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A federal appeals court says US marshals in Detroit were on the wrong side of the law when they tried to deny a newspaper access to booking photos of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and police officers accused of corruption.

But the judges in the case also say they were forced to this particular result, and they’re not happy with their decision.

The Detroit Free Press in 2012 filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the booking photos of Kilpatrick, his father, and 17 police officers facing federal corruption and civil rights charges.

Enbridge Sponsors Mackinac Water Monitoring

Aug 13, 2015

Enbridge Energy is sponsoring new efforts to monitor waters above its aging pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge is working with the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) out of Michigan Technical University to build and operate a buoy to measure currents in real time. That information will be made available for anyone to view online.

“At the present time there is no real-time water flow measurements through the Straits of Mackinac. And that is absolutely the first starting point if there is a disaster in that area,” said GLRC Director Guy Meadows.

"PORTAGE, MI - Both the governor and attorney general oppose a Portage ballot issue in November to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, but if it passes it will become a part of the city charter, Portage officials said." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture agent Michael Zeller stands beside a flowering a giant hogweed plant before cutting it down and spraying it on a farm in McKean, Pa.
AP Images/Keith Srakocic

A plant that causes blisters and even blindness was recently found near Battle Creek. The Calhoun County Health Department removed a Giant Hogweed plant from Pennfield Township last week.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County says it might be able to help residents save on their prescription drugs. It’s considering signing up for a privately-run discount program. Commissioner Julie Rogers says at least one of the options offers 25 percent off some prescriptions – and more off of mail-order drugs.