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Straits of Mackinac are a bird of prey superhighway

More than four million people crossed the Straits of Mackinac last year. But they are also one of the busiest migration spots for raptors, or birds of prey, in the United States.

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Oscoda residents will meet with high ranking U.S. Air Force officials this week to discuss the cleanup of PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force base.

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, John Henderson, will hold a public forum in Oscoda next Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. at the Oscoda Township Community Center.

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A new Michigan State University study finds marijuana users gain less weight over time than those who don’t consume cannabis products.

The “munchies” have long been associated with marijuana use.

But MSU researchers say that doesn’t lead to serious weight gain.

In a study appearing in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers reviewed the body mass records of more than 30,000 people over the age of 18.

An aerial view of algae blooms in Lake Erie.
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County officials in Ohio are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to address harmful cyanobacteria blooms that have plagued the Toledo area for years. 

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Lawmakers at the state Capitol have made changing the state’s criminal justice system a priority this session.

Two packages of bills are close to the governor’s desk – with crucial votes taking place earlier this week.

One bill package would raise the age for when a person is automatically considered an adult for certain crimes from age 17 to 18. Some counties have raised concerns about the costs of making the change.

Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) is a bill sponsor. He says they’re working with counties to alleviate some of their concerns.

Federal judge rules Flint residents can sue the EPA

Apr 19, 2019
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A lawsuit by Flint residents against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can move forward. U.S. District Court Judge Linda Parker ruled the plaintiffs can sue the EPA. Nearly 5,000 Flint residents are part of the lawsuit. It was filed in 2017. The lawsuit alleges the EPA failed to utilize its authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The government sought to dismiss the suit.

Steve Yzerman on the ice
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"The Captain" is coming back home. Steve Yzerman is going to be the next General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Detroit Red Wings. 

The former captain led the Wings to three Stanley Cup championships in his 20 years wearing the "C" on his jersey. 

Antonio Espree
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Today on Stateside, a conversation with the head of Michigan’s environmental agency on its recent rebranding, and on changing a culture some have accused of being too cozy with corporate interests. Plus, we check in with Antonio Espree, one of Michigan’s so-called “juvenile lifers,” about what it’s like to restart his life after 30 years behind bars.

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Megan Williams is a member of a vibrant community of people in Grand Rapids making all kinds of things. Williams works in textiles.  

“Textiles to me is anything with fabric, and I named my company Adventure Textiles because it's whatever I'm experimenting with in textiles," Williams said, adding, "There's so many things to experiment with in the textile category. So I started off with dyeing and that quickly moved to weaving and spinning and felting and everything together. And combining them is what I love to do most.”

Mackinac Bridge
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State officials say a two-year, $6.5 million painting project on the Mackinac Bridge's south tower will start next week. 

The Mackinac Bridge Authority handles the operation. Bob Sweeney is the MBA’s Chief Executive Officer. He says a contracted company will repaint the tower the iconic ivory color.

Sweeney says, "This is the first time we have completely stripped the towers down to the bare metal and repainted them. We've painted them through the years, but we just added paint layers we didn't really strip them down to bare metal like this time."

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Another Native American tribe in the state has voted to legalize recreational marijuana, making them to second tribe in Michigan to do so.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians approved of a resolution that mirrors the state’s recreational marijuana laws.

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