DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 2 cents per gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club announced late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.56 per gallon. AAA notes it's the first decline in three weeks. Prices are about 20 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.49 per gallon in the Flint area. The highest was about $2.62 per gallon in the Marquette area.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state schools chief wants to let local districts experiment with student testing.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston says Michigan will file for a federal waiver to allow five percent of the state’s school districts to opt out of the M-STEP and try their own tests.

Whiston says technology and social media are changing how kids learn, and student testing should reflect that.

“And kids are going to do very well at it because it’s where they’re at,” he says.

Whiston notes student testing has not kept up with how kids think.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The Nature Conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is ramping up security for midterm elections, but experts aren't satisfied.

Michigan Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams says the state will hand-count ballots in all precincts chosen in the post-election audit for the first time during the May and November races.

Cybersecurity experts aren't fully reassured, however. They say the state should instead promise to audit elections before certifying the results and codify these post-election procedures into state law.


Michigan Shipwreck Research Association

SOUTH HAVEN, MI (AP)--   Michigan shipwreck hunters say they've found the remains of a schooner that sank in Lake Michigan in 1873.

The Michigan Shipwreck Research Association announced this past week that the Lizzie Throop was found in 280 feet of water along western Michigan's coastline some 15 miles northwest of the city of South Haven. reports the two-masted, 86-foot-long schooner set sail from Muskegon, Michigan, on Oct. 16, 1873, on a lumber run to Chicago. It sank during a squall. Two crewmen died.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has co-sponsored legislation that would speed up Freedom of Information Act requests. 

The Iron Mountain Republican says the bill would require state departments to fulfill FOIA requests within 60 days. He says the measure is in response to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s statement that Michigan’s FOIA law doesn’t specify a timeline in which information requests must be fulfilled.

The bill now moves to the House Oversight Committee for consideration.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees has endorsed the selection of the school’s next president. 

Rodney Hanley will become LSSU’s next leader no later than July 1. He comes from Fisk University in Nashville, having served as provost and vice president for academic affairs for the past four years.

The Board of Trustees voted to hire Hanley at a meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Friday. Peter Mitchell has served as interim president since the unexpected death of President Thomas Pleger in May.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was dispatched to Elmer’s Country Market Friday around 10:50 p.m. for a 33-year-old male subject acting strangely.

Officers made contact with the workers from Elmer’s who stated one of them was threatened with a knife. Officers were brought to the receiving area in the back of the store where the male subject had barricaded himself in a second-story storage area.

For nearly two hours the subject did all of the following:

MARQUETTE, MI--   On Friday detectives assigned to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) received information about meth components and firearms in a residence on Fair Avenue in the City of Marquette. 

Detective from UPSET executed a search warrant at the residence and arrested a 38-year-old male and 27-year-old male for charges related to manufacturing meth.  Detectives seized an overwhelming amount of meth components, finished meth product, and two firearms at the residence. 

Jon Teichman / Ore Dock Brewing Company

Jon Teichman of the NMU Vinyl Record Club, and Jesse DeCaire, founder of The Terminal Orchestra spoke to us about an upcoming conglomeration of good times with live music and records being the focal point.  The Ore Dock Brewing Company is hosting.

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