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The Portage City Council has made it illegal within the city to withhold housing, a job or everyday services like health care because of someone’s sexual orientation or the way they present their gender. Six council members voted for the ordinance and one against at a meeting Tuesday evening.


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The Chinook salmon or King salmon - a favorite of anglers on Lake Michigan - is in decline. That’s because it’s starving. According to a study by Michigan State University, the population of the salmon’s only prey - a small invasive fish called the alewife - has dropped by more than half since 2002. 

Ironically, other invasives - zebra and quagga mussels - are eating the alewives’ food.


Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that encourages judges to send younger offenders into alternatives to jail and programs that put them into contact with adults who commit crimes.

The new law represents a re-thinking of juvenile justice policies in place since the 1990s that have treated young offenders as adults.

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Palisades Nuclear Power Plant operated safely last year despite an unexpected shut down. That’s according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant in Covert shut itself off days before a scheduled outage to refuel the plant in September.

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A resolution to improve local non-motor transport has bipartisan support on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Democrat Julie Rogers and Republican Dale Shugars say the county can make it safer and easier to move around on foot, on a bike or in any case without a car.

The “Complete Streets” resolution commissioners discussed Tuesday doesn’t include specific policies. But it calls for the county to plan its roads so they “provide appropriate access to all legal users.”

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