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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials say 23 projects have been awarded a combined $3.6 million in grants to battle invasive species.

The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program began in 2014. It funds outreach and education to prevent invasions; monitoring to detect newly arrived invaders or those expanding their range; and control and eradication efforts.

All of Michigan's 83 counties will be covered by one or more of the grants.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   State Treasurer Nick Khouri says Flint's mayor and city council now have the ability to conduct most city business without state oversight. 

Khoury said Monday that state oversight through the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board has been diminished after the panel recommended moving the city out of receivership and continuing the process of transitioning to full local control.

KALAMAZOO, MI (AP)--   A Michigan doctor who came to the U.S. from Poland as a young child has been jailed after being taken from his home by immigration agents. 

WOOD-TV and MLive.com report Lukasz Niec was arrested last Tuesday and is being detained at a county jail. The 43-year-old legal U.S. resident works at a Kalamazoo hospital.

The Associated Press sent an email Monday seeking comment from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An automatic response said the agency's public affairs employees aren't working because of the government shutdown.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A Wisconsin tribe is suing the federal government in hopes of blocking a proposed gold mine in the Upper Peninsula. 

Aquila Resources Inc. wants to dig the so-called Back Forty mine on the Menominee River but needs a state permit to fill wetlands.

The river is a key part of Wisconsin's Menominee Indians' culture. The tribe filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging Michigan lacks proper jurisdiction to issue such a permit.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is preparing to deliver his eighth and final State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature. 

The annual speech Tuesday night is a chance for the Republican to focus on Michigan's economic rebound and other successes. He's keeping details under wraps.

Snyder cannot run again because of term limits and is at odds with lawmakers who want to cut individual income taxes.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   An art project in the Upper Peninsula is encouraging people to be creative for 100 consecutive days.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports that the 100DayProject is running in Marquette until April 30. It's the project's fifth year in the city. This year's theme is "Mirrored Light."

Catherine Benda of Houghton and Marquette ceramicist Ann Russ are spearheading the project. Russ says the theme can be interpreted literally, symbolically or metaphorically.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A Michigan State University trustee is calling for the university president to resign over the school's handling of the sexual assault scandal involving former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. 

Trustee Mitch Lyons issued a statement Saturday breaking ranks with fellow board members who said a day earlier they supported President Lou Anna Simon.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has responded to lawmakers' first override of legislation he vetoed by questioning how they plan to budget for the speedier tax cut for car buyers and a separate tax cut.

The Republican governor issued a statement Wednesday saying that "changing the tax code without a plan to pay for it challenges the conservative fiscal responsibility of the past seven years."

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Senate spent $269,000 to investigate and settle sexual harassment complaints against one or more senators more than a decade ago. 

The figure was provided to The Associated Press Wednesday in response to a public-records request.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A new study says the base cost to educate a regular K-12 student in Michigan is $9,590. 

That figure doesn't include transportation, food or capital costs.

The report released Wednesday was funded by foundations and school groups. It says traditional and charter public schools should be funded equally, and transportation costs should be funded at $973 per rider.

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