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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's 15 public universities are asking the state Legislature to delay voting on bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, expressing concern about measures that would retroactively extend the time victims would have to file lawsuits and remove an immunity defense for 

governmental agencies.

The Senate may vote this week on the legislation backed by victims of the imprisoned former doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 5 cents per gallon in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.59 per gallon. Prices are about 24 cents more than at the same point last year.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to begin icebreaking operations in northwestern Lake Michigan. 

The cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay are scheduled to begin work Tuesday on Green Bay. It's part of the annual spring mission of clearing a path for shipments of fuel products to the Port of Green Bay.

Officials say operations will take place in areas used by recreational users. Among them will be the Fox River Entrance Channel, the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, Menominee River Entrance and the waters of Little Bay de Noc near Escanaba.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A utility in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is taking part in a pilot program to help low-income customers cut their power bills through renewable energy and energy waste reduction efforts.

Officials say Cherryland Electric Cooperative expects to help lower energy bills for 50 low-income households in the utility's six-county electric service territory. It's part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator program.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is looking to shore up its law that requires certain people to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities to address gaps that were exposed after disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar admitted to sexually assaulting female athletes. 

Nassar's accusers are spearheading the initiative. They say he could have been stopped decades ago if coaches, athletic trainers or others at Michigan State University had listened.

U.S. Navy

ONTONAGON, MI (AP)--   An Upper Peninsula man says his brother's remains from World War II have been positively identified and will be buried in Michigan. 

Lowell Valley of Ontonagon was serving aboard the USS Oklahoma when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Bob Valley of Gladstone says he was informed in January that his brother's remains have been identified.

Valley, who's in his 80s, tells The Daily Mining Gazette that he "always thought there was a possibility," but he didn't think it would happen in his lifetime.

BAY MILLS, MI (AP)--   Bay Mills Community College has received a federal grant to study biodiversity and pollution levels in Lake Superior's Waishkey Bay.

The bay is an important recreational and cultural resource for members of the Bay Mills Indian Community and tourists.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the college $216,000 for the study.

One part will involve taking samples to analyze levels of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides and micro-plastics in the water.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A group of Michigan residents wrongly accused of fraud while collecting 

unemployment benefits has won a key ruling in a lawsuit against companies that designed or managed the automated system.

The lawsuit in Detroit federal court also targets some key state officials who were associated with the state's unemployment agency.

Thousands of people were falsely accused of cheating Michigan's unemployment system. Some had to file for bankruptcy.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to ensure that Native American tribes in Michigan have access to state child protection records. 

Snyder says in a statement that the legislation signed Tuesday "furthers our partnership with tribal governments in Michigan by collaborating to protect the welfare and safety of children." It allows access to certain state Children's Protective Services records of children in tribes.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Cybersecurity plans and vulnerabilities would be exempt from open-records requests under legislation approved by Michigan's Legislature. 

Legislators sent the bill to Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday on a 104-4 vote, paving the way for the state to block cybersecurity information shared with Michigan State Police and other public bodies. Supporters of the exclusion say under current law, companies may be reluctant to cooperate with officials in the event of a security breach due to fear of sensitive information being released under the Freedom of Information Act.