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DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Ford is replacing its CEO amid questions about its current performance and future strategy. 

A person familiar with the situation says CEO Mark Fields is retiring at age 56 after 28 years at the company. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement hasn't been made.

Fields will be replaced by Jim Hackett, who joined Ford's board in 2013, this person says. Hackett has led Ford's mobility unit since last year. He is the former CEO of office furniture maker Steelcase.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 8 cents per gallon in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.49 per gallon. That's about 9 cents more than it was at the same point last year.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight on its way to Seoul, South Korea, had to dump fuel and return to Detroit Metropolitan Airport after a cockpit light showed there was possibly an open maintenance panel on the outside of the aircraft.

The Detroit Free Press reports that spokesman Trebor Banstetter said Flight 159 took off from Detroit at 4:48 p.m. Saturday and that the indicator light came on about 30 minutes later.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Alarmed by the number of motorists staring at their screens instead of the road, 

lawmakers are proposing to make Michigan the 15th state to ban driving while holding a hand-held phone.

Police and safety advocates say the current prohibition against texting and driving is outdated, vague and difficult to enforce. To save lives, they contend, a blanket ban on hand-held devices should be considered — with exceptions for hands-free technology.

Nearly 12,800 crashes in Michigan last year involved distracted driving, a 70 percent spike from 2015.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say they've confirmed the first West Nile virus activity for Michigan in 2017 in three birds. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday the virus was identified in a turkey found in Barry County as well as a crow in Kalamazoo County and a crow in Saginaw County. The birds were found sick or dead in early May and tested positive this week.

People are being warned to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, which can transmit the virus.

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   An open house and ribbon-cutting event is scheduled to celebrate recent construction projects at Fayette Historic State Park in the Upper Peninsula. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the program will be held May 27.

The park is located south of the village of Garden in Delta County.

Improvements over the past year include construction of a boat dock at Snail Shell Harbor and a modern restroom building at the park campground.

Supervisor Randy Brown says both will improve the experience for visitors.

UPDATE, 8:45 pm-- Police have released the names of those involved in the ATV accident.

Killed was Haley Vanabel, 14, of Marquette. The passenger, Zoe Kurian, 14, of Marquette was not injured. Both girls were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

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SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--    A teenager has been killed in an ATV accident in Sands Township.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office rescued a hiker lost in Marquette Township Friday afternoon. 

Around 3:30 p.m. deputies and Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to the Wetmore Pond area. Kaylee Moreno, 25, of Grand Rapids went for a hike in the area at approximately 2 p.m., lost sight of the trail and became disoriented.

Moreno called 911 and Central Dispatch was able to get her GPS location from her phone. The information was relayed to responding personnel, who found Moreno about a half-mile north of Compeau Creek Road.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Fred Upton plan to visit the Soo Locks at the beginning of next month. 

On behalf of Michigan’s Congressional Delegation the lawmakers will join Governor Rick Snyder on the June 2 tour. They say the locks are part of Michigan’s most critical infrastructure and impact not only the shipping industry and economy, but national security.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is applying chemicals to the Little Garlic River in Marquette County to kill sea lamprey. 

The lampricide kills lamprey larvae, which live in Great Lakes streams and tributaries then migrate to the lakes and kill fish. Infested streams must be treated every three to five years to control lamprey populations.

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