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DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen about 11 cents in the past week to about $2.99 per gallon. 

The Dearborn-based auto club said early Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 48 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.94 in the Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon areas. The highest was about $3.05 in the Ann Arbor area.

The Detroit-area's average was about $3.04, down about 6 cents per gallon.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved settlements with seven utilities to pass along to ratepayers more than $50 million in total savings from the federal corporate income tax overhaul. 

The panel Wednesday approved filings for Alpena Power Co., DTE Gas Co., Michigan Gas Utilities Corp., Northern States Power, SEMCO Energy Gas Co., and Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. The savings in customer utility bills take effect July 1.

The tax overhaul reduced the corporate rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and made other changes to tax rules.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Flint officials say there are more damaged lead and galvanized water service lines buried than previously estimated as pipe replacement continues in the wake of the city's drinking water crisis. 

The Flint Journal reports Sunday an estimated 14,000 lines remain buried, roughly 15 percent more than previously projected. The figures come from Public Works Director Robert Bincsik in a recent update to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Traverse City leaders have unanimously approved needle exchanges for intravenous drug users. 

The Traverse City Record Eagle reports that Commissioner Michele Howard suggested the needle exchange to reduce the effects of an opioid crisis affecting the Grand Traverse County area.

Pam Lynch, co-director of Harm Reduction Michigan, says the opioid epidemic has led to more use of injected drugs and higher rates of hepatitis C infection.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about 10 cents in the past week to about $3.10 per gallon.

The Dearborn-based auto club said late Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 66 cents more than at the same point last year. AAA says the statewide average around the Memorial Day holiday hasn't been as high since 2014.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers have struck a budget deal that includes using a surplus to boost road spending, school-safety initiatives and savings.

The agreement was reached Thursday. Now the leaders of individual legislative subcommittees will iron out details in coming weeks.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan elections bureau is recommending certification of a ballot initiative that aims to end political gerrymandering by having an independent commission draw congressional and legislative districts instead of state lawmakers.

In a report filed Tuesday, staff estimated that 394,000 signatures submitted by Voters Not Politicians are valid. That's more than the 315,000 needed.

The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Thursday to consider the proposal.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.7 percent in April.

Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's jobless rate was eight-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate of 3.9 percent last month and three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the state's April 2017 rate of 4.4 percent.

The agency says total employment increased by 6,000 during the month and the number of unemployed in the state fell by 2,000.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   More than 100 local units of government in Michigan will be developing plans to ensure retirement benefits they promised employees and retirees are paid in the future. 

The state Treasury department says Thursday that corrective actions are needed because of underfunded pensions, retirement health care plans or both.

The cities, counties and townships have to approve and submit plans to the Municipal Stability Board within 180 days. The plans must demonstrate underfunded statuses have been addressed.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan will continue paying a company for prison food and to use its software while transitioning back to having state workers run prison kitchens. 

A state subcommittee on Tuesday approved a new $35 million one-year contract for Trinity Services Group. The full State Administrative Board is expected to vote next week.

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