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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal. 

Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Governor Rick Snyder released a statement following Enbridge’s latest report. He says there’s no imminent threat to the Great Lakes, but he says there are “significant concerns” for the long term. 

Lawmakers step in on school mascot issue

Nov 13, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive. 

The legislation would prevent all kinds of potentially racially insensitive monikers – from the Escanaba Eskymos to the Athens Indians.

Some schools say they aren’t racist and the communities have a proud history with these mascots.

Democratic Senator Ian Conyers is a bill sponsor. He says, “I think the control of those appropriations, especially on high school levels, should be up to the people whose heritage is being defined.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed a spending bill that includes more money to prosecute members of his administration for their roles in the Flint water crisis. 

The $600,000 will go to state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office.

State Health and Human Services Department Director Nick Lyon and Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells are among those charged. They face manslaughter charges related to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The ACLU has asked a federal judge to release hundreds of Iraqis who are being detained by immigration authorities. 

The Iraqis are fighting deportation orders for crimes, many committed years ago. They’ve lived in the country lawfully since their convictions, and reported regularly to immigration officials before they were detained.

Miriam Aukerman is an ACLU attorney. She says the detainees have been held for as long as five months without ever seeing a judge.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Concealed guns could be carried in schools, churches and other places they’re currently banned under bills adopted Wednesday by the state Senate. 

The bills were adopted on largely party-line votes. Republicans used the chance to clean up a loophole in the law to largely eliminate public concealed gun-free zones.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says he considers places such as schools, day cares and stadiums where people cannot currently legally carry a concealed pistol to be more dangerous.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state is taking a synchronized approach to fighting the hepatitis A outbreak.

It’s activated two emergency centers. Through the centers, the state will organize a plan to prevent

hepatitis A. It will then guide local public health officials in prevention and investigation of cases.

“This is about public health,” said Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. “This is about our individuals who are out there just living their lives and we need to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.”

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state department that regulates medical marijuana will allow dispensaries to stay open while details get worked out about how licenses will be issued.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) originally considered giving marijuana shops until mid-December to close their doors – or risk not getting a license. Numerous patients and dispensary owners spoke out against the decision. They said it would hurt a patient’s ability to get their medication.

Chicago Tribune

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state lawmaker wants to require driver education in Michigan to include training on how to behave during police stops.

He hopes it will reduce misunderstandings and conflicts.

State Representative Pete Lucido says there are already laws dealing with traffic stops. They deal with things like where drivers should pull over, keeping hands in plain sight, and what officers can ask for. But he says drivers are often unware of the rules, and the best practices for complying with them. And, he says, that can lead to problems.   

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan schools aren’t quite on board with legislation to teach more skilled trades and technical education in schools. But with a few changes, they might get there soon.

Bills in a state House committee would, among other things, require schools to adopt a model program for career exploration and job readiness. The Department of Education would have to come up with a model as well. That model program would help teachers with career development to get kids thinking about what they want their career to be from a young age.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Enbridge Energy says this year was not the first time some protecting coating was scraped off the exterior of Line 5. 

Line 5 is the oil and gas pipeline that ships 23 million gallons of oil and gas on a route that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The company just alerted state officials that in 2014 engineers found anti-corrosion coating had rubbed off parts of the line.