SW Michigan

7:48 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Legislature Nearing Deadline to Reach Road Funding Deal

A compromise is being sought between state House and Senate plans
LANSING, MI - Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are nearing a critical juncture in the long-running search for $1.2 billion a year in new funding for Michigan's crumbling roads. The House and Senate are scheduled to meet just three more times this week before calling an official end to the 2013-14 session.
7:52 am
Mon December 15, 2014

15 People Apply for Vacancy on Kalamazoo City Commission

Stephanie Moore won a seat on the Kalamazoo County Commission in the November election and will vacate her seat on the city commission
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Fifteen people have submitted applications to be considered for appointment to the Kalamazoo City Commission. City commissioners had set a deadline of Dec. 12 for those interested in applying to be appointed to fill Commissioner Stephanie Moore's seat.
7:30 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Conservationists Call for Higher Fines for Illegally Killing Elk

At least six poached elk have been reported during Michigan's firearms deer season
Michigan's largest conservation organization is expected to push for changes in laws that have vast differences in fines for illegally killing elk versus trophy deer. Drew Youngedyke, spokesman for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, says the organization likely will take up the matter by this summer's June convention.
6:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Berrien County Looks to Save Money With Digital Records

County is not going paperless, but is reducing volume
ST. JOSEPH - Since the 1830s Berrien County has kept written records of births, deaths, land transactions, court proceedings and a host of other matters. Over the decades all that paper has piled up wide and deep.
6:27 am
Mon December 15, 2014

State Says Farm's Manure Spraying Did Not Cause Lake Erie Algae

Department of Environmental Quality says practice is allowed under agricultural practices
A citizens environmental group is raising a stink over the large Hudson Dairy farm's manure spraying on vacant croplands, worried nutrients may make their way into nearby streams and western Lake Erie, where a nutrient-fed toxic algae bloom shut down Toledo-area water supplies in August.