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MUSKEGON, MI (AP)--   A western Michigan company is sending about 2,000 kayaks to parts of Texas and Louisiana to help with flooding relief and rescue efforts following Harvey. 

WOOD-TV reports that retailer Walmart is buying the kayaks from Muskegon-based KL Outdoor.

KL Outdoor Chief Executive Chuck Smith tells the television station that his company is covering the shipping costs. Some kayaks were sent out Monday. The rest are expected to be put on trucks Tuesday.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Some business owners in the tourist industry of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island say they're experiencing a severe worker shortage because of a drop in federal visas.

The Detroit News reports the federal government limits visas to 66,000 foreign workers per year, but it doesn't include returning workers against the cap. Congress decided not to renew the exemption for returning workers in September 2016 after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump condemned foreign workers getting American jobs.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is set to start on Monday issuing driver's licenses that residents eventually need to board domestic flights if they don't have passports or other accepted documents.
New ID standards were created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Starting in October 2020, compliant driver's licenses or state IDs will be needed to fly or to visit federal buildings, nuclear plants and military bases unless other acceptable documents are provided.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The longtime executive director of the Great Lakes Commission is leaving the post.
Tim Eder has taken a new job as a program officer with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Eder has led the Great Lakes Commission since 2006. The commission is an interstate agency that represents and advises the governors of all eight Great Lakes states, and the premiers of Ontario and Quebec, about economic and environmental issues in the region.
Deputy Director Tom Crane will serve as interim executive director until the commission hires Eder's replacement.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder's rejection of a speedier tax cut for people who trade in their car for a new one is provoking disappointed lawmakers to seriously consider something that's been done just three times in the last 66 years — a veto override.
A month ago, the Republican governor vetoed legislation to accelerate the sales tax break. He cited "additional financial strain" for the state and said the bills conflicted with a previous compromise to phase in tax relief for those looking to offset the cost of an automobile or RV with a trade-in.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials say mosquitoes capable of spreading the Zika virus have been documented in Michigan for the first time.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness announced Friday that Asian tiger mosquitoes have been found in an industrial area in Livonia along the Interstate 96 corridor.
Officials stressed there's no evidence of Zika virus-infected mosquitoes in Michigan or the Midwest this year.

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week.
The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.47 per gallon. That's about 8 cents more than at the same point last year.
AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.44 per gallon in the Benton Harbor area. The highest was about $2.53 per gallon in the Traverse City area.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan State Police is investigating after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lena Epstein said someone hacked her campaign's Twitter account last week and "liked" posts from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

EGG HARBOR, WI (AP)--   A weekend fire heavily damaged a business in Door County. 

The blaze at Shipwrecked Brew Pub along state Highway 42 broke out just as the restaurant, brewery and inn was opening for the day Sunday. Everyone inside got out safely. The cause wasn't immediately determined.

Multiple fire departments responded, and the American Red Cross and neighboring businesses helped supply firefighters with food and water.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 8 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 $2.40 per gallon. That's about 7 cents more than at the same point last year.

AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.31 per gallon in the Lansing area. The highest was about $2.49 per gallon in the Marquette area.

The Detroit-area's average fell about 3 cents from a week ago to $2.43 per gallon.

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