City hall, county government and the state legislature


State proceeds with rules limiting chemicals in water

October 14, 2019
| By AP
LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration is proceeding with plans to set what may be some of the country's strictest and most far-reaching limits on "forever chemicals" in drinking water. Read More

Southtown plan goes public

The proposal has four main goals to improve commercial core and public spaces.

October 11, 2019
A draft of the Southtown Business Area Specific Plan is out for review and public comment until early November. Read More

Residents look to form watershed council

Concerns include erosion, runoff and water quality issues within Crockery Creek Watershed.

October 11, 2019
Chester Township resident Callie Melton started building support for a watershed council after what she called “old-school farming practices” and climate change caused heavy soil erosion that impacted her backyard last year. Read More

Grand Rapids sets rules for recreational marijuana facilities

Six-month window allows city time to finalize application and establish fees for licenses.

October 11, 2019
Grand Rapids has met the state-imposed deadline for establishing recreational marijuana ordinances. Read More

City eyes options as land bank winds down

Working with the State Land Bank Authority is one alternative.

October 11, 2019
The Grand Rapids City Commission last week gave context on a resolution to authorize a contract between the city and the State Land Bank Authority for its services. Read More

Switch, school districts at odds over taxes

Data center claims error on state’s part; school superintendents and other lawmakers say there should be no exemption.

October 11, 2019
A tax battle may force some school districts to refund more than $600,000. Read More

Judge strikes down changes to ballot drive law

October 10, 2019
LANSING — A judge recently struck down key changes to Michigan's ballot drive law, ruling that a geographic limit on petition gathering unconstitutionally makes it harder to qualify proposals for a public vote. Read More

Politician sentenced in theft of campaign signs

October 9, 2019
| By AP
BLOOMFIELD HILLS — An elected official has been sentenced to community service after a school board candidate's campaign signs were removed from yards. Read More

State names West Michiganders as 'top 25' Latinxs

October 8, 2019
A governor-appointed commission has named nine West Michiganders among the Top 25 Latinxs in Michigan. Read More

Private prison to house non-US citizens

October 8, 2019
| By AP
BALDWIN — A prison company in northern Michigan said it can begin to house non-U.S. citizens convicted of federal crimes. Read More