SW Michigan

7:07 am
Thu January 9, 2014

State plans to investigate utilities handling of power outages

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Consumers Energy and DTE say they welcome review
Michigan regulators will investigate the way two major utilities handled a December ice storm that knocked out power for up to a week for 661,000 customers across the state. Meanwhile, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero appointed a retired Michigan National Guard brigadier general to lead a probe of the performance of a third utility the Lansing Board of Water and Light and asked state regulators to review the probe once its finished.
6:20 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Men's basketball Western Michigan 87 Toledo 76

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Broncos win first Mid-American Conference game of season and improve to 8-5 overall
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Toledo and Western Michigan were picked as the top two teams in Mid-American Conference's West Division respectively and the first meeting between the two squads did not disappoint. Western Michigan came out firing Wednesday and built a 22-point lead in the first half, but a high-powered Rockets offense did not go down quietly.
6:13 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Portage delays brush and Christmas tree collection

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City says delay will be one week
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - If you're willing to dig out your old Christmas tree and other brush buried under mounds of snow at the curb, the city of Portage will pick it up as planned but with a slight delay.
3:47 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

State spent $200,000 to keep wolves off of one farm

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it did not initiate the state’s first wolf hunt largely because of one farmer’s problems, but recent data suggests otherwise.
(Note: Search this database for attacks by wolves and compensation paid.) Taxpayers have footed the bill for more than $200,000 to assist a single controversial cattle farmer against wolf attacks, newly obtained documents by MLive.com show.
2:22 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Auroras likely over Michigan Wednesday night

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The celestial light show is the result of a large solar flare affecting the earth's magnetic field.
Southeast Michigan residents might get a visual treat tonight. The aurora borealis, or northern lights, could be visible in the Detroit area if conditions are right, said to Debra Elliott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in White Lake Township. The best viewing likely would be shortly after midnight, Elliot said.

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