SW Michigan

6:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Battle Creek increases salary ranges for top employees

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Action does not raise current salaries, but sets estimates for 52 non-union positions
Some of the city's highest-paid employees may see a 5 percent raise next fiscal year after Battle Creek commissioners approved adjustments to salary ranges Tuesday night. "We really want to make sure that salary ranges are competitive," City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama said during the City Commission meeting.
6:22 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Portage City Council picks new member by drawing name from hat

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Richard Ford's name drawn after council deadlocks on new member. Jim Pearson becomes mayor pro-tem
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Richard Ford is the newest member of the Portage City Council and will serve the next two years after his name was pulled out of a hat Tuesday night.
4:41 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Suspect in Portage stabbing shot by policeman

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According to Deputy Chief Dan Mills, police responded to a stabbing at the corner of Romence Road and Constitution Boulevard.
PORTAGE, MI -- A man armed with a knife was shot Tuesday by a Portage police officer, Portage officials said Tuesday. He was taken to a local hospital, and his condition is not known. The Portage Department of Public Safety called a press conference Tuesday afternoon to release details of the shooting.
3:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State conservatives form renewable energy forum

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The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum wants the state to put more funds into increasing energy efficiency and alternative energy sources in Michigan.
LANSING - Several Republican leaders have formed a conservative group aimed at promoting renewable energy in Michigan. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum will push the state to reduce its dependence on coal and increase investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. The announcement comes two days before Gov.
9:07 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Survey finds local government officials expect moderate impacts from "right to work" law

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Survey was conducted by Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan
LANSING - Michigan's local government officials expect the right-to-work law will have a fairly limited effect on their municipality's fiscal health, ability to attract and retain workers and businesses, and their relationship with unions, according to a new report.