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Superfund cleanup considered for Detroit ‘green goo’ site
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say an industrial site in suburban Detroit that leaked greenish chemicals onto a freeway will be considered for the federal Superfund program. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Friday an evaluation of the Electro-Plating Services Inc. site will be completed this spring. Under the Superfund program, the federal government forces polluters to clean up highly contaminated sites or uses federal funds when no responsible parties can be found. The chrome plating company in Madison Heights was shut down by state regulators in 2016 due to mismanagement of industrial waste.
Michigan forecasts modest growth in economy, tax revenue
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s tax revenues are slightly higher than anticipated, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature say it’s not a jackpot for new spending. Economists agreed Friday to forecasts that will help the Democratic governor propose the next budget. Economic growth will be modest. Revenues in two main funds are projected to rise 1.1% this fiscal year and 2.3% next year. Revenue could come in $321 million higher than was estimated previously. Budget director Chris Kolb says there will be “huge pressures” on spending due to Medicaid costs, a past road-funding deal, tax cuts and other factors.
Jury has case of dad charged with covering up dismemberment
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Jurors heard closing arguments but haven’t reached a verdict yet in the trial of a man who’s accused of assisting his son after the dismemberment of a western Michigan woman. A prosecutor says James Chance had an opportunity to tell investigators what happened to the body of Ashley Young when he drove son Jared Chance to the Grand Rapids police department. The son is serving a 100-year prison sentence for murder and dismemberment. James Chance is charged with perjury and being an accessory after the dismemberment. James Chance’s lawyer says charging him was “irresponsible.”
EPA: Lead, uranium found after Detroit River aggregate spill
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan agency says federal testing found uranium, lead and several chemicals at the site where construction material spilled into the Detroit River last year. The Detroit News reports the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy on Thursday said that the EPA’s soil and water testing at Detroit Bulk Storage detected “many heavy metals including uranium.” The state agency says lead in just one soil sample surpassed EPA removal management levels. Revere Dock and the storage site’s officials did not respond to requests for comment. EPA representatives could not be reached.
Shoe test adds strange twist to Detroit wrongful conviction
DETROIT (AP) — There’s a strange twist in the saga of a Detroit man who was released from prison after more than eight years and compensated for a wrongful murder conviction. State police say sophisticated tests show DNA from one of four victims on Davontae Sanford’s shoe. The tests were recently performed as a result of Sanford’s lawsuit against Detroit police. State police are cautioning that the results are “preliminary.” Even the testing company says they shouldn’t be used until more work is done. Sanford denies any role in the four murders. His attorney says Sanford is clearly innocent based on other evidence in the Runyon Street homicides.
Consumers Energy warns customers of ice-related outages
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy is warning customers that freezing rain forecast for Saturday “will likely lead to downed wires and power outages that could last several days.” The utility says freezing rain is expected to begin across much of south central Michigan Saturday morning and continue for several hours. It says as much as one-half to 1 inch (1.2-2.5 centimeters) of ice accumulation is possible in a general area from Interstate 94 north to U.S. 10. Consumers says a half inch of ice can add as much as 500 pounds (226.8 kilograms) to a span of power lines.
Man accused in Bismarck death to be extradited from Michigan
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man charged in the shooting death of a Bismarck man has waived extradition and will be brought to North Dakota to face charges. Forty-one-year-old Earl Howard was arrested Thursday in Michigan at the U.S.-Canada border. Howard is charged in the death of 42-year-old Chad Entzel, whose body was found last week after authorities responded to a fire. Entzel’s wife, 38-year-old Nikki Entzel, is also charged. Howard appeared in Michigan’s St. Clair County District Court on Friday and waived extradition.
Bid to recall indicted lawmaker officially short signatures
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan elections bureau has determined that a group trying to recall an indicted lawmaker did not submit enough signatures to trigger a referendum. Officials late Thursday released the results of a formal review of nearly 14,000 signatures turned in by the committee hoping to remove state Rep. Larry Inman, a Williamsburg Republican. They found roughly 12,000 valid signatures, 208 fewer than the minimum needed to trigger elections in March and May. A jury last month acquitted Inman of lying to the FBI. Jurors deadlocked on attempted bribery and extortion charges, and he may be tried again in federal court.
Man blamed for green I-696 ooze left barrels on Thumb land
MARION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental regulators say they found barrels scattered across land in Michigan’s Thumb region that could’ve contain toxic chemicals. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy found on Tuesday 55-gallon barrels, one of which was labeled the toxic chemical trichloroethylene, at property owned by Gary Sayers in Sanilac County’s Marion Township. Department spokeswoman Jill Greenberg said results of soil and water samples the agency collected at that site are now being tested for the potential presence of a variety of industry-related contaminants. Sayers is serving one year in federal prison for illegally storing hazardous waste an old industrial site in suburban Detroit
UAW president says he’s clean, rejects ‘scurrilous’ claims
DETROIT (AP) — The president of the United Auto Workers is denying wrongdoing after a newspaper reported he’s under scrutiny in a federal investigation of union corruption. In a letter to staff, Rory Gamble said he “absolutely never requested or received any cash or kickback” from vendors who were hired to supply union-branded clothes and trinkets. The Detroit News said investigators are looking at financial connections between a union vendor and UAW leadership. Gamble was a UAW vice president when he was picked in December to lead the union after the sudden resignation of Gary Jones.