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MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Authorities believe up to half a dozen bodies of missing girls could be buried in a wooded area northeast of Detroit. 

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer tells WJBK-TV that officers are excavating Tuesday at the site in Macomb Township for the remains of 12-year-old Kimberly King, who last was seen in 1979.

Dwyer says "there's maybe four to six other girls that have been reported missing that are buried there" and that police "certainly are convinced we have the right area."

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A member of Governor Rick Snyder's administration says his senior aides were told about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area months before it was publicly announced. 

Eric Brown testified Monday in the criminal case against Nick Lyon, Michigan's health director. Brown works for Snyder in Michigan's Washington office.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Enbridge Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.8 million penalty in a deal with the U.S. government, which accused the Canadian oil transport company of missing deadlines for inspecting pipelines to prevent leaks. 

The inspections were required under an earlier agreement following a 2010 spill in southwestern Michigan, when a ruptured Enbridge pipeline released at least 843,000 gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River.

The company agreed to check for flaws in its Lakehead System pipelines, which extend about 2,000 miles across seven states.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Senate has approved $56.6 billion budget plan that would provide the biggest increase in base aid for lower-funded school districts in a dozen years. 

The Senate plan includes a $230 per-pupil increase for school districts that get the minimum grant. Higher-funded districts would get $115 more per student.

The Senate unanimously passed many spending bills but split largely on party lines over measures related to roads, schools, environmental protection and prisons.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Children as young as 10 could hunt on public land under a bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature.

State law now lets those who are 10, 11, 12 or 13 years old hunt with a gun on private property if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or authorized adult.

The measure approved 102-7 by the House Wednesday would allow 10- to 13-year-olds to also hunt deer, bear and elk on public land.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Officials say crews have finished capping and sealing two electric cables that were severed by a suspected boat anchor strike in the Straits of Mackinac. 

A team of investigators led by the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday the cables owned by American Transmission Co. were returned to the bottom of the Straits.

The company is working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on a plan to remove them.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The mayor of Flint is asking the federal government for help after Gov. Rick Snyder suspended meetings of a water advisory group. 

Snyder stopped the meetings two weeks ago after Mayor Karen Weaver threatened to sue over an end to free bottled water.

In a Friday letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the mayor says the state is retaliating against Flint. Weaver calls it "unconscionable" and says it puts the city in violation of an EPA order.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have declined about 2 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 $2.85 per gallon. Prices are about 42 cents more than at the same point last year.

More pain at the pump is expected this summer, however. Crude oil prices are at the highest level in more than three years and are expected to climb higher, pushing up gasoline prices.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   President Donald Trump is sharpening his aim at familiar political targets who face elections this year. 

He struck that theme in a campaign-style rally Saturday night in downstate Macomb County, which gave him a surprising victory in the 2016 election.

Trump has been urging voters to support Republicans for Congress as a way of advancing his agenda. In his rally in Washington Township, he repeatedly pointed to Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan as one of the Democrats who needed to be voted out.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has turned down an appeal in a dispute over exotic pigs in the Upper Peninsula. 

A Marquette County judge in 2016 said 10 pigs violated state restrictions on Russian boars and should be destroyed. The appeals court affirmed that decision, and the Supreme Court won't intervene.

The Department of Natural Resources designated Russian boars and other exotic swine as an invasive species. The state says they've escaped from hunting ranches and small farms and ravaged the environment.