SW Michigan

8:38 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

37 Indicted in West Michigan Marijuana Investigation

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Government says defendant planned to harvest $3-million worth of marijuana
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Thirty-seven people have been indicted as part of an alleged multi-county marijuana grow operation. The government says the defendants used the state's medical marijuana law as a cover for the alleged operation.
5:12 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Detroit Pension Board Approves Retirement Benefits Cuts

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The Retirement System approved the proposal unanimously, but the process isn't done yet.
A Detroit pension board could vote this afternoon on a deal that would cut pension checks for non-uniformed city workers and retirees by 4.5% and eliminate cost-of-living adjustment increases to retirement benefits. But even if trustees for the city's General Retirement System accept the deal today, the cuts still would have to be approved by the pension fund's nearly 18,000 individual retirees and workers.
12:36 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NPR's Morning Edition Examines the Kalamazoo Promise

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Interview is part of series on paying for college
Paying for college presents a tremendous hurdle to many families, from wading through paperwork and navigating financial aid to understanding the long-term implications of college debt. But what if the city you lived in footed the bill for college? That's what Kalamazoo, Mich., has been doing for almost a decade.
12:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Schauer Releases Plan to Fund Public Education

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Snyder campaign calls Schauer's release "a campaign brochure"
LANSING - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said Wednesday he would make education funding his top budget priority, but was short on specifics about how much extra he would spend on schools and where it would come from.
10:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Report Shows State Tax Revenue Up, Local Government Down Since 2009

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State revenue up due to increased income and sales tax collection. Local governments seeing less money from property taxes
Michigan community leaders expressed "outrage" this week on the heels of a new report showing that state tax revenue is on the rise even as local tax revenue is declining, pointing to a "broken system" they say has put the pinch on local governments and hampered their ability to provide services.

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