SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination next year, announced today that former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis will run his campaign effort in Michigan. Anuzis, who ran for national party chair in 2009 and 2011, will also be a senior adviser to Cruz's campaign helping to organize its national grassroots campaign. (Detroit Free Press)

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State Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) is expected to be a no-show when the Senate gavels into session Tuesday. He remains in police custody following a weekend shooting incident outside his home. 

(MPRN-Lansing) State House Republicans could introduce legislation to boost road funding as soon as this week. 

PARCHMENT, MI -- Georgia-Pacific is closing its Epic manufacturing plant in Parchment by the end of 2015, eliminating 57 jobs, the company announced Monday. The plant, which is part of Georgia-Pacific's Dixie division, manufactures food wraps and other items for the food industry. That work will be move to plants in Green Bay, Wis., and Hattiesburg, Miss., said Julie VanDeWater, a Georgia-Pacific spokeswoman. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Commentator Gary Wilson says "everything lined up politically" for Great Lakes issues in about 2008. But he says that is likely to change with the next Presidential election, regardless of the outcome in 2016.