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LANSING, MI (AP)--   If you're planning to go fishing in Michigan, be advised that you need a new license.

Sunday kicked off the 2018 fishing license season and regulation cycle. Newly obtained licenses will be good through March 31, 2019. 

To get one, visit a local retailer or Department of Natural Resources Customer Service Center. Or, use the E-License system to make an online purchase.

Among regulations are a new opening date for muskellunge harvest season, which starts the first Saturday in June. A new catch-and-immediate-release season is open all year.

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

The Dearborn-based auto club announced early Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.69 per gallon. Prices are about 24 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.67 per gallon in the Flint area. The highest was about $2.73 per gallon in the Ann Arbor area.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's mandatory fee to cover unlimited medical benefits for injured drivers is rising to $192 a year. 

The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced the higher assessment Thursday. It is now $170 annually per insured vehicle.

The organization says the fee hike is due to higher-than-expected claims, partially offset by better-than-expected investment returns.

The fee revenue largely covers care for people with brain, spinal cord, back and neck injuries.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer is checking with departments around Michigan about their use of toxic firefighting foam that may be contaminating groundwater. 

Sehlmeyer is surveying more than 1,000 fire departments about how they use and dispose of foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Officials are trying to determine how widely the toxic chemicals are used and develop statewide measures to prevent them from causing further pollution.

CHICAGO, IL (AP)--   Chicago is supporting a federal plan to shield the Great Lakes from invasive carp by strengthening defenses at a crucial Illinois choke point. 

The city has joined the Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp, an initiative established this year. Other members include the states of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario.

MARSHALL, MI (AP)--   A Michigan class that teaches residents how to build their own semi-automatic AR-15 rifles drew protests from gun control advocates following recent mass shootings involving the weapon. 

Organizers say the class held Tuesday in Marshall was planned months before the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The shooter used an AR-15.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University paid roughly $500,000 to a public relations firm for work in January tracking media coverage and social media activity related to the case of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The Lansing State Journal reports Wednesday that New York-based Weber Shandwick billed the university $517,343 for 1,440 hours of work done by 18 employees. The figures came from documents obtained by the newspaper through a public records request.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan's marijuana industry likely won't face any federal changes, though the state's Treasury Department has altered a tax on medical marijuana card holders. 

The Detroit Free Press reports that the federal budget passed last week indicates the government will continue to not enforce federal drug laws in states with legalized medical marijuana.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials have given Enbridge Inc. permission to install 22 more anchor supports along twin pipelines at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit last week allowing the supports for Line 5.

Enbridge says it's a "proactive" step to fasten the pipelines to the lake bottom and keep them in place when currents erode dirt beneath them.

The underwater pipes are part of a line that carries 23 million gallons of crude oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder is checking on the legality of allowing Michigan's 529 college savings plans to be used to cover private K-12 tuition costs. 

The federal tax cut enacted last year includes the expansion of eligible expenses for such savings plans, so private K-12 tuition is included. But the Michigan Constitution prohibits direct or indirect public aid to any non-public school.

Snyder and state Treasurer Nick Khouri sent a letter Friday to state Attorney General Bill Schuette asking for a legal opinion.

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