In Michigan
6:31 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Feds to again tour closed Michigan prison

STANDISH, MI –

Federal corrections officials plan to tour Michigan's Standish Maximum Security Prison this month as part of an idea to convert it into a federal facility.

Michigan Corrections officials said Monday the tour will be the week of Aug. 16. Federal Bureau of Prisons officials have visited the facility previously.

A new facility is needed to handle overcrowding at federal prisons. Reopening the Standish prison about 145 miles north of Detroit could help the area's economy.

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In Michigan
6:27 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Mich. oil pipeline shut down for work before spill

MARSHALL, MI –

Federal regulators say a company shut down a Michigan pipeline for planned maintenance hours before 911 calls about odors in the area where a massive oil spill was reported the next day.

National Transportation Safety Board officials told reporters Monday that Enbridge Inc. shut down its Calhoun County oil pipeline about 6 p.m. July 25. About three hours later, calls started coming in about gas odors in the Marshall area.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Turtles rescued from Mich. oil spill get new home

MARSHALL, MI –

The reptiles, mammals and birds rescued from an oil spill in a southern Michigan river are starting to find new homes.

Two rehabilitated soft-shell turtles are scheduled Monday to go to their new home at Binder Park Zoo in Calhoun County. The turtles were recovered by crews working to clean up last week's oil spill on the Kalamazoo River.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Grand Rapids becomes MI's first 4G city

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –


The city of Grand Rapids has become the first in the state with a WiMax 4-G wireless network. Sally Wesorick the city's Wireless Project Manager.

"WiMax to me a good description is WiFi on steroids," she says.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Lansing teachers win right to sue over discipline

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Supreme Court says Lansing teachers had a right to sue the school district over how it disciplined students accused of assault.

The decision Sunday night is significant because it goes beyond teachers. It overturns previous rulings that had restricted access to Michigan's courts for many parties.

The court's majority says it's simply restoring a right that was in place for decades, but conservative justices in the minority predict a flood of new cases.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

MI environmental law firm prepares lawsuit against oil pipeline owner

LANSING, MI –

A public interest law firm is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Canadian owners of a pipeline that ruptured and leaked hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.

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The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit sent a legally required formal notice to Enbridge Incorporated of its intentions to sue. The notice says the citizen lawsuit seeks damages under the federal Clean Water Act.

Nick Schroeck is the director of the center.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Big spending for special interests in MI primary elections

LANSING, MI –


Primary elections in Michigan are Tuesday. As the Michigan Public Radio Network's Laura Weber reports, outside groups interested in the outcome of the elections may have actually outspent the candidates in the closing weeks of the campaign.

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WKAR Features
11:39 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Dillon challenges Bernero for Democratic gubernatorial nomination

Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon is challenging Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Courtesy www.andydillon.com.

Lansing, MI –

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In Michigan
10:53 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Voters in Delhi Township consider police, fire millages

HOLT, MI –

Voters in Delhi Township will decide the fate of millage increase proposals for police and fire protection on Tuesday.

Both proposals would levy one and a half mills for four years. If approved, each would bring in $1.1-million in the first year.

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WKAR Features
8:01 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Bernero says he's the only real Democrat in the race for governor

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is challenging House Speaker Andy Dillon for the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor.
Courtesy Photo

Lansing, MI –

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