SW Michigan

7:02 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Watervliet and Watervliet Township consider merger

City has population of about 1,900. The Township has around 3,100
WATERVLIET - Watervliet and Watervliet Township merging into one government is an idea whose time may be near. The city has landed a $565,000 state grant to study and implement the concept, which would have to be approved by voters in the city and township.
9:25 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Senate bill would allow pharmaceutical grade marijuana distribution

Advocates for homegrown marijuana oppose the bill saying no problems have been linked to pot grown at home
LANSING, MI -- Michigan patients could purchase medical marijuana at a pharmacy under an advancing proposal that would require federal approval before implementation. Michigan's Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a measure seeking to create a "pharmaceutical-grade cannabis" registry that would run alongside -- but not replace -- the patient-caregiver medical marijuana model approved by voters in 2008.
9:10 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Battle Creek works on rules for food trucks

City commissioners are expected to vote on whether to introduce the rules at a meeting in January
Battle Creek officials have released early details of how the city may allow food trucks to operate downtown. Possible changes to three local ordinances were posted on the city's website Wednesday. The drafts would revise decades-old regulations that prohibit mobile vendors in the city's central business district and would also permit leashed pets, along with bicycles and skateboards, in the downtown area.
4:53 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Bill would let some nurses prescribe drugs without a doctor

Advanced practice registered nurses or APRNs would also be able to treat and diagnose patients without a physician’s supervision.
LANSING - Certain nurses with additional training could prescribe drugs without doctor approval under a controversial bill approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Senators voted 20-18 to pass Senate Bill 2, which allows for the licensure of advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs, who can diagnose, treat patients and prescribe drugs without physician supervision.
12:52 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Four judges appointed to new Michigan Court of Claims

Western district, based in Grand Rapids, is only one not represented on new court
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday named four Court of Appeals judges who will be randomly assigned to hear suits against the state under a controversial new law signed this week by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new Court of Claims will be overseen by Court of Appeals Judges Pat Donofrio, Amy Krause, Deborah Servitto and Michael Talbot.