SW Michigan

12:56 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder moves top aide onto state payroll

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Rich Baird had been paid out of private, non-profit NERD fund
LANSING, MI -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has added "transformation manager" Rich Baird to the state payroll, ending an unusual arrangement that had raised eyebrows. Baird, who has worked as a top aide to Snyder since he took office in 2011, was previously paid through private contributions to the nonprofit New Energy To Reinvent and Diversify Fund.
12:47 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Demand high for scholarship in Battle Creek, raising questions about funding

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Officials say there is some "fiscal concern" about Legacy Scholarship
If every student eligible for the city's celebrated Legacy Scholarship had taken advantage in the program's first year, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation endowment that funds the scholarship could've been about $1 million short of fulfilling its promise.
12:37 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Alamo Township supervisor faces possible recall

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Lou Conti denies allegations of lewd conduct, has retained attorney to pursue lawsuit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
ALAMO TOWNSHIP, MI - Alamo Township Supervisor Lou Conti faces a possible recall after a resident claimed he exhibited lewd conduct toward her after a township board meeting, a claim Conti denies. Conti said he has retained an attorney to pursue a lawsuit against his accuser.
8:28 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Bills would allow more officials to carry concealed guns in weapon-free zones

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House Committee could vote on bills early next week
State corrections officers, prosecuting attorneys and certain federal law enforcement officers could be added to the list of people who are allowed to carry concealed guns in the state's weapons-free zones. The changes are part of a package of bills up being considered by lawmakers in the state House.
8:18 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Stryker earnings down because of recalls and acquisitions

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Company reports net earnings of $103-million on sales of $2.15-billion
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Costs related to product recalls and the acquisition of other operations weighed down third quarter earnings for Stryker Corp. But sales and earnings from ongoing operations were solid, the Kalamazoo-based company reported.

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