SW Michigan

4:09 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

WMU will preserve core of East Hall, both wings will be demolished

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University has said preserving both wings would cost $10-million each
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Both wings of East Hall will be knocked down before the renovation of the historic building goes forward this spring, Western Michigan University announced Thursday. The core of the university's birthplace, which was built in 1905 atop Prospect Hill, will undergo a renovation and become an Alumni Center.
12:22 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Marijuana legalization advocates hope Michigan follows Colorado's lead

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Three bills related to cannabis are pending in Michigan Legislature
New Year's Day is a shining moment for those who've shouted Free the Weed in Colorado. And many in Michigan are voicing similarly upbeat sentiments about broadening the access to recreational as well as medical marijuana. Colorado kicks off legal sales of recreational marijuana Wednesday at state-licensed stores.
12:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Medicaid expansion, other new laws to take effect in 2014

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House Speaker Jase Bolger praises common-sense measures. Democratic Leader says last two weeks disappointing
Medicaid health coverage for the poor is scheduled to expand to 470,000 more Michiganians this year because of new laws passed last year that also resulted in hunters stalking wolves for the first time in 48 years and indigent criminal defendants being entitled to better representation.
6:48 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Economist sees positive job outlook for Southwest Michigan

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Brian Long sees slow growth for regional economy
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Economist Brian Long readily acknowledges the challenges in the Michigan job market, including the continuing decline in manufacturing and the skills gap between available jobs and those seeking work. But he also says the outlook for West Michigan for the next decade is "fairly positive."
6:08 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager wants loan from state to manage debt

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City Commissioners rejected first request in November
BENTON HARBOR - Monday's Benton Harbor City Commission meeting may have fireworks as Emergency Manager Tony Saunders II asks commissioners for a second time to approve a $2.3 million emergency loan from the state's Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board.

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