SW Michigan

7:42 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Comstock Township Supervisor asks state officials to deny Enbridge dredging permit

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Enbridge halted dredging work last week when Comstock Township officials requested a site plan be submitted
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - Comstock Township Supervisor Ann Nieuwenhuis requested today through a letter to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality that Enbridge, Inc.'s permit to dredge the Kalamazoo River north of Morrow Lake be denied.
7:37 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Battle Creek's Heritage Tower bought by Grand Rapids development firm

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Building is currently unoccupied
The partly condemned building that has been a pillar of Battle Creek's skyline may soon get a facelift. A Grand Rapids-based firm, 616 Development, has purchased the Heritage Tower. "616 Development is looking forward to continuing the revitalization of downtown Battle Creek with the purchase of Heritage Tower," Derek Coppess, the group's founder, said in a statement to the Enquirer.
5:40 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Bill to lower student loan interest rates fails

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At the beginning of the month, loan interest rates doubled to 6.8 percent.
The first official Senate attempt to roll back student loan rates failed Wednesday, pushing the Democratic leadership to now consider an alternative bipartisan plan they have thus far tried to stamp out. Rates doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent at the beginning of the month; the vote was on a bill to cut them to the original figure for another...
5:37 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Money for dangerous leaky tanks goes elsewhere

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An audit found that more than $200 million have been going to holes in the state's budget.
Michigan's fund for cleaning up leaking underground fuel tanks - a chronically underfunded effort is headed for an overhaul after a recent audit found that state officials diverted $216 million in designated cleanup funds to unrelated programs. The diverted money was used, over the last decade, to plug holes in the state budget, even while Michigan struggled to deal with the nation's second largest inventory of leaking underground gas tanks.
5:22 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Fruit farmers may be getting better harvests

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Rain during the growing season has been a big help to some fruit farmers.
PAW PAW, MI -- Harvest of blueberries, raspberries, apricots and sweet and tart cherries is underway in Southwest Michigan this week, at about the five-year average according to a weekly report by Michigan State University Extension educators Mark Longstroth, Bill Shane and Diane Brown.