SW Michigan

6:12 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Rise in heroin overdoses in Kalamazoo County

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Law enforcement says high demand and high purity driving increase
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The high demand and the purity of the heroin hitting Kalamazoo's streets have led to a recent spike in the number of non-fatal and fatal overdoses, Kalamazoo Public Safety Capt. David Boysen said, and numbers from KDPS and a local ambulance service are indicative of the trend.
9:13 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Michigan breweries among those calling for tougher clean water rules

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Arcadia Brewing of Battle Creek is one of seven in state requesting stricter Clean Water Act standards
A fight is brewing as environmentalists press the Environmental Protection Agency to expand wetlands and waterway protections that many Michigan business groups contend would be costly and lack much benefit. At issue are long-delayed updates of the federal Clean Water Act environmentalists hope will broaden the EPA's reach.
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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