Little Leagues commemorate 70 years of baseball in Bay City
BAY CITY, MI – On the 70th anniversary of the start of Little League baseball in Bay City, Jill Stapish can’t help but think of the history surrounding Opening Day. Now Bay County’s four current leagues – Northwest, Southwest, Bay County Eastside and Essexville-Hampton – have the 70th season under way. Games are already taking place at all four leagues -- as well as for Bay County Little League softball, hosted by EHLL – as more than 1,000 ballplayers participate in the 2022 season. “Everybody is very happy and that makes me happy.”Elijah Washabaugh delivers the first pitch as Bay City Southwest Little League celebrates Opening Day of the 2022 season. RELATED READINGGreater Bay puts 1-2-3 exclamation point on state championshipFinal-pitch fastball clinches titanic win for Taylor North over Bay City SouthwestMore stories about Little League in Bay Countymlive.com
Southwest Michigan schools announce closures for Thursday, Feb. 3
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN -- As heavy snow and slippery roads slammed a large swath of Michigan, several Southwest Michigan school districts already are announcing closures for Thursday, Feb. 3. The districts to make the announcement so far include Kalamazoo Public Schools, Portage Public Schools, Gull Lake Community Schools, Schoolcraft Community Schools, Parchment Schools (high school students have distance learning), Galesburg-August Community Schools, Comstock Public Schools, Paw Paw Public Schools, South Haven Public Schools and Three Rivers Community Schools. For a complete list of closures, go here. According to National Weather Service spotter reports, some areas of Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties received 9-12 inches of snow throughout Wednesday. More from MLiveSecond round of heavy snow for southeast Michigan, map shows how much more in next 24 hoursGrand Haven financial advisor is latest Republican to join race for Michigan governormlive.com
Two undefeated showdowns headline Tuesday’s Kalamazoo-area prep hoops action
KALAMAZOO, MI – While high school athletics aren’t about wins and losses as much as camaraderie and sportsmanship, the atmosphere in a winning locker room after a big game is hard to beat. Seven weeks into the girls basketball season, most teams have felt the sting of defeat by now, but for four Southwest Michigan squads, winning was all they’ve known.mlive.com
Take a virtual look inside Grand Rapids Public Schools’ newest school
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Hundreds of excited students, parents and community members recently attended a ribbon cutting for Grand Rapids Public Schools’ new $20 million Southwest Middle/High School - Academia Bilingüe. Related: ‘Transformational’ housing, new school brings hope to Grand Rapids neighborhood“The school is not just a building,’’ said Southwest Elementary Principal Carlos de la Barrera. And we all have contributed to this amazing program.”Southwest Middle High is an expansion of Southwest Community Campus, a Spanish-English immersion theme school that was a PreK-8 program. Parents pushed for a neighborhood high school, so kids didn’t have to be bused miles away or attend a nearby district. “They said yes to the future of our young people in Grand Rapids Public Schools,” Roby said.mlive.com
AP FACT CHECK: Biden distorts bipartisan infrastructure deal
President Joe Biden overstated the expected employment gains Tuesday in making his pitch for a bipartisan infrastructure proposal that he said would create “millions” of new jobs. While Biden and congressional Democrats are aiming to pass the remainder of the president's proposal in separate legislation, that is meeting Republican resistance and is far from certain.news.yahoo.com
Southwest heat wave intensifies, 40 million likely to see 100-degree temperatures
A punishing and long-enduring heat wave is intensifying in parts of the West and Southwest, with heat warnings and advisories in effect across seven states Wednesday. The heat will not relent until late in the weekend.Threat level: In the coming days, 40 million are likely to see temperatures reach or exceed 100 degrees.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Why it matters: The extreme heat is unusually intense for June, and is aggravating already dire droughtnews.yahoo.com
The nation's largest reservoir hits lowest level since 1930s amid worsening drought
Amid an intensifying drought, Lake Mead in Nevada, the nation's largest reservoir by volume, reached its lowest level since the 1930s late Wednesday.Why it matters: The record low is due to a combination of years of punishing drought that's worsening across the Southwest, as well as challenges in managing water resources for a burgeoning population. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe record-low reading, as well as expected subsnews.yahoo.com
New Mexico tribes sue US over federal clean water rule
The pueblos of Jemez and Laguna are the latest to raise concerns over inadequate protections for local water sources in the desert Southwest. Jemez Pueblo covers mountainous and desert regions in northern New Mexico. The rule change, which took effect in June, narrowed the types of waterways that qualify for federal protection under the half-century-old Clean Water Act. New Mexico was among the states that went to court last May seeking to prevent the rule from taking effect. Jemez Pueblo depends on federal authority under the act to protect waters outside its jurisdiction.
