Nightside Report July 1, 2021: Macomb County, Detroit officials call for investigation into pump station ‘failure’; Man charged in Warren hit-and-run that killed 5-year-old boy

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Officials call for investigation into Connor Creek Pump Station 'failure'

Macomb County, Detroit officials call for investigation into pump station ‘failure’

DETROIT – Officials in Macomb County and Detroit are calling for an investigation after a pump station allegedly failed, causing a water backup into Macomb County.

Macomb County Public Works commissioner Candice Miller called out the Great Lakes Water Authority. She claims the Conner Creek pump was understaffed, unprepared and lacked a backup generator as storm water and sewage flooded home after home in Jefferson Chalmers and the Grosse Pointes.

Great Lakes Water Authority CEO Sue McCormick said there was a disruption in service, but “at no time was the pump station offline.”

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 894,856; Death toll now at 19,758

Metro Detroit weather: Lower humidity, temperatures ahead of hotter, more humid Independence Day

We’re barreling toward the more pleasant parts of our forecast. But the holiday weekend will have two distinctly different “eras.”

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4 Fast Facts

  • A 22-year-old was charged Thursday in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a 5-year-old boy. Click here to read more.
  • When residents complained about loud trucks rolling through their Pingree Park neighborhood at all hours, Stellantis promised the traffic would stop. Click here to read more.
  • As Metro Detroiters deal with the aftermath of the devastating storms, the American Red Cross is traveling from city to city to help people clean up. Click here to read more.
  • Vehicles lined up on Detroit’s east side Thursday for much-needed items to clean their homes after the most recent flood. Click here to read more.

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Michigan COVID vaccine sweepstakes: Who can enter, how to sign up, prize list, full details

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broke down the details of Michigan’s new COVID vaccine sweepstakes, including who can enter, how to sign up, what prizes are available and more.

“This is going to be a chance for Michiganders to get registered and to be eligible for $5 million in cash prizes and college scholarships,” Whitmer said.

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Michigan to invest nearly $17 billion into schools, education

Michigan is set to make a historic investment in its public schools.

After a very difficult year, when many schools were worried they would close their doors for good, the new funding is creating a sense of hope.

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.