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OutCenter Requests Meeting With Governor Snyder

The OutCenter wants to meet with Governor Snyder to talk about LGBT civil rights. The governor will be in Southwest Michigan Wednesday for a reception at the Inn at Harbor Shores, and the OutCenter is requesting a meeting with him in Benton Harbor beforehand. A statement from the OutCenter says the focus would be on amending the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to add sexual orientation, protecting Michiganders from attacks like what happened at a gay nightclub in Orlando, and discussing political speak that dehumanizes groups. OutCenter leaders note the invitation has not yet been accepted by the governor’s office.. ...Read Full Story

BHAS Receives Another Emergency Loan

The state of Michigan continues to bail out the Benton Harbor Area Schools. The district has received another emergency loan – this one for $4.4 million and will be able to meet payroll on July 15 as a result. The Treasury Department’s Emergency Loan Board also approved restructuring the district’s three previous emergency loans, issued in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The latest loan will be repaid over 15 years with an interest rate of 1.85%. The first five years will be interest-free. As for the previous three loans, the payments will be interest-only for the first three years, with principal payments starting in year 4. All told, the district now owes the state just over $7.5 million.. ...Read Full Story

Whirlpool: Watching Brexit Closely

Whirlpool executives are closely watching how the decision by voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union will impact the company and the appliance industry. Chairman and CEO Jeff Fettig said in a statement released today the Brexit vote “has created a number of uncertainties, many that will take some time to play out.” Fettig says the Benton Harbor-based appliance maker will continue to monitor the situation closely to see if they need to take any actions to protect market share and business interests. Whirlpool Corporation will announce second-quarter earnings on July 18, and reaffirmed its full-year guidance of GAAP earnings per diluted share of $11.25 to $12, and ongoing earnings per share of $14 to $14.75.. ...Read Full Story