East Lansing, MI – Enbridge Energy Partners has shut down a third oil pipeline, this one near Buffalo, New York, after a possible leak was discovered. This latest closure adds fuel to accusations that the company has not properly maintained its pipelines.
Two other incidents in the Great Lakes area, including a major spill in Marshall, Michigan, have focused attention on pipeline safety.
On Wednesday, a congressional committee will begin looking into the company's practices.
CHICAGO – A Canadian company that is working to clean up oil spills outside Chicago and in southern Michigan has closed a third pipeline after a possible leak was found in New York.
Enbridge says a 91-mile pipeline that runs from Ontario, Canada, to New York was shut down after about a gallon of petroleum-based product was found during a sewer installation project Monday. The company says all of the product has been cleaned up and crews were working to find the source.
It's the third pipeline Enbridge has shut down since July.
Lansing, MI – Demolition has begun on a long-time eyesore near downtown Lansing. Crews have started tearing down the Deluxe Inn off Interstate 496.
Almost from the time it was built 30 years ago, the Deluxe Inn motel garnered an unsavory reputation as a hotspot for prostitution, drug use and murder. Now, the site will be prepared for redevelopment.
Lansing, MI – Lansing Mayor and Democratic nominee for governor Virg Bernero has begun accepting televised debate offers, although the first TV station he said "yes" to, WXYZ in Southfield, has not decided if it will sponsor a debate without Republican nominee Rick Snyder.
KALAMAZOO, MI – Health officials are reminding people to be vigilant about taking steps to prevent the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis in Michigan.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports there have been recent reports of seven more dead horses from the disease. They include two in Calhoun County and one each in Allegan, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Eaton and Shiawassee counties.
Lab testing in recent months has confirmed 42 Michigan horses with mosquito-borne disease. Another 77 have been diagnosed with symptoms.
DEARBORN, MI – AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are up 12 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $2.90 after a leak forced the closure of a Chicago-area oil pipeline.
The auto club says Monday the statewide average is 36 cents per gallon higher than last year at this time.
Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve regular fuel is in the Traverse City area, where it's $2.75 a gallon. The highest average can be found in the Ann Arbor area at $2.96.
East Lansing, MI – For the last 10 years, the Community Relations Coalition has worked to bring Michigan State University students and their neighbors together. The idea is that better relationships between students and the full-time East Lansing residents they live around will prevent town-and-gown problems.
Activities for this academic year begin in earnest with a couple of CRC-sponsored block parties this week.
DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera hit a bases-loaded double in a five-run eighth inning that backed Justin Verlander's 16th win, and the Detroit Tigers got back to .500 with a a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
With Detroit railing 2-1, Will Rhymes singled off Mike Gonzalez (0-3) leading off the eighth, Ryan Raburn doubled and reliever David Hernandez got ahead 1-2 in the count to pinch-hitter Austin Jackson before loading the bases with a walk.
CHICAGO – Jay Cutler had 372 yards passing and threw a late 28-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte, and the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 19-14 in the season opener after Calvin Johnson's apparent touchdown catch was ruled an incompletion.
The controversial call came with 25 seconds left, after Johnson outjumped Chicago's Zackary Bowman for what looked like a 25-yard touchdown. He appeared to have gotten both feet down inbounds before letting the ball go, but what looked like a game-winner was ruled an incomplete pass by the officials.
NOVI, MI – NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, University of Michigan quarterback-turned-major-leaguer Rick Leach and prolific Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore are among the newest inductees heading into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
The trio and nine others will be inducted Monday night at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi.
The event is the 54th in the Hall's history. The inductees were announced in 2008, but due to financial issues, ceremonies over the past two years have been postponed.