SW Michigan

7:35 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Battle Creek businessman remembered for service to community

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Jim Hazel passed away Sunday. He was 73
Jim Hazel knew just about everything - and everyone - in Battle Creek. "It always pleased me when I knew something he didn't," said his long-time friend Dave Eddy, laughing. "Because he was always on top of everything."
7:30 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

State officials report good year for camping

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Weather and improved economy may have boosted camping activity
While many have put their tents away and others are thinking about storing their RV's for the winter still others are taking advantage of Michigan's fall camping season. State officials say 2013 has been a good year for camping. State forest campground use was up from last year, and state park campers made a very strong showing.
2:50 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Michigan state treasurer resigns

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State treasurer Andy Dillon did not give a reason for why he’s leaving, but the Gongwer News Service says they expect an announcement later this afternoon. Dillon testified in the Detroit bankruptcy case deposition yesterday where he answered questions about his actions leading up to the bankruptcy filing.
A parent's ability to decline or delay vaccinations for their child based on philosophical reasons, as well as other unidentifiable reasons, ranks the state near the bottom of the barrel for children with immunizations, and in effect is why there are outbreaks of such preventable diseases, physicians told the Senate Health Policy Committee on Thursday.
WMU East Campus
12:09 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

WMU Alumni Association approves $1-million for new alumni center

WMU East Hall - file photo
Credit WMUK

The Board of Directors of Western Michigan University's Alumni Association has approved $1-million toward the cost of renovating East Hall into an alumni center. 

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7:25 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Michigan Municipal League plan would help cities fund infrastructure and services

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Local and state government leaders haven't been able to reach consensus on changing how revenue is collected
LANSING - An expanded sales tax, increased gas tax and forgivable student loans are among Michigan Municipal League's ideas for boosting the economy and fixing local finance problems. Local governments have for years slashed staff and struggled to fund basic services as state revenue sharing declined, property values plummeted and laws limited municipalities' ability to collect new tax revenue.