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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated and take other precautions after confirming 15 cases of measles in Michigan this year.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services gave an update Friday, saying it's the highest level the state has seen since 1994 when 26 cases were reported.
Earlier this week, the Oakland County Health Division said two Oakland County residents with the disease arrived on a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus the evening of Oct. 23.

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has given another pitch for civility in government and politics.
Snyder spoke Friday at the Detroit Economic Club, taking friendly questions about his two terms from the head of DTE Energy. The Republican says a lack of civility is the "greatest threat" to the country.

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded.
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project , which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it's recorded more than 100 drownings. The Holland Sentinel reports the hot summer may have been a factor in the increase. The deaths include 39 in Lake Michigan and 35 in Lake Erie.
The deaths have prompted efforts to increase safety along Great Lakes beaches.

ThoughtCo

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Northern Michigan University has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice after a student with a disability filed a complaint alleging discrimination.
The Mining Journal reports that the complaint filed in 2013 with the department's Civil Rights Division says the student told another student of her mental health struggles. The complaint alleges the university violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it threatened to "dis-enroll" the student, require her to undergo a psychological assessment and sign a behavioral agreement.

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 10 cents in the past week to about $2.61 per gallon amid continued lower oil prices .
The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 15 cents less per gallon than the same point last year. AAA says Michigan gas prices are at the lowest level since March after dropping 33 cents a gallon in the past month.

Alger-Delta Electric

Undated - The Alger-Delta Cooperative Electric Association has received a USDA Rural Development loan to improve electric reliability. The $8 million loan will be used to build 42 miles of line and make improvements to 44 miles of existing lines. Alger-Delta provides power to nearly 10,000 rural residential and business consumers over more than 1,300 miles of line across some of the most remote and challenging areas in Michigan. 

The Apopka Voice

Marquette, MI - A missing Marquette man has been found safe in a wooded area just north of the Dead River Basin. Marquette County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue were called to the area near County Road 510 and County Road GGT Sunday night at about 11:27 to search for a missing person. Seventy-one year old Steve Nason had gone to the area to perform trail maintenance on the North Country Trail. When he did not return home, his wife called 9-1-1. Nason was found at about 2:16 this morning.

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors say no one should expect immunity under federal law simply because Michigan voters approved the legal use of marijuana.
       Detroit U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider and Grand Rapids U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge (BURJ) released a statement Thursday. They say they don't prosecute marijuana users unless there are other serious circumstances. But they say crimes involving marijuana "can pose serious risks" to a community.
       They cited the roles of gangs, the use of weapons and interstate trafficking.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers have been chosen to lead the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature starting next year.
       Returning senators and senators-elect on Thursday elected Sen. Mike Shirkey of Clarklake to lead the Republican caucus from 2019 through 2022. Sen. Jim Ananich of Flint will continue leading Democrats.
       In the House, Republican Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering will be the next speaker, and Rep. Christine Greig of Farmington Hills will lead Democrats.

Energy News Network

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are asking the Mackinac Bridge Authority to accept oversight responsibility for a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan.
       Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh and two consultants pitched the plan during a bridge authority meeting Thursday in St. Ignace. The seven-member board took no vote but heard public comments, most opposing the project.

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