LANSING, MI (AP)--   Prison guards and retired probation and parole officers with a concealed-carry permit can have their gun in schools and other generally off limits areas under laws signed by Governor Rick Snyder.

Probation and parole officers and county sheriff's officers currently can carry in no-carry zones. The laws signed Monday extend the authority to retirees and active Michigan Department of Corrections officers if they received firearms training during their employment.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Senate is considering legislation that would ease penalties for underage drinking in Michigan.  

A minor caught with alcohol for the first time would face a civil fine instead of a misdemeanor charge under the bill.

“It would be a good, hefty fine,” said bill sponsor state Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge). “And I think that would cause most young people to not reoffend. The ones that do, the second offense then would go to misdemeanor.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Democratic state Senator hopes to repeal Michigan’s “stand-your-ground” law.  

Under that law, a person can use deadly force against someone else with no requirement to retreat. That’s as long as the person isn’t engaged in a crime, is somewhere they’re legally allowed to be, and feels deadly force is the only way to defend themselves.

State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) says it provides too many protections for people who engage in gun violence.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Eight U.S. senators from the Great Lakes region are pushing for federal funding of a new icebreaking vessel to clear paths for winter cargo shipping.  

Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and six colleagues from neighboring states have sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security requesting money to design and build the craft.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is asking President Barack Obama's administration to "please respect our desire" not to relocate Syrian refugees in the state.  

Walker sent the letter Tuesday, the day after he said Wisconsin would not accept any Syrians in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, even though it's unclear whether he has the legal authority to do that.

In Tuesday's letter, Walker says he "will make all efforts to ensure that Syrian refugees are not resettled within the boundaries of our state."