This is the first step in the process to getting the new ship out on the lakes. Continue reading
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.
More than 300 Michigan inmates sentenced as minors to life without parole could get a second chance at early release. That’s under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down Monday.
President Obama has ordered an inquiry into how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handles information that could affect the public health.
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.
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.
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
Drew Gronewold is a hydrologist with NOAA. Continue reading
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city is ready to take 150 Syrian refugee families over three years.
Currently only the Poe Lock can handle the largest vessels, which carry a majority of the iron ore on the Great Lakes. Continue reading
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.
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
A watchdog group says utilities and other electric industry interests have spent half a (m) million dollars so far this year on political donations to state legislators.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
It’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.
Republican candidate Ted Cruz brought his presidential campaign to Michigan and Kalamazoo today (Mon.).
Doctor Ben Carson took his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Michigan, with stops today (Wed.) in Jackson and Spring Arbor University.