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GREEN BAY, WI (AP)--   City officials in Green Bay have enacted a ban on flying drones at special events.  

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the ban on flying unmanned aerial vehicles at such events. Press-Gazette Media reports Green Bay is the first city in Wisconsin to have such an ordinance.

City Attorney James Mueller says the ban came out of a request by the Green Bay Packers for an ordinance that lets police regulate drone use at Lambeau Field.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder says improving roads by shifting money from elsewhere in the budget cannot come at the expense of being fiscally responsible.  

The Republican governor and legislative leaders met Thursday afternoon in the Capitol, a day after the House adjourned without a $1.2 billion transportation-funding deal. Snyder leaves Friday for a trade trip in China but says Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will be on hand next week to continue talks with lawmakers.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Outdated crimes such as accepting a duel and cursing in front of women or children would no longer be on Michigan's books under bills advancing in the Legislature.  

The House on Wednesday began voting to repeal 75 laws that legislators say no longer serve a purpose or have been made redundant by newer statutes. The archaic and apparently unenforced laws include prohibitions against ads related to sexually transmitted diseases and accepting a challenge to a duel.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say Michigan municipalities experiencing financial struggles can apply for a $5 million grant program that can help fund special projects.  

Applications are available for the Financially Distressed Cities, Villages, and Townships grant program. They're due Oct. 15. Cities, villages and townships experiencing at least one condition of "probable financial distress" as outlined by state law are eligible to apply.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State House Democrats want to protect Michigan’s prevailing wage law as part of a road funding deal.

It appears Republican leaders are seeking Democratic votes to pass a plan, although hopes to get legislation approved this week fell apart late Wednesday night after hours of negotiations.

Prevailing wage guarantees union-level pay and benefits to workers on publicly-funded construction projects. Democrats want to stop a petition drive that would repeal the law.

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