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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State Police are investigating whether the remains of three children found in Montana could be linked to the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers. 

The bones and teeth of three children were found in September in a shed in Missoula, Montana. An anthropologist estimated the children's ages to be 2-4 years old, 5-8 years old and 6-10 years old.

Tanner, Alexander and Andrew Skelton were 5, 7 and 9 when they were last seen at their father's Morenci, Michigan, home in November 2010.

KALAMAZOO, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is allowing residents to track snowplows and watch them at work via webcam. 

The department piloted the snowplow tracking program the last few years. It's now operational statewide.

The department's website features a map of the state with the option to view where the department's snowplows are active on the roads. The website also notes which snowplows are actively plowing or applying material. Some snowplows will also include a picture of what the driver sees out the front window.

POWERS, MI (AP)--   A U.P. basketball team that won 84 consecutive games is starting from scratch. 

The boys at North Central in Powers lost last week for the first time since 2014. The Jets are returning to their home gym Thursday against Carney-Nadeau.

Rapid River defeated North Central, 65-43, ending an amazing run for the Jets.

They won three Class D championships during the 84-game winning streak. The streak is the longest in Michigan prep basketball history, boys or girls.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Doctors will be required to check a prescription database before prescribing painkillers and other powerful drugs under legislation that has won final approval in Michigan's Legislature. 

The bill was passed Wednesday. Other bills winning passage would limit the amount of opioids that can be prescribed and require a "bona fide" physician-patient relationship to dispense drugs.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Legislature has unanimously voted to cut high financial penalties for collecting excessive unemployment benefits while easing the ability for employers and claimants to report cases of identity theft.

The legislation was approved Wednesday and will soon reach Gov. Rick Snyder. The bills are a response to thousands of people being wrongly accused of fraudulently receiving benefits.

In many cases between 2013 and 2015, claimants did not commit fraud and were hit with interest along with penalties above the overpayment.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Bills designed to get a handle on municipalities' underfunded employee retirement benefits are going to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature. 

The Legislature overwhelmingly approved the legislation Tuesday, after removing contentious provisions last week.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan education officials are looking for ways to address an increase in chronic absenteeism among students. 

The Detroit News reports that 15.6 percent of students were chronically absent in the 2016-2017 school year, up from 14.7 percent the year before. That means more than 233,500 students were absent for 10 percent of the academic year.

A new law approved last month requires chronic absenteeism rates to be a factor in measuring school quality.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Organizers of a ballot drive to make Michigan's Legislature meet part-time are pushing for more signatures by mail and through advertising.  

The Clean Michigan Government ballot committee announced the plan Monday. Spokesman John Yob says the group is two-thirds toward collecting the 315,000 valid signatures needed, which includes an extra cushion to allow for duplicates and flaws.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A government panel is scheduled for a briefing on a recent agreement between Michigan officials and the company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. 

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will discuss the deal during its quarterly meeting Monday in Lansing. It calls for the state and Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. to decide the future of Line 5 by Aug. 15.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and others are sounding the alarm over the expiration of federal funding that provides health insurance to 116,000 lower-income children in Michigan, saying cancellation notices may be sent to families as early as next month despite bipartisan support for 

continuing the program.

The Children's Health Insurance Program wasn't reauthorized by the Republican-led Congress, and lawmakers are at odds over how to pay for a five-year extension.

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