SW Michigan

9:51 am
Wed August 21, 2013

State Capitol renovations almost complete

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The work that includes roof repairs as well as new carpets and wiring cost about $1.3 million.
Michigan Capitol renovations to wrap up this week Crews are finishing up work this week on the 134-year-old Michigan Capitol after spending most of the summer on the largest renovations in 20 years. A link to this page will be included in your message.
6:49 am
Wed August 21, 2013

BC commissioners to vote on anti-discrimination ordinance

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Commissioners say they will vote on the ordinance September 3rd. Among other things it would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Lynette Rich spoke with certainty and strength until the end, when she said young people in Battle Creek who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender need protections. "And they need our support," she said, her voice cracking as she gestured toward ordinance supporters in the crowd. "My friends."
9:30 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

State Rep. Sean McCann explores Senate campaign

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Republican Tanya Schuitmaker of Lawton who holds the 20th District now is expected to run in a different district in 2014.
KALAMAZOO, MI - State Representative Sean McCann has announced he has formed a committee to gauge interest he would have for a potential run for the state Senate seat in the 20th district. According to documents filed with the state, McCann formed the committee "Sean McCann for State Senate" on July 22, but he says he hasn't made any final decisions about the 2014 election.
3:44 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Color-coded school ratings paint Michigan yellow

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The color code has five colors: green is the best while red is the worst. The majority of schools are falling into yellow which, according to officials at the Michigan Department of Education, means those schools need to be cautious. One of the only schools in Southwest Michigan to receive a ‘green’ was Greenwood Elementary in Kalamazoo.
A new accountability system being launched today for Michigan schools shows many have a long way to go to meet ambitious goals set by the state - with most schools and districts earning a mark that indicates they're in need of improvement. Few schools earned the best rating.
3:41 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Detroit, Grand Rapids get funds to tear down abandoned buildings

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Five Michigan cities in all are going to split $100 million of federal money to get rid of blight.
DETROIT, MI - Detroit will get the lion's share of $100 million in federal funds to remove blight in Michigan cities. Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday morning Detroit will receive $52.3 million in federal money to fight blight. Four other Michigan cities will split $37.4 million to pay for projects to preserve property values and fight crime.

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