SW Michigan

6:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Challenger Ellis Over Incumbent Amash in Republican Primary

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Michigan Chamber and Right to Life of Michigan have also endorsed Ellis
WASHINGTON - Businessman Brian Ellis - who is challenging U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in a west Michigan congressional district in the Aug. 5 Republican primary - picked up another big endorsement today: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Free Press often does not report endorsements but Ellis has picked up an impressive string of backers from well-known conservative-leaning groups recently.
6:25 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Poll Shows Tighter Race for Governor, Peters Increasing Lead Over Land for Senate

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Standing of both Democrats has improved since surveys of the races in May
A new statewide poll from EPIC-MRA shows Republican Gov. Rick Snyder now leading Democratic challenger Mark Schauer 46%-43%, compared to 47%-38% in May. In the race for Michigan's open U.S. Senate seat, the poll shows U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, leading former Michigan Secretary of State Republican Terri Lynn Land, by 9 points, 45%-36%.
6:17 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Holland Area Plant Closing, Jobs Going to Mexico

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Mammoth Incorporated will close Holland Township plant in September
In the midst of economic rebirth throughout much of Michigan, particularly in the Holland area, it's rare to hear a midsize manufacturing plant is shutting down and exporting all of its jobs to Mexico for what its parent company refers to as "strategic and competitive reasons."Yet, that's precisely what is happening at Mammoth Inc.
6:09 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Only One Applicant for Downtown Battle Creek Food Vendor License So Far

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New ordinance allows up to seven food trucks to operate on Jackson Street
The lines on Jackson Street are painted and the ordinance is now on the books, but only one vendor has so far applied for a license since Battle Creek commissioners voted to allow food trucks downtown. "The current application volume is about what we expected," Jessica VanderKolk, the city's communications specialist, said in an email Thursday.
2:07 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kalamazoo County to Get "Smart" Electric Meters

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Consumers Energy customers can "opt out" of the program and keep their old meters, at a cost.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo County Consumers Energy customers should expect to see new "smart meters" installed by mid-2015 as the company accelerates plans to install 2.4 million new electric and natural gas meters statewide by 2017.