Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican-led committee in Michigan’s Senate has voted to make it harder to initiate ballot drives. The bill approved Wednesday would allow no more than 15 percent of qualifying petition signatures to come from any one of Michigan’s 14 congressional districts.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in mid-Michigan still are unsure of how a 33-year-old man whose decomposing body was found in a sewer line died. The Lansing State Journal reports that a second autopsy has not provided answers in the death of Danny Lee Tamez. Police spokesman Bob Merritt says the case remains under investigation, but foul play is not suspected. A medical examiner ruled the cause of death as undetermined. Tamez’ body was found Aug. 21 during a routine check of the sewer system
FIFE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Plans are moving forward to transform the site of a former prison in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula into a company’s manufacturing and assembly facility. Officials announced Wednesday that a redevelopment agreement with North Bay Investment Group calls for transforming the 179-acre former Pugsley Correctional Facility property in Grand Traverse County into the new home for construction technology business Inphastos. The prison closed in 2016 as part of state cost-cutting.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A recently established Michigan panel has given final approval to a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority unanimously endorsed a recent agreement between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. The Canadian company plans to drill a tunnel through bedrock under the straits area connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan.