SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

A project to literally lay the groundwork for future development at the Fort Custer Industrial Park moved a step closer to reality this week. Battle Creek city commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday a bid by Hoffman Bros. Inc. to create development-ready sites at Hill Brady Road and Skyline Drive as well as at the W.K. Kellogg Airport. It marks another point forward in a project headed by the city's economic development arm, Battle Creek Unlimited, and approved in December by the Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

A long-discussed proposal to allow some farm animals in residential Battle Creek was shot down after it failed to receive a majority vote Tuesday. After listening to public attendees for nearly an hour, city commissioners voted 4-4, striking down the introduction of an urban livestock ordinance. Five votes were needed to move the proposal to another vote for adoption, and Commissioner Mike Sherzer was absent because of a family issue. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The improved economy means more people are driving more miles and causing more accidents — likely from distracted driving, according to statistics released this morning by the Michigan State Police. (Detroit Free Press)

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, has offered up an amendment to the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday that he said would flip his vote to yes. In a press conference at the White House Wednesday, Upton and Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., told reporters they would support the legislation with an $8 billion amendment added over five years to assist those with pre-existing conditions in states that seek waivers under the Republican health care plan as currently proposed. (Mlive)

LANSING, MI - A portion of a little-known Michigan law that made it illegal to "warm up" a car in a driveway has been reversed by state representatives. The Michigan House of Representatives approved Tuesday afternoon, May 2, a bill that will allow motorists to leave an unattended vehicle idling in a private driveway without fear of a ticket. The legislation kept in place the regulation against having an unattended vehicle idling on a private roadway or business parking lot.