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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Senate Republicans have voted to require the lieutenant governor to make “good-faith effort” to notify legislative leaders when the governor has left Michigan and he or she has assumed gubernatorial powers and duties. 

The legislation appears destined for a veto from Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer if it advances.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Aquila Resources says it’s selling its interests in copper and gold deposits in northern Wisconsin to a start-up company for about $5.8 million dollars.

Toronto-based Aquila plans to focus on building its proposed Back Forty mine in the Upper Peninsula near the Menominee River. If the sale is approved, Aquila would receive nearly $2.5 million in cash and an ownership share of the new company.

Aquila spokesman Dave Carew says additional details about the buyer will become available once the parties reach a definitive agreement within the next 45 days.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   One of the retired police officers hired by a top Wisconsin Republican to investigate the presidential election in the battleground state has ties to the GOP and previously led a probe into voter fraud in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos last week said he was hiring three retired police investigators to look into the election results.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is defending her decision to stick with appointment-only visits to branch offices amid pushback from lawmakers who say people should again be able to go without an appointment.

Half of all appointments are next-day appointments, an option for drivers with urgent business such as renewing an expiring license or transferring a vehicle title. Benson concedes they fill up fast but contends the system, while “not perfect,” is better than residents having to potentially wait hours in line.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing to use a budget surplus to finally eliminate a funding gap among K-12 districts, 27 years after Michigan overhauled the financing of public education.

Under the Democratic governor’s revised proposal, districts and charter schools would receive $8,692 in base per-student aid from the state. That is $581, or 7%, more for most. An existing $418 gap between lower- and higher-funded schools would be fully closed.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says politicians lying about fraud in the 2020 presidential election, Republican efforts to make voting more difficult, and the continued spread of disinformation leave her deeply concerned about the future of American democracy.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Benson said she believes the attacks on democracy that have followed the November election are just a precursor to what’s ahead in future elections, when the “bad actors” will be more coordinated, more strategic, and better funded.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Scientists found that an unconventional way of reducing the frequency of deer-auto collisions could be allowing wolves to roam landscapes.

Because wolves prey on deer and also shift deer behavior, they make crashes about 24 percent less common. The researchers looked at data from Wisconsin and said that wolves reduce deer populations and also scare deer away from linear landscape features, including roads, that wolves often prowl.

The research was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature convened then immediately ended a special session called by Democratic Governor Tony Evers to expand Medicaid.

The move dashes the state's chances for claiming $1 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid that was included in the coronavirus stimulus bill. The Senate was in session for less than 10 seconds and Assembly was done in under 40 seconds. There was no debate in either chamber.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Republicans have advanced a bill that would prohibit state and local health officials from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for children under age 18.

The concept is not under consideration in the state. But GOP lawmakers say they want to be proactive. Democrats call the bill needless and note that if the COVID-19 vaccine was added to the list of immunizations children must have to attend school, Michigan allows for exemptions.

About 58 percent of residents ages 16 and older have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has loosened COVID-19 workplace safety rules so fully vaccinated employees can go without a mask and disregard distancing requirements.

Industry-specific regulations are rescinded. Restaurants and bars, for instance, can reopen pool tables and dance floors. Cleaning standards are softer. As expected, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration also has lifted a requirement that employers prohibit onsite work if employees’ jobs can be done remotely, clearing the way for a return to offices.