SW Michigan

1:49 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Environmentalists criticize fracking plan

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The company behind the plan says it's focusing on sites in the northern Lower Peninsula.
LANSING - A proposal to draw natural gas from as many as 500 wells in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula by using hydraulic fracturing is attracting attention from environmentalists. The Detroit News reports Monday that Calgary, Alberta-based Encana Corp. proposed the wells. Spokesman Doug Hock says the company is "in the early stages" of new drilling in Michigan.
7:15 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Perrigo to acquire Irish pharmaceutical company

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Allegan-based company says deal will allow for international expansion and diversifying global business
Allegan-based generic drug manufacturer Perrigo announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Irish pharmaceutical maker Elan Corp. PLC in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $8.6 billion.
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6:53 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Activists push for more cities to adopt gay-rights ordinances

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Kalamazoo Township became 24th municipality in Michigan adopt an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- An ordinance like the one just adopted in Kalamazoo Township banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people may be passed soon in Oshtemo Township, and gay rights advocates plan to continue a push to get more municipalities to enact such measures.
7:57 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Hundreds of additional students would be needed to reopen Albion High School

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Agreement between Marshall and Albion is one-year contract that renews until one district drops out
ALBION - To many parents, May 14 seemed like the end. Facing a $1.2 million deficit that officials called otherwise insurmountable, the Albion Public Schools Board of Education voted to stop offering grades nine through 12 and to send those students to Marshal Public Schools.
7:44 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Michigan at 20 year low for female lawmakers

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Women hold four seats in Michigan Senate, 28 in House
LANSING, MI -- When Gretchen Whitmer first earned a seat in the Michigan Senate, she joined 11 other women in the upper chamber. It was a historic high for the state, prompting a bipartisan celebration on the floor. Female lawmakers posed for a group photo. Republicans and Democrats exchanged high fives.