Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee says he opposes a plan to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that links lakes Huron and Michigan. The Washington state governor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Enbridge’s existing Line 5 pipes and its proposal to replace them with a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac are “a clear and present danger” to the Great Lakes. He says the pipeline should be a major issue during a Democratic presidential debate this month in Detroit.
DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of sandbags are expected to be placed along streets and in yards near Detroit River canals to keep water from flooding homes and basements. The city says an emergency order issued Wednesday that allows crews to place sandbags on private property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says three months of abnormally wet weather have kept stream flows into the Great Lakes well above average. Lake St. Clair which feeds into the Detroit River set a new high water mark.
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — An international train tunnel connecting Michigan’s Port Huron to Sarnia, Ontario, has been cleared and repaired following a multi-car train derailment that spilled sulfuric acid and damaged the tracks. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports the final train car was removed from the tunnel northeast of Detroit last week and remaining liquids were pumped out. About 40 freight cars left the tracks early on June 28 in the tunnel beneath the St. Clair River. No one was injured.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two young people who were charged after the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford in western Michigan was defaced could see their records wiped clean. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Tuesday that Christian Johnson and Alexis Brinkert would receive alternative sentences that will include visiting the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids and learning about the Fords’ legacy. They turned themselves in after the March incident.