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Michigan U.S. Sen. Stabenow questions Army Corps of Engineers Asain Carp barrier delay

Michigan’s U.S. Senators recently sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking why it’s taking so long to finalize its plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry fired off a letter of its own urging the Army Corps consider an alternative to proposed structures that could impact maritime traffic from the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes. WGVU spoke with Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow about the delay. ...

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Michigan’s U.S. Senators recently sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking why it’s taking so long to finalize its plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry fired off a letter of its own urging the Army Corps consider an alternative to proposed structures that could impact maritime traffic from the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes.

WGVU spoke with Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow about the delay.

A government panel is scheduled for a briefing on a recent agreement between Michigan officials and the company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will discuss the deal during its quarterly meeting Monday in Lansing. 

Part-time Legislature group seeks signatures by mail, ads

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Organizers of a ballot drive to make Michigan's Legislature meet part-time are pushing for more signatures by mail and through advertising. The Clean Michigan Government ballot committee announced the plan Monday. Spokesman John Yob says the group is two-thirds toward collecting the 315,000 valid signatures needed, which includes an extra cushion to allow for duplicates and flaws. 

The committee says hundreds of thousands of petitions have been mailed to voters, who are being asked to gather signatures from friends and family. Online and radio ads also will be run.

The Holiday season is the time to give back. The Morning Show roving microphone went on site with Lion’s Club members shopping with kids who are visually impaired.

The Life of Hinduism (Part II)

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The co-editors of ‘The Life of Hinduism,’ John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan, return to Common Threads to continue our conversation.

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A government panel is scheduled for a briefing on a recent agreement between Michigan officials and the company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will discuss the deal during its quarterly meeting Monday in Lansing. 

Part-time Legislature group seeks signatures by mail, ads

6 hours ago

Organizers of a ballot drive to make Michigan's Legislature meet part-time are pushing for more signatures by mail and through advertising. The Clean Michigan Government ballot committee announced the plan Monday. Spokesman John Yob says the group is two-thirds toward collecting the 315,000 valid signatures needed, which includes an extra cushion to allow for duplicates and flaws. 

The committee says hundreds of thousands of petitions have been mailed to voters, who are being asked to gather signatures from friends and family. Online and radio ads also will be run.

Lyft is unveiling a new education program for drivers, offering access to discounted GED and college courses online. The move is an interesting experiment in the gig economy, where a growing class of workers receive zero benefits from a boss and yet competition for their time is fierce.

Many Lyft drivers see their work for the company as a stopgap measure, a flexible way to make money while they try to build a career.

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New York City police say the suspect in Monday morning's explosion in a subway station tunnel near Times Square was wearing an improvised explosive device and that he suffered burns after it was detonated. Three other people sustained minor injuries.

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow cinemas to open in the kingdom for the first time in decades as part of social and economic reforms undertaken by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years," the culture and information ministry announced in a statement on Monday.

It said that the government would begin issuing cinema licenses immediately and that the first movie houses would be open by March.

The ruling party of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has won more than 90 percent of the country's mayoral races, after the opposition boycotted the election. Maduro said parties that sat out Sunday's vote will be barred from next year's presidential election.

Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela won more than 300 of the 335 mayoral offices.

"We have obtained a big victory!" Maduro said in a speech in the capital's Bolívar Plaza late Sunday. "A popular, democratic, free, sovereign victory of an independent country!"

It's a typical hectic morning at Michele Comisky's house in Vienna, Va., when she gets a knock on her front door.

"Hi, how are you?" Comisky says as she greets Keisha Herbin Smith, a research assistant at Georgetown University. "Come on in."

Comisky, 39, leads Herbin Smith into her kitchen.

The last time China pressured Hong Kong to scrap its curriculum in favor of one developed by China's Communist Party-led government, tens of thousands marched through the city chanting, "Down with national education!"

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