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Attorney claims Wolverine World Wide refusing to pay for municipal water to PFAS contaminated areas

An attorney representing Plainfield and Algoma Townships says Wolverine World Wide is refusing to pay for the extension of municipal drinking water to residents affected with PFAS. That’s the chemical the Rockford-based shoemaker dumped decades ago contaminating drinking water wells in the House Street and Wellington Ridge areas. Throughout 2018 there have been negotiations between Plainfield and Algoma Township officials and Wolverine World Wide that it would contribute to a $25 million...

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An attorney representing Plainfield and Algoma Townships says Wolverine World Wide is refusing to pay for the extension of municipal drinking water to residents affected with PFAS. That’s the chemical the Rockford-based shoemaker dumped decades ago contaminating drinking water wells in the House Street and Wellington Ridge areas.

Gov. Rick Snyder is out of office on Jan. 1, but a senior member of his administration is sticking around in a new job while she faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis.
    The Flint Journal reports that Dr. Eden Wells, the state's medical executive, has been hired for a position in the Department of Health and Human Services. She'll be a public health adviser for $180,000 a year. The job also has civil service protections.

Legislation that would facilitate the replacement of an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes is a step closer to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.
    The Republican-led House approved the bill 74-34 Tuesday. The measure could be passed by the Senate later in the day.
    It would require a state authority to quickly OK the Snyder administration's deal for the construction and operation of a utility tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would house a replacement for a segment of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. The company would pay for the tunnel.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is urging his Illinois counterpart to help pay for a project to keep invasive carp establishing themselves in the Great Lakes. Snyder sent a letter Tuesday to fellow outgoing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, seeking support in fortifying a waterway. Snyder says Michigan would provide up to $8 million for upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.

West Michigan Economists and Business leaders gathered Tuesday in Grand Rapids to find out whether the local economy is going to continue in 2019, or if a recession looms on the horizon. Hosted by local economic development non-profit, The Right Place, keynote speaker Jim Robey, the Director of Economic Planning Services at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research says, things will begin to slow down, but he doesn’t see a recession so many economists say is just over the horizon. At least not yet.

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An attorney representing Plainfield and Algoma Townships says Wolverine World Wide is refusing to pay for the extension of municipal drinking water to residents affected with PFAS. That’s the chemical the Rockford-based shoemaker dumped decades ago contaminating drinking water wells in the House Street and Wellington Ridge areas.

Gov. Rick Snyder is out of office on Jan. 1, but a senior member of his administration is sticking around in a new job while she faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis.
    The Flint Journal reports that Dr. Eden Wells, the state's medical executive, has been hired for a position in the Department of Health and Human Services. She'll be a public health adviser for $180,000 a year. The job also has civil service protections.

Legislation that would facilitate the replacement of an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes is a step closer to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.
    The Republican-led House approved the bill 74-34 Tuesday. The measure could be passed by the Senate later in the day.
    It would require a state authority to quickly OK the Snyder administration's deal for the construction and operation of a utility tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would house a replacement for a segment of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. The company would pay for the tunnel.

The Google+ social network inadvertently gave app developers access to information on some 52.5 million users — even data that users designated as private — because of a "bug" in its software, Google says. The company had already announced it was pulling the plug on the social network because of an earlier incident, and now says the shutdown will happen four months sooner.

Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame-duck session concludes at the end of the year.

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We have been here before - yet another game of chicken over the budget and the threat of a partial government shutdown.

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Updated at 5:37 p.m. ET

In a testy Oval Office exchange with the two top congressional Democrats, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Trump made clear he would be "proud" to shut down the government in less than two weeks if he doesn't get funding for his border wall.

President Trump sent a largely unnoticed letter to Congress last week saying the U.S. is engaged in at least seven separate military conflicts.

In most cases, though not all, Trump and his two immediate White House predecessors launched these U.S. military actions without explicit approval from Congress.

As President Trump continues to threaten to potentially shut down the government over his border wall, Americans would prefer to see him compromise to prevent gridlock, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.

By a 21-point margin — 57 percent to 36 percent — Americans think the president should compromise on the wall to avoid a government shutdown, rather than stand firm. About two-thirds of Republicans say the opposite, and the president has been focused on maintaining his base.

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