SW Michigan

6:34 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Bill proposed to allow smoking at outdoor cafes and patios

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Bill defines outdoor restaurant area as one that is less than 50% enclosed
A bill just introduced in the state Legislature would roll back a provision of Michigan's ban on smoking at restaurants to allow puffing outside, at outdoor patios and sidewalk caf├ęs. Supporters plan to gather Wednesday night at a cigar bar in Rochester.
8:38 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

A year after "Right to Work" union shops soldier on

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Union shops say they have plenty of work for the foreseeable future
Nearly a year after Michigan passed Right-to-Work legislation, parties on either side of the bargaining table say the law has had little impact on skilled trades unions in West Michigan.
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8:20 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Congressional effort to get more money for Great Lakes dredging

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Differences have to be worked out between House and Senate versions
Washington U.S. Rep. Candice Miller is championing the Great Lakes as the lone Michigan representative among a group of bipartisan lawmakers seeking compromise on critical legislation that would authorize long overdue dredging and harbor projects. Miller, R-Harrison Township, co-sponsored the House version of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act that passed in October with wide bipartisan support in a 417-3 vote.
8:11 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Communities seeking sewer improvement grants

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State program has $450-million in three phases
OK, let's admit it: Sewers are not a very glamorous topic.
8:03 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Michigan health officials investigate rare dog infection

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So far no humans have shown symptoms from canine brucellosis
LANSING - State officials are warning dog owners, especially those who breed dogs, to be aware that their animals could have brucellosis. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has investigated three cases of canine brucellosis in the past four months.