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MICHIGAN PIPELINE

Opposition team criticizes Enbridge plans for oil tunnel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Experts retained by opponents of a Great Lakes oil tunnel say plans for the project are badly flawed. A coalition called Oil & Water Don’t Mix asked two geologists and a hazardous waste specialist to study Enbridge’s application for Michigan permits to construct the tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge says it’s confident in its plans, which were developed with industry leading contractors. The tunnel would replace the underwater segment of Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline. The experts retained by opponents tell The Associated Press that Enbridge’s contractors didn’t take enough core samples to understand rock conditions beneath the straits, which connect lakes Huron and Michigan. They also say a clay slurry would endanger water quality.

DETROIT VIOLENCE

Police: Shooting outside Detroit strip club leaves 6 wounded

DETROIT (AP) — Police say a shooting outside a Detroit strip club has left six people wounded. According to preliminary information from police, a large group was outside the club on the city’s west side shortly before 2 a.m. Monday when at least one person opened fire. Details about what led up to the shooting were under investigation and no arrests were immediately reported. Police say those shot were in their 20s and two men were listed in critical condition. Two men and a woman were in stable condition, and the condition of another woman who was shot wasn’t immediately known by police.

HAUNTED HOUSE SHOOTING

Man killed in dispute over line at Michigan haunted house

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Police say a dispute over cutting in line led to a fatal shooting outside a popular haunted house in southeastern Michigan. Investigators were looking for a suspect Monday after the early Sunday shooting at Erebus in Pontiac. The victim was a 29-year-old man from Detroit. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says shots were fired after two men arguing over a spot in line went back to their vehicles. A witness says a blue sedan fled the scene at high speed.

POLICE SHOOTING-DEARBORN

Dearborn officer fatally shoots man stabbing girlfrfiend

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police officer has shot and killed a man during a domestic violence stabbing. Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad says the officer did what needed to be done when the officer fatally shot the man who was armed with a knife and attacking his girlfriend Sunday morning in a Dearborn apartment. The 39-year-old woman called 911 repeatedly around 6:22 a.m. saying she was being assaulted by her boyfriend. The Detroit News reports responding officers could hear the woman yelling for help inside the apartment. Officers forced their way inside and found the 43-year-old man attacking the woman inside a bathroom. He was shot several times.

DETROIT SHOOTINGS

Detroit man arrested after shooting 4-year-old, 22-year-old

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man has been arrested after allegedly shooting a 4-year-old girl and a 22-year-old man. Detroit police say they took Devontae Lamar Berrien into custody late Saturday. They say Berrien got into an argument with someone on the city’s west side around 7 p.m. Saturday and fired several shots. Berrien left the scene after the girl and man were hit. The girl and the man were hospitalized in serious condition.

DEER-CHRONIC WASTING

DNR can’t check as many deer for chronic wasting disease

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wildlife officials say they won’t be able to check as many deer for chronic wasting disease during the upcoming hunting season. The state Department of Natural Resources says it’s facing staff and financial shortages as well as challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. Deer heads from certain sections of six counties will be accepted for testing from Oct. 3 to Jan. 4. Those counties are Jackson, Isabella, Gratiot, Delta, Dickinson and Menominee. Deer heads from Clinton, Dickinson, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm counties will be accepted for state testing only from Nov. 15-18. 

EXPIRED LICENSES

Grace period ending for expired Michigan driver’s licenses

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Time is running out for Michigan residents who have waited to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration during the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone with an expiration date after March 1 were given a long grace period by the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. But that period ends Wednesday and no extension is anticipated. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is encouraging people to act now and avoid late fees or possible tickets from police. To schedule an appointment, conduct a transaction online or find a self-service station, visit Michigan.gov/SOS.

SHOOTING RANGE-MICHIGAN

Lease deal to lead to public shooting range in Michigan’s UP

RICHMOND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has signed a lease agreement, clearing the way for construction of an $800,000 public shooting range in the Upper Peninsula’s Richmond Township. The state says the range will be located west of Marquette on 25 acres previously used for timber and forest management. The property is owned by the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. Construction is expected to be completed next summer. Officials say the range will have state-of-the-art sound control measures and environmental containment features. Funding will come from a federal grant administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and supplemented by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-MASKS-IN-SCHOOL

The eyes don’t have it: Masks upset classroom communication

Masks are as much a part of the new school year as books and pencils while classes resume during the coronavirus pandemic. But the face coverings pose a problem for educators who teach students who are deaf, hard of hearing or are learning English. Experts say the masks might muffle some sounds and students need to see the teacher’s mouth in order to learn how to form words. Sight also plays a crucial role for deaf and hard of hearing students to read speech. Experts say teachers can speak louder and use videos to aid students. They’re also wearing clear masks, which some districts have provided.

AP-VIRUS-OUTBREAK

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester as campus coronavirus cases skyrocket and tensions with local health leaders flare. Schools have locked down dorms, imposed mask mandates, barred student fans from football games and toggled between online and in-person classes. No one is happy, it seems. Faculty at the University of Michigan took a no-confidence vote in President Mark Schlissel this week over his reopening plan. The governing board has expressed support for him. Government leaders are demanding the University of Wisconsin-Madison send its students home. The university’s chancellor argued tens of thousands of students with off-campus housing would still come to the city.