SW Michigan

9:36 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kalamazoo budget discussions highlight effect of early retirements

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Early Retirement Incentive was offered to help reduce city's budget deficit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
City Manager Jim Ritsema's proposed 2014 budget includes reductions that would patch a $2.9 milllion deficit in the proposed $143 million budget, including a net decline of 10 citywide positions, mostly through not filling vacancies, and increases in recreation fees, sewer and water fees and inspection fees.
7:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Michigan House approves bill allowing for medical marijuana dispensaries, edible pot

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Local communities could prohibit the "provisioning centers"
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan House on Thursday advanced legislation to update the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law by allowing for dispensaries and a variety of edible products. Medical marijuana storefronts had operated in several Michigan communities until a February ruling by the state Supreme Court empowered county prosecutors to shut them down as a "public nuisance."
1:03 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bill doubling campaign contribution limits on way to governor

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New limits would increase every four years based on inflation
LANSING, MI -- Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to controversial legislation that would allow larger political campaign contributions ahead of 2014 elections and beyond. The state's Republican-led Senate on Thursday signed off on House changes to a bill designed to double the maximum amounts that an individual or independent political action committee can donate to a candidate in any given election cycle.
12:10 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

School safety records unclear and unreliable in Michigan

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Michigan Department of Education has pulled records from website until reporting is improved
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: The Center for Michigan
Either the kids of Caro High School have a drinking problem, or the adults have a data problem. According to Michigan's official school safety data, the school of about 600 students in Michigan's thumb recorded 4,815 cases of alcohol possession in the 2011-12 school year.
12:06 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Land purchase for Kalamazoo airport expansion could be approved next week

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90% of cost will be covered by a federal grant, another 5% from state funding
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Four months after the plan was first presented to Kalamazoo County commissioners, the board is expected to approve a 68.7 acre expansion to the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airport Tuesday with the assistance of $1.16 million in federal funds.

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