Hurricane Sandy http://michiganradio.org en Michigan is among a handful of states that may not get money from SuperStorm Sandy relief bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-among-handful-states-may-not-get-money-superstorm-sandy-relief-bill <p>It appears Michigan will be left out of a massive federal spending bill intended to primarily help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. House of Representatives votes this week on a $50 billion relief bill for communities hit by the storm. But others will benefit as well.</p><p></p><p>Steve Ellis is with Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-partisan watchdog group. He claims more than half the money is not tied to communities affected by Sandy.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:07:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10745 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is among a handful of states that may not get money from SuperStorm Sandy relief bill Michigan utility sends crews to New York to help restore natural gas service http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-utility-sends-crews-new-york-help-restore-natural-gas-service <p>Michigan utilities sent hundreds of linemen to the East Coast last week to help restore electricity to areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.</p><p></p><p>Now Consumers Energy is sending two dozen workers to help restore natural gas service to parts of Long Island, New York.</p><p></p><p>Roger Morgenstern is a Consumers Energy spokesman.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says restoring natural gas service presents a very different challenge than getting the lights back on after a storm.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:33:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 9790 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-103 <p></p><p>"DTE Energy Co. reports about 40,000 customers remain without power because of the high winds from the fringes of superstorm Sandy. The Detroit-based utility said Wednesday morning it had restored service to about 80,000 customers since the storm started. DTE says it expects to have 90 percent of its customers back in service by day's end but it could take several days to reach everyone. CMS Energy Corp. says about 660 of its customers are without power Wednesday morning. About 33,000 of the Jackson-based utility's customers had lost power at some point Monday or Tuesday," the AP reports.</p><p>"The American Civil Liberties Union says conditions at the Isabella County jail are so inhumane they violate the U.S. Constitution’s protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday in federal court. The lawsuit says jail cells are too crowded and inmates are given too few opportunities for exercise," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p>"Officials say two more Michigan residents have died as a result of the national meningitis outbreak. The illness has been linked to contaminated steroids made by a Massachusetts pharmacy and shipped to at least four Michigan clinics. Besides the confirmed cases of meningitis, Michigan officials also report one stroke, four joint infections and 27 abscesses. The tainted steroids were injected to relieve pain," the AP <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/meningitis-outbreak-claims-two-more-lives-michigan">reports.</a></p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:19:35 +0000 Emily Fox 9706 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Commentary: Devil’s night and the witching hour http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-devil-s-night-and-witching-hour <p></p><p></p><p>I’m writing this with rain coming down, the wind howling, tree limbs down all over the place, and I‘m feeling lucky.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:36:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9687 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Devil’s night and the witching hour Michigan utilities preparing for Hurricane Sandy http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-utilities-preparing-hurricane-sandy <p>Michigan utilities are making their own preparations for Hurricane Sandy.</p><p></p><p>The storm is expected to strike the East Coast later today, but the hurricane's outer bands are being felt as far west as Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“Well, right now we’re monitoring the storm….and seeing how it might impact our southeast Michigan service area,” says Scott Simon, a DE Energy spokesman.</p><p>DTE has already freed up about a hundred contract linemen to help restore electric power in the Mid-Atlantic States that are expected to take the brunt of Hurricane Sandy.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:39:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 9671 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-101 <p></p><p></p><p><strong>Hurricane Sandy to affect Great Lakes</strong></p><p>"Severe weather bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard could lead to waves as high as 33 feet on parts of Lake Michigan and dangerous conditions on other Great Lakes. Dangerous conditions are expected along piers and breakwalls in areas including southwestern Michigan. Snow linked to the Hurricane Sandy could fall in parts of Michigan," the AP reports.</p><p><strong>Giants sweep Tigers in World Series</strong></p><p>"The San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 last night in 10 innings. The Giants swept the Tigers to win their second World Series title in 3 years," the AP reports.</p><p><strong>Snyder on campaign trail against most ballot proposals </strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder will visit 12 Michigan cities this week to spread his message about the November ballot. He says Proposals Two-through-Six could undermine the state’s economic recovery," Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:56:25 +0000 Emily Fox 9668 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . .