SW Michigan

6:18 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Michigan House Democrats propose new regulations on "fracking"

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Department of Environmental Quality says it will examine proposal, but has refuted the need for new rules in past
LANSING - Michigan House Democrats want to further regulate fracking, a controversial method of accessing natural gas. They promoted a package of eight bills that would require the disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground for certain fracking operations before receiving a permit.
5:09 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Locals protest removal of historic dam

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Residents say they have concerns about Enbridge owning the property and removing the 100-year-old historic dam.
CERESCO, MI - Enbridge Inc. plans to purchase and remove Ceresco Dam, located along the Kalamazoo River just southeast of Battle Creek, if the move is best for the environment and for federal and state governments, a company spokesperson said.
5:03 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Home builders can't meet state demand

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The state has issued 28 percent more new home permits in 2013 than this time last year.
LANSING - Michigan builders are constructing more new homes this year, and some are having trouble finding enough workers to keep up with the increased demand. More than 4,800 single-family housing permits have been issued in Michigan through May, up 28 percent from about 3,750 at the same point last year, according to U.S.
3:17 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Candidates line up for BC City Commission race

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Candidates have until 4 p.m. on August 13th to turn in petitions to get their names on the November ballot in the race for nine city commission seats.
Nearly 20 residents have picked up petitions in hopes of running for the Battle Creek City Commission, according to the city clerk's office. All incumbents except at-large Commissioner Mark Behnke have picked up petitions.
SW Michigan
2:26 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Historic Kalamazoo fountain gets grant

The "Fountain of the Pioneers" in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park
Credit WMUK

A plan to restore an historic fountain in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park will get an $83,000 kick start. City officials say they’ve won a grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation in Wisconsin to help pay for work on the “Fountain of the Pioneers”. The City has three years to raise another $166,000 in matching money for the restoration project that's expected to cost up to $2.5 million.

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