SW Michigan

6:21 am
Thu May 30, 2013

$15.1-billion dollar education budget approved

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Spending plan includes increase in school aid budget, but Democrats say it doesn't make up for previous transfer to higher education
Lansing - Lawmakers gave final approval to $15.1 billion in spending on K-12 schools, community colleges and public universities in the 2013-14 fiscal year but will wait until next week to adopt the rest of a new roughly $49 billion state budget. That won't quite meet lawmakers' self-imposed June 1 deadline
9:46 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Battle Creek firefighters to get back overtime pay

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Audit found city didn't properly pay overtime to some firefighters
Battle Creek will pay its firefighters a quarter million dollars in back pay after an audit of overtime by the Michigan Department of Labor. City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama said Wednesday city officials met last week with labor department investigators who have been reviewing pay records since October.
9:41 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Victim's family wants killer's body dug up and removed from Fort Custer National Cemetery

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Federal law prohibits burial at national cemetery for someone who has committed a federal or state capital crime
Just weeks after his daughter-in-law was brutally gunned down during a shooting spree, Frank Koehl learned that her killer, who had committed suicide, was buried with military honors. The remains of Michael LeShawn Anderson are resting beside other military veterans - many of them decorated heroes - at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich.
9:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commissioners consider deadlines in city manager search

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Ken Collard is set to retire in January. Commission is reopening search process
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The commission, during a special meeting Wednesday, decided to reopen its search for a city manager without the firm it has worked with since February. Commissioners voted unanimously to terminate a contract with California-based search consultant Bob Murray & Associates.
9:26 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

State Senator proposes ending Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage

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Michigan voters approved amendment to state Constitution in 2004 that bans same-sex marriage
MACKINAC ISLAND - A bill to remove Michigan's ban on same sex marriage was introduced in the state Senate Wednesday, although there's little chance it will get a hearing in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, introduced the bill after a recent poll showed that 57% of Michigan voters support same sex marriage.