SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says that Flint’s water system shows multiple “significant deficiencies.” That’s according to a survey that revealed the need to upgrade the city’s water treatment plant and the selection of a long-term water source. MLive reports that DEQ included in its letter to the city, a notice of violations, highlighting problem areas, particularly in management and operations. The report comes after Flint received pressure from the state and federal government to agree to sign a long-term contract for pre-treated water from the Great Lakes Water Authority. The City’s Council said they needed more information before making a decision, but in response, DEQ sued the city, noting that its failure to act swiftly constituted a danger to the public’s health.

Following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia -- five mayors from across the state have joined with more than 200 other leaders in an effort to push back against hate and extremism in local communities. MLive says the mayors of Grand Rapids, Mukegon, Lansing, Rochester Hills and Westland were signatories of the “Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate.” The compact was created by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Anti-Defamation League. It includes measures to train law enforcement on investigating civil rights violations involving hate crimes, and encouraging anti-hate education in schools and in law enforcement.

A new fund started to help solve serious crimes against bicyclists. An Asian Carp spent a few weeks, maybe a few months in a river near Lake Michigan after getting past electric barriers. Arcadia Brewing plans to close its brewery and restaurant in downtown Battle Creek.

Governor Rick Snyder - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Civil rights groups in Michigan are calling on Governor Rick Snyder to issue a stronger denunciation of comments by an elected official in northern Michigan calling for death to Muslims. 

Battle Creek's former mayor may come back to fill a vacancy on the city commission. Michigan State University denies a white nationalist group's request to hold an event on campus. The Bombers lose the opening game of the Summer Collegiate World Series. 

Board Of State Canvassers Approves Ballot Proposals

Aug 18, 2017
State Capitol - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Several ballot proposals for Michigan’s 2018 election crossed a hurdle Thursday. The Board of State Canvassers approved the form of proposals on earned sick time, marijuana legalization and redistricting. 

Some Exonerated Prisoners Denied Compensation

Aug 17, 2017
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Detroit) The first hearings to compensate people who’ve been wrongfully convicted started Wednesday; but some left the courtroom unsatisfied.