SW Michigan

6:49 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission OK's digital billboards

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The new rules would allow as many as seven large digital signs in the city, including two in the downtown area.
The Kalamazoo City Commission voted 6-0 on an ordinance amendment that would regulate digital billboards in the city, with some tweaks. Commissioners added restrictions that will require billboards to be located 2,500 feet apart, therefore allowing seven sites for static billboards to be converted to digital billboards.
6:45 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Enbridge dredging of Morrow Lake nearer

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The work must also be approved by the Comstock Township Planning Commission as the company continues to clean-up a massive oil spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010.
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - Enbridge, Inc. may soon be able to begin dredging the Morrow Lake Delta after the Comstock zoning board voted Monday to grant special exceptions to both dredge pads near Morrow Lake. Board members Art Austin, Jeff Bogema and Miriam Shannon voted in favor of granting the special exceptions while Mel Klooster and Mark Guthaus voted against both motions.
6:53 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

BC commissioners may consider LGBT discrimination ban

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City commissioners are expected to introduce a proposed ordinance on the issue at their meeting Tuesday evening.
Battle Creek City Commissioner Lynn Ward Gray said she supports a proposed ordinance that would seek to end employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination against locals who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Her reasoning hits close to home. Gray's brother was gay.
3:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Judge dismisses anti-fracking lawsuit

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An environmental group filed suit challenging oil and gas leases in areas of Barry County that were auctioned off by the state, but the judge ruled that the action was premature.
HASTINGS, MI - A Barry County Circuit Court judge has ruled against a nonprofit group that was seeking to have oil and gas leases set aside in Southwest Michigan state game reserves.
3:26 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Pontiac to go back to elected officials

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The city of Pontiac has been in a state-declared financial emergency for four years.
Pontiac - After four years of being under a state-declared financial emergency, the operation of the city of Pontiac should be returned to its elected officials on recommendation of its third appointed emergency manager Louis Schimmel. On Monday, Schimmel, who had been in charge of the city's finances for nearly two years, sent a letter to Gov.

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