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— CHILD WELFARE-COMPLIANCE
— PROSECUTOR DISPUTE-MICHIGAN
— MIMUS101-110, stand-alones of men surfing in Lake Michigan at Pere Marquette State Park in Muskegon
— With BROKEN BUDGETS-GASOLINE TAXES
— RPDE101 with GUN RIGHTS RALLY
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— MIFLI101-102 with RAPPER-MEDICAL MARIJUANA
BROKEN BUDGETS-GASOLINE TAXES
LANSING — Michigan's venture capitalist-turned-governor, Rick Snyder was elected on the downside of the recession and was among a crop of new Republican leaders eager to show they could boost their states' ailing economies with lower taxes. But two years later, confronting one of the automobile-addicted state's most visible problems — crumbling roads — Snyder has roiled conservatives by calling for a major gasoline tax increase. Although a break from the GOP's anti-tax ideology, Snyder's move shows a growing, if dicey, willingness among some GOP officials to begin raising more revenue. By David Eggert.
DETROIT — Michigan's child welfare system got some good marks Wednesday in the latest report by court-appointed monitors, but it still faces many challenges in protecting children and licensing foster homes. There were 1,800 foster children living with relatives in homes that weren't licensed. The monitor's team also found that the Department of Human Services was timely in responding to certain abuse allegations only 65 percent of the time. The report found that 269 children were victims of abuse or neglect in foster care, 40 percent of them by relatives whose homes were not licensed. By Ed White.
— MEDICAID EXPANSION-MICHIGAN — A subcommittee in the Michigan House has approved a budget bill without the Medicaid expansion sought by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
— GUN RIGHTS RALLY — Hundreds of gun owners are rallying at the Michigan Capitol to remind lawmakers of their right to bear arms. Some of the people freely and legally carried guns at Wednesday's rally. Others held pro-Second Amendment signs. AP Photo RPDE101.
— COMMON CORE STANDARDS-MICHIGAN — A Michigan House committee held a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would remove Michigan schools from participating in the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
— BUSINESS TAXES-CITIES — Michigan cities say they want to make sure of the legality of a levy that would help them replace revenue lost from a cut in business taxes.
DETROIT — Dozens of people in the Detroit area who have been issued traffic tickets and ordered to appear in court on misdemeanor charges are having their cases dismissed because not enough prosecutors are available to staff courtrooms. By Corey Williams.
KALAMAZOO — A county board has approved a roughly $200,000 settlement with a southwestern Michigan sheriff's deputy who said a sergeant videotaped her while she was in a private office pumping breast milk for her newborn.
FARM ANIMAL DISPUTE
WILLIAMSTOWN TOWNSHIP — A woman's effort to keep goats, chickens, pot belly pigs and rabbits on her mid-Michigan property is drawing support from online donors. Jessica Hudson said donors have pledged $12,000 to support her legal dispute.
BEIJING — Volkswagen AG announced a recall Wednesday of more than 384,000 vehicles in China to fix gearboxes following a report last week by state TV that criticized the quality of the German automaker's cars. Eds: Moved on national financial lines.
— GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL — General Motors is recalling 34,000 Buicks and Cadillacs in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere to fix a problem with the automatic transmissions.
HUDSON TOWNSHIP — Freezing drizzle did not deter more than a dozen volunteers from working to improve a natural habitat in southwestern Lenawee County. The Lake Hudson Pheasant Cooperative, working with the Lenawee chapter of Pheasants Forever, the Stewardship Unit of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and other organizations and sponsors, spent part of Saturday clearing a brush-covered fence row on the southwestern side of the Lake Hudson Recreation Area, a 2,796-acre state park. By Dan Cherry, The Daily Telegram (Adrian).
Eds: An AP Member Exchange.
BKC--NCAA-SOUTH DAKOTA ST-MICHIGAN
AUBURN HILLS — When fourth-seeded Michigan faces 13th-seeded South Dakota State in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the Wolverines will be facing their mirror image from the Summit League — a finesse team with a great point guard that shoots well from the perimeter. By Noah Trister.
AUBURN HILLS — Michigan State shoots to open the NCAA men's basketball tournament with a win over Valparaiso, just as the Spartans did when they won the national title in 2000. By Larry Lage.
EAST LANSING — Michigan State is a fifth seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament led by coach Suzy Merchant, whose love of the game has been obvious since she was in the fourth grade. By Larry Lage.
AP Photos ILNH119, 137.
— BKC--NCAA-AKRON-VCU — Fifth-seeded VCU hopes to make another run in the NCAA men's basketball tournament with coach Shaka Smart by starting with a win over 12th-seeded Akron, where Smart worked as an assistant for Zips coach Keith Dambrot. By Larry Lage.
— BKC--NCAA-SAINT MARY'S-MEMPHIS — Saint Mary's won its NCAA men's basketball tournament opener in Dayton, Ohio, then made a quick trip north, where the 11th-seeded Gaels will take on sixth-seeded Memphis on Thursday. By Noah Trister.
DETROIT — The Minnesota Wild shoot for a win at Detroit on Wednesday night to reach a .500 record on the road against the Red Wings, who are 9-4-3 at Joe Louis Arena. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
BKH--CLASS B ALL-STATE, HFR
EAST LANSING — The Associated Press Class B boys basketball Player of the Year and All-State teams are revealed on Thursday. By Alan Babbitt, The Holland Sentinel.
Eds: Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
— BKH--CLASS B ALL-STATE-LIST, HFR — Eds: Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
The Associated Press is releasing stories and agate lists for its All-State girls and boys basketball teams following this schedule:
— Class D girls moved Monday, March 11, Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday
— Class C girls moved Tuesday, March 12, Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday
— Class B girls moved Wednesday, March 13, Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Thursday
— Class A girls moved Thursday, March 14, Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Friday
— Class D boys moved Monday, March 18, Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday
— Class C boys moved Tuesday, March 19, Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday
— Class B boys moves Wednesday, March 20, Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Thursday
— Class A boys moves Thursday, March 21, Hold For Release at 6:30 a.m. Friday
— FBC--MICHIGAN-RYAN INJURED — Michigan's football team has taken a big hit during spring practice. Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday that junior linebacker Jake Ryan is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Ryan was injured Tuesday in practice.