3:16 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Smoking OK on some public patios, rooftops

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Smoking would only be allowed in outdoor spaces of restaurants and bars where food or drinks are not prepared, served, provided or anywhere workers must be present.
LANSING - Patrons of Michigan bars and restaurants can smoke on outdoor patios and rooftops as long as no food or beverages are served, according to a new interpretation of the law. Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Jamie Clover Adams on Monday announced her decision, which is effective immediately.
4:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

UPDATE: Saint Joseph Co. commissioner case sent to Cass Co.

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Donald Eaton might face charges for bringing a handgun into an Applebee’s in Sturgis last month.
CASSOPOLIS, MI -- The Cass County prosecutor's office will determine whether Don Eaton will face charges for allegedly taking a gun into the Sturgis Applebee's while intoxicated. The Michigan Attorney General's Office assigned the case to Cass County, since Eaton is a St.
5:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

"Quiet cars" now available between Kalamazoo and Chicago

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People in the quiet car are not allowed to talk loudly or use cell phones and noisy computer programs.
LANSING - Train passengers who want some peace and quiet will find respite on Amtrak's specially designated rail cars. Starting Monday, the passenger rail service will designate a "quiet car" on each of its trains on the Wolverine line that travels through Pontiac, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Kalamazoo and several other cities on its way to Chicago.
5:17 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Employee pension law still intact despite deleted provisions

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Judges ruled a 2011 law provision that would have made employees hired before April 1997 contribute 4 percent to their pensions or have a 401(K) unconstitutional. Another provision in the law that changed how overtime pay factored in to pensions was also struck down.
LANSING - A Michigan Court of Appeals panel struck down key portions of changes to the state's employee pensions law, but left open the question of whether or not the entire public act was valid.
5:14 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

State unemployment up slightly, down compared to last year

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Employment was flat this July yet ten thousand more Michiganders claimed to be unemployed last month. Analysts say that’s because more people were looking for jobs in July.
LANSING - Michigan's unemployment rate ticked up to 8.8 percent in July, marking the second consecutive monthly increase as more people entered the job market. The rate rose from 8.7 percent in June and 8.5 percent in May.