news roundup
7:45 am
Tue July 24, 2012

In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . .

Special primary approved

The $650,000 special primary to replace Congressman Thaddeus McCotter will go ahead. The 11th District Republican chair says he spent the weekend trying without success to get four of the five GOP candidates to drop out. That would have allowed the state to cancel the special primary and save taxpayers that money. Instead, a state elections board finalized the Sept.5 special primary ballot, which also has one Democrat on it.

Two years after Kalamazoo oil spill

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the Kalamazoo River oil spill. More than 800,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into the Kalamazoo River from a broken pipeline near Marshall in July of 2010.  It's the biggest oil spill of its kind in U.S. history, but hardly the first for Enbridge Energy. Federal regulators sharply criticized Enbridge for failing to respond to corrosion in the pipeline that failed, corrosion they were aware of for years before the catastrophic leak. The clean up has cost more than $800 million.

Penn State sanctions will benefit Big Ten schools in Michigan

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon says the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are inadvertently benefiting from sanctions handed down against Penn State today. The NCAA and the Big Ten conference slapped Penn State with tens of millions of dollars in fines and other penalties for the university’s mishandling of a child sex abuse scandal. The sanctions include a ban on post-season play for the football team. Bacon says that should help the Wolverines and the Spartans' hopes of playing for the conference title this fall.