According to a new report sent to Michigan’s lawmakers, the state Department of Transportation is trying to negotiate lower payments for nearly two dozen railcars that are currently sitting idly. The Detroit Free Press reports that the state is paying $3,000 every day for the unused railcars, which are meant to be used for proposed commuter services on the eastern side of the state. The D.O.T. says it’s talking with owners to try to lower those payments. However, the new report also shows that the railcars likely won’t end up in use before 2019 and could cost more than $4 million before they end on the rails. (Detroit Free Press)

On Wednesday, Western Michigan University’s trustees voted to purchase a new $400,000 airport hangar for the school’s College of Aviation. The university agreed to lease the hangar for the next decade from the city of Battle Creek, with an option to keep leasing when that deal wraps up. The new hangar is close to the aviation school’s other buildings at the Kellogg Regional Airfield near the city. The college says it plans to use the new space to expand its course load on aircraft maintenance. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Governor Rick Snyder has made some moves that indicate he is interested in running for President, but Michigan Public Radio Network Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta says for now some critical things are missing from a serious bid for the White House. 

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Rob Sisson says the Republican Party has a long and proud history on the issues of conservation and the environment. He says now there should be conservative solutions offered to address climate change. 

"BATTLE CREEK, MI - Room and board rates at Western Michigan University for the 2015-16 school year will increase 3.3 percent. The WMU Board of Trustees voted unanimously to raise rates Wednesday, at a board meeting held at WMU's College of Aviation in Battle Creek." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)