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Inman seeks treatment for opioids

Jun 7, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (MPRN)--   State Representative Larry Inman will seek treatment for opioid use, according to his lawyer.

Inman is a Republican from Williamsburg, near Traverse City.

Two years ago he started taking prescribed pain medication for an ankle injury.

Inman’s attorney Chris Cooke says since then he’s taken more and more pills after undergoing multiple surgeries. Now Inman’s seeking treatment for opioid use.

He faces up to 20 years in jail on charges of extortion, soliciting a bribe, and lying to the FBI.

Resolution asks Inman to resign

Jun 5, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The speaker of the Michigan House filed a resolution Tuesday asking for Representative Larry Inman to resign.

Inman is a Republican from Williamsburg, near Traverse City.

The resolution was introduced by Republican Lee Chatfield and Democrat Christine Greig.

Greig says expelling Inman from the house is still on the table.

“The goal is to restore faith in our institution, and so we feel, not only for representing the district but also the institution itself that we urge Representative Inman to resign,” she says.

Enbridge releases Line 5 images

May 15, 2019

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   Newly released video and photos show damage to the Line 5 oil pipelines in the straits of Mackinac.

The damage was from an anchor strike last year.

The photos and videos show gashes and scrapes along both pipelines. Enbridge says they found three dents from the anchor strike—the longest more than 23 inches.

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy wouldn’t talk on tape but said the damage has “all been repaired at this point."

They say the anchor strike is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard and is considered to be “confidential.”

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   American Transmission Company is replacing some electrical cables in the Straits. 

Last year they were severed and leaked coolant oil.

A state proposal would put new cables in a tunnel with the Line 5 oil pipelines.

But Alyssa Braatz with ATC says that plan is risky.

“Essentially co-locating gas and electricity in the same pipeline is a proposal that hasn’t been particularly vetted,” she says.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said she is open to a tunnel in the Straits.

Still no report on Straits anchor strike

May 3, 2019

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   Last August Enbridge Energy said it would release information to the public on an anchor strike to the Line 5 oil pipelines. 

But now, over eight months later, Enbridge hasn’t released it.

The Line 5 oil pipelines were struck by an anchor last April. At a hearing in Traverse City last August Enbridge’s Vice President committed to releasing all information the company had on it.

That has not yet happened.

The company said in a statement that it’s waiting for the U.S. Coast Guard to finish its investigation on the strike.

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   Judges say Michigan’s 1st Congressional District was gerrymandered and needs to be redrawn.

It stretches over most of northern Michigan and the entire Upper Peninsula.

Last November Republican U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman won re-election.

He got 56 percent of the vote in the district. Bergman declined to comment on the court’s decision, saying it’s pending litigation.

In their decision, judges said parts of Bay, Arenac and Iosco Counties were removed from the 1st and added to other districts. Those counties lean Democrat.