SW Michigan

8:02 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Large crop yield, but a shortage of workers

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Weather, recession and industry changes blamed for lack for agricultural workers
Fred Leitz and his three brothers lost more than half their farm's blueberry crop this year. And Mother Nature is not to blame.The fourth-generation owners of Leitz Farm in Sodus Township said the blueberries, along with a third of their cucumbers and a fourth of their cantaloupes, were left to die in the field due to a shortage of pickers.
7:53 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Lawmakers consider ending "cut rate" vehicle registration fees

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Michigan currently collects about $900-million a year in vehicle registration fees
LANSING — As they try to raise an extra $1.2 billion a year to fix Michigan’s roads, state lawmakers are looking at reducing or eliminating cut-rate vehicle-registration fees that benefit special-interest groups and cost the state tens of millions of dollars a year.
7:43 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Two Sierra Club lawsuits in Holland consolidated into one

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Case revolves around work done on power plant in Holland
Two separate lawsuits from the Sierra Club against the city of Holland and the Holland Board of Public Works have been consolidated into one for trial by a federal judge in Kalamazoo. BPW General Manager Dave Koster said the suits are roughly five years old but would not comment on the pending litigation beyond that; discussion of such litigation is exempt from Michigan's Open Meetings Act.
7:35 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Grand Rapids marijuana dispensary owner prepares to go to trial

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Trial is scheduled to start Monday
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Dave Overholt likes to use the expression "It's healing, not dealing." That's his boiled-down view of the medical marijuana dispensary he owns, called the Mid-Michigan Compassion Club. It's a small, nondescript business on Leonard Street NW, just a few blocks west of Alpine Avenue.
9:44 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Republicans prepare for leadership conference with possible primary challenges in background

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Tea Party activists plan to challenge Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley at GOP convention. Some want to challenge Governor Snyder in primary
LANSING - When Michigan Republicans gather Friday on Mackinac Island for their nationally recognized leadership conference, it's not the scheduled sessions and speeches that will matter so much as what goes on in between. The 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference will open amid improving poll numbers for Gov.

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