Travel industry urges Biden to set health passport standards, plan to lift international travel bans
U.S. airlines and more than two dozen other industry groups on Monday urged the Biden administration to form a plan by May to lift international travel restrictions, including digital vaccine passport standards, after cross-border travel was devastated in the Covid pandemic. In the meantime, airlines and officials have been looking at ways to use digital vaccine or health passports to help spur travel and eventually replace travel restrictions. The European Union last week proposed a digital health certificate with a QR code that contains vaccine and Covid-19 test results. Delta Air Lines' CEO Ed Bastian last week told "NBC Nightly News" that he expects digital vaccine passports will be required for international travel. The White House declined to comment and pointed to a recommendation against travel that CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave Monday.cnbc.com
Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of US
And nearly all of the continental United States is looking at warmer than normal spring, except for tiny parts of the Pacific Northwest and southeast Alaska, which makes drought worse. “It’s definitely something we’re watching and very concerned about.”NOAA expects the spring drought to hit 74 million people. AdMore than 44% of the nation is in moderate or worse drought, and nearly 18% is in extreme or exceptional drought — all of it west of the Mississippi River. AdWinter and spring wheat crops also have been hit hard by the western drought with 78% of the spring wheat production area in drought conditions, Rippey said. That leaves more of the energy to heat up the air, and the heat makes the drought worse by boosting evaporation.
Nearly half the U.S. is in drought and conditions are expected to grow worse, NOAA says
Nearly half of the continental United States is in a moderate to exceptional drought, government forecasters said on Thursday, and conditions are expected to grow more severe and persistent over the next three months. It's the most significant spring drought to grip the country since 2013 and will affect about 74 million people, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said during a media briefing announcing their spring weather outlook. The worst hit area is the Southwest, which experienced a La Nina event and a failed 2020 summer monsoon that exacerbated conditions. Hotter-than-average temperatures this spring and low soil moisture will fuel and expand drought conditions in the southern and central Great Plains and southern Florida, forecasters said. In the northern Plains, drought conditions could grow worse depending on how much rainfall the area experiences.cnbc.com
Homeland Security secretary on surge in migration at Southwest U.S. border
Homeland Security secretary on surge in migration at Southwest U.S. border The U.S. is on pace to see more migrants at the Southwest border than at any time in the past 20 years - fueling what some are calling a humanitarian crisis. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss the surge, and the Biden administration's plans for handling it.cbsnews.com
Two travel stocks and one ETF could ride reopening wave as U.S. hits 70 million vaccine doses, strategists say
The S&P 500 may be coming off a losing week, but travel and leisure stocks have run hot. Bets on the reopening trade as the U.S. passed 70 million vaccine doses have ignited a fire under these stocks. "Lido Advisors has taken a position in their Lido recovery portfolio in Las Vegas Sands," Sanchez told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Friday. Craig Johnson, chief market technician at Piper Sandler, says one stock could be a way to get exposure across the entire travel industry. He now sees the stock heading back to its former highs set in 2018 — a target that implies 35% upside.cnbc.com
Ignoring pandemic, Americans installed record amounts of solar and wind energy
Massive blackouts in the Southwest this week have thrown renewable energy into the spotlight. The U.S. added a record amount of wind and solar energy last year even as the coronavirus was crippling the economy, according to figures released Thursday by BloombergNEF and Business Council for Sustainable Energy. Installations of wind and solar power soared 61% over the previous year, with 33.6 gigawatts added to the grid in 2020. The interest in clean power is broad, with about two-thirds of the companies that signed up for solar power last year consisting of small businesses, according to Abigail Hopper, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. While natural gas pollutes less than coal, it is a fossil fuel that drives global warming and contributes to other pollution.cbsnews.com
Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights
Delta, United and Alaska airlines said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 they will bar passengers flying to Washington from putting guns in checked bags. Delta Air Lines was the first to announce Thursday that it will prohibit checking guns to Washington-area airports and was soon followed by United, Alaska and American. American Airlines is bringing back a ban on serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area — flights go dry starting Saturday through next Thursday. Price also said that it is “a good idea” to prohibit passengers from putting guns in checked bags if they are flying to Washington. Federal law allows passengers to put guns in checked baggage if they are unloaded and in a locked, hard-sided case, although airlines have the discretion to ban guns.
