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Upton On Healthcare: Time To Move On

Congressman Fred Upton tells us it’s time to move on when it comes to healthcare reform. That’s following the U.S. Senate’s failure last week to approve legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Upton doesn’t think the chamber has the votes to get anything done, and is now working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on a slightly different priority.. ...Read Full Story

State Mental Health Task Force Begins Meeting

A new mental health task force of the Michigan House has held its first meeting. The body gathered in Howell on Monday to hear from doctors, law enforcement, and other organizations who could weigh in on how the state might have better policies to serve those who struggle with mental illness. State Representative Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs is on the panel, and tells us there are information sharing problems when it comes to the Michigan Department of Corrections.. ...Read Full Story

Worker’s Error Sends 10,000 Gallons Of Sludge Into River

A South Bend official says a wastewater treatment plant worker’s mistake resulted in at least 10,000 gallons of partially treated sludge into the St. Joseph River earlier this month. City Utilities Director Al Greek says the error caused a sludge holding tank to overflow on July 22, spilling an estimated 1 million gallons inside the plant boundaries. Employees were able to clean up all but the 10,000 gallons before it spilled into the river. Greek says heavy rains that night and an ongoing $13 million construction project at the plant contributed to the spill. But he says it’s an accident that shouldn’t have happened and was caused by operator error. State environmental regulators are working with the city to prevent other spills at the wastewater treatment plant.. ...Read Full Story

EPA Details Plan Meant To Clean Up Kalamazoo River

(Otsego, MI – AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to remove a dam and create a channel along 2 miles of Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in an attempt to clean the river and make its fish safe to eat. MLive reports that about 50 people attended a meeting in Otsego last week to hear the agency’s plans and to provide feedback. The EPA says the project could cost more than $46.5 million, including $12.5 million to remove the Otsego City Dam.. ...Read Full Story

Governor On Trade Mission To China

Governor Snyder begins his week in China. The Governor plans to meet with government leaders, business executives and educational leaders on the nine-day mission that includes stops in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Hangzhou. At the same time, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is leading ten Michigan companies to China to meet with possible business partners in hopes of increasing export opportunities. The governor’s office says over the past seven years, the state has received $1.1 billion in new business investment from China.. ...Read Full Story

MI Safety Officials Taking Extra Precautions Following Ohio State Fair Death

The death of an 18-year-old man due to a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair this week has promoted Michigan safety officials to take a look at rides in their own state. Seven people were injured, two critically, on the Fire Ball ride. Licensing director for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA, Michael Beamish told Michigan News Network this incident with the “aggressive thrill ride” could lead to stricter regulations nationwide, but he feels they’re doing a good job in Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Buchanan Superintendent Prepares For Retirement

Buchanan Community Schools Superintendent Andrea van der Laan is retiring at the end of August. She’s been with the district for seven years now, and tells WSJM News when she first came to town from Wyoming, Michigan, her first task was to campaign for a $30 million bond. Since then, the district has undergone a physical transformation.. ...Read Full Story

Public Input Sought On Bridgman Master Plan

Bridgman residents are being invited to come out to a meeting set for Monday on the community’s next master plan. A master plan is a document that guides development in a community for several years down the line. Assisting Bridgman is forming the next plan is the Land Information Access Association, which runs a program focused on resiliency. Spokesperson Matt Cowall tells WSJM News they want to get citizens involved and hear their input.. ...Read Full Story