SW Michigan

6:08 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Battle Creek's Cereal Festival Moves One Block for One Year

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Concerns over condemned building caused move
Battle Creek's Cereal Festival, the city's largest downtown event, will be moved one block over to Van Buren Street this year. Festivals Manager Deborah Owens, the city's vice mayor, said the change is temporary and is to keep festivalgoers away from the former On Deck Sports Bar and Grill, damaged in a fire in late December.
SW Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

State Says Oil in Kalamazoo River Not a Health Threat

The banks of the Kalamazoo River.
Credit WMUK

People who encounter oil chemicals in the surface waters of the Kalamazoo River need not worry about their long-term health. That’s the conclusion of the Michigan Department of Community Health, which released its findings Wednesday.

An Enbridge Energy pipeline dumped a massive amount of oil into the river following a rupture in July 2010. Nearly four years later, the MDCH says people might still come in contact with oil sheen and globules if they swim, wade or boat on the river.

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5:06 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

United Auto Workers Picks New President

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Dennis Williams previously served as the union's secretary-treasurer.
Detroit Dennis Williams was overwhelming elected as the next United Auto Workers president by delegates at the UAW constitutional convention Wednesday. Williams, the unions secretary treasurer, handily defeated Gary Walkowicz, a longtime union worker from Fords Dearborn Truck Plant who has been outspoken about many of the UAWs policies and a perennial presidential challenger.
7:16 am
Wed June 4, 2014

State Supreme Court Says Commutation of Sentence Can't Be Revoked

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Then Governor Jennifer Granholm commuted sentence, but rescinded order after meeting with victim's family
Lansing The Michigan Supreme Court says governors cannot reduce a prisoners sentence and then change their mind, a ground-breaking decision that reverses one of Jennifer Granholms last acts before she left office. Granholm in 2010 commuted the life sentence of Matthew Makowski, making him eligible for parole after more than 20 years in prison.
6:50 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Legislature Could Deal With Road Funding Issue Before Summer Recess

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If deal is approved it could fall between House legislation, and more expensive Senate package
LANSING - Tuesday's passage of the Detroit bankruptcy bills in the Michigan Senate puts the spotlight back on fixing roads as the No. 1 issue for the Legislature to deal with before it breaks for the summer. The House has passed a package of bills that propose to raise about $450 million a year to fix crumbling roads and bridges.