SW Michigan

3:31 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Begging arrests ruled unconstitutional in Michigan

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A three-judge panel declared police officers violated the First Amendment rights of two homeless men when they were arrested while asking for change.
Washington- A federal appeals court has ruled Michigan's Depression-era law that criminalizes begging is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment. The three-judge panel unanimously upheld a lower court decision that said Grand Rapids police were wrong to arrest two homeless men in 2011 for asking for change.
3:28 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Oshtemo Township opposes new high-voltage power lines

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The township consulted an administrative law judge who said the company’s certificate did not show how the project would outweigh the social, financial, and environmental costs.
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- The state has approved plans for high-voltage power transmission lines through several miles of Oshtemo Township, but the township will appeal the decision. The Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees met in closed session Tuesday to discuss its response to a ruling from the Michigan Public Service Commission that granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity to ITC for its proposed Weeds Lake project.
3:25 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Jackson lays off 15 employees due to stormwater fee

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This comes as a result of a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that declared the city’s stormwater tax illegal.
JACKSON, MI - The city isn't just eliminating services anymore. Fifteen city of Jackson employees will lose their jobs after the Jackson City Council eliminated certain city services in the wake of a court decision that left Jackson without a stormwater utility and the revenue that comes with it.
9:38 am
Wed August 14, 2013

BC activist begins gun violence walk

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Holley says he plans to meet with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Senior, after he gets to Chicago.
Battle Creek Community Activist Bobby Holley began Tuesday a 170-mile walk to Chicago to rally people against gun violence. Holly expects the trip to take about 10 days and said he will be talking about his crusade against violence to people along the way and hopes to hold rallies in communities he visits.
9:32 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Albion school millage on fall ballot

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The tax would raise $3.5 million for the district that closed its high school because of budget problems.
ALBION - Albion Public Schools will in November ask voters to approve a new property tax that would help fund building upkeep and keep the deficit-ridden district on track to become financially solvent by 2018.

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