SW Michigan

5:42 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Legislation could increase campaign donor limits

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The legislation would allow individuals and political action committees to give twice as much as the current limit.
LANSING - A Senate panel is considering a bill that would double the limits on campaign contributions for state and local candidates in Michigan, but require more frequent public reporting. Senate Bill 661, which could be taken up today by the Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections, would allow a person to donate up to $6,800 to a candidate for statewide office, up from $3,400 currently.
5:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Illegal turtle market leads to Salmonella outbreaks

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It’s illegal to sell or give away turtles with shells less than four inches long unless they’re being used for education or research. Though the outbreaks appear to be over, the state wants to remind Michiganders of the law.
LANSING - State officials are reminding Michiganders that it's illegal to sell small turtles for pets in light of cases of Salmonella in people who have been in contact with the reptiles. Five Michigan cases, mostly in children, have been linked to three multi-state Salmonella infection outbreaks in the last 18 months, according to the Michigan Departments of Community Health and Agriculture and Rural Development.
2:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Baldwin won't seek another term as Battle Creek mayor

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Baldwin won second most votes among at-large candidates Tuesday
Susan Baldwin, who has served on the city commission for a decade and led the board for the past four years, won't seek another term as mayor. The 59-year-old told the Enquirer Wednesday that she has "enjoyed every minute as mayor" but wanted more flexibility as a commissioner to spend time with her family.
12:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Portage City Council has to pick a new member

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Elizabeth Campbell stepped down in August. She has since been charged with embezzling money from the Portage Rotary Club
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - As the city of Portage winds down its 50th anniversary celebration, the newly elected leadership begins deciding who will be the seventh member of the Portage City Council. With Claudette Reid and Terry Urban re-elected Tuesday to new four-year terms and former Councilman Nasim Ansari returning, the three City Council members along with re-elected Mayor Pete Strazdas will be sworn in Nov. 19
12:40 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Kalamazoo Communities in Schools launches capital campaign

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Non-profit launching campaign to maintain service. Officials also hope to expand after-school programs and add tutors
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo is launching a campaign to raise at least $4.5 million to help more Kalamazoo students graduate on time. On Wednesday, the nonprofit opened the public phase of its three-year capital campaign. So far, CIS has raised more than $2.1 million toward the total needed to pay for three years of operating expenses.

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