SW Michigan

7:16 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Bill could allow for elimination of landline phones in 2017

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FCC says landline customers have dropped dramatically since 2000
A proposal that's working its way through the Legislature in Lansing would allow phone companies to discontinue landline service with just 90 days' notice beginning in 2017. But some powerful forces - AARP, representing senior citizens, the Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette - say they have serious concerns about the bill, not only for elderly people, but for people in rural areas where wireless coverage is spotty.
7:01 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Schauer proposes increase in minimum wage

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Democratic candidate for governor says his proposal would effect 1-million workers in Michigan
Detroit Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said Monday hell propose raising the states minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $9.25 an hour, if elected. As Michigans next governor, one of my top priorities will be to raise the minimum wage, said Schauer, the former congressman who unveiled his proposal at a media conference outside the Avalon International Breads store in Midtown.
6:52 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Some Consumers Energy customers may not get power back until Saturday

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More than 13,000 customers in Kalamazoo County without power as of late Monday afternoon
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Consumers Energy has been able to restore power to some in Southwest Michigan, but more than 47,000 in the region are still without electricity one day after a powerful storm swept through the region. Power may not be restored for most until Friday and some harder-hit regions could have to wait until Saturday, Consumers Energy said in a press release.
1:35 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Cleanup continues from severe storms

Lead in text: 
Red Cross has opened shelters in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI The number of people in Southwest Michigan without power continued to climb Monday, one day after a storm swept through the region with wind gusts of up to 60 mph. It may be until late Friday until power is restored for most, Consumers Energy said in a press release, and it could take as long as Saturday for those in harder-hit areas.
7:25 am
Mon November 18, 2013

City of Kalamazoo looks to purchase properties for widening at Oakland and Parkview

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City officials say intersection has been scene of high number of crashes
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The city of Kalamazoo is looking to acquire several pieces of property and easements needed to make improvements to the intersection of Oakland Drive and Parkview Avenue. City plans include adding a southbound through lane on Oakland Drive and a westbound through lane on Parkview Avenue, along with a northbound right turn lane on Oakland Drive.

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