SW Michigan

6:17 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Portage City Council approves new regulations on donation boxes

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Ordinance regulates what boxes are made of, placement and size of the boxes
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage may be the first community in Southwest Michigan to regulate collection or donation boxes. After a good deal of discussion the Portage City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1 to approve a collection box ordinance amendment that will regulate the 25 or so for-profit and non-profit collection boxes around town that take donations of everything from clothing to books.
9:18 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Wayne State President defends long contract for faculty

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Republican lawmakers have raised concerns that contract may be effort to circumvent new "right to work" law.
LANSING - Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour came out swinging this morning in Lansing, asking Republican lawmakers whether an eight-year labor contract for faculty or continued cuts in state funding were worse for students. Gilmour contended it is the latter, a point he tried to stress to members of the state House higher education subcommittee.
9:06 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Portage Public Schools budget plans don't include pay increases

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Scenarios were presented to the school board based on Governor Snyder's budget plan presented last month.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Best- and worst-case 2013-14 budget scenarios for Portage Public Schools do not include funding for base-salary increases, according to a presentation at Monday's Portage school board meeting. Raising base salaries for 2013-14 "will require negotiations but would seems obtainable based on circumstances," says a memo written by Karla Colestock, the district's finance director, who made Monday's presentation.
4:31 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Michiganders earn $4,000 less than the U.S. average, says UM Economist

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Economists at the University of Michigan say workers in the state's private sector earn about $4,000 less a year than the national average.
(courtesy photo/used under Creative Commons license) By Rick Haglund/Bridge Magazine correspondent Separate data compiled by state labor market analysts on 22 occupational groups found the average wage in Michigan was lower than the national average wage in 16 of those groups in 2010.
3:46 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Alamo group may monitor speedway noise

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Controversy over a proposed noise ordinance prompted township officials to delay action on the issue earlier this year.
Township Supervisor Lou Conti said he would like to form a six-member committee, with three members chosen by the Kalamazoo Speedway and three by the township, to monitor noise coming from the race track this year. The group would have assistance from Kalamazoo Township, which has agreed to loan equipment and train residents on how to properly take sound readings, he said.

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