United will allow passengers to avoid 737 Max flights
An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, on a flight from Miami to New York City, comes in for landing at LaGuardia Airport on March 11, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City. Boeing's stock dropped more than 12 percent at the open on(CNN) - United Airlines passengers fearful of boarding a Boeing 737 Max will be able to rebook flights for free once United starts flying the planes again. Nocella said it's probably too soon to tell what passenger reaction will be once the 737 Max returns to service. A spokesperson said that if a passenger does not want to fly the 737 Max, "we will offer them full flexibility." It's unclear when the 737 Max will return to the skies.
American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations through Dec. 3
A Boeing 737 MAX airplane is pictured on he tarmac with its signature winglet and fuel efficient engines outside the company's factory on March 11, 2019 in Renton, Washington. (CNN) - American Airlines announced Sunday it will extend cancellations of flights on the Boeing 737 Max through December 3. Announcing the cancellations so far in advance gives American Airlines time to assign new aircraft to 737 Max routes or rebook customers whose flights were canceled. United Airlines took a similar step Friday, canceling 90 daily flights due to the 737 Max until December 19. The 737 Max was grounded worldwide in March following two fatal crashes in less than six months.
United extends flight cancellations due to 737 Max
KOMO via CNN(CNN) - United Airlines has pushed back its flight cancellations due to the Boeing 737 Max grounding until December 19. United had previously canceled flights through November 3. The planes were grounded in March after an automatic safety feature on the 737 Max -- the company's best-selling plane -- was tied to fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Southwest, which has more 737 Max planes in its fleet than any other US airline, has canceled about 180 daily flights through January 5. American, the other US carrier with the 737 Max in its fleet, has thus far only canceled about 115 flights a day through November 2.
American is 1st US airline to drop route because of 737 Max grounding
Copyright 2019 CNN(CNN) - Getting from Dallas to Oakland just got a bit more difficult because of the Boeing 737 Max crisis. American, United and Southwest have canceled hundreds of daily flights following the worldwide grounding of the 737 Max in March after two fatal crashes. But American flew one daily route from Oakland to its home base at Dallas-Fort Worth and back. It is now apparent that the 737 Max will be grounded through at least late this year. Last week Southwest announced its canceled flights would be extended until at least October 1.
Delta has good quarter, unlike other airlines
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - US airlines had a rocky quarter, but Delta was the notable exception. Unlike American Airlines, United and Southwest, Delta Air Lines was not forced to cancel flights in the quarter due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max because the airline doesn't own that plane. Delta said that its total revenue grew between 8% and 8.5% for the quarter that ended Saturday. Profits should also hit the top end of its guidance since profit margins should be about 1% better than expected. Shares of American, United and Southwest were also narrowly higher on Delta's signal of a strong fare environment.
Precautionary boil water notice issued for Southwest Pressure District in Farmington Hills
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - A precautionary boil water notice is in effect for Farmington Hills in the area of the Southwest Pressure District. A loss of pressure has been identified as the reason for the boil water notice. Although no contamination has been detected, as a precaution, allwater customers in the affected area are advised to boil water used for drinking and cooking. The boil water noticewill be lifted once the laboratory confirms that the water is safe to drink. For more information on when the boil water alert will belifted call 248-858-1555.