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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers are proposing an $80 million funding increase for law enforcement, including $47 million to help recruit and retain officers at a time a top Republican says the profession has been “beaten down” by anti-police sentiment.

The proposed spending will be added to a budget bill in the GOP-led House. Incentives include signing bonuses for new officers, tuition assistance to attend police academies, and stipends during recruits’ training. Funding would incentivize the use of body cameras and community policing.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan legislators have approved mid-year spending bills, including billions of federal coronavirus relief to boost pay for frontline government workers, incentivize unemployed people to return to work, and upgrade infrastructure.

Under a $3.3 billion plan sent to the Senate by the Republican-led House, some federal funding would go toward payroll costs and free up state dollars to pay the Flint water crisis settlement instead of borrowing, and partially replenish an unemployment benefits fund.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Automakers are cutting production as they grapple with a global shortage of computer chips, and that's making dealers nervous.

With sales at a brisk pace despite high prices, and inventories shrinking, many fear they'll run out of new vehicles to sell this summer. They're buying up used cars with hopes of selling them to make money until production returns to normal. But no one is sure when that's going to happen.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   A report about a doctor accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of young men at the University of Michigan is pointing an unflattering light at one of the school’s iconic figures.

The report says late football coach Bo Schembechler was told by four people about Robert Anderson's assaults, but he took no direct action in the 1970s and 1980s. There's a bronze statue of Schembechler on the Michigan campus, and the football building is named for him. Schembechler was coach from 1969 to 1989.

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MADISON, WI (AP)--   A tribal leader says Native Americans in Wisconsin are struggling to overcome increased drug abuse related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A lawsuit says Michigan Republicans’ lame-duck maneuver to weaken voter-proposed minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in 2018 was unconstitutional.

The complaint filed Tuesday comes more than 16 months after the state Supreme Court declined to issue an advisory opinion on the legality of the move.

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.

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.

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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.

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