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by the associated press • Jul 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Great Lakes water levels continue surge; 2 set records

DETROIT (AP) — Water levels in two of the Great Lakes are the highest ever recorded.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that Lake Erie and Lake Ontario last month reached their highest points since record-keeping began in 1918.

Also setting a new mark was Lake St. Clair, which is part of the waterway linking lakes Huron and Erie.

Meanwhile, Lake Superior's level set a record for the month of June. Lakes Huron and Michigan missed setting a monthly record by less than an inch.

Previous highs for June were reached in 1986 on Superior, St. Clair and Erie and in 2017 on Lake Ontario.

Hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz of the Army Corps said three months of abnormally wet weather has kept stream flows into the Great Lakes well above average.

Governor approves $15M to help farmers amid wet weather

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops.

Whitmer's office announced the signing Monday.

The spending covers upfront loan-processing fees and subsidize private lenders so they can provide 1 percent interest rates to farmers, processors and others in the agriculture industry.

Similar relief was enacted in 2012, when fruit growers and processors were hit especially hard by an early thaw and late freeze.

Eligibility will be determined based on the percentage of loss to the producer or processor.

Michigan has been going through a wet period. Five Michigan counties just were declared federal disaster areas due to agricultural losses.

Woman found guilty in fatal shootings of 2 in leasing office

GRAND BLANC (AP) — A Flint-area woman has been found guilty but mentally ill in the slayings of two women who worked in the leasing office of the apartment complex where she lived.

Jacquelyne Tyson was convicted Tuesday of first- and second-degree murder in Genesee County Circuit Court. She faces sentencing Aug. 6.

Lyric Work and Tamara Johnson were shot July 26, 2016, in the Grand Oaks Apartments leasing office in Grand Blanc.

The 45-year-old Johnson died at the scene.

The 20-year-old Work was pregnant. She was taken off life support at a hospital several days later. Her daughter was delivered seven weeks early by cesarean section.

Missing boater found in Lake St. Clair after going overboard

HARRISON TWP. (AP) — A missing boater has been found safe after he told authorities he fell overboard in Lake St. Clair, swam to an island and commandeered another boat to reach rescuers.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office said they started searching for the man Monday night in the lake after a woman reported that he apparently jumped from the moving boat. She called 911 and wasn't able to stop the 40-foot boat, so deputies found her, jumped aboard and stopped the boat.

Crews searched for the 43-year-old St. Clair Shores man until about 1 a.m. Tuesday, when he reached them. He told them that after commandeering the boat he headed toward searchers.

He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. No one is expected to face charges.

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