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LANSING, MI (AP)--   The sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls will be confronted again this week by scores of victims.

Larry Nassar faces another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts, this time at an elite Michigan club run by an Olympic coach.

Judge Janice Cunningham set aside three days for roughly 60 people who want to confront Nassar or have their statement read in court. The event could unfold much the same as a hearing last week in another county that ended with Nassar getting sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A group pushing to repeal Michigan's law that requires higher "prevailing" wages on state-financed construction projects wants the state to certify its petitions without pulling a larger sample to review. 

The Board of State Canvassers met Tuesday to discuss the request.

Earlier this month, the elections bureau said it would move to a second stage of sampling because of 535 signatures reviewed, 370 were valid. That is just shy of the 373 required by a statistical model to automatically be recommended for approval.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it placed nine separate fish species into state waters during fall stocking operations. 

More than 834,000 fish were stocked at 76 locations.

DNR fish production manager Ed Eisch says when combined with spring and summer results, the 2017 stocking total exceeded 26 million fish.

Michigan has six state and three cooperative hatcheries. They produce the species, strain, and size that fisheries managers need. The fish must be delivered at the right place and time for stocking to succeed.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is offering grants to help improve buildings and other facilities at county fairgrounds. 

Also available are grants for groups hosting other fairs or expositions where livestock and commodities are shown. Those awards would support premiums or promotional activities.

Livestock exhibitions hosting expos must meet the required number of exhibitors.

Grant proposals are due by 5 p.m. Thursday. They'll go through a competitive process and will be reviewed by an evaluation committee.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 1 cent 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 $2.63 per gallon. Prices are about 43 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.56 per gallon in the Jackson area.

The highest was about $2.76 per gallon in the Marquette area. AAA says it was the second week in a row that the Marquette area had the highest average price in the state.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A seven-day hearing for a Michigan sports doctor ended with tears, hugs and applause after he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molestation allegations. 

Kyle Stephens grew up as a friend of Larry Nassar's family and was the first victim to testify in court last year. She was glad to attend the sentencing and called it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch my monster be put away."

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A judge is poised to send Larry Nassar to prison after listening to days of testimony from women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by the Michigan sports doctor.

More than 150 victims have appeared in court in Lansing, Michigan, or had their statements read by others since last week. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear a few more Wednesday before sentencing Nassar. He worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan would cut state fees assessed on homeowners who have wave-reducing breakwalls near the Great Lakes shoreline under legislation heading to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill Tuesday, on a mostly party-line 23-14 vote, after a House vote last week.

The measure includes a new fee structure to use Great Lakes bottomlands for forming a private harbor exclusively for noncommercial recreational watercraft.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder has touted Michigan's economic and fiscal gains under his watch, saying his tenure has had "huge ups and downs" but Michigan is better shape today than before he took 

office.

In his eighth and final State of the State address Tuesday night, the Republican governor recapped many past initiatives but said he has an ambitious agenda for his last year in office with a focus on infrastructure and the environment.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Authorities in parts of the Upper Peninsula are urging people to avoid traveling the roads after a storm dumped snow on the region. 

The National Weather Service says it received reports Monday of more than 5 inches of fresh snow in the Marquette area on Monday. Northern Michigan University in Marquette says it is closed Tuesday due to inclement weather.

Michigan State Police say crews are working to clear major roadways, but some secondary roads in the areas affected by the storm are impassable.

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