SW Michigan

6:17 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Proposed budget for Portage includes slight tax drop, elimination of some parks and entertainment programs

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City Manager Maurice Evans calls it a conservative approach that maintains core services
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The proposed 2013-14 Portage city budget calls for a slight decrease in the average resident's tax bill, but also the discontinuation of some longtime parks and summer entertainment programs. Portage City Manager Maurice Evans presented a brief overview of the proposed city budget blueprint to the Portage City Council Tuesday night, calling it a "conservative approach" that still maintains the core services of police, fire and public works.
4:27 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

March marks Amtrak's best month ever

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The railroad expects more than 31 million passengers to have ridden the train by the end of this fiscal year.
WASHINGTON - Amtrak ridership increased in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, with ridership in March setting a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak's history, the railroad said Tuesday. Ridership grew 0.9 percent from October 2012 to March compared with the same period one year earlier despite disruptions from weather including Superstorm Sandy.
4:24 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

State House to decide universities, school districts penalties

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School districts and universities that approved union contracts just before the Right-to-Work laws went into effect may off the hook. The Lansing State Journal reports penalties, like 15 percent cuts for universities, will not be in the state Senate budget. Western Michigan University was just one of the many public universities that approved new contracts before March 21st. Gongwer News Service reports the House Appropriations Committee will consider putting the penalties in their budget bill tomorrow.
LANSING - Penalties for colleges, universities, school districts and communities that approved union contracts in the weeks leading up to right-to-work laws taking effect will not be included in the state Senate versions of those budgets.
7:58 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Toxic Chemicals found in plastic pollution in Great Lakes

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Study finds pollutants could also be traveling to other parts of the Great Lakes
Toxic chemicals clinging to plastics could cause health problems for fish and other organisms in the Great Lakes. They were discovered in samples from the first-ever Great Lakes plastic survey in Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Superior last summer, Lorena Rios Mendoza, an assistant chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin - Superior, announced Monday.
7:22 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Ambassador Bridge owner files lawsuit, trying to block new U.S. - Canada crossing

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Company owned by Matty Moroun filed federal lawsuit in February.
The owner of the Ambassador Bridge has filed a lawsuit against a number of federal officials -- the U.S. secretaries of state, transportation and homeland security among them -- and the Canadian government as the company tries to block the building of a rival Detroit River bridge, and force approval for its own second span to Windsor.