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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MI: Water

The Enbridge Line 5 replacement pipeline would be buried beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. -- Conservation groups are praising the state for handing the Line 5 pipeline replacement project another setback. The State Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has asked Enbridge to rewrite its permit application to rebuild an oil and gas pipeline underneath the Strai

People who advocate for income-based water rates see the current moratorium on water shutoffs in Michigan as only a temporary fix for lower-income households. (Becker1999/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified water-access issues for low-income families in Michigan, and a new report reveals that a hotly debated remedy is possible under state law. In response to years of ever-increasing water rates and shutoffs, consumer advocates in Michigan have call

Safe, clean tap water is out of reach for thousands of Detroit residents. (AdobeStock)

DETROIT -- Hand washing is an important practice to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it's a measure that thousands of Michiganders are unable to do in their own homes. Despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's March 9 call for restoration of water and sanitation services for 9,500 disconnected Detroit hom

Opponents say increasing the capacity of a toxic-waste facility puts the health of 10,000 Detroit-area residents at even greater risk. (Coalition to Oppose Expansion of U.S. Ecology)<br />

LANSING, Mich. -- Despite losing their battle against the expansion of a toxic waste facility in Detroit, opponents of the project say they will persist. Community members and elected leaders from Detroit and Hamtramck fought for several years to prevent U.S. Ecology from increasing the amount of ha

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation contends the state failed act to protect water resources from corporate interests. (MCWC)

LANSING, Mich. — Despite a legal victory against a major corporation, environmental and community groups are not letting their guards down when it comes to protecting Michigan's water. The Michigan Court of Appeals last week ruled Osceola Township had the right to deny a zoning permit to Nestl

A potash mining project is slated for an area above a large marsh in Osceola County. <br />(Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

LANSING, Mich. – Despite a legal setback, opponents of a proposed potash mine in Hersey, Mich., say they're not backing down. The group Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation filed a legal challenge to permits issued by the Department of Environmental Quality for potash mining wells in Osc

A new report finds that 130 million Americans depend on water systems that have violated the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Earl 53/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Low-income communities of color – such as Flint, Michigan, or Newark, New Jersey – are much more likely than white, more affluent towns to suffer with polluted water for years, according to a new report. The study, called Watered Down Justice, analyzed Environmen

Water justice advocates are coming together after the Global Climate Strike. (Jeff Schmaltz/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

LANSING, Mich. – Great Lakes residents concerned about water justice are gathering in Ontario next week. The 2019 Water Is Life Alliance Summit is on Sept. 28 and this year's theme is "Water Justice in a Climate Emergency." Diane Weckerle, a board member with Michigan Citizens for Water Co

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