SW Michigan

7:19 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Michigan Corrections Director Says Human Error Led to Prisoner Escape

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Two employees at Ionia Prison have been suspended after Michael Elliot's escape earlier this month
LANSING - Human error -- not budget cuts, lack of staffing of gun towers, or reduced perimeter patrols -- was behind the Feb. 2 escape of a convicted killer from Ionia Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns told lawmakers today.
7:14 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Michigan Budget Chief Leaving for University of Utah

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John Nixon was lured from Utah to serve as budget director
Lansing Three-year State Budget Director John Nixon is resigning to return to his home state as chief businessofficer for the University of Utah, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday. After Nixon departs March 1, Deputy Chief of Staff John Roberts will become state budget director, Snyder said.
6:50 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Republicans Snyder, Land Lead in Latest Poll

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Governor Rick Snyder's lead over former Congressman Mark Schauer is unchanged since September. Terri Lynn Land's lead for Senate over Congressman Gary Peters is within margin of error
LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder maintains an eight-point lead over Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, while Republican Terri Lynn Land has strengthened in her U.S. Senate contest against Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, according to a new poll by EPIC-MRA. The poll, released to the Free Press, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and other media partners, shows Snyder with a 47%-39% lead over Schauer.
6:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Attorney for Van Buren County Sheriff Disputes Commissioners' Allegations

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Attorney Michael Bingman says Commissioners' letter to Sheriff Dale Gribler contains "several misrepresentations"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
"I will say it appears as though there are some members of the board who don't understand what the concept of due process of law is," said Michael Bingen, attorney for Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler. "The matter was quite thoroughly investigated and this type of trial is wrong."
6:26 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Some Kellogg Jobs Moving to Grand Rapids

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Kellogg says it chose Grand Rapids for new facility after considering nine potential sites
Kellogg Co. will open a regional service center in Grand Rapids this year, meaning job losses in Battle Creek as the company continues to implement a restructuring program. The company said the North America service center will open during the third quarter of 2014 and will house 300 to 600 employees when it's fully operational by 2016.