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Gasoline prices rise slightly

Jan 28, 2014

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 3 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.29 per gallon.  

The auto club says the average is about 10 cents per gallon less than this time last year.

Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest average price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Lansing area, where it's about $3.19 a gallon. The highest average is in the Traverse City area at about $3.34 a gallon.

Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily.

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SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Lake Superior State University's Board of Trustees has confirmed University of Wisconsin official Thomas Pleger as the northern Michigan school's next president. 

The Evening News of Sault Ste. Marie reports that the governing board for the roughly 3,000-student university formalized Pleger's appointment at a meeting on Friday.  The selection was announced last Tuesday.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says time is almost up for residents who want to register to vote in the February 25 election. 

The deadline is Monday for local elections across the state.

To register, applicants must be at least 18 years old by election day and be U.S. citizens. Applicants also must live in Michigan and in the city or township where they wish to register.

Voters may register by mail, at their county, city or township clerk's office or a secretary of state branch office. The mail-in form is available on the Internet.

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OWOSSO, MI (AP)--   Family and friends have welcomed home 153 Michigan National Guard members with hugs and kisses at a ceremony in Owosso. 

The soldiers who returned Thursday are members of the 144th Military Police Company. The homecoming event took place in the morning at Owosso High School.

The unit members now go back to homes around the state after spending nine months in Afghanistan.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Activists and ordinary citizens in northern Michigan say a federal plan for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes would take too long to carry out. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting public meetings on a report it issued this month with eight alternatives for preventing the carp and other invasive species from moving between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River watershed in the Chicago area.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has voted to increase penalties for soliciting sex from a minor, making it a felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison. 

State law now classifies it as a misdemeanor with a top sentence of 93 days in jail.
The House approved two bills Wednesday, sending them to the Michigan Senate for consideration.

Republican Rep. Dale Zorn of Ida sponsored one measure and says children who are forced into the sex trade need to be protected.

dailyfinance.com

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Subcompact cars fared poorly in new crash tests from an insurance industry group.

None of the 12 minicars tested got the highest rating of "good" from the Insurance Institute for Highway

Safety.

The Chevrolet Spark was the only car that earned the second-highest rating of "acceptable." Six cars including the segment's best-seller, the Nissan Versa got the lowest rating of "poor."

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Secretary of State is trying to cut down on the amount of time residents spend in line at branch offices. 

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced Wednesday her office plans to test out a system that will allow customers to schedule appointments and virtually get in line via home computer, phone or text message.

The MI-TIME Line system will be implemented at 10 of the busiest branches as part of a pilot program.

Customers at those branches who use the system can be called or texted when it's their turn.

oceanservice.noaa.gov

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning maintenance work on the navigational lock system at Sault Ste. Marie, which has shut down for the winter. 

The Soo Locks closed last week, halting most cargo shipping on the Great Lakes. They'll reopen in mid-March.

The Army Corps says its crews will install hydraulic pump units for the Poe Lock operating gates and make other improvements and repairs.

greatlakesecho.org

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Scientists are reporting new findings about the relationship between evaporation, precipitation and changing water levels in the Great Lakes. 

In a paper being released Tuesday, researchers say the role played by ice that covers sections of the lakes during cold winters is more complex than previously believed.

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