SW Michigan

9:03 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

State Superintendent says countywide school systems could be answer to financially troubled districts

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Mike Flanagan says millions can be saved through consolidation, but skeptics want to see proof
With a record number of school districts sinking into a deficit and two districts possibly on their way to being dissolved, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is urging drastic action - including a plan to convert Michigan's nearly 550 districts, 56 intermediate districts and nearly 280 charter schools to countywide school districts.
2:13 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Ex-BC mayor becomes new Calhoun Circuit Court judge

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Kirkham will have to run for election in November 2014 to serve until 2016.
Brian Kirkham, a Battle Creek attorney and former mayor, has been appointed to the Calhoun County Circuit Court. Gov. Rick Snyder made the announcement this morning, according to Chief Circuit Judge James Kingsley. Kirkham will take the seat held by Judge Allen Garbrecht, who retired June 1.
SW Michigan
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.