SW Michigan

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.
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10:20 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State Rep. Margaret O'Brien announces campaign for state Senate

Margaret O'Brien - official House photo
Credit Michigan House website

Republican State Representative Margaret O'Brien will run for state Senate in a new district that will be made up of Kalamazoo County. 

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7:01 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Benton Township Board approves tax in commercial district for police patrols

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Tax will generate $194,000 next year to pay for patrols targeting the area
BENTON TOWNSHIP - Benton Township trustees on Tuesday enacted a tax assessment on its commercial district for a police patrol, despite protests from property owners and the threat of a lawsuit.
6:43 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Battle Creek firefighters sue for back pay

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Lawsuit follows Labor Department investigation
Unhappy with a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor on unpaid overtime, Battle Creek firefighters are suing the city. A suit was filed Tuesday in United States District Court in Grand Rapids on behalf of 57 firefighters and eight former firefighters, seeking about $1 million from the city, according to attorney Ann Oldfather of Louisville, Ky.
9:11 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Michigan Budget Director says shutdown costing $18-million a day

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Federal funding comprises 40% of state's total budget
LANSING -- The shutdown of the federal government will cost the state of Michigan $18 million a day, the state's budget director said Tuesday afternoon. Director John Nixon held a news conference to discuss the impact of the federal shutdown on the state Tuesday following a conference call between budget officials from all 50 states and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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