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Articles for week of Friday, February 6
With higher electric bills on the horizon, a Senate panel and
the Public Service Commission are examining ways to provide the
public with more alternatives in selecting power providers. A
senator from Warren says it’s important for the state to
plan ahead. By Ann-Marie Murphy. FOR MACOMB, C&G, GRAND RAPIDS,
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
A new law makes it a felony to accept payment for the final
disposal of a body without fulfilling the contract. Meanwhile,
other legislative changes may be in the works for Michigan’s
funeral and cemetery industry. By Arjun Kashyap. FOR LUDINGTON,
MANISTEE, GRAND RAPIDS & ALL POINTS.
-- It’s been more than a year since a Roseville senator
introduced a bill that would give public schools the option
of separating middle-school boys and girls in math and science
classes, but the proposal is dormant in committee. A Detroit
senator says it’s a good idea, although the Holland senator
who chairs the committee doesn’t plan to bring up the
measure up for debate. By Stephanie Korneffel. FOR MACOMB, C&G,
MICHIGAN CITIZEN, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
-- Potential extinction of the nickel-size
Karner blue butterfly, already on the endangered list, could
signal continuing damage to the oak savanna habitats of western
Michigan. By Kevin Hardy. FOR HOLLAND, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON,
MANISTEE, SOUTH BEND, MICHIGAN OUTDOOR, MONROE, GREENVILLE,
THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.
-- After 26 years at the Capitol, House Clerk Gary Randall,
the former state representative from Montcalm County, is a thread
of continuity in this era of term limits. By Alex Nixon. FOR
-- After 26 years at the Capitol, House Clerk Gary Randall, a
former GOP state representative, is a thread of continuity in
this era of term limits. By Alex Nixon. FOR LANSING & ALL
-- Monroe lawmaker Randy Richardville is leading the drive for
a lights-while-you-wipe law. The proposal, promoted as a highway
safety measure for bad weather, would require drivers to use
their headlights when their windshield wipers are on. By Gitte
Laasby. FOR MONROE & ALL POINTS.
-- Hillsdale County economic development
officials and Hillsdale Rep. Bruce Caswell call for more tax
incentives to keep industries and jobs in the state. By Alex
Nixon. FOR HILLSDALE.
-- Petoskey-based Scenic Michigan is backing Senate bills that
would increase fees and lighten regulations on billboards, but
the legislation is mired in disputes among business groups,
advertisers and tourism industries. Local tourism and business
associations are neutral. By Jamie Gumbrecht. FOR PETOSKEY,
TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL
-- Legislation to make schoolchildren healthier is languishing
in Senate and House committees. Bills sponsored by legislators
from Eastpointe, Marquette, Lansing and Burton to require supervised
exercise and to limit junk food and soft drinks haven’t
moved, and a Monroe County school superintendent who supports
kids’ fitness, doesn’t like the idea of imposing
new state mandates on schools. By Mike Weber. FOR C&G, MACOMB,
MARQUETTE, LANSING, MONROE & ALL POINTS.
-- MSU Extension in St. Joseph County
wrestles with state budget cuts as it tries to sustain its programs.
By Linda Stephan & Alex Nixon. FOR STURGIS & THREE RIVERS.