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12:09 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Michigan Business Leaders Urge Ban on Gay Discrimination

Credit WMUK

A group of Michigan business leaders says the state should ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Gongwer News Service says Business Leaders for Michigan announced the proposal Thursday. It wants protections for gay and lesbian job seekers added to the state's Elliott- Larsen Civil Rights Act. It prohibits discrimination because of race, religion, gender, national origin, or disability. The group says extending protections for sexual orientation would help improve Michigan's business climate.

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11:41 am
Fri April 4, 2014

No Congressional Bid for Bernero

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But at least one other Democrat and two Republicans are considering runs for the House seat how held by Mike Rogers.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will remain in the Capital City and not run for the Congressional seat being vacated by Mike Rogers. Bernero posted on his Facebook page Thursday that he will not seek the higher office. "So much is broken about Washington that it is tempting for me to contemplate a future trying to fix it," Bernero wrote.
10:37 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Politico: Can the Promise Save Kalamazoo?

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"Kalamazoo had been a center for educational innovation for decades—and as such, a great place for an urban experiment that revolved around free college."
For weeks there were whispers. And then one night in November 2005, hundreds of parents, teachers, and students crammed into a big Art Deco recital hall south of downtown. Janice Brown, the superintendent of the Kalamazoo schools, had an announcement to make, and it was even more surprising than the rumors that preceded it: Kalamazoo, small, struggling...
8:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Albion Names a New Interim City Manager

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Kipp takes from former interim manager Kevin Markovich who retired last week.
Scott Kipp, the city of Albion's public safety chief, will also serve as interim city manager after city councilmembers appointed him to the position following Dan Bishop's termination. We speak with Kipp to hear how he plans to juggle both jobs and how he plans to steer the city in a more positive direction.
7:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Kalamazoo Area Roads Get Extra State Money

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The biggest share goes to Kalamazoo County while other grants will help the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage as well as seven villages.
KALAMAZOO, MI - After a winter that stretched the budgets of road agencies throughout the state, Kalamazoo County municipalities received $1.4 million as part of a $60.9 million state allocation distributed Thursday to Michigan counties, cities and villages.

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