In this morning's Michigan news headlines...

Apr 9, 2012

Snyder Recall

A group that wants to oust Governor Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot. “It will go before an Election Commission this afternoon looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward. The group Michigan Rising gathered half a million signatures last year, but that was well short of the 800,000 names of registered voters needed to put a recall question on the ballot. The group will ask an elections panel in Washtenaw County – where the governor lives – to approve its petition. Michigan Rising cites the state’s emergency manager law and cuts to school funding as the reasons to recall the governor. If the petition is approved, the recall campaign will have six months to gather signatures,” Rick Pluta reports.

State Fairgrounds

Governor Snyder is set to sign legislation today that will allow the state to sell the Michigan state fairgrounds. Tracy Samilton reports:

The Michigan state fair was first held in 1849, making it the second oldest state fair in the country. But the event lost money most years after 1970… Attendance dropped 39% over the final eight years of the Fair’s existence. In 2009, Governor Jennifer Granholm ended all state funding for the fair, and it closed. Today, Governor Snyder will sign bills which will authorize the state to sell the property. The 157 acre property is located just east of Woodward Avenue, close to 8 Mile.

Palisades Nuclear Plant Offline

Operators of the Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan say they've taken it offline for refueling. The Associated Press reports:

The plant has been under Nuclear Regulatory Commission scrutiny because of a series of safety problems in recent months. Operators say crews removed the plant from service about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A restart date hasn't been announced. During the outage, Entergy says crews will place 64 new fuel assemblies. Other major work includes an inspection of the reactor vessel head, replacement of five control rod seal packages, an inspection of the moisture separator and re-heater heat exchangers,\ and an inspection of the plant's two steam generators.