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Labor Day walk across Mackinac Bridge confirmed for 2018

The Labor Day walk across the Mackinac bridge was greenlit for 2018 at a Mackinac Bridge Authority meeting November 20.

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will be remaining in power, at least for now — despite the strange address he gave more than two weeks ago, while he was in Saudi Arabia, stating that he planned to resign.

The about-face comes shortly after Hariri returned to Beirut from that trip. The unusual events of his time in Riyadh prompted suspicions that Saudi Arabia was exerting unusual amounts of pressure Hariri. And the rapid reversal is only more fuel for speculation that Hariri was coerced, or even held as a hostage, by Saudi Arabia.

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Governor Rick Snyder has chosen the newest member of the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Nestle’s efforts to increase water withdrawals in Osceola county are headed back to the courts. This time the company has appealed a building permit that was denied by local officials.

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A new proposal from the Michigan Department of Resources has gotten pushback from recreational fishers who say it could endanger walleye populations in the Great Lakes.

The proposal makes broad changes to Michigan commercial fishing licences updating things from fees and fines to regulations.

The part of the proposal getting pushback is a provision to allow commercial fishers to take walleye out of the Great Lakes.

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As sections of the bridge’s two interior lanes age, they are replaced, and up until about two years ago they were taken to a scrap yard.

Bob Sweeney is the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Mackinac Bridge. He said there are a number of things the pieces have been used for.

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has been chosen by President Trump to serve on the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals. Trump once put Larsen on his list of judges and lawyers he would consider naming to the US Supreme Court.

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  The Michigan Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer advisory for certain lots of Pepsi. State Officials said some plastic bottles of the soft drink have been found to contain small flecks of metal.

Investigators said the flecks of iron and chromium came from an equipment malfunction during bottling. No injuries or illnesses have been reported, but there is concern that larger flecks could have formed when the equipment failed.

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  Michigan is looking down the road to the future, and many people see cars running on electricity or other alternative fuels. Now, state officials are beginning to plan for the infrastructure to fuel electric and natural gas vehicles.  

The Michigan Public Service Commision said they’re seeking public input before a conference in August to tackle issues around charging stations for alternative fueled vehicles.

Nick Assendelft is a spokesperson for the Michigan Agency for Energy and Public Service Commision.

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Before water contamination emergencies hit Flint, Mich. a crisis in Canada became deadly.

When E. coli invaded the drinking water in Walkerton, half of the town became ill and seven people died.  That led to a turnaround in the way the community treats its water and trains employees. 

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The Michigan Department of Corrections is sending out letters to lawmakers this week, pleading for changes to a proposed budget that would cut 41 million dollars to prison facilities statewide.

The Senate passed the controversial prison budget on May 4th.

The cuts are predicated on a declining prison population: in the last two years the Michigan Department of Corrections has reported a five percent decrease in prisoner populations.

Republican State Senator John Proos sponsored the budget bill. He said corrections spending needs to be efficient.

A new bill could change the way auto insurance is calculated across the state.

Supporters of the bill hope to make the cost of auto insurance in the state, which has some of the highest rates in the country, a little more fair.

Democratic State Senator Morris Hood is the bill’s primary sponsor. He says insurance rates would be calculated based on multiple factors.

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