FREMONT, Neb. —A voter-approved ban on hiring and renting property to illegal immigrants was suspended Tuesday by the Fremont City Council, less than two days before it was set to take effect in the eastern Nebraska city.
Council members voted 8-0 to delay an ordinance that is being challenged by two federal lawsuits, saying the move will save the city money in its legal defense.
The council narrowly rejected the ban in 2008, prompting supporters to gather enough signatures for the ballot measure. Voters approved the ban last month and it was scheduled to take effect Thursday.
Crews work to contain Michigan oil spill
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. —Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish.
Authorities in Battle Creek and Emmett Township warned residents about the strong odor from the oil, which leaked Monday from a 30-inch pipeline built in 1969 that carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.
Crews waded in oily water as they worked to stop the oil's advance downstream. Oil-covered Canada geese walked along the banks of the Kalamazoo River, and photos showed dead fish floating in the spill. The Kalamazoo River flows into Lake Michigan, but officials didn't expect the oil to reach the lake.
"This is just a disaster," said Raymond Woodman, 33, of Emmett Township, who watched workers use a vacuum truck to suck oil from the water.