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Chemical contaminants in Michigan airport soil, groundwater

Tests have confirmed chemical contaminants in soil and groundwater at Cascade Township's Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The western Michigan airport released a report Friday that shows elevated levels of PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Airport officials say the levels are below state limits for drinking. They also say the airport will test some nearby residential wells. PFAS compounds are used in food packaging and many consumer products. They're also found...

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Isle Royale sees fewer visitors every year than Yellowstone gets in a day. The park is a three-hour ferry ride from the Upper Peninsula. But humans aren’t the only visitors having trouble reaching the island

There were only two wolves recorded on the island last year. In the next four or five months, park officials will begin an effort to bring that number up. The goal is to transport 20 or 30 new wolves to the island within the next five years.

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler is under fire for emails he exchanged with an aide about victims of Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former M-S-U sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

       Members of the university’s governing board want Engler to resign.

In emails obtained by the Chronical of Higher Education, Engler says a Nassar survivor is probably receiving a “kickback” from lawyers. Hundreds of Nassar survivors are suing the university. Engler also says survivors are being manipulated by trial lawyers.

Enbridge Energy has submitted a report to the state on possible alternatives to continuing to run an oil and gas pipeline on the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac.

       Neither of the alternatives would shut down the line.

Shutting down the line is what environmental groups are calling for. Enbridge has proposed digging a tunnel 100 feet below the bottom of the straits, or encasing Line 5 in a trench covered with concrete and stone.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
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Tests have confirmed chemical contaminants in soil and groundwater at Cascade Township's Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The western Michigan airport released a report Friday that shows elevated levels of PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Airport officials say the levels are below state limits for drinking. They also say the airport will test some nearby residential wells.

PFAS compounds are used in food packaging and many consumer products. They're also found in firefighting foam used by airports and the military.

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Health officials are advising families in a southwestern Michigan not to allow infants to drink from a city's water system after finding elevated levels of manganese.

The city of Battle Creek began distributing bottled water Thursday following an announcement that manganese was identified exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's health advisory level.

Battle Creek officials say adults and children older than 12 months can drink tap water.

The city also advises against boiling water, which may increase manganese levels.

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On the same day that that President Trump's former campaign chairman was sent to jail, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani floated the idea that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation could be "cleaned up" with presidential pardons.

"When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons," Giuliani told the New York Daily News on Friday.

On Thursday, after nearly two months of violence and upheaval, some residents who ventured into Nicaragua's city streets Thursday discovered something that had become something of a rarity: quiet.

Soccer is not only "the beautiful game" — it's also a highly fashionable one.

Before the World Cup even started, the breakout winner of football fashion was Nigeria. With the Super Eagles' classic green turned into jazzy zigzags by Nike, its jersey became a highly anticipated item not just for soccer fans, but for streetwear hypebeasts.

The neighbor who attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, breaking six of his ribs, was sentenced to 30 days in prison by a federal court on Friday.

It was a November day in the city of Bowling Green when Rene Boucher, a physician, says he lost his temper over debris that had piled up near the property line between his home and Paul's. When he saw the Republican senator outside, he tackled him — resulting in broken ribs and bouts of pneumonia.

Isle Royale sees fewer visitors every year than Yellowstone gets in a day. The park is a three-hour ferry ride from the Upper Peninsula. But humans aren’t the only visitors having trouble reaching the island

There were only two wolves recorded on the island last year. In the next four or five months, park officials will begin an effort to bring that number up. The goal is to transport 20 or 30 new wolves to the island within the next five years.

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler is under fire for emails he exchanged with an aide about victims of Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former M-S-U sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

       Members of the university’s governing board want Engler to resign.

In emails obtained by the Chronical of Higher Education, Engler says a Nassar survivor is probably receiving a “kickback” from lawyers. Hundreds of Nassar survivors are suing the university. Engler also says survivors are being manipulated by trial lawyers.

Kellogg's issued a voluntary recall of the brand's Honey Smacks cereal Wednesday. The cereal has been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far the outbreak has spanned 31 states with 73 cases of infection. There have been 24 reported hospitalizations and zero deaths.

Enbridge Energy has submitted a report to the state on possible alternatives to continuing to run an oil and gas pipeline on the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac.

       Neither of the alternatives would shut down the line.

Shutting down the line is what environmental groups are calling for. Enbridge has proposed digging a tunnel 100 feet below the bottom of the straits, or encasing Line 5 in a trench covered with concrete and stone.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
experienceGR.com

Tests have confirmed chemical contaminants in soil and groundwater at Cascade Township's Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The western Michigan airport released a report Friday that shows elevated levels of PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Airport officials say the levels are below state limits for drinking. They also say the airport will test some nearby residential wells.

PFAS compounds are used in food packaging and many consumer products. They're also found in firefighting foam used by airports and the military.

With a litany of alleged ethics controversies swirling at home, embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt took the show on the road this week, meeting with farmers in a handful of Midwestern states to talk about his policy agenda.

While Thursday evening's meeting in Lincoln, Neb., was polite, the reception in other states has not been as welcoming, especially when it comes to conversations about his ethanol policies.

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