BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan’s attorney general pledged Monday to move to shut down an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes if the governor doesn’t find a “swift and straightforward” resolution to the contentious issue. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month halted state agencies’ work to facilitate construction of a tunnel beneath the lakebed to house a new segment of Line 5 in the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, citing concerns that her Republican predecessor’s plan would keep the existing 66-year-old pipeline in the water too long. But the Democrat said this month she was open to still building the tunnel . Her administration is in talks with pipeline owner and operator Enbridge. By David Eggert. SENT: 550 words.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp. Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that he had authorized the state’s cooperation with preconstruction, engineering and design work at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. But he voiced misgivings about the cost and said his state “is not in a financial position to commit to the full plan in its current form.” By John Flesher. SENT: 550 words, photos.


DETROIT _ A special prosecutor who spent three years leading a criminal investigation of the Flint water scandal has been fired, officials announced Monday, apparently part of the fallout from the recent discovery of 23 boxes of records in the basement of a state building. Todd Flood’s contract was terminated on April 16. The Michigan attorney general’s office told a judge about the records on Friday as it seeks a six-month freeze in the case against Michigan’s former health director, Nick Lyon, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter. By Ed White. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ The University of Michigan’s commencement will have an unusual group sitting among this year’s graduating class — triplets who are preparing to part for the first time. Abby, Seraphina and Zoey Provenzano’s time attending the same university will come to an end May 4, when they all graduate with about 3.9 grade point averages, the Lansing State Journal reported. SENT: 340 words.


_ PRISONER-BEE STING: A Michigan prison inmate who said she was stung by a bee has died after being discharged from a hospital.

_ COLLEGE GRADUATION-FIRE: Eastern Michigan University stepped in to help a student who lost her cap, gown and stole in a fire just a few days before graduation.

_ TRUCKING COMPANY CLOSES: A trucking company in Ohio that had been a mover of parts for the auto industry has abruptly closed.

_ HEALTH SYSTEMS-LAUNDRY: Three health systems are teaming up to build and operate a $48 million medical laundry service facility in Detroit.

_ GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 6 cents from a week ago to about $2.88 per gallon.

_ ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Regina Strong has been named to the newly created position of environmental justice public advocate in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

_ BODY-SEWER: A woman who says she suffered when she learned that her son was found slain in a Detroit sewer has failed to persuade the Michigan appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit over a Facebook post.


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