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TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A former Republican state lawmaker has been appointed as the new state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Michigan. 

The appointment of Jason Allen recently announced by President Donald Trump's administration. Allen says in a statement that it's an honor and he looks forward to working to "increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships."

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 2 cents per gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.74 per gallon. That's about 67 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.70 per gallon in the Lansing and East Lansing areas. The highest was about $2.78 per gallon in the Marquette area. It's the third consecutive week that the Marquette area had the highest reported average price.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The election of new City Council members might break an impasse and lead to a long-term deal over drinking water in Flint, Michigan. 

The state has been asking a federal judge to allow Flint's mayor to bypass the council and approve a 30-year agreement with the Great Lakes Water Authority.

It's part of a strategy to get the city past a lead contamination crisis.

Judge David Lawson said Thursday he'll postpone a hearing until Nov. 20, a week after five new council members take office.

COPPER HARBOR, MI (AP)--   A bidder has dropped out of the running for an Upper Peninsula lodge that was built during the Great Depression. 

The Daily Mining Gazette reports that Adoba Hotels has withdrawn its letter of intent to purchase Keweenaw Mountain Lodge for $1.5 million. The property includes land, rooms, a nine-hole golf course and a string of cabins.

County Board member Jim Vivian says there's "nothing really further to add at this point."

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Federal officials are proposing higher fares for trips to Isle Royale National Park aboard the Ranger III, the ferryboat that carries passengers between Houghton on the Michigan mainland and the park in northwestern Lake Superior.

The National Park Service says raising prices for the first time since 2013 would help maintain the vessel, pay staffing costs and provide services to the public.

Under the plan, the cost of a one-way, low-season ticket for an adult would be $55 next season, up from $53 this year.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan would cut its penalties for defrauding the unemployment benefits system under legislation approved by the state House. 

The measure is included in an eight-bill package sent to the Senate Wednesday. It was proposed in the wake of a scandal at the state Unemployment Insurance Agency, which has reversed at least 44,000 fraud cases covering a two-year period after a computer system wrongly accused people of collecting excessive benefits.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan's Legislature may weaken a policy requiring oceangoing cargo ships to treat ballast water against invasive species before dumping it. 

A 2005 law prohibits saltwater vessels from discharging ballast water at Michigan ports unless they have systems to kill fish, mussels or other foreign organisms it may contain.

Scientists believe dozens of destructive species have reached the Great Lakes in ballast water.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The case of a Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport isn't on a fast track.

A judge agreed Friday to extend important deadlines while federal investigators and defense lawyers collect and review evidence, especially in Montreal where Amor Ftouhi lived.

Ftouhi is accused of stabbing a police officer in the neck at Flint's Bishop International Airport last June. Investigators say the native of Tunisia yelled "Allahu Akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." Lt. Jeff Neville survived.

NEW YORK, NY (AP)--   The federal education law taking full effect this school year lists health and fitness among things like civics and science as elements of a well-rounded education. 

At a time when schools are all about getting students ready for college or jobs, experts say it's a chance for more physical education teachers to look beyond graduation, too, and leave even the least competitive students with the will and skills to keep moving.

MENOMINEE, MI (AP)--   Opponents of a planned zinc and gold mine in Menominee County say they'll sue the federal government unless it takes charge of determining whether the company will get a permit to fill wetlands.

Aquila Resources Inc. has received three of four permits it needs from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to build the mine near the Menominee River. The department is considering the company's application for a wetlands permit required under the federal Clean Water Act.