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LANSING, MI (AP)--   More than 100 local units of government in Michigan will be developing plans to ensure retirement benefits they promised employees and retirees are paid in the future. 

The state Treasury department says Thursday that corrective actions are needed because of underfunded pensions, retirement health care plans or both.

The cities, counties and townships have to approve and submit plans to the Municipal Stability Board within 180 days. The plans must demonstrate underfunded statuses have been addressed.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan will continue paying a company for prison food and to use its software while transitioning back to having state workers run prison kitchens. 

A state subcommittee on Tuesday approved a new $35 million one-year contract for Trinity Services Group. The full State Administrative Board is expected to vote next week.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA says nearly 1.3 million people from Michigan are expected to travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 

The auto club announced Monday that the projection is a nearly 5-percent increase from last year's travel for the holiday and the most in more than a decade. AAA says the increase is expected despite higher gas prices as strength is seen in the economy.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Mining companies would be able to modify onsite facilities without an environmental permit amendment under legislation that has passed the Michigan House. 

Lawmakers voted 63-45 on Tuesday to advance the bill to grant companies more flexibility in moving and adjusting their mining sites and buildings. The proposed change would allow mining companies to modify the facilities provided they give Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality a 30-day notice and if the changes don't add environmental risk.

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   A former township treasurer in the Upper Peninsula has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in an embezzlement investigation. 

Jyl Olson-DeRosso was scheduled to get her sentence Monday in Gogebic County, but the court hearing was postponed. A judge ordered restitution last week.

Olson-DeRosso was treasurer in Ironwood Township, which has less than 3,000 residents. The Daily Globe reports that she's been ordered to repay more than $1.2 million in missing money and another $155,000 in costs related to the investigation.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac says one of the lines suspected of being struck by a tugboat anchor was dented more than three-fourths of an inch.

Enbridge Inc. official Peter Holran told the Michigan Pipeline Advisory Board in Lansing Monday about the April 1 damage to the pipelines running between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about 7 cents in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club said late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.93 per gallon. Prices are about 52 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.85 in the Traverse City area. The highest was about $2.97 in the Ann Arbor area.

The Detroit-area's average was about $2.94, up about 6 cents per gallon.

Crain's Detroit Business

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Term-limited Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is making jobs training his final priority through a proposal titled the "Marshall Plan for Talent." 

The strategy aims to fund $100 million in high school programs that sustain collaboration between the education and business sectors namely for jobs in professional trade, information technology and other high-demand fields.

MORAN TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   A major bridge repair project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is closing a stretch of U.S. 2 through the summer. 

State highway officials say the 3.6-mile highway closure in Mackinac County's Moran Township started Wednesday. It's prompted by $4.8 million in repairs to the Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge.

Work includes structural and expansion joint repairs as well as painting.

The closing and detour are expected to last until September, and the project is set to be finished in November.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The government would have a harder time taking ownership of property seized in drug investigations under legislation advancing in Michigan. 

The state House on Tuesday voted 83-26 for the bill next headed to the Senate.

It would prohibit the forfeiture of property worth less than $50,000 that is taken in drug cases unless the defendant is convicted, deported or relinquishes ownership.