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

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Jurors are considering the fate of a man charged with murder in the robbery and shooting of Eastern Michigan football player Demarius Reed. The prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases today in Washtenaw County. Twenty-one-year-old Ed Thomas faces open murder and robbery charges in the October 2013 death of Reed.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - State Representative Wayne Schmidt has picked up support from an unlikely source in the race for an open Senate seat in northern Michigan. Schmidt is facing an August 5th primary challenge from fellow Republican Representative Greg MacMaster in the 37th District. MacMaster's mother, Michele, tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that Schmidt is "the better candidate," citing his background and community activities.

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 23-year-old man has been charged in the killing of his 30-year-old sister in Dearborn. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office says Asyh Elmawri died Saturday from a combination of strangulation and multiple stab wounds. Haron Rajeh Elmawri was charged today with first-degree murder and torture.

DETROIT (AP) - Construction has started on a long-awaited commuter light rail project linking downtown Detroit to the city's New Center area. Woodward Avenue from Adams Street to Campus Martius will be closed for 120 days for M-1 Rail work. Crews will remove concrete, install rail tracks, perform drainage work and utility relocation. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2016.

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