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Hot summer warming up Lake Michigan, experts say

Jul. 12, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Lake Michigan is having a warm summer. The average surface water temperature was 75.3 degrees on July 9, setting a record for the month based on 26 years of record keeping, government scientists said. The summer high is 75.6 degrees recorded in August 2016, according to the...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, a catfish appears on the shoreline in the algae-filled waters at the end of 113th Street in the Point Place section of North Toledo, Ohio. The blob of pea-green algae that covers parts of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller in the summer of 2020 than a year ago. That's according to the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released its annual forecast Thursday, July 11, 2020.  (Andy Morrison/The Blade via AP, File)

Moderate algae bloom forecast for Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 9, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Lake Erie's annual blob of pea-green algae is expected to be smaller this summer than a year ago following a relatively dry spring, but that doesn't necessarily reflect significant improvement toward reducing the nutrient pollution that causes it, scientists said Thursday. A...

State: Boat at bottom of Michigan bay must be removed

Jul. 5, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A sunken boat must be removed from the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan, according to state officials. Federal and state authorities said Thursday they are working to arrange the salvage operation for the 33-foot-long vessel that sank last month, the Traverse...

This June 2020 photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge who provided the photos to the state of Michigan, last week said an anchor support on the east leg of the pipeline, right, had shifted.  A Michigan judge Wednesday, July 1, 2020, allowed Enbridge to resume pumping oil through the pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of  damage to the support. Enbridge's Line 5 moves crude oil and liquids used in propane from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, passing through parts of Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP)

Michigan judge allows restart of disputed oil pipeline

Jul. 1, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge Wednesday allowed Enbridge to resume pumping oil through a Midwestern pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line running through a Great Lakes channel. Enbridge's Line 5 moves crude oil and...

This June 2020 photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge who provided the photos to the state of Michigan, last week said an anchor support on the east leg of the pipeline, right, had shifted.  A Michigan regulatory panel refused Tuesday, June 30, 2020, to grant quick permission to run a new oil pipeline beneath a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, deciding instead to conduct a full review. Enbridge filed an application in April with the Michigan Public Service Commission to relocate a segment of its Line 5 that extends beneath the Straits of Mackinac, which links Lakes Huron and Michigan. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP)

Regulators deny quick approval of new Great Lakes pipeline

Jun. 30, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

Traverse City, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan regulatory panel on Tuesday refused to grant quick permission to run a new oil pipeline beneath a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, deciding instead to conduct a full review. The state Public Service Commission's decision involved a proposed replacement...

Red Wings plan to hold training camp in Detroit next season

Jun. 29, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Red Wings plan to hold their training camp for the 2020-21 NHL season at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced the decision Monday to stay home instead of going to...

Judges make adjustments as trials resume in Michigan courts

Jun. 22, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Jurors are going back to school in a northern Michigan county as judges try to get trials going again after a timeout during the coronavirus pandemic. In Grand Traverse County, a civil trial in an auto negligence case will start Tuesday. To comply with distancing requirements,...

10 rescued after boat sinks in Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay

Jun. 20, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 10 people from northern Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay after their boat began sinking, plunging the boat's passengers into the chilly waters, officials said. The Coast Guard said it dispatched a rescue boat and a helicopter to the scene Friday...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 15, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

The Detroit News. June 10, 2020. End emergency powers With new COVID-19 cases in steady decline and most businesses finally set to reopen, it’s time for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers to end. The governor declared a state of emergency on March 10, giving her extraordinary authority to...

New tugboat in town on lease for Michigan students

Jun. 14, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Margaret Handel, a cadet with the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, is looking forward to finishing her 35 days of sea time so she can graduate. A tugboat leased by Northwestern Michigan College for the maritime program will help make that possible, the Traverse City Record-Eagle...