Ben Thorp

Schuette says tugboat caused straits damage

Apr 19, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that he’s filing a lawsuit against a shipping company allegedly responsible for the break of two power lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

In a written press release the AG says Escanaba-based VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc. dragged an anchor across the bottom of the straits, causing dents in the Line 5 pipeline and rupturing two power lines owned by American Transmission Company.

Andrea Bitely is a spokesperson for the AG. She says the company could face a $25,000 fine.

Activism making a comeback

Mar 15, 2018

MT. PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   High school and college students across the state and country mobilized Wednesday for walk outs and assemblies to draw attention to school safety and gun violence.

Researchers who study social movements say there has been a trend of Americans pulling away from overt political activism since the 1980’s.

Cherie Strachan is a Central Michigan University Professor who studies youth movements around social justice. She says a book called Good Citizen, written in 1998, argued the trend of disengagement would eventually flip with millenials.