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News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press

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IONIA, Mich. (AP) - A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February faces a court hearing Wednesday on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges. Michael Elliot is being arraigned in Ionia District Court. Elliot was captured Feb. 3 in LaPorte County, Ind., one day after escaping from Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan. Authorities say the 40-year-old slipped under gates and made holes in fences to get away before carjacking a woman in Ionia. The woman escaped in Indiana.

DETROIT (AP) - Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning. The driver says that in one instance, the Impala was traveling at 40 miles per hour with no one in front of it when the brakes activated. The car was struck in the rear by another vehicle. No injuries were reported.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a decision that favored a Florida woman as guardian for grandchildren in Michigan. The court says Lori Scribner doesn't get an advantage under state law just because she's a relative. The children are age 12 and under and have been in foster care for five years. Foster parents want to adopt them. The case is returning to the appeals court for work on other issues.

DETROIT (AP) - A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is a "great victory" for voters and the state. Jennifer Gratz says the ruling is good news for university applicants who will know they're being accepted or rejected based on merit. The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions.

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