Michigan News Digest

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TOP STORY:

ELECTION 2020-MICHIGAN-NEWS GUIDE

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s primary features a viable challenge to an incumbent congresswoman and campaigns for two U.S. House seats where a Republican and a former GOP member are retiring. Tuesday’s election, which is being marked by a surge of mail-in absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, also will shape races in November for a couple of potentially competitive congressional districts that Democrats flipped in the midterm. Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones will have a one-on-one rematch after a close 2018 race. Republicans are picking nominees to replace Reps. Justin Amash and Paul Mitchell. By David Eggert. SENT: 796 words, photo.

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MICHIGAN-PIPELINE

LANSING, Mich. — A webinar is scheduled to help keep the public informed about the application permitting process for Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 tunnel project. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says the webinar will start at 6 p.m. Thursday. Enbridge has proposed building a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would relocate the portion of the Line 5 oil and natural gas liquids pipeline that currently rests on the bottom of the straits. SENT: 259 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-COUPLES REUNITE

FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan man decided to get a job at his wife’s nursing home after he was unable to visit her because facilities restricted in-person visits due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports that the couple, 83-year-old Larry and 80-year-old Carol Burnett, were reunited for the first time in months. Carol is a resident at Regency-on-the-Lake in Fort Gratiot, and Larry now works there in the activities department. When he visited his wife a few weeks ago, they spent most of the time catching up. He even said some tears were shed. SENT: 334 words.

EXCHANGE-GREAT LAKES FISHING

LANSING, Mich. — The once vibrant commercial fishing industry in Michigan has dwindled down from thousands of businesses to just 13 full-time fisheries. And those that are left are afraid legislation in a state Senate committee could be the end of the industry all together, M-Live.com reported. That their mom-and-pop style operations would move out of the Great Lakes for good, and leave the door open only for large, investor-style corporations to take over the industry. House Bills 4567, 4568, and 4569 would add new regulations for commercial fishers – like providing the Department of Natural Resources with GPS coordinates of their nets and gear when being used in the Great Lakes and require lost or tampered with gear to be reported. By Cheyna Roth. MLive.com. SENT: 1,128 words.

BRIEFS:

— VIRUS OUTBREAK-UP CATHOLICS: Face masks are mandatory for people who attend indoor Catholic Mass in the Upper Peninsula, starting Saturday.

SPORTS:

BBO–REDS-TIGERS

DETROIT — Trevor Bauer starts for the Reds against Detroit’s Michael Fulmer. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET.

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