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 WASHINGTON - Cities are drowning in the rising costs of treating waste 
water, especially those with outmoded sewers that overflow in wet 
weather and dump raw sewage into rivers and streams, a municipal group 
said today. 

 LANSING Michigan lawmakers are trying to reverse decades of urban decay with 
incentives for low-income residents to take over abandoned city homes 
and vacant lots.  But some critics fear it could further promote cities as
refuges for the poor that wealthy citizens flee for sprawling new suburbs. 

 Since 1991, the state Department of Natural Resources has neglected to 
pay a total of $30,000 in special assessments for control of Washtenaw County

To the developer, they appeared to be "scrubby little jackpines." But 
the state doesn't consider 40-year-old highway beautification trees 
"scrub" at all. That's why it is suing a condominium developer and a
subcontractor for 
destroying 26 Austrian pines along U.S. 31 in Muskegon County.

Local governments will receive $87,499 to assist in cleanup efforts of 
the KL Avenue landfill, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality 
announced Tuesday.

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