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A state House committee has approved a bill to give egg producers more time to convert their facilities to less confining conditions for the chickens.

Sarah Waun testified at the hearing.  She's a Senate policy advisor who appeared on behalf of state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.

Waun says restaurants and other buyers have committed to only buy eggs from facilities that allow chickens enough room to move and turn around and spread their wings  - but not until 2025.

Current law requires egg producers to be less confining by 2020.

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Governor Rick Snyder will now decide whether to approve major changes to voter initiated laws. Ballot proposals that would increase the state’s minimum wage and require employers to offer earned sick time were adopted by the Legislature in September. Now lawmakers have passed bills to limit their impact.

The efforts were met with opposition as protesters filled committee hearings and yelled in the halls of the Capitol. They’re frustrated that an initiative they wanted on the ballot is now being changed – and quickly – by lawmakers that aren’t coming back next year.

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Enbridge Energy has been granted its request for a permit to install 48 new anchor supports on Line 5, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.  

The company says the new supports are a proactive measure meant to ensure the pipeline is supported every 75 feet along the lakebed in the future.   

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Flint leaders say the city is a year ahead of schedule in its program to find and replace lead pipes.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says the contractors have checked more than 18,000 service lines connecting homes to city water mains. Nearly 8,000 lead and galvanized steel service lines have been replaced.    

Contractors started checking service lines as a response to the city’s water crisis. Improperly treated water damaged aging lead and galvanized pipes during Flint’s brief switch to the Flint River as the city’s primary source of drinking water. The damaged pipes leached lead particles into the tap water of the city’s residents.

Samples of various drinking water pipes.
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Today on Stateside, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council expresses concern over the city of Flint's approach to replacing lead and iron water pipes. Plus, what we can learn about education in Detroit from the sudden closure of a charter school in the city just three weeks into this school year. 

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The Grand Rapids Police Department updated its Youth Interactions Policy on Monday.

The previous policy was made after officers handcuffed and arrested an unarmed 11 year old black girl last December.

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If you are looking for an unusual summer vacation, think about applying to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a temporary lighthouse keeper.

The Tawas Point Lighthouse off the shores of Lake Huron is accepting applications for spring and summer through February 1, 2019. 

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A lot of old cop movies have a scene like this one, in Die Hard -- where the feds show up and start bossing local police around.

Out in the real world, things are more complicated. Federal law enforcement can’t always just boss local law enforcement around. And that’s a key part of a big controversy happening right now in Kent County.

The controversy is about immigration enforcement.

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Melissa Benmark / Michigan Radio

Environmental groups are hoping legislation to address emerging contaminants in Michigan will move during the lame duck session. But lawmakers say there isn’t enough time to pass the bills – and any action will likely wait until next session.

PFAS chemicals are a family of contaminants that are polluting water across the state.

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says it wants the Legislature to address the issue.

Katie Parrish is with the League. She says some bills have been waiting for a year.

Do not eat the fish because of pfas sign
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Two commonly found PFAS compounds can potentially cause male infertility, according to a recent study.

A study published last month in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that PFOA and PFOS, two of the most commonly found PFAS compounds, can lower sperm count and cause smaller penis size.

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