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Anti-abortion ballot drives to start within days in Michigan

Jun. 19, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Groups backing two anti-abortion ballot drives in Michigan said Wednesday that they will begin collecting signatures within days after clearing procedural steps at the state elections board following a debate over what abortion-rights advocates complained are misleading and inaccurate...

Enbridge to begin rock, soil sampling in Straits of Mackinac

Jun. 17, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. said Monday that it is moving ahead with the collection of rock and soil samples in the Straits of Mackinac while it prepares for a court battle with Michigan's governor over a planned oil pipeline tunnel there. The Canadian company, which has been drilling into...

Great Lakes leaders to discuss funding Asian carp project

Jun. 14, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Great Lakes regional leaders will meet next month to consider a federal strategy for preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan and discuss helping foot the bill for the pricey project, officials said Friday. Representatives of the eight states and two Canadian provinces...

Enbridge seeks court ruling on Great Lakes oil pipeline deal

Jun. 6, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. said Thursday it will go to court after failing to strike a deal with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on building an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Canadian company said it will ask the state Court of Claims to...

Mississippi River flooding approaches records set in 1993

Jun. 3, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The swollen Mississippi River is straining levees, snarling traffic and forcing people from their homes as the water level in some places approaches record levels set during devastating flooding in 1993. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was touring flooded areas Monday in the northeast...

The Latest: Mike Pence to visit flood-damaged Oklahoma

Jun. 3, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

CARO, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Midwest flooding (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit homes damaged by flooding in Oklahoma as residents and volunteers work toward recovery. Pence tweeted Monday that he and his wife, Karen Pence, will travel Tuesday to Tulsa. Pence said he...

Enbridge offers 2024 finish for Great Lakes tunnel project

May. 30, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. said Thursday it could have a proposed oil pipeline tunnel built and operating beneath a crucial Great Lakes channel by early 2024, responding to demands from Michigan officials to expedite the shutdown of existing twin pipelines. The Canadian company said it had...

Michigan AG will move to shut pipeline in June if no deal

May. 29, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday she will move in June to shut a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the governor cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, saying the state is in "great peril" the longer the oil continues to flow under a sensitive waterway....

Michigan Legislature approves bill to cut high auto premiums

May. 24, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Legislature on Friday passed a landmark bill that would cut the country's highest auto insurance premiums by letting drivers forego a one-of-a-kind requirement to buy unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The votes followed the announcement of an agreement between...

The Latest: Michigan Legislature passes auto insurance bill

May. 24, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's auto insurance legislation (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Michigan's Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reduce the country's highest auto insurance premiums. The votes Friday came after a deal was announced between Republican legislative...