SW Michigan

6:57 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Senate Republicans move to send lawsuits against state out of Ingham County

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Ingham County Circuit Court has had jurisdiction over major lawsuits against state since 1970's
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a significant shakeup to the state's legal system that Democrats decried as a partisan ploy to protect problematic laws. Senate Bill 652, fast-tracked after introduction last week and approved in a party-line vote, would move major litigation against the state government out of the Ingham County Circuit Court, which has had jurisdiction over such cases since the 1970s.
6:53 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Ceresco Dam begins coming down

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Enbridge bought dam last year as part of clean up from 2010 oil spill
CERESCO - Workers cracked the top of the Ceresco Dam Wednesday, signaling the beginning of the end for the crossroads community's landmark. As half-dozen onlookers stood on the 12-Mile Road bridge just downriver of the dam about 9 a.m., large machinery pierced and dug out sections of concrete.
10:21 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Hopewell leads all Kalamazoo City Commission candidates in fund raising

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Records show incumbent commissioners have outspent challengers by 2-to-1 margin as of October 20th
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell is leading all Kalamazoo City Commission candidates in campaign fundraising for the Nov. 5 election, having raised $16,697 so far in his bid for re-election. Hopewell had $7,652.34 left as carryover from his last campaign, and has spent a total of $11,935.44 in this election cycle, according to pre-election campaign finance reports due at the Kalamazoo County Clerk's office Friday.
3:26 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

3rd Graders scoring low on reading could be held back

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If a state House bill passes, third graders who score low on the reading portion of the MEAP would have to repeat the third grade.
If the bill were in place this year, it would mean as many as 36,662 children would have to repeat the third-grade because they scored at the bottom two levels of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam in fall 2012. If it passes the Legislature, the mandate would take effect for the 2014-15 school year.
7:08 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Amash, Conyers again work to limit surveillance

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Current legislation believed to have better chance of passing
WASHINGTON - After narrowly losing an effort to rein in U.S. spying activities, two Michigan congressmen from opposite ends of the political spectrum are back as backers of a measure with an even better chance of passage.