SW Michigan

12:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Michigan looks to expand education for inmates

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Goal is to reduce recidivism, make inmates more employable after parole
New Haven - Quantrez Sawyer was a security officer in Detroit three years ago, but he wasn't earning enough to live outside his mother's house and support his three children. So he robbed a suburban McDonald's and is now serving a five-year sentence at the Macomb Correctional Facility.
Albion Schools
11:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Battle Creek Enquirer: Albion, Marshall hope for state aid to help transition

Albion High School
Credit Albion Public Schools

The decision to close Albion High School last week means big changes for that district and neighboring Marshall schools where most of the high school students will likely end up.

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7:26 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Analysis shows Michigan state employee salaries outpace peers in other states

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State and union officials say competitive salaries are important to recruit quality state workers
In a state lush with trees, Michigan foresters make a lot of green. Here, state-employed foresters earn an average $58,401. In Minnesota, they earn $34,264. Likewise, state-employed transportation engineers in Michigan earn more than in most other states. In Michigan, they make an average wage of $66,252; in neighboring Ohio, it's $46,821.
7:17 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Calhoun and Jackson Counties still working on partnership for roads

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The counties could vote on a formal contract for the partnership in June
Calhoun County has moved forward with forming a partnership with Jackson County officials to manage roads - but residents will have to sit tight until they see any of the benefits. "A lot of it will be behind the scenes," said Bob Griffis, the Calhoun County Road Department's interim managing director who still also works as director of operations at the Jackson County Department of Transportation.
6:22 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Fruit farmers looking to rebound from last year

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Cold weather earlier this month killed some buds, but farmer still hope for good harvest after severe losses last year
Michigan farmers are in the fight of their lives. They're aggressively preparing their orchards for a robust harvest, lobbying lawmakers to pass policies that will help protect them - and some are diversifying their revenue streams with related businesses that attract tourists, such as cider mills and wineries, to help insulate them from the hard times.