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SW Michigan
2:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Consumers Energy customers get a rate hike and refunds

High-voltage transmission lines in POrtage
Credit WMUK

Consumers Energy customers will soon see slightly bigger electric bills. The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved an $89 million rate increase, 40 percent less than originally sought by the utility.

The commission says that means a typical residential customer will see an increase of about a $1.67 per month. Consumers Energy had initially asked for a rate increase of $148 million.

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Albion Schools
6:25 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Albion School Board votes to close high school

Albion High School
Credit Albion Public Schools

Interview with Justin Hinkley

    

Albion School Board members have voted to close the district's high school to cover a projected $1-million shortfall for next year.  The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the board voted 5-1 Tuesday night to become a K-8 district

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WMUK News
12:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

GOP group eyes the Endangered Species Act

A gray wolf, an endangered species
Credit AP Photo

A group of Republicans in Congress is casting an eye on the Endangered Species Act. The law was approved in 1973 with encouragement by the Nixon administration to help prevent threatened plants and animals from becoming extinct. The federal threatened and endangered list includes several Michigan species like the Kirtland’s warbler and the piping plover.

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Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
7:31 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Upton: No shortcuts in fixing problems at Palisades

Protester's sign outside of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
Credit WMUK

Interview with Fred Upton

The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant remains offline because of a leak in a safety injection refueling tank. West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton toured the plant on Monday with a commissioner from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Theatre
10:34 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Into the Woods: What happens after you get what you want?

Rudi Goddard (left) as Cinderella and Julia Smucker (right) as Little Red Riding Hood
Credit Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College’s Festival Playhouse is kicking off their 50th anniversary Thursday with the musical Into the Woods. Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is about what happens to the characters in Grimm’s fairy tales after the ‘happily ever after.’ 

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