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Detroit Daily Round-Up: Michiganders now able to define as non-binary on drivers license and more

Ashanti Seabron

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(DETROIT, Mich.) Hello and welcome to this Thursday's edition of the Detroit Daily Round-Up. Happy Veteran's Day - Thank you to all of the brave men and women who have made, and continue to make, the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe.

Today is Thursday, November 11, let's check out Detroit's biggest stories of the day.

Michiganders now able to designate as non-binary on their state drivers license

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On Wednesday, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that Michiganders will now be able to select a non-binary option - marked with an "X" - as the sex on their driver's licenses and state ID cards.

The option allows residents to properly and accurately choose how they want to be identified, and Benson credited the state's decision.

"Personal identification is just that - personal," Benson said. "I am proud that Michigan is, with this move, joining 20 other states and the District of Columbia that offer this option."

$626 million settlement approved in Flint water case

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On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy approved a $626 million deal to settle lawsuits filed by Flint residents and others who were exposed to water contaminated by lead and bacteria throughout 2014-15.

$600 million of the total sum will come from the state of Michigan, which was accused of repeatedly failing to notice the risks of switching Flint's original water source in 2014.

Detroit's vacant Cooley High School gets bid from nonprofit

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In a recent announcement, Life Remodeled, a Detroit-based nonprofit, announced its plans to purchase and develop the, now vacant, Cooley High School on Detroit's west side.

Cooley High School has been vacant since 2010, and Life Remodeled is planning to offer the school district $400,000 for the school and also intends to invest $37.5 million in development over three years.

Pistons defeat Houston Rockets, 112-104

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On Wednesday evening, the Pistons cruised to a 112-104 victory over the Houston Rockets in their only nationally televised game of the season.

Jerami Grant led the Pistons in scoring with 35 points, 21 of which came in the third quarter.

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Your go-to news source for everything happening in Detroit. Ashanti Lee Seabron is a lifelong Michigander who's worked as a writer since 2013. He's committed to detailed and pertinent news for Metro Detroit.

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