SW Michigan

6:45 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Four year contract approved for Kalamazoo municipal workers

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Employees to get 1% wage increases, pay more for health care
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission has approved a contract with its municipal employees' union. City commissioners unanimously approved the four-year contract Monday evening after a short closed-door session. The contract starts Jan. 1, 2014 and ends Dec. 31, 2017.
6:20 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Deal proposed to fix flooding in Battle Creek, Emmet Township

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No special assessments planned to pay for work
A proposed agreement will allow work on the Big Marsh Drain project to correct flooding in the City of Battle Creek and Emmett Township without charging special assessments to property owners. If approved by the Battle Creek City Commission, Calhoun County Board of Commissioners and Emmett Township Board, work on the project could be finished in two years , said County Commissioner Derek King.
12:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy judge allows appeal of eligibility and pension rulings

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Judge Stephen Rhodes did not act on request o fast-track appeals
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes today allowed appeals of two of his critical rulings — finding Detroit eligible for bankruptcy and its pension systems subject to cuts to retirees — to proceed to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
11:58 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Motorcycle helmet use falls by 25% in Michigan

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Drop follows change in law allowing some to ride without a helmet
Helmet use by motorcycle riders has fallen by nearly a quarter after the state approved legislation allowing riders to go without them. A new survey finds 73 percent of motorcycle riders in Michigan wear helmets, down from 99.4 percent in 2006 when the last statewide observation survey was conducted, according to finds from the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group.
11:39 am
Mon December 16, 2013

First week of prison food switch brings mixed reviews

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Deal saves $12-million to $16-million a year, eliminates about 370 state jobs
LANSING - One week after the launch of one of state government's largest privatization moves in decades, prison officials said a contractor is doing a good job providing meals to Michigan's 45,000 prisoners, but union leaders said the transition has been a rocky one.