Southwest Michigan Today: Thursday April 12, 2018

Apr 12, 2018

Two Battle Creek Public School buildings closed Thursday due to an active shooter situation in the area. Environmental groups call for closing of Line 5 after the latest reports of dents in the pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. WMU softball splits a double header with rival CMU. 

Two schools in the Battle Creek district were closed Thursday morning. A message on the district’s website says Springfield Middle School and Valley View Elementary closed due to an active shooter situation reported by Springfield Police in the area.

The state announced yesterday that three new dents were found on the Line 5 pipeline beneath the straits of Mackinac. Officials with the Coast Guard say the dents may have been caused by the same vessel activity that lead to the break of two other lines in the straits last week. Those are owned by American Transmission Company. Liz Kirkwood with the environmental group For the Love of Water says in her words “time is up” and the Enbridge line should be shut down immediately. In a written statement a spokesperson for Enbridge confirmed the company found two dents in the pipeline but said the dents do not compromise the integrity of the line. (WCMU

In softball, Western Michigan split a double header at Central Michigan Wednesday. The Broncos dropped the first game to the Chippewas 6-2, but Western won the second game 4-1 to improve to 20-17 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos begin a three game series at Ball State Friday.