Author Archives: Rick Pluta

Health chief: Ebola distracted from Genesee County Legionnaire’s outbreak

flintThe state’s health director says an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County did not get the attention it deserved from his agency. He says it was partially due to the department’s focus on a different health threat that never materialized.
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Flint residents will be asked to help flush water system

bottle-of-waterA group of experts says Flint’s water is improving, but the next step is to persuade city residents to help flush the system.

The findings were presented at a task force meeting presided over by Governor Rick Snyder, who said he’s glad to see progress is being made in the city’s lead contamination crisis.
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Schuette files lawsuit to shut down abortion clinic

billlschuetteMichigan Attorney Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit to shut down an abortion provider in Detroit. The anti-abortion Republican filed the lawsuit against the Summit Women’s Center in Detroit. The legal action says it violates a state law that requires abortion clinics to have a licensed doctor in charge of the facility.
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State seeking bidders for Mackinac pipeline study

1280px-Mackinac_BridgeThe state has extended the deadline for companies to bid on work studying of Enbridge Line 5. That’s the oil and gas pipeline that runs under the Mackinac straits.

The study will include a risk analysis of the 60-year-old pipeline, and alternatives to shipping oil and gas beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
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