Rick Pluta

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. 

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.

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)--   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.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan State Police Kriste Etue will work five days without pay after Governor Rick Snyder decided that will be the penalty for a controversial Facebook post. 

Colonel Etue shared a Facebook meme that called NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates” and “millionaire ingrates.” She quickly took it down, and apologized, but still came under a storm of criticism.

The governor continues to resist calls for her to step down. From a statement released by his office:  

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee, but they’ve hit a road block.

They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.

The fees are paid by people convicted of traffic offenses on top of their fines. They were adopted by the Legislature in 2003 to help keep the budget balanced during the recession. Most of the fees will never be collected, but they still generate $80 million a year for the state.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.

Snyder says more study is needed to determine the state’s next move, but he hopes Congress will act quickly to settle things.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he stands by his testimony before a congressional committee regarding the Flint water crisis. 

The Republican and Democratic leaders on the US House Oversight Committee have asked the governor to provide more details on when he became aware of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.

That’s because an aide to the governor testified in a criminal trial that he told the governor weeks earlier than when the governor said he knew.

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