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GREEN BAY, WI--   A federal agency is providing special containers to help law enforcement across Wisconsin clean up meth labs.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said Monday six methamphetamine chemical storage containers will be placed across the state.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is providing the containers. Schimel says the containers are aimed at helping reduce the time and money local law enforcement spends on cleaning up meth labs and at making communities safer after a lab is found.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched a new version of its construction and traffic information website for motorists. 

The department says the streamlined Mi Drive website is designed to make it easier to view traffic cameras and speeds, locate incidents and search construction projects.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   The state Department of Natural Resources' board is poised to vote on an emergency rule that would require deer farms to upgrade their fences in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. 

The board is scheduled to vote Wednesday in Green Bay on the rule. Deer farms that have had a CWD infection would have to install a second fence or solid barrier. CWD-free farms would have three options: add a second fence, a solid barrier or an electric fence.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.4 million Ram pickups in the U.S. and Canada because tailgates with power locks can open while the trucks are moving. 

The recall covers Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2015 through 2017 model years.

The company says in U.S. and Canadian government documents that if the tailgates open, unsecured cargo could fall into the road and cause a crash.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia say they'll go to court to stop a proposed rollback in mileage standards.

California and New York are among the states signing on to a statement Thursday pledging legal action against the Trump administration's action on fuel efficiency.

The group of attorneys general says in a statement that relaxing the nation's mileage standards will make Americans "breathe dirtier air and pay higher prices at the pumps."

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials are warning dog owners to keep their pets at home if they're sick to prevent the spread of canine influenza. 

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development said Thursday that 49 cases of dog flu have been confirmed in six Lower Peninsula counties since July 13, compared with nine cases during all of 2017. The six counties are Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan regulators are accepting proposals for financial help with protecting places where aquatic species live and repairing those that have been damaged. 

The Department of Natural Resources says it's offering a combined $1.25 million this year for its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.

Officials will select projects for funding with goals such as rehabilitating degraded resources, developing self-sustaining aquatic communities that support outdoor recreation, and creating partnerships that will support habitat protection.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Consumers Energy has filed a lawsuit, saying a tugboat anchor caused more than $1 million in damage when two underwater power lines were severed in April.

Spokeswoman Katie Carey says the lines have been out of service since 1990 but remain in the Straits of Mackinac near the Mackinac Bridge. The utility still is considering what to do with them.

Consumers Energy is the latest to file a lawsuit over the April 1 anchor incident.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   As both parties continue pumping money into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats are hoping to cash in on another kind of green. 

A proposal to legalize marijuana has sprouted on Michigan's November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational use of the drug for those 21 and older. It could also entice younger voters to show up to the polls, which could help the Democrats.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A child advocacy organization is concerned that a projected undercount of children in Wisconsin during the 2020 census could threaten the amount of aid the state receives. 

Kids Forward Executive Director Ken Taylor tells Wisconsin Public Radio that young kids and kids of color are most likely to be undercounted.

Bureau Acting Director Ron Jarmin says people can be missed if they're in areas that are harder to count, or if there's a language barrier.

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