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Max Johnston

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a general assignment reporter. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio and WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing.

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Enbridge Energy

A Michigan judge has handed a victory to a company seeking to build a tunnel that would house a Great Lakes oil pipeline.

Judge Michael Kelly of the Michigan Court of Claims ruled Thursday that the state Legislature did not violate the Michigan Constitution last year by approving a deal between former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge Inc.

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Ann Cardon is no longer the superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools.

She resigned Thursday night.

At a special meeting of the school board, school board member Stacey Hozak read Cardon’s resignation letter.

“Unfortunately things are not working out well and I believe that it is in the best interests for all concerned that I resign,” Hozak read from Cardon's letter.

Another cougar was spotted in the Upper Peninsula, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A camera snapped a photo of the animal in Delta County on Aug. 17. 

This is the 40th confirmed sighting of a cougar in Michigan by the DNR since 2008.

Cody Norton, large carnivore specialist for the DNR, says they are seeing more cougars lately, but there's no evidence that there is a breeding population of cougars in the state.

Rep. Larry Inman (R-Traverse City)
Michigan House of Representatives

State Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) will seek treatment for long-term use of pain medications.

Inman has taken prescribed pain medication to deal with a variety of surgeries.

Larry Inman
Inman campaign

The Speaker of the Michigan House filed a resolution Tuesday asking for Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) to resign.

The resolution was introduced by Republican Lee Chatfield and Democrat Christine Greig.

Photos and video of damage to Line 5 released

May 15, 2019
The east Line 5 oil pipeline, which was struck by an anchor last April.
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)

Newly released images from Enbridge Energy show damage sustained to the Line 5 oil pipelines from an anchor strike last April.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan this year, but many cities across the state aren’t letting marijuana businesses operate. Some officials argue that the state hasn’t figured out how to regulate them yet.

But a small community in northern Michigan is in the middle of a legal and political debate that could set a precedent for the rest of the state.

Last year nearly 3,000 people died from drug overdoses in Michigan. That was an 80 percent increase in the past five years. There is a form of treatment that could help.

It involves prescribed medication to fight addiction and has been called the “gold standard” for opioid treatment. But it can be hard to find in northern Michigan.

Mike Lober was addicted to painkillers and heroin for 40 years. He says he was constantly chasing his next fix.