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Energy company leaves debris in Michigan, delays report

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian-based energy transportation company’s preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Michigan, which left debris in the waterway. Petosky News-Review reports that Enbridge Energy had been collecting rock and soil samples, which it finished Sept. 12. But documents obtained by the newspaper show that the company did not report the incident to Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy until Nov. 19. The tunnel would enclose the Straits of Mackinac’s portion of the 66-year-old pipeline, which is also known as Enbridge Line 5. It runs from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario. 


Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown volume of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says the release happened Nov. 26 after an apparent collapse of a dock or shoreline at the Detroit Bulk Storage property. The stage agency plans to investigate the area from a boat Friday.


Michigan victims wrongly accused of fraud win again in court

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Residents who were falsely accused of defrauding Michigan’s unemployment benefits system have won another legal victory. The state appeals court ruled Thursday that their lawsuit seeking damages from the state should proceed. The 3-0 decision came after the Michigan Supreme Court in April decided in favor of the plaintiffs on a separate issue. Between 2013 and 2015, a disastrous automated computer system at Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency wrongly accused thousands of people of collecting excessive benefits based on discrepancies in reported earnings, hours worked and other information.


Amid scandal, UAW leaders name Rory Gamble as president

DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers union’s executive board have voted to make Acting President Rory Gamble the union’s top leader. He will serve the remainder of former President Gary Jones’ term, which runs until June of 2022. He was named acting president when Jones stepped down last month after being implicated in a widening embezzlement and bribery scandal at the union. Gamble successfully led negotiations this year on a new contract with Ford Motor. Before that, he served as director of a regional office near Detroit. 


Trump announces Dec. 18 reelection rally in Michigan

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump will campaign for reelection in Michigan a week before Christmas. His campaign announced Thursday that he will host a “Merry Christmas” rally on Dec. 18 in Battle Creek. The evening event will be held at the Kellogg Arena.  Trump’s announcement came a day after Vice President Mike Pence visited three cities in western Michigan. Pence vowed that he and Trump would be in Michigan “again and again and again.” Trump last visited Michigan in March, when he held a rally in Grand Rapids.


GM, Korea’s LG Chem in venture to build factory in Ohio

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors and Korea’s LG Chem have formed a joint venture to build an electric vehicle battery cell factory near Lordstown, Ohio. That’s east of Cleveland. The companies also will work together on battery technology to bring down the cost. The new plant will create more than 1,100 jobs in the area around Lordstown. The joint venture plans to invest $2.3 billion in the operations. They’ll break ground on the new plant sometime next year. The exact location wasn’t disclosed. The companies made the announcement at GM’s technical center in Warren, Michigan, which is north of Detroit. 


Man charged in 2 deaths; told Home Depot to call cops

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man who told workers at a Home Depot store to call police has been charged with killing two friends in separate incidents, including his housemate. George Yzaguirre appeared in court Thursday in the death of 63-year-old Ed Fuller. He was found dead at his mobile home in Byron Township, south of Grand Rapids. Yzaguirre also is charged in the fatal stabbing of his 34-year-old housemate, David Isner, in Kentwood.Yzaguirre also is charged in the fatal stabbing of 34-year-old David Isner


CMU sports broadcaster Don Chiodo dies in crash

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Don Chiodo, a radio broadcaster for Central Michigan football and basketball, has died in a car crash. He was 54 years old. Police say Chiodo died in a crash Wednesday on M-46 in Gratiot County, just a few days before CMU plays for the Mid-American Conference football championship. Athletic director Michael Alford says Chiodo’s death is a “great loss.” Investigators are trying to determine why Chiodo apparently crossed the center line and struck a tractor-trailer. Football coach Jim McElwain says Chiodo was a “true CMU Chippewa.” He had a long career in broadcasting and also worked as a financial adviser.


Nissan gives workers 2 unpaid days off as US sales slump

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is making its U.S. employees take two days off without pay as its sales continue to slump. The company’s U.S. sales this year are down 7.8% through November. Nissan says nearly all of its 21,000 U.S. workers must take Jan. 2 and 3 off without compensation. It says the move will improve business performance and competitiveness.  Nissan’s sales crumbled following the November 2018 arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn on allegations he underreported his compensation and made dubious payments. Last summer the Japanese automaker said it would cut 12,500 jobs, or about 9% of its global workforce.