Lion from Wisconsin zoo travels to new exhibit in Michigan

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Do you hear that roar? A zoo in southwest Michigan is officially welcoming lions in a new exhibit.Binder Park Zoo's new lion exhibit officially opened to the public on Tuesday near Battle Creek. The exhibit already includes two female African lions called Shelby and Salem. They came from the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. A male lion, Enzi, will join them next week from the Racine Zoo in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin man remembered in Michigan for trying to save swimmers

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A young man who died while trying to rescue two women last year in Lake Superior is being remembered at a lifesaving station near the site of the drownings.A plaque with a description of the tragedy is on a box that holds a remote-controlled buoy. The Mining Journal in Marquette (http://bit.ly/2sdSP9V ) says the buoy can travel up to 22 mph to reach distressed swimmers.

Trump requests $77.6M for Great Lakes maintenance projects

DETROIT (AP) - President Donald Trump's spending plan for 2018 includes $77.6 million for operation and maintenance of Great Lakes shipping channels and related infrastructure, including the lock system at Sault Ste. Marie.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District oversees operations in Michigan and parts of Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Volunteers prepare for annual Great Lakes beach cleanups

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Volunteer groups are preparing to take part in cleanups of Great Lakes beaches.The nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes sponsors trash pickup events each spring. Many take place on or around Earth Day, which this year is April 22.Adopt-a-Beach volunteers joined nearly 1,400 cleanup projects in 2016. They gathered a combined 40,000 pounds of debris.

Report: More work needed on identifying Great Lakes toxins

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A report by a U.S.-Canadian agency says the two nations are behind schedule on identifying chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes and developing strategies to deal with them.The International Joint Commission says familiar toxic substances such as PCBs and dioxins appear to be declining or at least getting no worse in herring gull eggs, a key indicator of the chemicals' presence.

Gov. Rick Snyder signs law authorizing Michigan wolf hunting

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law that would authorize wolf hunting if Congress or federal courts revisit the issue.State lawmakers quickly passed the bill after the Michigan appeals court recently declared a 2014 law unconstitutional. The law signed Wednesday defines wolves as a game species and authorizes the Natural Resources Commission to designate game.Money in the law related to Asian carp control could shield it from a statewide referendum.