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Sep 15, 2010

Pipeline Execs To Be Grilled

A U.S. House Congressional committee will hold a hearing today to look into Enbridge Energy's pipeline break that caused more than 800,000 gallons of oil to leak near Marshall, Michigan in July. Enbridge executives will be questioned by the panel. A pipeline also owned by the company produced a leak on Monday near Buffalo, New York. And, a leak in Illinois occurred last week.

Budget Battles Continue

Legislative leaders negotiating the state budget say it's going to take a little longer to get a budget deal done. As Laura Weber reports, "Many lawmakers say the budgets that tend to be the most contentious every year are the ones that deal with lots of money and sensitive issues, such as corrections and Medicaid. One potential controversy this year is funds for the Department of Human Services." Negotiators say they think they can get an agreement finalized by next week.

Detroit's Land Plan

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing held the first of six scheduled meetings last night to discuss new land-use plans for the city. Bing said the city has to use its land more efficiently to keep delivering services and cut costs. Detroit has lost about 60% of its population since the 1950's. As Sarah Cweik reports, the meetings are meant to get public input as the city develops a new, comprehensive land use plan over the next year to 18 months.