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DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up nearly 2 cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon.

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 58 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.96 per gallon in the Traverse City area. The highest was in the Marquette area for the third consecutive week at about $3.06 a gallon.

The Detroit-area's average was about $2.98 per gallon, up about 1 cent from a week ago.

MARQUETTE, MI--   State Representative Sara Cambensy is holding a series of town halls this month to talk about the state budget.

She’ll talk to constituents at four meetings around the 109th District. The meetings will be held as follows:

·        Monday, Oct. 22, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Village of Newberry Offices, 302 E. McMillan Ave. in Newberry.

·        Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Marquette Township Hall, 1000 Commerce Dr. in Marquette.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   There’s one more month for Michigan’s combative Attorney General race.

Democrat Dana Nessel and Republican Tom Leonard have been trading shots at each other for weeks.

Nessel ties Leonard to drug companies and corporate polluters.  Leonard’s campaign has implied Nessel has protected sexual abusers and is “unfit” for office because she allegedly mistreated her campaign staff.

Yet Leonard says he doesn’t think the race has been “nasty.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Legislation in Michigan would reduce criminal penalties for people who intentionally don’t tell their sexual partners that they have HIV in order to spread the disease.

The bills have stalled in a state House committee. Democratic Representative Jon Hoadley is a bill sponsor. He says there’s an unintended consequence of that type of law – people don’t get tested and treated.

“What it still says is that stigma related to those people who are living with HIV is still real, and we’ve got work to do,” he says.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state of Michigan says nine service agencies have been awarded a total of $54 million in grants for low-income assistance with heating and electric bills and to teach energy self-sufficiency.

In Marquette, the Superior Watershed Partnership was given $2.4 million.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is not considering filing for bankruptcy at this time.

Officials say they’ve retained former Congressman Bart Stupak and restructuring partner Andrew Currie of the law firm Venable, LLP. The Washington-based firm will represent DCHS in its effort to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with its creditors.

Officials say the goal of the restructuring efforts is to work with the hospital’s creditors for a lasting solution to the system’s financial challenges and to maximize performance operationally and financially.

LANSING, MI--   The state says it will cover the entire 25-percent local match FEMA requires in order to get funding for flood repairs. 

June floods caused significant damage to Houghton, Menominee, and Gogebic counties. FEMA calculated public agencies in those counties sustained nearly $30 million dollars in damages that are eligible for public assistance.

Governor Rick Snyder had initially said the state would cover half the local match. Houghton County Administrator Eric Forsberg said it would take some municipalities five years to come up with that amount of money.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gwinn man was injured in a tank truck rollover accident in Negaunee Township Thursday.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at 10:55 a.m. on County Road 510 near Hardwood Lane. Deputies say a 26-year-old Gwinn man was driving the tank truck northbound on 510. He stated he rounded a corner and saw an oncoming vehicle in his lane, so he swerved. The truck hit a guardrail and rolled over onto its side in the ditch.

The driver sought his own medical treatment.

The crash remains under investigation.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials say opioid deaths jumped by about 9 percent last year in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that 1,941 of the 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017 were opioid-related. There were 1,786 opioid-related deaths in 2016.

The state notes a steady increase in overdose deaths during the last three years.

Opioids include heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl. The state now includes opium and unspecified narcotics in its definition.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (MPRN)--   Child care providers in Michigan now face more thorough background checks. 

A new law says anyone with a drug conviction is banned from working in child care for five years. It also forbids anyone convicted of a violent crime from living in a day care home.

Candice Hamel runs a child care advocacy group in Traverse City.

She says she understands the intent of the law, but it still puts a burden on child care workers.

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