SW Michigan

12:08 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Michigan benefits from "sin taxes"

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The report says Michigan gets 3.6 percent of all of its revenue from taxes on alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.
In 2011, state governments collected more than $50 billion in taxes and proceeds from vice: gambling, smoking and alcohol consumption. Some argue that state governments should not profit from residents' vices. However, some states rely on these activities for a substantial proportion of their budget.
11:57 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Bike rentals offered in downtown Battle Creek

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The Battle Creek Community Foundation and bike shop TeamActive are sponsoring the project.
Starting next week, Battle Creek will offer bicycle rentals to anybody. All that's needed is a credit card and a working pair of legs. In front of Burnham Brook Community Center at 200 W. Michigan Ave. is a B-cycle station. Four bikes and one adult-sized tricycle can be rented by anyone in the community.
11:52 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Rep. Amash blasts domestic NSA surveillance again

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Amash (R-Grand Rapids) criticized fellow lawmakers to voted against an amendment that would have limited the government's ability to track domestic e-mails and phone calls.
MARSHALL - Friday's town hall held by U.S. Rep. Justin Amash was at different times serious, humorous and contentious. The event was the second stop for Amash, a Republican from Cascade Township, in the area. Earlier in the day, he visited the DaVita Battle Creek Dialysis Center.
11:33 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Trees still hurting from 2012 drought

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Scientists at Michigan State University say they are trying to find a way to prevent more spruce trees from dying
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Trees in Southwest Michigan, and around the state, have been laid low by a combination of forces that include weather, management practices, age and a deadly combination new fungus diseases. Among the hardest hit is the backbone of Michigan landscaping -- the stately Colorado blue spruce.
11:27 am
Sun August 18, 2013

State: Covert School budget crisis could have been avoided

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The State Treasury Department says the district should have received about half of a $3.9 million property tax payment by New Covert Generating Company but instead got only $90,000.
COVERT, MI -- If the Covert Township and Van Buren County treasurers had followed the advice of a state official in April, Covert Public Schools may not have had a fiscal meltdown this summer.

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