SW Michigan

3:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Judge dismisses anti-fracking lawsuit

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An environmental group filed suit challenging oil and gas leases in areas of Barry County that were auctioned off by the state, but the judge ruled that the action was premature.
HASTINGS, MI - A Barry County Circuit Court judge has ruled against a nonprofit group that was seeking to have oil and gas leases set aside in Southwest Michigan state game reserves.
3:26 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Pontiac to go back to elected officials

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The city of Pontiac has been in a state-declared financial emergency for four years.
Pontiac - After four years of being under a state-declared financial emergency, the operation of the city of Pontiac should be returned to its elected officials on recommendation of its third appointed emergency manager Louis Schimmel. On Monday, Schimmel, who had been in charge of the city's finances for nearly two years, sent a letter to Gov.
3:16 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Smoking OK on some public patios, rooftops

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Smoking would only be allowed in outdoor spaces of restaurants and bars where food or drinks are not prepared, served, provided or anywhere workers must be present.
LANSING - Patrons of Michigan bars and restaurants can smoke on outdoor patios and rooftops as long as no food or beverages are served, according to a new interpretation of the law. Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Jamie Clover Adams on Monday announced her decision, which is effective immediately.
11:49 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Michigan schools to be color-coded

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Some school officials say they're worried that the new system might actually cause more confusion about how well schools are doing.
The new Michigan School Accountability Scorecards is what state officials hope is a more intuitive, color-coded system that will assign one of five colors - green, lime green, yellow, orange or red - to each school or district. The color green is best, and it means most of the goals were met.
11:43 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Federal voting oversight may end in Michigan

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Detroit Congressman John Conyers says he expects Clyde Township in Allegan County to be among those removed from the oversight list. It wound up there in the 1970's because of a large, Spanish-speaking population.
Buena Vista Township- The U.S. Supreme Court sparked controversy in June when it struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, meaning nine states - mostly from the South - no longer would need to get approval from the federal government to make changes in voting laws.

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