SW Michigan

7:01 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Benton Township considers tax assessment to pay for police protection

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Retailers have been paying less in taxes because of successful appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal
BENTON TOWNSHIP - Facing declining tax revenue from its major retailers, Benton Township is considering a tax assessment on commercial properties so it can continue police patrols that target the business district, the retail hub of Berrien County.
6:14 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Kalamazoo County Board approves settlement over death of inmate

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Estate of woman who died in 2011 in withdrawal from heroin to receive $1.75-million
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve two settlements stemming from recent lawsuits, one of which totaled $1.75 million. The $1.75 million settlement resolve a wrongful death dispute with the estate of Andrea Suzanne Armstead, who died at the Kalamazoo County Jail on Nov.
6:03 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Battle Creek City Commission approves anti-discrimination ordinance, raise for city manager

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One commissioner votes against ordinance providing protection against discrimination for lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender people
Despite a handful of residents who spoke out in opposition, Battle Creek City Commissioners voted 6-3 to grant City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama a 2 percent raise Tuesday night. The move increases Tsuchiyama's annual salary to $124,950 from $122,500. Vice Mayor Elizabeth Fulton and commissioners Jeff Domenico and Dave Walters cast the dissenting votes.
9:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Study finds blacks targeted for traffic stops by Kalamazoo Public Safety

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Results of study released during Tuesday's Kalamazoo City Commission meeting
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Black motorists are more than two times as likely to be stopped by police in the city of Kalamazoo than a white person behind the wheel.
5:14 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Amash to hold Syria discussion Wed. in Battle Creek

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U.S. Representative Justin Amash is against a military strike against Syria and questions the constitutionality of President Obama’s actions.
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, will speak with locals this week to hear their opinions on a possible U.S. military strike against Syria. The congressman said he will host an event at the Main Street Beanery at 113 W. Michigan Avenue in Marshall at 10 a.m.

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