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SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard has wrapped up icebreaking operations for the season in the western Great Lakes. 

Mild winter temperatures produced below-average ice cover on the lakes. The Coast Guard says ice had no significant effect on commercial navigation this year, and nearly all the ice that formed has melted.

Six Coast Guard cutters assigned to the mission conducted nearly 2,200 hours of domestic icebreaking in support of U.S. and Canadian shipping interests.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Prescribers now have an updated system to search for patient records and help prevent drug addiction. 

Appriss Health's system went live this month. It replaced the Michigan Automated Prescription System that prescribers had used. The Legislature last year allocated $4.5 million in total to begin replacing and provide routine maintenance of the system. The new system has faster record response times, a dashboard for patient alerts, recent request history and real-time data uploading.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A former Michigan lawmaker kicked out of the House because of a sex scandal says she was illegally expelled and deserves back pay. 

Cindy Gamrat, a Republican from Allegan County, says House leaders violated her rights in 2015. She filed a new lawsuit last week in federal court in Grand Rapids.

Gamrat is seeking back pay as well as money for distress and humiliation. She says she had struck a deal to be censured, not removed from office.

Attorney Sarah Riley Howard, a lawyer representing two former House aides, says the lawsuit "has no merit."

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 12 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 $2.57 per gallon. That's about 58 cents more than it was at the same point last year.

AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.47 per gallon in the Marquette area. The highest average was about $2.61 in the Jackson area.

The Detroit-area's average is about $2.55 per gallon, roughly 10 cents more than last week's average.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in an uncommon case: Can courts intervene when religious schools reject students? 

Churches and faith-based schools operate with broad protections under the First Amendment. But this case raises questions about whether a student claiming discrimination can overcome that legal threshold.

The parents of a girl who was rejected by Notre Dame Preparatory School in Pontiac say she was illegally turned down in 2014 because of a learning disability.

EVART, MI (AP)--   A bottled-water company that wants to pump more water in western Michigan needs a permit from a township as part of the project.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that a permit to build a small building in Osceola Township is not a sure thing. The planning commission is meeting on April 18 on Nestle Ice Mountain's request to construct a pumping station.

The station is part of the company's proposal to withdraw up to 400 gallons per minute from a well in Osceola County — up from 150 gallons per minute. That request is pending with state regulators.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A Wisconsin creamery has developed a workaround for a decades-old state law that will give state residents access to their beloved Irish butter. 

Wisconsin law bans the sale of any butter that hasn't been graded for quality. Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the country.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced in a news release Thursday it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, package it and give it a grade.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A federal judge in Detroit says he wants to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller III to oversee nearly $1 billion in restitution payments to victims in the Takata air-bag scandal.

Judge George Caram Steeh said Thursday that Mueller has "outstanding credentials" and already has a similar role in Volkswagen's emissions-cheating case in California.

He says Takata and the U.S. Justice Department have indicated support for Mueller as special master. But he wants a formal response in the next few weeks.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Canadian officials are requesting more information from a company that wants to store waste from nuclear power plants underground less than a mile from Lake Huron. 

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency sent a 17-page letter Wednesday to Ontario Power Generation, which has proposed burying low- and intermediate-level waste such as clothing and discarded machinery 2,230 feet below the earth's surface.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A series of spring workshops has been scheduled to provide information about the status of fish populations in Michigan's Great Lakes waters and Lake St. Clair. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring the events with other agencies and local organizations, including Michigan Sea Grant and the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center.

Workshops are free and open to the public. Officials say they should be helpful to anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other community members.