LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republicans who control Michigan’s Senate have begun approving a $66.4 billion budget that would spend 5% more than in the current year, thanks to an influx of federal funding, but about $728 million less than what is proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Democrats voted against many bills Tuesday, showing a legislative deal with the Democratic governor remains weeks or months away. Legislators are required to pass spending bills by July 1, though the fiscal year will not start until Oct. 1.

Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman who cut off her GPS tether.

Fawn Teeple, 39, of Brimley was out on bond for her third arrest for operating while intoxicated, with the condition she must be on a tether. She cut the tether and is now wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant.

Teeple is described as 5’4” and 130 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call 911 or submit a tip on the Chippewa County Sheriff’s app.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to go after Enbridge's profits from the Line 5 oil pipeline if it isn't shut down. 

The Democratic governor issued the warning Tuesday in a letter to Enbridge, a Canadian oil transport company.

Whitmer ordered the company last November to close the line by May 12. She agrees with environmentalists and Native tribes that a section of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is vulnerable to a spill.

CHAMPION TOWNSHIP, MI--   A 12-year-old Champion boy was injured in a dirt bike accident in Marquette County Tuesday.

MENOMINEE COUNTY, MI--    Aquila Resources says it won’t appeal a judge’s denial of a wetlands permit for its Back Forty Mine in Menominee County.

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IRONWOOD, MI (AP)--   After more than 100 years a Presbyterian church in Ironwood is changing hands, the result of a shrinking congregation.

First Presbyterian Church was down to seven members, including two people in nursing homes and two more who go to Florida in the winter. Pastor Jack Fashbaugh says there once were more than 300 people.

The first service was in 1906, while the last inside the church was in 2018. Services were suspended for a time because of Fashbaugh’s health and then the pandemic struck.

ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   History lovers have a chance to own pieces of the original Mackinac Bridge with parts of the bridge's steel grating placed on auction. 

Barrels that weigh about 470 pounds and contain around 140 pieces of grating are on sale until May 18. Dozens of bids have already been placed with prices reaching over $500 a barrel.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the Mighty Mac is the third-longest suspension bridge in North America.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state House committee is expected to vote Tuesday on bills that would set tougher ethics standards for lawmakers.

A central element is a measure to create House and Senate ethics committees to hear complaints and impose sanctions, such as docking the pay of lawmakers who don’t show up for work.

The committees would be equally divided between Republicans and Democrats so their decisions would have to be bipartisan. A key lawmaker said the standards would help ensure better behavior by lawmakers between elections.

TROUT LAKE, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post are investigating a breaking and entering at a seasonal residence in Chippewa County. 

Troopers responded to the Birch Shores area of Trout Lake. They say several items were taken.

A suspicious older white panel van was seen in the area around the time the break-in took place.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Trooper Smith at 906-632-2217.

The incident remains under investigation.

ESCANABA, MI--   A Delta County woman is headed to trial for allegedly running a puppy mill in Maple Ridge Township.