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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Liberal critics of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have cleared a procedural hurdle in a lawsuit seeking emails from the private accounts of key members of his staff.

A group called Progress Michigan believes Schuette and 20 staffers for years used private email to discuss public business. The group filed a lawsuit after the attorney general's office responded to a public records request by saying it possessed only one record and it was exempt.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment benefits agency would assess smaller penalties on jobless workers who are found to have committed fraud under newly introduced bipartisan legislation.

The change is included in an eight-bill package unveiled by lawmakers Thursday. The measures were drafted in response to the Unemployment Insurance Agency falsely accusing tens of thousands of beneficiaries of fraud.

A new state law prohibits fraud determinations based solely on computer-identified discrepancies. But legislators from both parties say other improvements are needed.

SISTER BAY, WI (AP)--   Authorities have released the name of a woman who died when a car landed in the water at Sister Bay Marina last weekend. 

The Door County Sheriff's Office identifies the victim as 24-year-old Victoria Burger of Sobieski.

A 24-year-old woman from DePere, who also was in the car, survived.

Authorities were called Saturday night about a vehicle that was in the water near the boat launch.

The sheriff's office says the investigation remains open.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature would eliminate or lengthen the statute of limitations for filing charges in sexual assault cases. 

The legislation approved unanimously by the Senate Tuesday would allow a prosecution at any time for second-degree sexual conduct if the victim was younger than 16. In cases of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the statute of limitations would rise to 20 years after the offense or the victim's 31st birthday, whichever is later.

That's 10 years longer than now.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder would give an income tax break to an estimated 1,000 police and firefighters who are currently at least 65 and who retired before 2013. 

The bill approved unanimously by the Michigan Senate Tuesday would allow the retirees who were not part of Social Security in their government employment to deduct more of their pension income from being taxed. The measure would primarily affect retired Detroit police and firefighters along with state police retirees.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation aiming to prevent police misconduct from being kept secret when officers leave for a job at another department.

The law signed Tuesday takes effect in 90 days. It will require law enforcement agencies to keep records about the circumstances surrounding any officer's employment separation. The officer will have to sign a waiver allowing a prospective employer to ask for the records, and the department will be unable to hire the officer unless it receives the documents.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   House Speaker Paul Ryan says he does not want to "shovel more money at a failing program" to replace federal subsidies that President Donald Trump is eliminating that help make health insurance more affordable. 

Ryan told reporters Monday that he supports the president's decision last week to end the subsidies. In Ryan's home state of Wisconsin the loss of the subsidies is projected to result in premiums increasing 36 percent for the average insurance plan sold through the federal exchange.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 11 cents per gallon in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.52 per gallon. That's about 26 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.49 per gallon in the Marquette area. The highest was about $2.58 per gallon in the Traverse City area. Previously, AAA Michigan says the Marquette area had the highest average price for four weeks in a row.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation to reduce Michigan's high auto insurance premiums by letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage is in peril, with majority Republicans lacking enough support to pass it on their own and many Democrats pushing an alternative plan.

House Speaker Tom Leonard says he needs 10 to 15 of the chamber's 45 Democrats to help move the bill to the Senate. That means 19 to 24 of the 63 House Republicans are opposed.

STURGEON BAY, WI (AP)--   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to restore buildings on some islands in northeast Wisconsin that date back more than a century. 

Renovations to the 325-acre Plum Island and the 4-acre Pilot Island could total almost $7 million.

The buildings on Plum Island are on the National Register of Historic Places. The island is also part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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