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The Old Town ScrapFest returns this weekend. Artists will get creative with all sorts of unwanted scrap metal and plastic.

Today on Current State: a state task force releases its report on pipeline safety in the Straits of Mackinac; Ingham Sobriety Court helps drug offenders start over; a review of Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman;" the dangers of "patent trolls" and a history of Michigan's Women's Exchange.

Mackinac Bridge photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

In the aftermath of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, environmental groups have been calling on Michigan to pay attention to a different Enbridge pipeline system: the one running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

When you think of the oil boom in the U.S., Michigan might not be the first state that comes to mind.

But while the state is no North Dakota, that oil is making its way to the state, traveling through an underground network of pipelines.

Ingham County Courthouse
WKAR File Photo

In June, 13 people graduated from Ingham County's sobriety court. 

Alongside the tens of thousands of mid-Michigan school graduates last month, a handful attended a different kind of ceremony.  They were the 13 graduates of Ingham County's sobriety court.  

Sobriety court is a rigorous program that mainly benefits people convicted of an offense which involves alcohol, like DWI.  An interdisciplinary team oversees a regimen including mandatory drug testing, treatment and, typically, participation in Alcoholics Anonymous.

book cover
Courtesy Harper Collins

Our book reviewer Scott Southard dives into the much anticipated "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee.

After Harper Lee published her iconic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one of America’s most beloved authors became one of its most reclusive. She never published again. But last year, Lee’s attorney found a manuscript of Lee’s first novel, Go Set a Watchman, which takes place 30 years after Mockingbird. Our book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his take on Lee’s first novel in over 50 years.

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