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BATTLE CREEK, MI (AP)--   A fund is helping remove offensive depictions of Native Americans in city buildings, schools and monuments across Michigan.

The Native American Heritage Fund awarded a nearly $335,000 grant Friday to the Belding school district to remove Redskin imagery formerly used as a mascot. The district switched to the Belding Black Knights mascot in March.

ROMULUS, MI (AP)--   A contractor has pleaded guilty to paying more than $5 million to a Detroit-area airport official who submitted inflated bills and got a share of the spoils.

Prosecutors say William Pritula's company was hired for road repair and water line work at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. It's one of the largest bribery cases in Michigan's Eastern District.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about seven cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 65 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.96 per gallon in the Marquette area. The highest was about $3.06 a gallon in the Traverse City area.

The Detroit-area's average was about $3, up about 2 cents per gallon.

ONTONAGON, MI (AP)--   The remains of a Michigan man who was killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor have been buried in the Upper Peninsula.

Lowell Valley was 19 years old and in Navy when the USS Oklahoma was attacked. Radio station WDBC says Valley's remains were identified through DNA tests.

Valley's younger brother, Bob Valley, says he received a call from the Navy in January.

A funeral Mass was held Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Ontonagon, followed by burial with full honors at the church cemetery.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines.

Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. A public hearing Wednesday evening in Mackinaw City drew waterfront property owners, environmentalists and others.

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MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan regulators will take public comments on a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines. 

Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. They would be attached to the pipes and screwed into the lakebed.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Mackinaw City.

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SUN PRAIRIE, WI (AP)--   A police lieutenant in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, says one firefighter has died and another was critically injured in a gas explosion and fire that leveled several buildings in downtown Sun Prairie. 

Authorities said at an early Wednesday morning news conference that at least six firefighters were injured along with some civilians when a private contractor struck a natural gas main about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen about six cents in the past week to about $2.92 per gallon. 

The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 49 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.84 per gallon in the Bay City, Midland and Saginaw areas. The highest was about $3.02 a gallon in the Ann Arbor area.

AAA says it's the 10th week in a row that the Ann Arbor area has had the highest average.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit focused on the poor reading skills of students at several Detroit schools, concluding in part that there's no constitutional right to literacy. 

Judge Stephen Murphy III agreed in his 40-page ruling that "when a child who could be taught to read goes untaught, the child suffers a lasting injury and so does society." But he also asserted that the U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee a fundamental right to literacy.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says construction of a second Great Lakes navigation lock for large freighters will be included in its 2020 budget request to the Trump administration. 

Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue of the agency's Detroit district said Monday the Soo Locks upgrade will have to compete with others from around the nation. Congress will make the final decision about whether to fund the $1 billion project.

A new Army Corps analysis significantly boosts the project's benefit-cost score, which should improve its prospects.

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