FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   A Genesee County judge heard closing arguments Wednesday in a preliminary hearing related to the Flint water crisis. 

Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of two men. Prosecutors allege the deaths were connected to a Legionnaires' Disease outbreak linked to Flint’s water crisis.

But Defense Attorney John Bursch argues Lyon delegated the Legionella investigation to subordinates.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Women’s Center in Marquette has received a matching gift opportunity to pay off its mortgage.

Center Executive Director Beth Casady says Rod and Holly Aldrich are matching all 2018 gifts that are directed to pay off the shelter’s $507,000 mortgage.

Casady says paying off the debt will ensure the shelter is viable into the future, and it will free money to expand the center’s outreach into other areas.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police from the St. Ignace Post are trying to determine the identity of remains found in a burning vehicle Tuesday. 

Troopers were called around 6 a.m. to East Simmons Road in Mackinac County’s Marquette Township on a report of a vehicle that was fully engulfed in the middle of the road. The human remains were found once the flames were extinguished.

Officials say dental records and/or DNA testing will be used to determine the person’s identity.

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A motorcyclist has been badly injured in a traffic crash in Powell Township.

State Police from the Negaunee Post say it happened Wednesday around 11:15 a.m. on County Road 550 just north of County Road KN. Troopers say a 21-year-old man from Cadott, Wisconsin was northbound on his motorcycle and driving directly behind a Honda Odyssey driven by a 16-year-old Champion girl. The Odyssey slowed down and attempted to make a left-hand turn. The motorcycle was unable to stop and struck the back of the Honda.

The Superior String Alliance Chamber Players are going on their annual summer tour July 17-20, and they are sharing concerts with different local musicians.  They also have their summer camp for string students young and old.  Danielle Simandl, Executive Director of the SSA came to Public Radio 90 to talk about the events.

Visit for more information about the Superior String Alliance Chamber Players tour dates and locations, as well as all the information about the Summer Strings Camp.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI) yesterday urged President Trump to approve Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley’s request for a major disaster declaration following severe flash flooding that affected Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties. 

Marquette Choral Society

Next on Peninsula Performances:

7/13 & 17: Marquette Choral Society: Night Psalms / All Dvorak

Take in the sound of the Marquette Choral Society, in a world premiere performance of Griffin Candey’s “The Night Psalms,” along with Ralph Vaughan Williams's setting of “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Performance from April 2018.

Friday evenings at 8pm ET (Encore Tuesday afternoons at 1pm ET)

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MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan regulators will take public comments on a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines. 

Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. They would be attached to the pipes and screwed into the lakebed.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Mackinaw City.

SUN PRAIRIE, WI (AP)--   A police lieutenant in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, says one firefighter has died and another was critically injured in a gas explosion and fire that leveled several buildings in downtown Sun Prairie. 

Authorities said at an early Wednesday morning news conference that at least six firefighters were injured along with some civilians when a private contractor struck a natural gas main about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   For the first time in Michigan history, Libertarian candidates for governor will be on the August primary ballot. That’s because the party got enough Michigan votes in the 2016 election to put the party on the primary ballot.

Libertarian Party of West Michigan Vice Chair, Jamie Lewis, said getting the party on the primary ballot helps people know early on that they have options besides Republicans and Democrats.