lapeer http://michiganradio.org en How social media closed down more than 100 Michigan schools http://michiganradio.org/post/how-social-media-closed-down-more-100-michigan-schools <p>You might have heard how Genesee and Lapeer counties <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/internet-rumors-close-genesee-co-lapeer-schools">closed down all their schools</a> today and tomorrow due to rumors spreading across Facebook, Twitter, and texts.</p><p>But how could a rumor close so many schools?</p><p>Below is a <em>Storify </em>narrative of how one text message prompted a social media wildfire in southeast Michigan.</p><p>You can click on any of the linked text or images to follow the story further.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:16:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10475 at http://michiganradio.org How social media closed down more than 100 Michigan schools Massive Lake Huron water pipeline moving forward http://michiganradio.org/post/massive-lake-huron-water-pipeline-moving-forward <p>There&#39;s a plan for the third biggest Great Lake, Huron, to be tapped by a 72 to 78 inch pipeline.</p><p>The Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) is planning to start construction on a pipeline that will carry Lake Huron water to areas around the I-69 corridor of Michigan&#39;s Thumb area.</p><p>(Karengnondi is a old <a href="http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/05/genesee_oakland_counties_adopt.html">Petan Indian word</a> meaning &quot;lake.&quot;)</p><p>The KWA is made up of officials from Flint, Lapeer, Genesee County, Lapeer County, and Sanilac County.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/03/genesee_county_starts_on_desig.html">Flint Journal</a> reports that Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright said the county has started designing the &quot;massive intake to draw water from Lake Huron,&quot; and that ground should be broken on the new water pipeline project by fall.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are starting the design of the intake,&quot; which will allow for construction on that piece of the $600 million pipeline project, Wright said.<br /><br />The drain commissioner said the intake itself, which is expected to cost about $30 million, will take longer to finish than any other part of the project, and &quot;the design requirements are the same whether any community drops out (of the project) or not.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The City of Flint, initially a partner in the project, might be forced to step aside because of its financial situation.</p><p>On it&#39;s <a href="http://www.karegnondi.com/pages/About-Us">website</a>, the KWA says the pipeline is being built to &quot;avoid increased water rates from the City of Detroit, which could increase by up to 15% per year.&quot; Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:45:33 +0000 Mark Brush 6762 at http://michiganradio.org Massive Lake Huron water pipeline moving forward Lapeer County man first in the state to be charged with 'Texting While Driving" in fatal crash http://michiganradio.org/post/lapeer-county-man-first-state-be-charged-texting-while-driving-fatal-crash <p><a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/293888">Michigan&rsquo;s new &lsquo;Texting While Driving&rsquo; law</a> will get its first test in a fatal auto accident in Lapeer County.&nbsp; The driver who allegedly caused the accident that killed a 78 year old woman was allegedly texting behind the wheel.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:39:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 1590 at http://michiganradio.org Lapeer County man first in the state to be charged with 'Texting While Driving" in fatal crash