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Patient care at the problem-plagued Grand Rapids Home for Veterans’ has improved. That’s according to a report by the state Auditor General released today.

A 20-16 audit of the nursing home revealed falsified records, employees skipping room checks, and other issues. This follow-up audit found the home has made most of the recommended improvements.

Daniel Waun of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs says the state and the people running the home will continue to look for ways to improve patient services.



State agencies have weighed in on the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.

Five agencies submitted comments about a draft report on potential alternatives to the pipeline.

The pipeline sends oil and liquid natural gas across beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

In June, an independent agency released a draft report about possible alternatives to the decades-old pipeline.

   The state agencies suggested improvements for the final draft. For example, what happen if a small hole slowly leaked oil out of the line?

Straits of Mackinac
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Michigan environmental groups are frustrated with Ontario’s support for keeping an oil-and-gas pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The province’s Ministry of Energy sent Michigan a letter earlier this week. The ministry stressed the importance of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline to Ontario.

Environmental groups say this flies in the face of their efforts to shut down the pipeline. Line 5 carries crude oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. Activists say it’s a massive environmental risk.


People in four Michigan counties can now ask the federal government for disaster assistance. That’s after severe storms caused flood damage to Mid-Michigan in June.

People in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties can apply for things like small business loans and grants to help meet medical needs not covered by insurance.

“You know, unfortunately, with disaster recovery we aren’t always made whole,” said Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Captain Chris Kelenske.

If you want to win 700-thousand dollars, you might be in luck. If you know how to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes.

Governor Rick Snyder wants proposals for how the state can keep black, silver, and bighead carp out of the Great Lakes. The challenge opened Tuesday.

“There’s been numerous examples throughout the world where people who don’t normally work in the everyday environment of fish – in this example – can come up with some really great and innovative ideas,” said Senior Water Policy Advisor at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Tammy Newcomb.

Democratic lawmakers in Lansing say the Attorney General is doing too little, too late.

   That was the fallout after the Attorney General announced criminal charges against workers at the state-run Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation of the veteran’s home started in May of 20-16. This was after a scathing audit of the home revealed that workers falsified records, skipped room checks, and other issues.

But Representatives Winnie Brinks and Tim Greimel say they sounded the alarm as early as 20-13.

The Pure Michigan campaign is getting a look-over. The state Auditor General started a review of the advertising campaign this week.

   The state has long claimed the Pure Michigan campaign brings business and tourists to Michigan. Studies commissioned by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation say the state gets back eight dollars in tax revenue for every dollar spent.

Republican Representatives Steven Johnson and Martin Howrylak asked for the audit. Johnson says they want an independent agency to verify the MEDC’s studies.

Public comment is now open for whether you think the state should clarify language in Michigan’s civil rights act.

Some say the law is vague when it comes to whether sexual orientation and gender identity are protected.

Many LGBT activists want the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to issue guidelines. Those guidelines would state that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected against discrimination under the state’s civil rights law.

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act lists attributes people can’t discriminate for – like race, religion and sex.


Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny. The line sends oil and natural gas across sections Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas – and through the Mackinac Straits.

This public comment session comes on the heels of the release of a draft report on alternatives to the line. The end goal is to figure out what the state should do with the over 60 year old pipeline.

Several business groups and the owners of the pipeline say it can be run safely.

A state Senator is entering the Republican race for governor.

Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) hopes to succeed term-limited Governor Rick Snyder. He will formally announce his campaign Saturday at noon, at the Yankee Air Museum near Ypsilanti.

Colbeck was a design engineer for Boeing before he became a senator in in 2011.

“I came in with a fresh perspective, a business perspective,” he said. “And with the simple perspective says, ‘What I say I’m gonna do on the campaign trail is exactly what I’m gonna do when I’m serving.’”