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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state commission has approved a slimmed down project to build a $40 million welcome center on the lawn of the Michigan statehouse that will boast adjustable space for meetings and catered events.

The Michigan State Capitol Commission agreed to move forward with the underground Heritage Hall project with money appropriated in the lame duck session at the end of 2018. The initial cost estimate was $55 million, but $15 million of that didn't make it through this fall's budget season.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Pride flags are flying on the state office building in Lansing for the first time in Michigan's history.