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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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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking information regarding turkey poaching on state land.

Lt. Jeremy Payne works with the Michigan DNR. He said they received a complaint on the "Report All Poaching" hotline that there were turkey carcasses in a field on state land near Castor Road in Midland county.  Payne said the turkey carcasses were left after meat was cut out of them.

“They were breasted out so the carcasses were left in this field. There were five dead turkeys that we located in the field.”

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Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel was in Lansing Friday. Her visit comes on the heels of a controversial health care vote. 

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  Mecosta County officials are asking for public input on plans to improve broadband connectivity.

Some three years ago, Mecosta County got its first broadband connection. That technology, officials say, is already becoming obsolete. They’ve launched a survey to help gauge  what kind of internet speeds residents would like to see..

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