Southwest Michigan Today: Monday April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018

Community forums begin for Kalamazoo Public Schools' May 8th bond proposal. Enbridge suspends operations of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, due to a power outage and severe weather. WMU clinches the MAC men's tennis regular season championship. Bronco softball wins two out of three games in its weekend series with Ball State. 

Kalamazoo Public Schools is holding the first of two community forums this week on the bond proposal that will appear on the May eighth ballot. The first forum will be held Thursday night at 7:00 at the Community Education Center at the old Kalamazoo Central on South Westnedge. The bond proposal would pay to replace the Edison Environmental Science Academy, expand Phoenix High School, and build a district-wide kitchen. The 96-point-7 million dollar bond issue will also pay for security and technology improvements. If the proposal is approved, the owner of a 100-thousand dollar home in the Kalamazoo district would pay an additional 62-dollars-50 cents a year in property taxes. Another forums on the bond proposal will be held April 25th at 6:30 at the Community Education Center.

Enbridge Energy says it has suspended its operations of an oil and gas pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. MLive says the Canadian pipeline company announced over the weekend that Line Five’s operations were shut down due to a power outage at a terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. A spokesman for Enbridge says the company made the decision in his words “out of an abundance of caution” to leave the line shut down until weather conditions improve in the straits. Environmental groups have called for the line to be permanently shut down because of the risk an oil spill poses to the Great Lakes.

The Saginaw Diocese is bringing in a retiring Michigan Appeals Court judge to oversee the church’s internal investigations into alleged sexual abuse allegations against several priests. Michael Talbot announced earlier this year that he is retiring as chief judge of Michigan’s Court of Appeals. The diocese is also releasing the names of five former priests accused of sexual abuse. (Michigan Radio

Western Michigan will be the number one seed in the Mid American Conference men’s tennis tournament later this month. The Broncos clinched the regular season MAC championship with a 5-2 win Sunday at Buffalo. Western is on an eight match winning streak, heading into their final regular season match Saturday at Toledo. The MAC men’s tennis tournament begins April 27th in Buffalo.

In softball, Western Michigan beat Ball State Sunday 4-2 in Muncie. The Broncos won two out of three games in the weekend series with the Cardinals. Western will play at Notre Dame Tuesday.