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In Wisconsin news… A Republican-controlled committee plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state.

The move led by state Senator Steve Nass comes as health officials sound warnings about the rapidly spreading, highly contagious delta variant. Nass says he will be moving to require the university to get approval from the Legislature before enacting any virus-related regulations.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is restricting the use of handcuffs and other restraints on juveniles when they appear in court.

Handcuffs cannot be used unless a judge determines that a restraint would prevent harm or there’s a belief that a child might dash from the courtroom, the Supreme Court said in a rule adopted 5-2.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers whose license or registration expires between April and week’s end will have 120 additional days to renew it without being assessed late fees under new laws.

The bills were signed Thursday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who says they give motorists flexibility during the pandemic.

A 13-month grace period ended March 31, leading to a transactions backlog.

The laws will help residents whose license, registration or state ID card lapses from April 1 through this Saturday.

DETROIT (AP) — Famous for gazing over eyeglasses worn on the end of his nose, Carl Levin seemed at ease wherever he went, whether attending a college football game back home in Michigan or taking on a multibillion-dollar corporation before cameras on Capitol Hill.

U-S prosecutors are asking a judge to order the Federal Bureau of Prisons to transfer all money in Larry Nassar’s prison account—about

2-thousand dollars—to help provide restitution to 5-victims as part of his

Undated - Sky-high sales prices for its pickup trucks and SUVs helped Ford Motor Company turn a surprise second-quarter profit despite a global shortage of computer chips that cut production. The Dearborn, Michigan company says it made 561-million dollars from April through June, largely because output from its factories was better than the company expected. The automaker warned earlier in the year that it would be hit especially hard by the shortage and a fire at a Japanese supplier that manufactures many of Ford’s automotive-grade chips.

Undated - Positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin are twice as high as a week ago and 7-times as high as a month ago, fueled by the more contagious ‘delta variant.’ State health officials yesterday (Wed) again urged everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. There were 792-new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday and the 7-day average was 478… up from 239 last week and 69 a month ago. As of Wednesday, just over 49-percent of the state was fully vaccinated.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years.

He's then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules after that to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nudge 40 percent of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by decade’s end.

That's according to proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation that are expected to be released as early as next week.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $100 million in federal COVID-19 rescue funds to expand access to affordable housing.

The aid would go to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The authority provides financial and technical assistance to develop housing-related projects.

The Democratic governor said the funding would leverage an additional $380 million in private spending. Whitmer says it has the potential to assist 6,000 families and produce 2,000 rental units.

MARINETTE, WI (AP)--   An 84-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of murder in the 1976 shootings of a couple camping in a northeastern Wisconsin park.

A jury in Marinette County returned verdicts soon after beginning deliberations in the trial of Raymand An 84-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of murder in the 1976 shootings of a couple camping in a northeastern Wisconsin park.