Category Archives: Federal Government

Juvenile lifers reflect on what Supreme Court decision means for their future

DSC_0284With its ruling the Supreme court has determined that minors given life sentences before 2012 can now seek a review of their cases and make a bid for early release.

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Schools try to understand how to inform their communities in light of new law

IMG_5910_Public schools are trying to decide how best to follow a new law signed by Governor Snyder earlier this month. The measure restricts how public entities can talk about upcoming ballot proposals and millages.

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Seventy years later, man receives award for WWII service

 

 

IMG_7441It took seven decades, but at the Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Private First Class William Yoder was awarded both the bronze star and the purple heart  for his service in World War II.

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EPA says Tittabawassee river cleanup is speeding up

The Environmental Protection Agency says by the end of 2016, it will be halfway done with cleanup of the Tittabawassee river.

Mary Logan is a spokeswoman for the EPA.

She said the cleanup is running ahead of schedule.
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Canadian government delays dump decision, again

A month after Canada’s new Prime Minister was sworn in, the Canadian Government has delayed the decision on whether or not to allow a nuclear waste dump near the shores of the Great Lakes.
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Bipartisan bills would allow ailing inmates to be released on parole

Medically frail inmates would be considered for parole under bipartisan bills in the state House.

Inmates would undergo an evaluation by a physician chosen by the Department of Corrections. If granted parole, supporters say sick prisoners would be transferred to other facilities that are better equipped to treat them. Continue reading

El Niño could impact Great Lakes water levels

GreatLakesThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration met with other federal entities this month to discuss the future of Great Lakes water levels.

Drew Gronewold is a hydrologist with NOAA. Continue reading

Soo Locks economic study receives federal funding



After more than a year of effort, the federal government has approved funding for a study to examine the economic impact of adding a new lock in Sault Ste Marie.

Currently only the Poe Lock can handle the largest vessels, which carry a majority of the iron ore on the Great Lakes. Continue reading

German ship held in port

A German ship flying the Liberian flag is being held in a Great Lakes port while the Coast Guard investigates possible environmental violations.

The ship Cornelia traveled from New York to Minnesota. It likely traversed all the Great Lakes except Lake Michigan.

The Cornelia has been retained for over 2 weeks at the Duluth port on Lake Superior.

Lieutenant Pat Lammersen is with the Coast Guard. He said there’s not much he can reveal about the investigation.

“Outside the Duluth lift bridge in Lake Superior it’s anchored up, all I can say is that the Coast Guard is investigating the motor vessel Cornelia for alleged violations of U.S environmental regulations.”

Lammersen said the ship and it’s crew are not a threat to public safety.

“The Liberian flag vessel and crew are prohibited from leaving the Duluth until cleared by customs and border protection. Vessel and crew do not pose any public safety threat. Any speculation that the ship is being held in port due to safety concerns is not true.”

The ship’s crew is not allowed to leave the vessel until the investigation is over.

Sault tribe receives $300K for education programs

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The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently received over a quarter million dollars from the federal government to bolster their education programs. Continue reading

Waters of the United States rule faces copious amounts of scrutiny

Logo of the EPA

Logo of the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS, is facing heavy scrutiny from around the country.

WOTUS is intended to clarify which water bodies are protected by the Clean Water Act. Instead it’s prompted a heated debate.
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U.S Forest Service passes some logging responsibilities to MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed to pick up some forest management responsibilities from the federal government.

The agreement will give the DNR logging rights in three Michigan national forests.
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Asian carp closer to Great Lakes than ever

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Asian carp were found within 80 miles of the Great Lakes, roughly 60 miles closer than they were at the beginning of this year.

Two juvenile Silver Carp, a type of Asian carp, were found in the Illinois River. The fish have been steadily making their way north over the last several years. Continue reading

Northern Michigan fish hatchery under inspection from OSHA

Pendills Creek Fishery in Brimley recently underwent an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection for the first time.

The inspection dug up 11 serious violations that needed to be addressed.
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Coast Guard working to halt leak from shipwreck in Lake Erie

The U.S Coast Guard has set up a perimeter around a shipwreck that is leaking fuel into Lake Erie.

It’s believed to be the biggest environmental threat posed by a shipwreck to the Great Lakes.

The Coast Guard said the Argo was carrying 100,000 gallons of crude oil, and another lighter fuel, when it went down in 1937. Continue reading

Michigan DEQ admits to mistakes handling Flint water crisis

mdeqThe Department of Environmental Quality has released a statement admitting they made a mistake in handling the recent Flint water crisis.

DEQ representatives said they mishandled the testing of Flint’s drinking water. They were holding the city to guidelines meant for a town with half of Flint’s population. Continue reading

Reservist says village discriminated against him for military service

6th Circuit Court of AppealsIt’s starting to look like a military reservist could get his day in court. He says authorities in the village of Vicksburg near Kalamazoo discriminated against him because of his military service.
The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for David Eichaker (EYE’-ay-ker). He was an officer in the Vicksburg Police Department who sometimes served as the acting chief when his boss was away on military reserve duty.
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