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2:10 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

State Senate fails to vote on Medicaid expansion

Michigan Capitol Building
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The State Senate adjourned Wednesday without voting on an expansion of Medicaid. Minority Democrats tried to force a vote on the issue but failed.

The Gongwer News Service says only one Republican sided with Democrats in their attempt to get the bill out of committee. The proposal would add 470,000 Michigan residents to the list of those eligible for health coverage under Medicaid.

The State House has approved the idea but it remains stalled in the upper chamber despite strong pressure by Governor Rick Snyder.

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8:15 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Audit spells out financial trouble for Benton Township

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Report says large spending cuts will be necessary because of loss of personal property tax revenue
BENTON TOWNSHIP - A financial audit of Benton Township for 2012 echoes the warnings trustees have been hearing for months from their own number crunchers.
7:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Snyder signs bills paving the way for closing two school districts

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Governor says future of Buena Vista and Inskter Schools will be decided in "days, not months"
LANSING - The Buena Vista and Inkster school districts are preparing for the worst - closing before the school year even begins. The districts' demises have been years in the making as the number of students and finances in the two cities have been on a steady decline.
7:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Battle Creek tearing down Ashley Dairy Building

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City exploring options for site with Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center
After years of serving as storage space for the city, the Ashley Dairy building in Battle Creek is being torn down.
7:24 am
Wed July 3, 2013

South Haven beaches will soon have flag system

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System to warn swimmers part of settlement with family of 2009 drowning victim
SOUTH HAVEN - A flag system to warn beach-goers about hazardous Lake Michigan water conditions is being installed at South Haven's seven beaches.

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