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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder is looking at the possible activation of National Guard heavy equipment operators as an option to resume road projects stalled by a lockout.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler tells The Detroit News for a story Thursday that the work stoppage will put motorists' safety "at risk this winter" and that the governor "is looking at what options are available to finish projects as quickly as possible."

Adler says another option would be withholding payments for contractors on the projects.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 1 cent in the past week to about $2.94 per gallon. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 38 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.75 per gallon in the Traverse City area. The highest was in the Ann Arbor area at about $2.97 a gallon.

The Detroit-area's average was about $2.92 per gallon, about the same as last week.

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CHICAGO, IL (AP)--   A new report warns that warmer and wetter climate in the Midwest could lead to the displacement of some cold water fish species in southern Lake Michigan and trigger die-offs in smaller inland lakes. 

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Purdue University research published last week says the Great Lakes are warming along with the atmosphere due to the proliferation of greenhouse gases.

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Marenisco Township is suing to stop the closing of the Ojibway Correctional Facility. 

Officials say the state didn't do an economic-impact study as required by law. But Monday a judge rejected a request for a restraining order.

The Corrections Department in August announced plans to close the Ojibway prison in December. The prison has 203 employees, including some who live in Wisconsin. Local officials say closing the prison would greatly harm the economy.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit which says Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman said in an order issued Friday that the couples had successfully argued that the faith-based groups' religious screening practices harmed them.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Catholic Diocese of Lansing plans to invite an outside agency to review its handling of clergy child sexual abuse cases.

Bishop Earl Boyea outlined the review and plans to publish the names of all diocesan priests who sexually abused children in a report posted Tuesday on the diocesan website.

The review follows an August report by a Pennsylvania grand jury which found that about 300 Pennsylvania priests abused at least 1,000 children over the past 70 years. That report alleges senior church officials helped to cover up the abuse complaints.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   General Motors is recalling about 41,000 pickup trucks and police sports utility vehicles because of loose brake pedals.

The recall covers 2015 through 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 special service pickup trucks and some Chevrolet Tahoe sports utility vehicles made for police departments and other government agencies.

GM says the brake pedal pivot nut may loosen. A driver could be unable to stop the vehicle if the brake pedal is loose or inoperative.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican Bill Schuette says he will not distance himself from Donald Trump despite the president's unpopularity with Michigan voters and will win them over with a pro-tax cut message and his record as attorney general of helping victims of human trafficking and sexual assault. 

The gubernatorial nominee has trailed Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in polling conducted since they won their primary contests last month. And with less than two months until Nov. 6, he knows he must appeal to more of the electorate, particularly crucial independents.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Democrat Gretchen Whitmer says she is focused on fixing Michigan's "fundamentals" like roads, water systems and schools in her run for governor. 

She contends that not spending enough on core services under Republican leadership has still left residents paying more out of pocket for car repairs and other unexpected expenses.

She says her lead over GOP rival Bill Schuette in polling since last month's primary shows the problem-solving message is resonating, but "not for one second" will she let up less than two months until Election Day.

MENOMINEE, MI (AP)--   State officials are making a rapid tour of the Upper Peninsula to help families learn about financial aid for college. 

Workshops begin Monday at Menominee High School in Menominee and Bay College West in Iron Mountain. Treasury Department representatives also will be in Ironwood, Houghton and Sault Ste. Marie this week.

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