SW Michigan

7:07 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Battle Creek area schools cut teachers, but maintain experience

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Older, more experienced teachers were spared from reductions
Area schools cut a 10th of their teaching staff over the past six years but retained their most experienced and well-educated instructors. Last school year, the 26 area school districts employed a combined 2,385 teachers, according to recently released state data.
7:03 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Long-term liabilities grow at Michigan universities

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Building projects and retiree health care are major course of borrowing
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Debt and long-term liabilities have grown over the past decade at colleges and universities throughout Michigan. The increases occurred as universities borrowed to help finance new construction projects and liabilities, such as retirement health benefits, grew in cost.
6:55 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Report finds renewable energy cheaper than expected

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Michigan Public Service Commission report shows state on target to meet goals for producing renewable energy
As Michigan approaches a key deadline for the implementation of renewable energy across the state, a new draft report shows the utilities should have no problem complying with the mandates. The bonus: The cost of that renewable energy is cheaper than originally expected.
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2014 election
9:09 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Pscholka faces primary challenge over vote for Medicaid expansion

Al Pscholka - official photo
Credit Michigan House website

Retired nurse Cindy Duran plans to challenge State Representative Al Pscholka in the state House district that runs along Lake Michigan in Berrien County. 

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7:52 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Concerns raised over old dilapidated dams in Michigan

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Otsego and Trowbridge Dams on Kalamazoo River are considered "high-hazard" by Michigan Department of Natural Resources
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality oversees 88 potential high-hazard dams in the state - and all but six of them are approaching or past 50 years old, the average engineered lifespan for a dam.