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Deal reached in Enbridge oil spill


MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan and an energy company have filed a sweeping settlement related to a 2010 oil spill that spoiled miles of the Kalamazoo River.

Enbridge Energy has agreed to restore or create 300 acres of wetlands in the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan. The state says the $30 million project is among other projects worth millions more.

Some have been completed, such as a dam removal and improved access to boating and fishing on the river.

An Enbridge pipeline ruptured in 2010, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of oil and damaging the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek. Enbridge's costs related to the spill have been estimated at more than $1 billion. Regulators say any remaining oil is scarce.

The agreement was filed Tuesday in Calhoun County court.


Vine Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo receives State Grant

Vine Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo receives State Grant

Historic rehabilitation in Michigan gets $600,000 boost. Several nonprofits, serving historically designated neighborhoods throughout the state, will benefit from a collective $600,000 in grant funding to rehabilitate structures.

“Historic buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods are key to maintaining a sense of place in our communities,” MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said. “They create character in small towns and cities alike. These Michigan communities will benefit for many years from the hard work of the neighborhood organizations that are taking on these rehab projects with the help of the Heritage Restoration Program.”

This program, created by the legislature for fiscal year 2015 as a competitive grant program to assist with funding of restoration and preservation projects in historically designated neighborhoods. Organizations receiving the grants will contribute 40 percent of the project cost.

Kalamazoo woman wanted for 8 warrants


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding a wanted woman.

Faith Ann Thompson, 36, is wanted on eight warrants from four different agencies in southwestern Michigan. It is unclear what Thompson is wanted for.

Investigators believe she may be staying in the 1200 block of W. Paterson in Kalamazoo.

Anyone with information should call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff at (269) 383-8823 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.


Deputy hurt in crash while moving downed tree


COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people were hurt, including a Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputy, in a crash Monday morning. The crash happened at about 5 a.m. on North Riverview near B Avenue.

Investigators say a tree had fallen across the road and a deputy was responding to a vehicle that had crashed into it around 4 a.m.

The motorist's family and the deputy began working to move the tree from the road. Another vehicle heading southbound on North Riverview hit the tree, injuring the deputy and one of the assisting family members.

The deputy suffered a fractured ankle and was treated at the hospital. The other injured person was pinned under the vehicle and was taken to the hospital with injuries to the torso.

Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in either crash and both remain under investigation.


‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

News Release:

KALAMAZOO—First Day Shoe Fund is excited to announce the return of its "Brews & Shoes" event on Wednesday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arcadia Brewing Company, 701 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for First Day Shoe Fund’s mission, generate additional supporters and volunteers, and collect monetary and shoe donations in support of future work in the community.

Admission to the event is a minimum donation of $10 or a new pair of athletic shoes per person. Preferred shoe sizes are youth size 11 through adult size 10.

Event attendees will receive one drink ticket and light appetizers.

Each year, First Day Shoe Fund works to distribute a new pair of athletic shoes to children in Kalamazoo, Comstock, and WoodsEdge schools who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Ticket sales for the Erykah Badu performance at Miller Auditorium go on sale Wednesday, May 13, 2015 on line at www.millerauditorium.com or by phone at 269-387-2300/800-228-9858 or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. Group discounts are available at 269-387-2312.

Grammy Award-winning neo-soul musician, Erykah Badu will grace the Miller Auditorium stage for a one night only performance. Performance time is Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:30pm.

This artist is best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music. She is a soul singer and songwriter. Her first album, Baduizm, released on February 11, 1997, was certified triple platinum and spawned the singles “On & On,” “Next Lifetime” and “Other Side of the Game.”

Additional information on Erykah Badu can be obtained at her website, http://www.erykah-badu.com/.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.