SW Michigan

6:19 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

High child abuse, neglect rates in Michigan

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Child abuse and neglect in Michigan is more than 50 percent higher than the national average.
The number of abused and neglected Michigan children rose in recent years, during a period when state spending on abuse and neglect prevention plummeted. The state's rate of abuse and neglect, below the national average as recently as 2006, is now more than 50 percent higher than the national rate.
6:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Texas Township company to layoff more than 100

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IndyMac Mortgage handles mortgages for a bank called OneWest out of California.
TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There's grim news out of Kalamazoo County, where Newschannel 3 has learned a company is planning to shed dozens of employees. It's happening at IndyMac Mortgage Services, which has an office outside Kalamazoo in Texas Township. IndyMac is the mortgage management division for OneWest, a bank headquartered in Pasadena, Calif.
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3:44 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Utility surcharge to help low-income heat bills

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The state Senate finally passed a bill approving a fifty million dollar fund to help those residents with heat bills through a $1 surcharge.
A $50 million fund to help low-income Michiganders keep their heat on in the winter received final passage in the state Senate Thursday. By a vote of 34-4, the Senate concurred in changes made to the bill in the House of Representatives last week. The bill now moves to Gov.
12:31 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Cargill to buy NorthStar Grain in Decatur

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Current NorthStar employees will likely work for Cargill. Some Cargill employees will likely move to Decatur
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
DECATUR, MI - Cargill is buying the grain storage and crop inputs assets of Northstar Grain LLC and associated properties in Decatur, according to a news release from the company. Cargill plans to invest about $3 million in upgrades to the facility -- completing the construction of a 500,000 bushel storage bin and increasing the capability to ship 75-car unit trains.
10:09 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Kalamazoo Downtown Development Authority will put off parking improvements, other plans, because of funding

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DDA anticipating about $196,000 less in revenue for 2013
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The DDA is projected to have a shortfall in three areas of its tax-increment financing budget: about $94,000 in property value adjustments, about $51,000 from changing the way it calculates TIF captures and $51,000 it anticipates in paying out to businesses that filed for a Michigan Tax Tribunal appeal.

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