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Today is Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and former Rep. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat are once again the center of attention in Michigan politics. A Michigan State Police detective questioned the merits of a criminal investigation against the two, calling it a “waste of time” during an interview with House Speaker Kevin Cotter, according to an audio recording obtained by The Detroit News.

The audio recording is part of a voluminous record of evidence amassed in an investigation that resulted in felony misconduct in office charges against Courser and Gamrat. Some of that evidence will play out in a Lansing courtroom beginning Wednesday as Ingham County District Court Judge Hugh Clarke considers whether the former lawmakers should stand trial for misconduct in office surrounding their extramarital affair.

Do you agree with the detective? Is the investigation a waste of time, or should they be held responsible for using taxpayer resources to cover up their affair?

Here's what else is making news today:

A fuel emergency 

DPS developments

"The Voice" finale

"Just Do It" on Woodward

  • Nike Inc.’s first “community store” in Michigan opens its doors at 10 a.m. Thursday in downtown Detroit. In addition to selling apparel, the so-called community stores — there are six others in the U.S. — push for physical activity and give back to the cities through volunteer work and collaboration with local organizations.

Grand Prix down the road

Pizza with a badge

Captain America twist

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