SW Michigan

1:24 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Early House committee bill does not include Medicaid expansion

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Governor Snyder favors expansion of Medicaid as allowed under Federal Affordable Care Act
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
LANSING, MI - Republicans who hold the majority in the Michigan House are not including Medicaid expansion in their early budget plans. Medicaid expansion was not included in a Department of Community Health budget plan advanced by a GOP-led House appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday.
1:22 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Report finds Michigan not doing enough to protect foster children

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Report tracks the first half of last year. Progress was shown in some areas, including the number of youth waiting to be adopted
Detroit - Michigan still protects too few youth who are in the state's custody, nearly five years after a court ordered a major overhaul of its foster care system, a children's advocacy group found. Department of Human Services workers are struggling to adequately investigate some allegations of abuse or neglect, according to a report issued Wednesday by Children's Rights, a national watchdog organization.
6:37 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wayne State, University of Michigan could lose funding over "right to work"

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Republican lawmakers trying to stop what they call end run around Michigan's new law that bars mandatory collection of union dues
More than $27 million and possibly several hundred jobs and higher tuition costs could hang on a vote this afternoon by the Wayne State University Board of Governors. If the Democrat-controlled board approves an eight-year labor contract it negotiated with the faculty union, it will set up a showdown with the Republican-controlled Legislature over the state's new right-to-work law.
6:28 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Study finds Calhoun County ranks near bottom of state in health

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Ranking considers variety of factors including rate of people dying before age 75, rates of smoking, obesity and births to teen mothers
The health of Calhoun County could use a booster shot, if a new study's numbers are accurate. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a study today that ranked each county in the nation.
6:20 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Battle Creek Commission approves new city ward map

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Two commissioners vote against final plan when proposed changes for north side are rejected.
In a split vote, the Battle Creek City Commission has given its final approval to new ward lines that will be in effect for the city election later this year. The vote Tuesday was 7-2 with most commissioners supporting a map presented by city staff that made two significant changes to account for populations shifts recorded in the 2010 census.