SW Michigan

7:06 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Common Core Senate hearing focuses on tests and state Board of Education

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House has passed resolution to move ahead with new education standards
LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Education does not have an exact cost for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, two state Senate committees heard Wednesday, but education officials are limited in what actions they can take under the budget provision blocking funding for the standards.
6:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Kalamazoo's next city manager prepares for transition

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Jim Ritsema anticipates some overlap with Ken Collard who retires early next year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
"I think people realize this was a great opportunity for me and were fully supportive," Ritsema said of the community reaction. "I'll miss Battle Creek and I know a lot of folks will miss me, but it's not like I'm going across the country. I'll be 20 miles away."
9:16 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Activists call for Kellogg to end venture with Singapore agribusiness corporation

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About a dozen people protest partnership with Wilmar over rainforest practices
Across the street from Kellogg Co. headquarters, protesters asked passersby to make a call. Many had phones to their own ears.
8:54 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

West Michigan company will appeal "Obamacare" ruling

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Autocam president had argued requirement to provide birth control violates Catholic faith
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Autocam Corp., which challenged "Obamacare" requirements that the company provide birth control and sterilization benefits to employees, filed notice on Wednesday, Oct. 2, that it would appeal after a federal judge tossed their lawsuit.
6:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

State fees go up for birth, death, marriage records and copies

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The standard fee to search for a record would increase by $8. Copies would rise from $29 to $42.
LANSING, MI -- Searching birth, death, marriage or divorce records and requesting copies is about to get more expensive in Michigan. The state Senate on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill expected to help the Department of Community Health generate $1.5 million a year in new revenue through increased vital records fees.