SW Michigan

2:49 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

News service for the blind to be extended six months

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Officials will use the six month extension to find out “accurate levels of use and service.”
State funding for a service that gives blind people in Michigan access to hundreds of newspapers and magazines has been extended for six months while officials try to determine "accurate levels of use and service," an official said today.
2:39 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Wi-Fi to be available on Amtrak rides

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The Michigan Department of Transportation is shelling out a million dollars to allow riders to surf the web. A spokesman for M-DOT says the cost will hopefully be offset by increased ridership and more revenue.
LANSING - Amtrak passengers will be able to catch up on email and surf the web while riding trains through Michigan starting next year. The Michigan Department of Transportation is spending about $1 million to install Wi-Fi by January. MDOT anticipates the service will lead to increased ridership and revenues that should more than offset the cost, said spokesman Nick Schirripa.
10:28 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Enbridge pipeline protester faces trial

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Christopher Wahmhoff crawled into the finished pipeline on June 24 to protest construction of a replacement for the line that ruptured in July 2010, spilling nearly a million gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River.
A Kalamazoo man who protested the building of a new Enbridge Inc. oil pipeline was ordered to stand trial on two felony charges Tuesday. He faces up to two years in prison if convicted. He also is charged with a misdemeanor of trespassing which carries a maximum of 30 days in jail.
SW Michigan
10:19 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Enbridge: $1 billion spent on oil spill cleanup

Worker monitors oil removal from Talmadge Creek in July 2010
Credit Paul Sancya / AP Photo

Enbridge Energy has spent over a billion dollars so far cleaning up the Kalamazoo River oil spill in 2010. That's according to the Gongwer News Service.

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8:01 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Oshtemo anti-discrimination ordinance passes

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Trustee Dave Bushouse cast the lone dissenting vote, saying that he didn't think the township had jurisdiction on the issue.
The non-discrimination ordinance, closely modeled on one recently adopted by Kalamazoo Township, prohibits discrimination in housing, public accommodation or employment based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, height, weight, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical or mental disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information.

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