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News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - A former lawyer with the state of Michigan is appealing a decision that stripped him of his law license for his hostility against a gay college student. Andrew Shirvell argued Wednesday that he didn't get a fair hearing at the Attorney Discipline Board. He says lawyers on the three-member panel have a record of supporting gay rights. Cynthia Bullington of the Attorney Grievance Commission says Shirvell's appeal is "frivolous."

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A 49-year-old woman has been arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony in the fatal shooting of a co-worker in a Detroit-area department store. Prosecutors say Sandra Waller appeared Wednesday in Taylor's 23rd District Court. The prosecutor's office says 49-year-old Lorraine Faison, of Allen Park, was shot once in the chest following a brief argument Monday morning at the Burlington store in Taylor.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A divided Michigan Senate has voted to let publicly funded charter schools get a piece of property taxes collected under county-wide millages. Voters in six intermediate school districts in Michigan have approved the "enhancement" millages: Wayne, Kent, Kalamazoo, Midland, Monroe and Muskegon. The revenue goes to traditional school districts in the counties on a per-pupil basis. The Republican-led Senate approved a bill 23-14 Wednesday to also let charter schools receive the funding.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan would become the 44th state to require equal insurance coverage of chemotherapy regardless of whether the drugs are given by needle or taken orally under a bill passed overwhelmingly by the Senate. The legislation approved Wednesday will next be considered by the House, where a similar measure died last year in a committee. The bill addresses the tendency for chemo pills to cost patients much more out of pocket, partly because health insurers cover them differently than IV chemo.

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