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Law
10:55 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Michigan family marks 3rd anniverary of brother's arrest in Iran

Sarah Hekmati at today's rally marking the 3rd anniversary of her brother Amir's arrest in Iran.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Waving signs saying “Free Amir”, a small group in Bay City marked the third anniversary of the arrest of a Flint native in Iran on spying charges.

Amir Hekmati’s older sister Sarah says her family is still struggling to deal with her brother’s predicament.

“Every day we wake up, it’s very surreal and we feel like it’s a bad dream.  But it’s not going away,” says Sarah Hekmati, “We can’t believe that has become three years.”

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Environment & Science
1:45 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Months of work ahead after Bay City water main break

Saginaw River, Bay City
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BAY CITY, Mich. - Bay City crews are expected work over the course of several months on repairs at the site of a water main break that drained up to 20 million gallons of water.

The Bay City Times reports crews worked Wednesday on one water main and discussed plans to repair the break in another main that prompted water-use restrictions for days after officials became aware of the problem Saturday.

After reviewing blueprints, officials determined an 8-inch water main broke. Officials earlier said it was a 24-inch main. The water made its way into an abandoned, 36-inch storm drain that discharges into the Saginaw River.

Detailed plans for a fix are pending. Water from Bay City serves the city of 35,000 and much of the surrounding county.

Politics & Government
3:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

UPDATE: Bay City water use restrictions lifted

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

UPDATE  3:50pm

Water use restrictions in Bay County have been lifted.

A major water main break in Bay City leaked nearly 20 million gallons of water since Saturday.

Bay City officials on Sunday imposed strict water use restrictions on more than 90,000 people in Bay County.

The source of the leak was found late Monday.

The water use restriction that was in place allowed the water treatment plant to restore its reserve to an acceptable and safe operating level.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Bay City may have located elusive water main break

This sign greeted people entering the Bay City YMCA today.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Bay City officials believe they have finally found a water main break that has drained the city’s water system.

City officials estimate that between 15 and 20 million gallons of water have leaked from the city’s water system since Saturday.

Ryan Manz is Bay County’s emergency management coordinator. He says late today they identified a 36-inch water main which appears to be the source of the leak.

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Health
4:10 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Water taps may run low by Monday in Bay City, if the source of a water main break is not found

City officials are busy here at Bay City city hall and around town trying to find the source of the water main break.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Bay City officials are searching for the source of a water main break that is draining 10 million gallons of water a day and threatening to empty reserves by Monday in the Michigan city of 35,000

The Bay City Times says public works Director Dave Harran is urging residents and businesses to avoid all unnecessary water use.

Harran says crews discovered Saturday afternoon that there was a major water main break and searched all night for its location without success.

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Politics & Government
10:41 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Price tag to fix Bay City Hall exceeds $10 million

City Hall, Bay City, Michigan (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - The historic city hall in Bay City is nearing completion of a more than $10 million renovation three years after it was damaged by fire and flood.

The original structure cost $170,000, but Bay City Commission President Lori Dufresne tells The Bay City Times that she isn't surprised by the cost of the renovation.

Much of the expense has been to repair the damage, but updates and historic restoration are costly as well. Insurance is covering most of the work, which began about a year ago.

Politics & Government
5:43 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

City Hall in Bay City to reopen by end of year

City hall, Bay City, Michigan (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Officials in Bay City are looking forward to returning to City Hall, three years after a fire damaged the historic building.

The Bay City Times reports that work is expected to wrap up in late November, and move-in could happen in time for Christmas.

An attic fire triggered the sprinkler system at Bay City Hall on Oct. 12, 2010. The damage it caused set in motion a three-year process of repair, restoration and renovation.

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Transportation
2:39 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Michigan has 28 bridges in key rehab category

(file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan has at least 28 bridges that are classified as needing close observation and future upgrades.

The Associated Press analyzed data on bridges nationwide. At least 28 in Michigan are considered "structurally deficient" and "fracture critical," key terms bridge inspectors use.

Officials say that doesn't mean the bridges are unsafe for travel. If so, they'd be closed.

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Politics & Government
12:48 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Detroit's mayoral primary isn't the only race on the ballot in Michigan on Tuesday

Voters in more than 50 Michigan counties will be casting ballots on Tuesday (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A lot of attention has been paid to Detroit’s mayoral primary on Tuesday. But that’s not the only election in which Michigan voters will be casting ballots this week.

Voters in more than 50 Michigan counties will be casting ballots on Tuesday.

There’s the usual mix of school and library millages.

There are also numerous local primary elections.

Voters in parts of Ann Arbor, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other cities will be voting for local city council seats.

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Politics & Government
2:52 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Bay City's police and fire departments will merge

Bay City
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In Bay City, police officers are being trained to fight fires.

That’s after the city’s commission voted to merge the police and fire departments into one Public Safety Department on Monday.

The move means police officers will fight fires in addition to their normal duties.

Fourteen of the city’s 44 full-time firefighters will be laid off. 

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Business
1:13 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

MBS airport unveils $55M terminal

TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Mid-Michigan's MBS International Airport has unveiled its $55 million passenger terminal.

The Midland Daily News reports  that political, community and business leaders gathered Friday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the airport in Saginaw County's Tittabawassee Township.

The 75,000-square-foot steel and glass terminal was completed a year ahead of schedule. It's expected to handle its first departing flights on Wednesday.

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