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Michigan

October 11, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 10/11/2012

Fungal meningitis cases rise by 3 to 28

DETROIT — The federal government says Michigan cases in a meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated medication have risen by three to 28.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted new numbers on its website Wednesday. Michigan has 28 cases, including three previously reported deaths.

Rare fungal meningitis has been linked to contaminated steroids injected into people with back pain. The medication was made by a Massachusetts pharmacy and shipped to four Michigan clinics.

There have been at least 12 deaths from the national outbreak.

The Michigan residents who died were a 67-year-old woman from Livingston County, a 78-year-old woman from Washtenaw County and a 56-year-old woman from Genesee County.

Appeal isn't planned over check-off box

LANSING — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson doesn't plan to file an emergency appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocks a citizenship check-off box on Michigan ballot applications.

MLive.com reports Johnson's office confirmed the decision this week. Johnson's office still could go through the usual appeals process after reviewing the ruling, but the box won't be used for the Nov. 6 election.

The check-off box incensed some voters. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman on Friday granted a preliminary injunction forcing Johnson to have the boxes removed for the election.

Johnson, who pushed for the box, had argued that the citizenship question could prevent unqualified person from voting and committing a crime.

Borman called the box confusing and a burden on the right to vote.

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