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In this morning's headlines...

Regulators Give OK to Enbridge's Plan to Restart Pipeline

Federal regulators have given Enbridge Energy the go-ahead to restart the oil pipeline that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil near Marshall, MI in July. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration gave Enbridge the OK late yesterday. The company will have to have a 3rd party monitor the pipeline during the restart and it must present several plans to repair and renovate parts of the pipeline. Exactly when the pipeline will be restarted is unclear.

Let Them Debate

After weeks of debating about debates, the candidates running for Governor will hold one debate before Election Day. Yesterday, Democratic candidate Virg Bernero and Republican nominee Rick Snyder had coffee together in Lansing and decided that they would both attend one, official debate on October 1st at the Detroit Public TV station in Wixom. Bernero says he would still like to schedule more debates.

The Cost of Bad Roads

Detroit's roads are in such bad condition that they cost drivers $536 a year. That's according to a new report by TRIP, a national transportation research group. TRIP's Carolyn Bonifas told Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris that poor roads increase, "gas consumption, and more rapid tire wear. It really does take a toll on your vehicle and that's where that money comes out."

Zoe Clark is Michigan Radio’s Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.