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Program to find weaknesses in water mains before breaks

DETROIT (AP) — About eight miles (13 kilometers) of water transmission mains in suburban Detroit will be examined to assess the pipes’ condition.

The Great Lakes Water Authority says the pilot program along 14 Mile Road in Oakland County is part of its commitment to “move from a preventative to a predictive maintenance and asset management strategy.”

Technologies to detect leaks and gas pockets and structural weaknesses in pipes will be used.

Data from the testing will allow the Water Authority to predict where an area of a main might be weak and intercede before a break occurs. The Water Authority says the pilot assessment program could begin before the end of this year.

In October 2017, a broken 48-inch (122-centimeter) line impacted 300,000 residents in about a dozen Oakland County communities.


Combat vet James, incumbent Stabenow vie for Senate seat

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s U.S. Senate race features a popular three-term Democratic incumbent and a political newcomer who flew combat helicopters in the Iraq War.

Democrat Debbie Stabenow is citing her bipartisan accomplishments in Congress, while Republican John James says Washington could use someone with his military and business leadership skills.

He slams Stabenow as too liberal and “ineffective” and part of the partisan rancor in the nation’s capital. She says he is too much of a fan of President Donald Trump.

Despite excitement for James among Republicans, Stabenow is the favorite and rarely loses elections.

National groups have not prioritized the Michigan race. They are focusing instead on battleground races in states seen as key to determining whether Republicans hold the Senate or Democrats take control.


Kenyan, Canadian win Detroit marathon; couple marries

(Information from: Detroit Free Press,

DETROIT (AP) — A Kenyan has won Detroit’s marquee marathon on the men’s side and a Canadian won the women’s race in an event that also featured a couple marrying in their middle of their run.

Forty-four-year-old Christopher Chipsiya won Sunday’s Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes. And 47-year-old Lioudmila Kortchaguina (KORCH’-ah-gween-ah) finished in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

A video posted by the Detroit Free Press shows 31-year-old Whitney Black and 33-year-old Steven Phillips stopping around half way through the 26.2 miles race, taking their vows and then resuming their run. Black wore a visor and veil. Phillips wore a tuxedo shirt.

Chipsiya is the first Kenyan to win the marathon since 2008. Kortchaguina also won the marathon in Detroit in 2016.



Michigan coal plant to be redeveloped into clean-power site

LITCHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is turning a former coal-fired power plant into a clean energy facility.

Michigan Hub, Inc. recently broke ground on the $100 million project at the Endicott Generating Plant in Litchfield. The company says the 44-acre energy park will provide up to 168 megawatts of power to tenants, adjacent industrial facilities and local municipalities.

The company plans to have 15 tenants at the site. A press release says Independent Barley & Malt, Inc. has been confirmed as the first tenant.

Independent produces malted barley and other grains for brewers and distillers. The release says the company produces 50,000 tons of malted grains annually.

Officials say the project could create up to 75 full-time jobs. The project is scheduled to be completed between 2020 and 2021.


Detroit police find 63 fetuses in funeral home amid probe

DETROIT (AP) — Police have removed the remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home in a widening investigation of alleged improprieties at local funeral homes.

Officers found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in freezers during Friday’s raid at the Perry Funeral Home. Detroit police Chief James Craig said he’s “stunned” by the grisly discovery.

Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the remains were turned over to state investigators, who immediately declared the business closed and its license suspended.

The find came a week after the remains of 10 fetuses and one infant were discovered at Detroit’s defunct Cantrell Funeral Home.

Police also raided the QA Cantrell Funeral Home in suburban Eastpointe on Friday.

Craig says law enforcement is considering forming a task force to target improper storage of remains and fraud.


Democrats seek elusive full control of Michigan Legislature

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats who have long been outnumbered in Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature are expected to make gains in the November election.

But winning enough seats to take control of one or both chambers? It will not be easy, even if top-of-the-ticket candidates excel and more Democratic-friendly voters turn out for the midterm than is typical.

Despite bracing for a potential “blue wave,” the GOP still has advantages including a financial edge and gerrymandered districts.

Democrats will need to net nine House seats and, if Gretchen Whitmer wins the governorship over Bill Schuette, eight Senate seats to fully control the Legislature for the first time in 34 years. Democrats last led the House in 2010, the Senate in 1984.


$20M gift boosts Michigan, Israeli research collaborations

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has received $20 million from a foundation to boost its collaboration with two Israeli research institutes.

The Ann Arbor school says the gift from The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation will build on advancements in health, science and education made by researchers. Officials say Michigan, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Weizman Institute of Science have teamed up on about 50 projects since 2011.

One of the projects aims to create new technology and innovations in autonomous robotic science. Researchers say they envision robots that work alongside people to make existing jobs easier as well as improve productivity and worker safety.


Wayne State marks milestone anniversary, major fundraiser

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University is celebrating its 150th anniversary and the completion of a $750 million fundraising campaign.

The Detroit school says festivities planned for Friday include the presentation of a sesquicentennial time capsule and a program hosted by alumna and actress S. Epatha Merkerson. Another alumnus, State Budget Director John Walsh, is expected to speak along with Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Also planned are a campus festival and student block party with music, food and other events.

The university says the event provides an opportunity to celebrate what it called “Pivotal Moments: Our Campaign for Wayne State University.” The fundraiser met its goal in July, three months early, with roughly 84,000 donors.


New plan aims to preserve, refocus SE Michigan historic site

(Information from: Monroe News,

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Southeastern Michigan officials are weighing plans to preserve buildings at a historic site and refocus its emphasis on the period of European settlement just prior to the War of 1812.

The Monroe County Historical Commission recently outlined its proposals for the River Raisin Territorial Park to the county’s commissioners.

The Monroe News reports the plan includes a greater emphasis on telling the site’s unique story and its role in Michigan’s settlement.

Andy Clark is director of the historical commission, museum and park. He says the proposal is primarily a maintenance plan for the site’s historic and recreated structures.

But it includes redeveloping the site’s Papermill School as a visitor center and museum to help tell the settlement’s story in the decades prior to the outbreak of the War of 1812.



Michigan, tribal partners digitally preserving petroglyphs

(Information from: The Grand Rapids,

CASS CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s state archaeologist says more than 100 ancient rock etchings at Sanilac Petroglyphs State Park are being digitally preserved through a partnership with tribal groups. reports that the Michigan Department of Transportation is using special technologies to scan the Native American petroglyphs and build digital models of them that will help document the site and track its preservation.

The project comes a year after vandals damaged some of the petroglyphs at the 240-acre park that’s about 85 miles (135 kilometers) north of Detroit in Cass City.

State archaeologist Dean Anderson says some of the stone etchings could date back as much as 1,400 years. He says the bows and arrows depicted in some of the etchings were first used as technology across the Great Lakes region about that time.