Southwest Michigan Today: Thursday May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019

Kalamazoo County Administration Building - file photo
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Michigan’s Attorney General plans to file legal action to shut down Line 5. Kalamazoo County’s local ID program has surpassed its goal for the first year. Members of the State Congressional delegation want more federal money for environmental issues.

(MPRN) Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she will file a legal action by the end of June to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5. She says that gives Governor Gretchen Whitmer time to negotiate with the energy company on a plan to stop moving gas and oil beneath the Straits of Mackinac. But Nessel says it also sets a deadline for negotiations on the future of the pipeline. Four and a half miles of the pipeline run beneath the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.

(MPRN) Republicans and Democrats in Michigan’s congressional delegation say they are working to put money into the federal budget to deal with two critical environmental issues. Michigan’s House members and two US senators delivered their report on the porch of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel Wednesday. The congressional delegation said they have identified money to pay for PFAS cleanup, and to combat the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species.

(MLive) Michigan State Police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy who was hit by a Calhoun County Sheriff's patrol car Tuesday night. MLive says the boy was riding a small, motorized bike on Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek. The Sheriff's deputy was responding to a reported break in in Springfield. Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton says his department will also conduct its own internal investigation of the accident.

Kalamazoo County's local ID program is running ahead of schedule. The county says it has issued 2,000 ID cards in the first year. That's 500 more than the original goal. The county created the program to help people who can't get state identification. The $10 card is available to all Kalamazoo County residents. It's valid for three years and is available at the County Clerk-Register's office. The County says it plans to use billboards, bus signs, and ads on local radio stations to promote the program.

(MPRN) Opening statements are scheduled to start Thursday in the trial of a former dean of Michigan State University. William Strampel is the former boss of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar sexually assaulted his patients for decades. Strampel is accused, in part, of not properly overseeing Nassar after an internal investigation. Prosecutors also say Strampel used his position as dean to try and get sexual favors from female students. Strampel is charged with two misdemeanors and two felonies.

Battle Creek has its first win of the new Northwoods League baseball season. The Bombers defeated Lakeshore Wednesday 9-1. They will host Fond du Lac Thursday night at C.O. Brown Stadium.

Four Kalamazoo pitchers combined on a six hit shutout as the Growlers beat Fon du Lac Wednesday 8-0 for their first win of the season. Kalamazoo has split its first two games, and will host Green Bay Thursday night at Homer Stryker Field.