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(CBS DETROIT) — Michigan will join Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin for an electric vehicle road trip.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the collaboration with Govs. Eric Holcomb (Indiana), JB Pritzker (Illinois) and Tony Evers (Wisconsin) for the Lake Michigan EV Circuit Tour.

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“Michigan is proud to lead the Lake Michigan Electric Vehicle Circuit Tour, a partnership between fellow Midwestern states to grow our economy, create more good-paying jobs, and lead the future of mobility and electrification,” Whitmer said in a statement.

Officials say the “electric Route 66” tour will be a network of EV chargers over 1,100 miles of drivable shoreline along the lake.

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State officials say the chargers will be located in key coastal communities at lighthouses, state parks, breweries, vineyards, restaurants and other small businesses. They will also mesh with existing charging networks at large entertainment centers along the route in Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay.

“The circuit will allow travelers to experience Lake Michigan and visit countless communities in and around the route. I am so proud that we came together to forge this bipartisan agreement. Let’s keep Michigan—and the Midwest—moving forward,” Whitmer said.

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Echo Park Lake chain-link fence erected for repairs taken down

The chain-link fence that’s confined Echo Park Lake for the past year after city officials removed a homeless encampment in order to make repairs was taken down Sunday evening — but not by park rangers.

The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call of a person vandalizing the fences, according to Officer Annie Hernandez. She said around 300 feet of chain-link was cut and strewn along the park grounds.

Hanging from a tree in the park was a panel of chain-link fence, with a sign that read, “Community De-Fence!” Another sign read, “People’s Park LA Welcomes U.”


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The fence has been a topic of scrutiny among locals since it was implemented last year, following the city’s sweep of homeless encampments in the park.

Echo Park was later shut down in March 2021 for renovations, according to park rangers, and the fence was supposed to temporarily close the park while it underwent more than $500,000 worth of repairs. The repairs have been completed and the park has reopened, but a year later, the fence remained in place.

As of Monday morning, there are no known suspects, but park rangers are filing a criminal investigation, Hernandez said.


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