SW Michigan

6:44 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Battle Creek Police Officer arraigned on drunk driving charges

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Jennifer Appl was placed on administrative leave over the weekend. Supervisors believe she was intoxicated when she arrived for work Saturday night
A Battle Creek police officer was arraigned Tuesday on two misdemeanor charges after investigators alleged she was intoxicated while working. Jennifer Appl, 26, appeared before Calhoun County District Court Judge Holmes shortly after 9 a.m. Holmes told her she is charged with driving under the influence of liquor and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
6:39 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Snyder defends funding levels for local governments

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Snyder speaks at Michigan Municipal League reception. Group has criticized funding cuts for local governments
LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder got a polite reception at a conference of municipal leaders Tuesday, despite unhappiness about state funding cuts that have squeezed the ability of Michigan cities to provide basic services.
6:17 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Proposed budget for Portage includes slight tax drop, elimination of some parks and entertainment programs

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City Manager Maurice Evans calls it a conservative approach that maintains core services
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The proposed 2013-14 Portage city budget calls for a slight decrease in the average resident's tax bill, but also the discontinuation of some longtime parks and summer entertainment programs. Portage City Manager Maurice Evans presented a brief overview of the proposed city budget blueprint to the Portage City Council Tuesday night, calling it a "conservative approach" that still maintains the core services of police, fire and public works.
4:27 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

March marks Amtrak's best month ever

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The railroad expects more than 31 million passengers to have ridden the train by the end of this fiscal year.
WASHINGTON - Amtrak ridership increased in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, with ridership in March setting a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak's history, the railroad said Tuesday. Ridership grew 0.9 percent from October 2012 to March compared with the same period one year earlier despite disruptions from weather including Superstorm Sandy.
4:24 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

State House to decide universities, school districts penalties

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School districts and universities that approved union contracts just before the Right-to-Work laws went into effect may off the hook. The Lansing State Journal reports penalties, like 15 percent cuts for universities, will not be in the state Senate budget. Western Michigan University was just one of the many public universities that approved new contracts before March 21st. Gongwer News Service reports the House Appropriations Committee will consider putting the penalties in their budget bill tomorrow.
LANSING - Penalties for colleges, universities, school districts and communities that approved union contracts in the weeks leading up to right-to-work laws taking effect will not be included in the state Senate versions of those budgets.