SW Michigan

9:03 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Eight Democrats removed from state House Committees as partisan feud escalates

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Battle Creek Representative Kate Segal removed from Health Policy Committee
LANSING, MI - Bickering in the Michigan House has led to some Democrats being removed from committee assignments. An email from the office of House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said eight Democrats will be removed from committees effective Wednesday.
12:58 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Part-time KVCC instructors file grievance

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Union officials say the college's proposal would mean "drastic reductions" in pay and hours.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The part-time instructors' union at Kalamazoo Valley Community College has filed an unfair labor charge against the institution with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the KVCC Federation of Teachers announced Monday. Beginning in the fall, part-time faculty would be limited to nine contact hours a semester, according to an email sent out to KVCC department chairs April 16.
SW Michigan
12:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State prison food may go private

Maximum security prison in Jackson
Credit AP Photo

State corrections officials have reversed course and decided to privatize food services in Michigan’s prisons. The Gongwer News Service says the decision was announced today. The Corrections Department had earlier rejected all bids by private companies saying they wouldn't save enough money. That led to criticism by majority Republicans in the legislature.

Officials say the winning bid by Aramark will save the state $16 million a year but could eliminate nearly 400 jobs.

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7:23 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Three finalists selected for Saint Joseph City Manager

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Plainwell City Manager Erik Wilson among three finalists
ST. JOSEPH - City commissioners took just five minutes Monday to settle on three finalists to interview for the city manager's position and appoint an interim manager.
6:41 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Lower water levels prompts call for re-evaluation of Lake Michigan water diversion

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Rep. Candice Miller has asked Governor Snyder to reconsider agreement that diverts water from Lake Michigan to Mississippi River
Washington D.C. - Even flood-causing April rains in west Michigan and heavy snow in the Upper Peninsula won't be enough to overcome record-low water levels in lakes Michigan and Huron that have led to emergency dredging and plenty of worry.

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