• Great Lakes support sought from White House candidates

    Business, environment and government organizations in states bordering the Great Lakes are asking the presidential candidates to pledge support for cleaning up the region's waters. The groups on March 2 released a priority list that includes spending at least $300 million a year on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which was established in 2009. For the Great Lakes The coalition focus.... Read More
  • Enbridge Energy tangles with Minnesota regulators over pipeline

    Enbridge Energy and its backers accused Minnesota regulators of imposing unreasonable and unlawful procedures that they say will delay construction of a $2.6 billion pipeline to carry North Dakota crude oil across northern Minnesota. Enbridge in a regulatory filing on Feb. 1 says the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's requirement that a final environmental study be submitted before the pipeli.... Read More
  • High-speed rail plans meet opposition in southeast Minnesota

    Opposition is growing in rural southeastern Minnesota to proposals for a high-speed rail line connecting Minneapolis and Rochester. Rochester civic leaders see high-speed rail as a way to draw thousands of new workers to the Mayo Clinic and other big employers in their region. But people living along the U.S. Highway 52 corridor see problems and costs with the Zip Rail project, Minnesota Public Ra.... Read More
  • Minnesota mayor backed by labor crosses picket line for lunch

    The mayor of Duluth, Minnesota, faces a lifetime ban from a union hall after the union says he crossed a picket line to eat lunch at a restaurant. Two-term Democrat Don Ness is backed by labor. But President Dan O'Neill of the Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body said Ness crossed a picket line to enter the Radisson Hotel Duluth. The Painters and Allied Trades Local 106 ran the picket line at the hot.... Read More
  • Most Chicago DUI checkpoints in minority areas

    The Chicago Police Department has set up far more roadside sobriety checkpoints in minority communities in recent years than it has in predominantly white communities, a Chicago Tribune investigation has found. Out of 152 roadside sobriety checks, 127 — or 84 percent — were in black or Hispanic police districts between February 2010 and June 2014, the most recent period with complete data, the.... Read More
  • Lesbian parents: Pediatrician refused to treat infant daughter

    Two Detroit-area women say they were humiliated when a pediatrician they selected to help care for their infant daughter declined to see the child because they are lesbians. The Detroit Free Press reports Jami and Krista Contreras of Oak Park, Michigan, selected their daughter's pediatrician before birth, but they learned the decision as they waited in October for the child's first checkup. They s.... Read More
  • Jesse Jackson leads Chicago rally to protest decision in Dontre Hamilton shooting

    During a Dec. 27 rally in Chicago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson told relatives and supporters of Dontre Hamilton that he’ll continue to draw attention to the case and what he and other critics say is a pattern of injustice. Hamilton, 31, was shot 14 times by ex-cop Christopher Manney in Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Square last April. After reviewing the case, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm decli.... Read More
  • Indiana school denies gay-straight club, ACLU sues

    The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on Dec. 23 on behalf of three students at Indiana's North Putnam High School who have been denied the right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club during non-instructional time at school. The ACLU says the school’s denial violates U.S. law and the U.S. Constitution. The gay-straight alliances — there are many in schools a.... Read More
  • Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

    Christians and Satanists put up competing displays over the weekend on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway in Lansing. The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its “Snaketivity Scene” featuring a snake offering a book called “Revolt of the Angels” as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Capitol rules require .... Read More
  • Michigan activists push for statewide referendum to stop wolf hunts

    Animal welfare activists have protested in vain the past couple of years as the federal government dropped the gray wolf from its endangered species list and legislatures in five states, including Wisconsin, now allow hunters to shoot the animals. In Michigan, they’re trying a new tactic: taking their case directly to the voters. Lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder approved a bill in December that .... Read More