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Wayne State University co-hosting ‘Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum’ Feb. 24

Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum, co-hosted by Wayne State University and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Panelists will include former government officials from Republican and Democratic administrations, who will discuss issues central to U.S. national security and of particular importance to Michigan. Topics include:

• How can business, labor and government collaborate to reduce poverty on regional and global bases?

• Will the United States-Mexico-Canada Agree­ment benefit American workers?

• How will the trade war with China impact the automotive industry?

The forum will be held Monday, Feb. 24 at the Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall in Detroit. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program is from 6-7 p.m.

Panelists include:

• Richard N. Haass, president, CFR; former special assistant to President George H.W. Bush, 1989-93

• Stephen J. Hadley, principal, RiceHadleyGatesManuel LLC; former national security advisor to President George W. Bush, 2005-09

• Jeh Charles Johnson, partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; former U.S. secretary of homeland security to President Barack Obama, 2013-17

• Penny Pritzker, founder and chairman, PSP Partners LLC; former U.S. secretary of commerce to President Barack Obama, 2013-17

• Moderator, Bianna Golodryga, senior global affairs analyst at CNN

The event, which is free and open to the public, also will be livestreamed at wayne.edu/live.

For further information and to confirm your attendance, visit Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum.


Judge OKs settlement over contamination

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement with a western Michigan footwear company that faced a lawsuit over groundwater tainted with potentially harmful “forever” chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial state.

Wolverine Worldwide did not admit liability, but it agreed to pay $69.5 million in a consent decree with the state of Michigan and Plainfield and Algoma townships that will go toward extending a municipal water system to about 1,000 homes with private wells that were affected by the contamination.

The deal also includes what’s described as “comprehensive remediation plans” at the former tannery site along with additional studies and monitoring. Additionally, the company would continue to maintain water filters for homeowners without municipal water with PFAS levels over 10 parts per trillion, and provide some money for a filtration system for a water plant.

The approval by U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff in the Western District of Michigan means work should begin this spring and take about five years to complete. The tentative settlement with Wolverine Worldwide and the townships was reached in December.


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