Southwest Michigan Today: Friday July 6, 2018

Jul 6, 2018

Bronson Park - file photo
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Lawsuits are filed against the company that dropped an anchor on Enbridge's Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. A federal judge from Michigan is one of the candidates to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Alcohol will be allowed tonight before a concert in Bronson Park.   

(WCMU) Enbridge Energy is filing a lawsuit against the Tug and Barge Company allegedly responsible for dropping an anchor on the Line 5 pipeline beneath the straits of Mackinac. The suit was filed this week and seeks to recoup the cost of repairs and investigation into the line after the suspected strike on April 1st. American Transmission Company owns three cables which it says were destroyed by the anchor strike. It has also filed suit against VanEnkevort Tug and Barge. In their lawsuit, Enbridge lawyers accused VanEnkevort of negligence resulting in the improper “operation, deployment, or dragging of an anchor across Line 5.” A spokesperson for VanEnkevort declined to comment.

(NPR) A federal judge from Michigan is apparently on President Donald Trump’s short list of potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court. NPR reports that Raymond Kethledge is among the top three candidates for the nation’s highest court. He’s now a judge on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Before that, Kethledge was a staffer for former U.S. senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan and was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who’s retiring. Former president George W. Bush appointed Kethledge to the Court of Appeals in 2008.

A concert in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park Friday evening will feature something new - alcohol. City officials say the "Summertime Live" event is the first to take advantage of the new rule. It allows people 21 and older to bring alcoholic drinks to some events in city parks. City commissioners approved the new policy earlier this year. Alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the park this evening during the hour before the concert starts at 8:00.

In baseball, Kalamazoo lost to Lakeshore Thursday night 8-7. For the second straight night the Chinooks broke a tie with a run in the top of the ninth inning. The Growlers play their next five games on the road beginning Friday night at Green Bay.

Battle Creek scored six runs in the first inning and went on to a 10-2 win at Madison Thursday night to sweep the two game series with the Mallards. The Bombers play at Rockford Friday night.