SW Michigan

5:40 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Bill to lower student loan interest rates fails

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At the beginning of the month, loan interest rates doubled to 6.8 percent.
The first official Senate attempt to roll back student loan rates failed Wednesday, pushing the Democratic leadership to now consider an alternative bipartisan plan they have thus far tried to stamp out. Rates doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent at the beginning of the month; the vote was on a bill to cut them to the original figure for another...
5:37 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Money for dangerous leaky tanks goes elsewhere

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An audit found that more than $200 million have been going to holes in the state's budget.
Michigan's fund for cleaning up leaking underground fuel tanks - a chronically underfunded effort is headed for an overhaul after a recent audit found that state officials diverted $216 million in designated cleanup funds to unrelated programs. The diverted money was used, over the last decade, to plug holes in the state budget, even while Michigan struggled to deal with the nation's second largest inventory of leaking underground gas tanks.
5:22 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Fruit farmers may be getting better harvests

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Rain during the growing season has been a big help to some fruit farmers.
PAW PAW, MI -- Harvest of blueberries, raspberries, apricots and sweet and tart cherries is underway in Southwest Michigan this week, at about the five-year average according to a weekly report by Michigan State University Extension educators Mark Longstroth, Bill Shane and Diane Brown.
5:17 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Medical marijuana patients must be residents

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A Michigan Court of Appeals made that ruling this week.
LANSING -- A Michigan appeals court ruled this week that the state's medical marijuana law requires cardholders to be Michigan residents, and held that immunity from prosecution under the law is a question for a judge, not a jury, to decide.
2:25 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Portage Council still thinking about fireworks rules

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Council members asked the administration Tuesday to present them with a proposed ordinance. An "emergency" fireworks ordinance adopted in June expires in mid-September.
PORTAGE, MI - As the last echoes of Fourth of July fireworks fade, Portage continues to wrestle with how to deal with fireworks restrictions the rest of the year. The Portage City Council on Tuesday took no action on a proposed fireworks ordinance that would regulate consumer fireworks all year, continue the ban on shooting them off from 1 a.m.

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