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10:46 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Michigan NOW: Auto marketing guru loves trains

White board at the Detroit transit forum
Credit Michigan NOW

Earlier this month, voters in Kalamazoo County renewed a millage for public transit service. But in southeastern Michigan, officials are still trying to pull a new regional transit system together.

They and others met recently at the University of Detroit Mercy where they heard from transit system managers around the country. They included Toby Barlow, an advocate for the auto industry who says his heart is still with trains and busses.

Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus reports.

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7:27 am
Thu May 30, 2013

New library planned for Saugatuck-Douglas

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Demand for services has prompted plans for new building
Since 1871, the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library has moved locations or changed buildings four times. Because of enormous growth in circulation and programming needs, the library is beginning plans to move again. A leadership team has been formed to help raise funds for a proposed new library building at Center Street and Harborview Drive in Douglas.
7:18 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Portage School officials expect decision on arbitration with former superintendent

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Ric Perry resigned earlier this year under protest after details of his affair with the district's human resources director became public
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- A decision is expected by the end of June on last week's arbitration hearin g involving the Portage Public Schools Board of Education and former Superintendent Ric Perry, school board president Bo Snyder said Wednesday. Snyder also said that the board will get an update on their search for a new superintendent at the June 3 meeting.
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.

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