SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

State senators Rick Jones and Tonya Schuitmaker introduced a package of bills Wednesday to protect drinking water in Michigan schools. Under the legislation, utilities that supply water to schools would have to test for lead and copper once a year. The bills would also create a task force to review the Department of Environmental Quality’s water sampling practices and make recommendations. The bills are in response to the Flint water crisis where several children were poisoned by lead that leached into the drinking water.

Senate Panel Approves Emergency Funding For Flint

Jan 27, 2016

 A state Senate panel approved $28 million in emergency funding to help address the water crisis in Flint. The panel added a provision to guarantee that all Flint kids under the age of three have access to early developmental screenings paid for by the state. It also scaled back money for bottled water, citing the large amount of bottled water donations and that the state gets a discount on water bottles through FEMA. That money would instead be spent on health assessments. The state Senate could vote on the funding as soon as Thursday.

(Kalamazoo Gazette) The City of Portage will consider passing an anti-discrimination ordinance. Portage city council members approved a motion to research ordinances that protect people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Portage would join several Michigan cities in enacting anti-discrimination ordinances, including Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Township, and Oshtemo Township.


Flint residents and national groups are suing city and state officials responsible for the Flint water crisis. Along with a Flint-based citizens group, The Natural Resources Defense Council, the ACLU of Michigan, and Concerned Pastors for Social Action filed suit in a federal court Wednesday. 

"You don't need to lead most of the game, just the moments when it matters most. Bowling Green proved that Tuesday night when they trailed for over 32 minutes, yet still found a way to win over the Western Michigan Broncos." (SB Nation)