Associated Press

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's cranberry farmers are working to generate demand for the fruit overseas to alleviate an oversupply that's driving down prices.
       Wisconsin Public Radio reports that food buyers, bloggers and social media influencers from China and India visited Wisconsin's cranberry farms as part of the U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee's Reverse Trade Mission.
       The fruit's abundance caused the price of a 100-pound barrel to drop by 21 percent last year.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say they've received hundreds of entries in a contest seeking new ideas for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
       Gov. Rick Snyder announced the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge in January, soliciting proposals to prevent silver and bighead carp from reaching Lake Michigan through Chicago-area waterways. Scientists say the huge carp could endanger the lakes' native fish.
       The contest has drawn 353 entries from 27 countries. It's hosted by InnoCentive, a global crowd-sourcing company.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has formed a partnership with two businesses to sell state park memorabilia and apparel.
       Peninsulas LLC and YooperShirts Inc. will work with the DNR to make state park, trail and boating merchandise available at their brick-and-mortar stores as well as some state park stores, retail outlets and online at the Peninsulas and Yooper Shirts websites.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's chief medical executive is facing the start of an important court hearing tied to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis.
       Prosecutors will try to persuade a judge to send Dr. Eden Wells to trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator. The hearing starts Monday.

Detroit News

Lansing, MI - Michigan will spend nearly 3-million dollars more on Career Tech Education equipment upgrades and programming this fiscal year under a supplemental education budget bill signed by Governor Rick Snyder. The legislation approved yesterday boosts spending $5.4-million overall. It includes the restoration of

$1.2-million Snyder vetoed previously, including one million for an online math tool. Funding for career and technical education equipment would rise to $12.5-million, from $9.6-million.

Undated - Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law an income tax break for an estimated 800-retired Detroit police and firefighters who have been paying higher taxes under a law he backed that eliminated or reduced exemptions from the taxation of retirement income.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has voted to forgive extra "responsibility" fees that have been levied on drivers for certain traffic infractions and to speed up the elimination of newly assessed fees.
       The main bill won approval 103-5 Thursday. The Senate also voted recently to wipe away motorists' debt totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, but only if their fees are six years or older.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has passed a bill that would eliminate Wisconsin's minimum hunting age.
       The Assembly passed the Republican measure 57-32 on Thursday, sending the bill to the Senate despite complaints from Democrats that the move would put both children and other hunters in danger.
       Right now someone must be at least 12 years old to purchase a license or hunt with a gun unless they're participating in a mentored hunt. Children as young as 10 can hunt under that program.

The Republican-controlled chamber passed the bill on a 53-38 vote on Thursday. Democrats warned lifting the prohibition would lead to devastating pollution, but Republicans said mining could help jump-start northern Wisconsin's economy.
       Legislators passed a bill in 1998 that requires sulfide mining applicants to prove a similar mine has operated in North America for a decade without polluting and a similar mine has been closed for 10 years without polluting. Gov. Scott Walker voted for the measure as a member of the Assembly.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   An urban affairs adviser to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the governor asked the health department for more information when he informed him in 2015 about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area. 

Harvey Hollins testified in court Wednesday during a hearing that will determine whether Snyder's health director, Nick Lyon, will face trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Lyon is accused of committing a crime by failing to timely inform the public about the Legionnaires' outbreak during Flint's lead-tainted water crisis.