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Articles for week of Friday, September 5,
-- Homeowners may have to pay four times more to dispose of
their septic waste if a bill aimed at protecting the state’s
water resources passes the Legislature this fall. The Department
of Environmental Quality wants permission to raise the permit
fees it charges septic waste haulers. By Alex Nixon. FOR GRAYLING,
CADILLAC, C&G, MARQUETTE, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
Cool temperatures, a sluggish economy, wartime nerves and high
gas prices have contributed to lower travel revenue so far this
year, but early indications after Labor Day weekend point to
a comeback. By Aileo Weinmann. FOR GRAND RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY,
PETOSKEY, MANISTEE, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
-- Voters won’t decide this November whether to extend
term limits for Michigan’s elected officials because the
Legislature won’t act in time to put the issue on the
ballot. By Gitte Laasby. FOR MIDLAND, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE,
LANSING & ALL POINTS.
-- The Legislature this Fall will again
confront a proposal to exempt employers’ health insurance
expenses from the Single Business Tax. An Oakland County lawmaker
is pushing the idea, the Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce
likes it and business, restaurant and manufacturers’ associations
are lobbying for it. By Shannon Houghton. FOR SOUTH BEND, C&G,
GRAND RAPIDS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.
-- With recent recall drives aimed at local officials in Southwest
Michigan and elsewhere in the state and a beleaguered California
governor fighting to keep his job, what would disgruntled voters
need to do to force a vote to recall Gov. Granholm? By Aleks
Tapinsh. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.
-- High schools across the state are experiencing delays in
getting their MEAP analysis, and that poses problems for teachers
and principals worried about their curricula and for some seniors
and recent grads. By Katherine Schaefer. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS,
SOUTH BEND & ALL POINTS.
-- More community colleges, including Northwestern Michigan
College and Kirtland Community College are building or upgrading
dorms to accommodate their growing student populations, but
Monroe Community College sees no need to follow that national
trend. By Carl Lindquist. FOR MONROE, GRAYLING, CADILLAC,
TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
-- Macomb Community College isn’t interested in following
a national trend among community colleges to build dorms. It
says the added cost of on-campus housing would offset the advantage
of low community college tuition. By Carl Lindquist. FOR ROMEO,
C&G & MACOMB.
-- A new book explores eerie tales of the Great Lakes, including
ghost ships, haunted lighthouses and the restless spirits of
headless soldiers. But even unhaunted shipwreck sites fascinate
the public, the head of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical
Society says. For news or features. By Eric Freedman. FOR HOLLAND,
LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, ALPENA, SOUTH BEND, MARQUETTE, MONROE,
PETOSKEY & ALL POINTS.
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