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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is starting spring work on maintaining the state’s fish population.

The DNR says it expects to collect about 30 million eggs from walleye in the Muskegon River in the coming weeks. The state also collects eggs from steelhead on the Little Manistee River.

A diver inspects Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac for a possible dent.
Enbridge inspection video shared with the state of Michigan

An independent report released Thursday analyzes the risks of a worst-case-scenario oil spill from Enbridge's Line 5.

Concern about Line 5, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac and transports crude oil into Canada, has been growing since an oil spill from another pipeline in 2010. When an anchor dented Line 5 in April, public outcry increased.

Sterling State Park is one of Michigan's 103 state parks, overseen by park rangers who have filed a request to carry guns and wear protective gear on the job.
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The Michigan State Employees Association filed a complaint with the state on June 29, claiming state park officers should be able to carry guns and wear bulletproof vests on the job.

MSEA president Ken Moore cites an increase in illegal activities — such as drug use and gang violence — in state parks since 2006 as the reason. He says his members feel unsafe on the job.

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There’s been a big jump in the number of animals in Michigan testing positive for rabies.

This year, 22 bats and two skunks have tested positive for rabies.