SW Michigan

2:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Michigan Medicaid expansion won't take effect until spring

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Senate approved bill last week, but without enough votes for "immediate effect"
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Senate on Tuesday failed to reconsider Gov. Rick Snyder's preferred timeline for implementation of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare." The decision could cost Michigan up to $7 million a day in federal funding that will be available beginning January 1, Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman said last week.
6:41 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Berrien County school district no longer offers classes, but still in dispute with state

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Case centers on student counts for Galien School District
The Galien school district's court battle with the Michigan Department of Education isn't over. The MDE has appealed a late July court ruling in Galien's favor to the Michigan Court of Appeals, said Kevin Ivers, superintendent of the Berrien County Regional Education Service Agency.
9:32 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Michigan behind other Great Lakes states in recycling programs

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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says Michigan recycles about 20% of municipal solid waste, about 10 percentage points less than other Great Lakes states
LaDonna Woodlaw doesn't do much recycling. That's not to say she wouldn't. Woodlaw lives off Evergreen in Detroit, a section of the city that, like most, doesn't have curbside, throw-it-all-together recycling. If she remembers, she'll take a bag of recyclables when visiting her sister's house in Ecorse, which has curbside recycling, she said.
9:22 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Pension obligations for Battle Creek and Calhoun County not fully funded, but not as dire as Detroit's

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Calhoun County Administrator says recovery continues from 2008 stock market crash
Employee pension plans in Battle Creek and Calhoun County, like Detroit, aren't fully funded, but officials say they're confident the two governments aren't not facing pension-funding debacle crippling the Motor City. "We have the same scenario that everyone does with the stock market," said Calhoun County Administrator Kelli Scott.
5:52 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Departing KSO Executive Director says Kalamazoo is "awesome" calls Cleveland Orchestra "dream job"

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Jennifer Barlament came to KSO in 2009. She will become General Manager of Cleveland Orchestra
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Jennifer Barlament is going from the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to one of the "Big Five." During an interview shortly after the executive director of the KSO announced she'd accepted the general manager position at the Cleveland Orchestra, Barlament praised the community and the KSO staff for putting her in position to make such a substantial career leap.