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DEARBORN, MI--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 7 cents per gallon in the past week as the effects of hurricanes on fuel supplies are felt. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.69 per gallon. That's about 48 cents more than at the same point last year.

Gas prices climbed last week during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which cut U.S. refining capacity, and in anticipation of Hurricane Irma's impact.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   An electrical failure that led to sparking and smoke in a closet has closed Michigan's Capitol building for the day. 

Capitol facilities director Robert Blackshaw says the Capitol was evacuated Friday morning and is scheduled to reopen as normal on Monday. He says staff reacted quickly so no water was released from the fire suppression system.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the electrical failure is being investigated. 

Nic Antaya / MLive.com

BYRON TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Prehistoric mastodon bones that were found at a western Michigan construction site are being donated to the University of Michigan. 

Workers found the bones Aug. 31 while excavating a road at a housing development near Byron Center, which is about 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of Grand Rapids. A University of Michigan researcher says the bones were the remains of a mastodon skeleton estimated to be around 10,000 years old.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Scientists say they've confirmed the discovery of grass carp eggs in a tributary of Lake Erie.

Grass carp are among four species of Asian carp that pose a threat to the Great Lakes. The most feared are silver and bighead carp, which eat plankton and could destabilize food chains. But grass carp are also a problem because they eat huge amounts of valuable plants.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission says state, federal and university scientists analyzed eggs collected from the Sandusky River in Ohio earlier this summer.

KALAMAZOO, MI--   Police in southwestern Michigan arrested people who blocked traffic to protest the Trump administration's announcement that it would dismantle a program that protected hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports about eight people were arrested Tuesday at one of Kalamazoo's busiest intersections. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says they'll face misdemeanor charges. The arrests took place after hundreds of protesters disrupted traffic.

Vilas County Sheriff's Office

EAGLE RIVER, WI (AP)--   Police have identified the young man who was fatally shot in Eagle River over the weekend. 

Authorities say Connor Stephens, 20, of Conover was shot in the chest around 11:45 p.m. Sunday. Stephens was taken to Ascension Eagle River Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers arrested Jeremiah Solis, 19, of Eagle River for homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. He was lodged in the Vilas County Jail, but is now free on a $20,000 signature bond. 

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 16 cents per gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.62 per gallon. That's about 32 cents more than at the same point last year.

AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.57 per gallon in the Saginaw/Bay City/Midland area. The highest was about $2.69 per gallon in the Marquette area in the Upper Peninsula.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations statewide. 

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   A federal judge must decide in the coming weeks whether to order Michigan State University to allow campus space to be rented for white nationalist Richard Spencer to give a speech this month.

A lawsuit filed Sunday night against MSU in federal court in western Michigan seeks a preliminary injunction forcing the school to let a Spencer supporter rent a room or hall.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan students were less proficient in reading and more proficient in math and social studies in the latest round of statewide standardized tests. 

M-STEP results were released Tuesday by the state Department of Education.

They show that English language arts scores worsened in four of the five grades in which students were tested last spring. Math scores improved in four of the five grades from the year before.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Upper Peninsula nonprofit group has received a federal grant for a "green infrastructure" project intended to protect Lake Superior waters near Marquette.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the $288,500 grant to the Superior Watershed Partnership.

The project will relocate an open-channel drain in Marquette that discharges storm water across a public beach and into the lake. The drain's outfall will be moved to an adjacent wetland.

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