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Morning News Roundup, Monday, January 16th, 2012
Morning News Roundup, Monday, January 16th, 2012

Snyder Prepares for Yearly Address

Governor Rick Snyder is preparing for his 2012 State of the State address. Rick Pluta reports:

Snyder says he will use this year’s State of the State address to report back to the Legislature and the citizens of Michigan on the state’s progress over the past year. The governor promises the speech will be a frank assessment of where his goal of ‘reinventing Michigan’ stands. The governor says people can expect fewer new initiatives for the Legislature to tackle this year in his second State of the State address. He says more of the focus will be on how he intends to manage the executive branch of state government.

Protesting MI's EM law

Reverend Al Sharpton and Michigan Congressman John Conyers are planning to protest outside of Governor Snyder’s home today in Superior Township, close to Ann Arbor. They're using the demonstration to protest the state'semergency manager law. The Associated Press reports:

Sharpton and other ministers and civil rights activists will participate. Organizers say the law seems to target black communities. Snyder has said the law isn't racially motivated. Emergency managers are in place in Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Flint and Detroit schools. Detroit's finances are under a review that could bring the city under state financial control as well.

Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Report Delayed

A report detailing the cause behind the July 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River has been delayed. “The Kalamazoo Gazette says the report is expected to be released this fall, about six months later than expected. The National Transportation Safety Board attributed the delay to other investigations into separate pipeline incidents. Cleanup efforts continue this year,” the Associated Press reports. Some 800,000 gallons of oil were leaked from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy.

Zoe Clark is Michigan Public's Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.