxation.  MORE
There are plenty of reasons to visit Michigan ski resorts in summer
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