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Unemployment edged downward

Michigans unemployment rate in October was the lowest in the state since January through March 2008. According to the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the jobless rate last month edged downward by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.1 percent. Total employment rose by 13,000 over the month while the number of unemployed fell by 8,000. The net impact ... Read More »

Attempt to halt electric rate increase

Legislation is now before Congress from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressmen Dan Benishek and Gary Peters to halt a massive electric rate increase in the Upper Peninsula. The three lawmakers are attempting to require additional oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow FERC to prevent the 100-million dollar rate increase. Customers in the U.P. would be forced to pay ... Read More »

Sturgis’ West South Street selected for rehab

West South Street, from South Centerville Road to east of the railroad tracks, was identified in Sturgis’ 10-year street-improvement program and has been selected for significant rehabilitation. City commissioners last week approved the task order with Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc. for preliminary design, final design and bidding services for $48,000. Construction for West South Street will be partially funded ... Read More »

There’s a cement shortage

Concrete

There’s a shortage of cement in parts of Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region. And it’s due in part at least to last year’s harsh winter. The Michigan Concrete Association tells the Detroit Free Press that because the Great Lakes nearly froze over completely last winter, the shipping season started later than usual. That, in turn delayed the shipping of cement ... Read More »

One reactor is back in service

One of the two reactors at the Cook Nuclear Plant in Berrien County is back in service. Indiana Michigan Power took both units off-line early Saturday morning due to rough conditions on Lake Michigan that sent more debris than normal into the three 16-foot intake tunnels from the lake into the plant. The excess resulted in some damage to the ... Read More »

Toll road plan approved

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a reorganization plan for the private operator of the Indiana Toll Road that should expedite the sale of the lease for the 157-mile highway.  The Munster Times reports U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Pamela Hollis in Chicago on Tuesday approved the plan that would put the 75-year lease out to bid.  Toll road operator ITR Concession ... Read More »