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Senate panel OKs $175M for roads, $1M for AG's probe of MSU

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A bill that would infuse $175 million more into Michigan roads and bridge this year has taken another step forward in the Legislature.

A Senate committee voted 16-0 Wednesday to send the supplemental budget legislation to the full Senate, which is expected to vote Thursday.

Senators amended the House-passed bill to include $1 million for Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigation of how Michigan State University handled former employee Larry Nassar, a doctor who molested young gymnasts and others under the guise of treatment. Schuette, whose office prosecuted Nassar, has hired a special independent counsel to look into the university.

Gov. Rick Snyder recently proposed the additional $175 million for road and bridge repairs in the 2018-19 budget. But lawmakers want to spend it in the current fiscal year.