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State Grants For Ailing Communities Now Available

From the Associated Press — The state of Michigan says it’s accepting grant applications from local governments with rough finances.
The grants are designed to help cities, villages or townships. Communities experiencing at least one condition of probable financial distress can apply for up to $2 million. The Treasury Department says grants can be used to pay for projects or services that move a community toward financial stability. About $5.4 million is available. Applications must be submitted by October 20. School districts aren’t eligible.. ...Read Full Story

Gas Prices Rise, As Expected, Post-Harvey

Gas prices are up as expected in the area, with most stations in St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and South Haven around $2.65 or so a gallon. It’s all due to Hurricane Harvey and refineries in the Gulf being shut down. GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan says the uptick should be somewhat short-lived.. ...Read Full Story

Kellogg’s Company Proposing Battle Creek Layoffs

Job cuts are coming to a southern Michigan food giant. Kellogg Company is proposing changes in Battle Creek that will eliminate over 220 full-time and salaried jobs. The plan is to idle two existing lines at the plant, cease warehouse operations and transition distribution to a direct-ship model similar to the system adopted by other Kellogg facilities across the country. Layoffs are not finalized at this stage. Kellogg will discuss the plan with the union in a process they say will take about two months. If the cereal-maker follows through, changes would first be seen in early 2018 and completed by the end of the year. Kellogg said it would cut 250 jobs at the company headquarters and close 39 distribution centers earlier this year.. ...Read Full Story

AG To Gas Stations: Don’t Even Think About Price Gouging

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has issued a warning to state gas stations not to gouge or take advantage of customers following refinery closures in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This outage could potentially affect other states, including Michigan, and Schuette has made it clear to gas station owners that taking advantage of this type of disaster would not be tolerated. The nation’s largest refinery in Texas is currently shut down due to Harvey. GasBuddy.com puts the statewide average at $2.61 a gallon, up a dime from last week and the ninth-highest average in the country.. ...Read Full Story

Federal Grant To Protect Lake Superior

From the Associated Press — An Upper Peninsula nonprofit group has received a federal grant for a “green infrastructure” project intended to protect Lake Superior waters near Marquette. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the $288,500 grant to the Superior
Watershed Partnership. The project will relocate an open-channel drain in Marquette that discharges storm water across a public beach and into the lake. The drain’s outfall will be moved to an adjacent wetland. Watershed partnership senior planner Geraldine Grant says in addition to reducing runoff into the lake, the adjustment will provide a consistent water source for the 12-acre wetland. It filters pollutants and provides important wildlife habitat. City officials say the project will improve nearshore Lake Superior water quality and help Marquette deal with intense storms and changing water levels as the climate gets warmer.. ...Read Full Story

Nina And Pinta Now In South Haven

The Nina and the Pinta are now docked at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. At least, replicas are. WSJM News caught up with Kat, a crew member. She sailed into South Haven from Muskegon Wednesday and told us a bit about the vessels. For example, aboard the Nina, Kat told us the replicas are almost the size of the real ships Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492.. ...Read Full Story