Southwest Michigan Today Tuesday April 18, 2017

Apr 18, 2017

Bipartisan criticism follows a report that the Environmental Protection Agency regional office that serves Michigan could be closed. A billboard gives a free political boost to two Republicans. A boil water advisory issued as a precaution for part of Kalamazoo. 

A report says the EPA could close its Region Five office in Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times) The EPA says no decision has been made (Detroit Free Press) West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton and others are expressing opposition to consolidating the EPA's Chicago office with one near Kansas City (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Free, apparently independent, billboard advertising may be giving a political boost to Attorney General Bill Schuette and state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. The billboard near an interstate highway between Detroit and Lansing is on private property, and doesn't advocate for their election. Schuette is expected to run for governor next year. Schuitmaker, a Republican from Lawton is considering a campaign to try and succeed Schuette.  (Detroit News)

A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for part of Kalamazoo's West Main Hill neighborhood. A water main break is being repaired in the area. No tests have confirmed bacterial contamination in the water. (Kalamazoo Gazette)