SW Michigan

11:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Saint Joseph picks new city manager

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Former city manager for Traverse City replaces Frank Walsh who is now top administrator in Meridian Township
The St. Joseph City Commission announced this morning that Richard Lewis, 58, is the Commission's choice to become the new city manager.
7:25 am
Thu May 16, 2013

West Michigan tea party group says it was targeted by IRS

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President of Ottawa County Patriots will be part of press conference Thursday in Washington D.C.
Washington - A west Michigan tea party group said it believes its 21-month wait to receive Internal Revenue Service approval for nonprofit status is a result of the agency's admitted targeting of conservative groups. Jim Chiodo, president of the Ottawa County Patriots, said his group has been waiting since 2011 to win approval of 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.
6:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Economists say Michigan's job and tax revenues improve

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Governor Snyder wants one-time infusion of revenue to go into state's rainy day fund or to pay for road and bridge repairs
Lansing - Michigan is forecast to reach a pre-recession jobless rate of 6.9 percent in three years, while the state is reaping a multimillion-dollar tax windfall from investors who sold off stock last year in anticipation of higher tax rates.
6:26 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Springfield weighs large tax increase or eliminating police department

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Police services could be contracted out to the city of Battle Creek or Calhoun County Sheriff Department
The city council will decide within a month whether Springfield will close its police department or lay a hefty tax increase on residents. More than 75 residents filled the council chambers Wednesday to hear City Manager Frank Peterson explain why the city is running out of money to pay for public safety and then to make their own comments about the future.
9:26 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Michigan unemployment rate down slightly in April

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Total employment grew by 19,000 while unemployment dropped by 5,000
LANSING, MI - Michigan's unemployment rate edged down to 8.4 percent in April from 8.5 percent in March. The national unemployment rate also ticked down, from 7.6 percent in March to of 7.5 percent in April. The slight decrease continues a trend of declining or stagnant monthly jobless rates for the last several months in Michigan.