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Michigan city declares emergency over lead; governor visits

Oct. 19, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she visited Benton Harbor on Tuesday to listen to residents who have been urged to use bottled water because of elevated levels of lead in their tap water. Whitmer's stop, which wasn't publicly disclosed...

SS Badger makes final Lake Michigan crossing of season

Oct. 17, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — The SS Badger backed into its dock Oct. 10 for the last time this season, letting about 300 passengers off into Ludington and ending nearly five months of daily round trips across Lake Michigan. A stream of water arced from a fire engine’s...

2nd spill in weeks at US Steel plant prompts precautions

Oct. 08, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A second spill in less than two weeks at a U.S. Steel plant in northwest Indiana sent an oily sheen onto a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting officials to close some nearby lake access as a precaution. The sheen was detected Thursday morning on...

AP WAS THERE: Great Chicago fire, Oct. 8-10, 1871

Oct. 07, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Editor’s note: It was 150 years ago that the Great Chicago Fire ignited, eventually killing about 300 people and consuming a major portion of the city over three days. The Associated Press, just 25 years old then, sent dispatches first from its office...

AP WAS THERE: Great Chicago fire, Oct. 8-10, 1871

Oct. 07, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Editor's note: It was 150 years ago that the Great Chicago Fire ignited, eventually killing about 300 people and consuming a major portion of the city over three days. The Associated Press, just 25 years old then, sent dispatches first from its office in...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 05, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

Chicago Tribune. September 29, 2021. Editorial: Bears vs. Lightfoot. Mayor, it’s time for a goal-line stand for taxpayers. The NFL faithful know Don Wachter. He’s the Chicago Bears superfan who shows up at Soldier Field wearing a hat made from a...

NW Indiana water facility restarts after US Steel discharge

Oct. 04, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — A utility has restarted a northwest Indiana water treatment facility one week after idling it following a U.S. Steel plant's discharge of iron-tainted wastewater into a Lake Michigan tributary. Indiana American Water said it restarted its Ogden...

EPA: Water samples from plant discharge show no health risks

Sep. 30, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Preliminary tests indicate iron-contaminated wastewater that leaked from a northwestern Indiana steel plant into a Lake Michigan tributary presents no risk to public health, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday. U.S. Steel Midwest...

US Steel: Plant's orange plume had elevated iron levels

Sep. 28, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel says a northwestern Indiana plant's discharge of elevated levels of iron were the cause of an orange plume that entered a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of several nearby beaches and a water treatment facility. Company...

US Steel shuts down Indiana plant after wastewater discharge

Sep. 27, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel temporarily shuttered operations at a northwest Indiana plant Monday after it leaked an orange substance into a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of a water treatment facility and several nearby beaches. The U.S. Steel...