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Granholm confirmed as U.S. Energy Secretary

Feb 26, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MPRN)--   The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as the nation’s new Energy Secretary. 

But some Republicans are using Granholm’s confirmation to blast President Biden’s moves to accelerate the use of renewable energy to power the U.S. economy.

As governor Granholm pushed for green jobs while Michigan was hit hard by the Great Recession and the state’s auto industry teetered on bankruptcy. 

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EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach who previously owned a Lansing area training facility has died by suicide after being charged with two dozen crimes, including human trafficking and sexual assault.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A resolution calling on state wildlife officials to authorize a wolf hunting season this year passed a state senate committee Wednesday.

At the hearing Rory Mattson with the Delta Conservation District spoke in favor of a hunt.

“We keep hearing about Michigan’s wolf population.  For us in the UP, it’s not Michigan’s wolf population, it’s definitely the Upper Peninsula’s population.”  

State wildlife officials prefer to wait until the legal status of wolves is more permanently settled.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is part of a panel that will testify Wednesday before a U.S. Senate committee on climate change and infrastructure.

Extreme weather due to climate change is cited as a factor in the failure last year of the Edenville and Sanford dams in Midland and Gladwin counties. That event resulted in massive flooding that forced thousands of people out of their homes and washed away roads.

That experience will be a focal point of Governor Whitmer’s remarks, said Jeff Cranson with the Michigan Department of Transportation.

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   The Governor’s notice to shut down Line 5 by May won’t affect how the state reviews plans to replace the pipelines.

That’s according to a ruling from a Michigan judge this week.

The decision comes as the Michigan Public Service Commission decides whether Canadian energy company Enbridge can dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house a new section of Line 5.

KALAMAZOO, MI (MPRN)--   Former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield is out as the CEO of a Kalamazoo-area economic development organization.

He quit amid controversy over his opposition to adding LGBTQ protections to the state civil rights law as the House Republican leader.

Chatfield shared the news of his resignation via a lengthy post on Twitter:

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her 67.1 billion dollar proposed budget Thursday and began the job of selling her plan to the Legislature’s Republican leaders.

The relationship between the Democratic governor and GOP leaders has hovered between frosty and hostile, with fights over the state’s COVID-19 response often at the center.

The governor said settling disagreements on return-to-school plans, helping businesses, and vaccine distribution is critical as the response moves from crisis management to recovery.

COVID money held back by MI legislature

Feb 10, 2021

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Calling for greater oversight, Republican leaders of the state legislature are delaying the allocation of federal COVID relief dollars.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has introduced a plan calling for $5.6 billion in federal and state money to be spent. She says Michigan is lagging behind in terms of getting the cash to people who need it.

Khaldun: vaccines will keep COVID mutations at bay

Feb 10, 2021

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new more-contagious strain of the coronavirus has been found in 10 counties in Michigan. 

Chief Medical Executive, Doctor Joneigh Khaldun, says getting vaccinated will protect people and stop the virus from mutating.

“Viruses change and mutate when they have the opportunity to spread. So getting vaccinated will not only slow the spread of the usual COVID-19 virus, but it will also prevent the virus from getting the opportunity to mutate as it spreads from person to person,” she says.

Weiser once again elected chair of MI GOP

Feb 8, 2021

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Ron Weiser will again be chairman of the Michigan Republican Party after being accused of misusing party funds to keep a candidate out of a 2018 race.  

In a landslide victory Weiser entered a third non-consecutive term at the helm of the Party.  In a statement from MI GOP, Weiser says he’s ready to make Governor Gretchen Whitmer a one-term Governor.