SW Michigan

11:29 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Attorney General to Launch Investigation of How Prisoner Escaped From Ionia

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Union officials said this week that David Elliot's escape was easier because guard towers are now empty to save money
The Michigan Attorney Generals Office will conduct an investigation into how a man imprisoned for multiple murders was able to escape from the Ionia County Correctional Facility on Sunday and remain on the loose for nearly a full day. Michael David Elliot, 40, walked past a string of security cameras and guards to open a prison fence with his bare hands.
10:37 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Effort to Enroll More Uninsured Gathers Steam in Kalamazoo

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Kalamazoo Family Health Center officials say enrolling has become easier after initial problems with website
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- As chief executive officer of Kalamazoo's Family Health Center, Denise Crawford was happily anticipating last fall's rollout of subsidized health-care plans offered through the Affordable Care Act. Instead, that Oct. 1 launch was an "absolute disaster," Crawford said. "All the problems with the website that people talked about were true."
6:44 am
Fri February 7, 2014

New City Manager Named for Benton Harbor

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Emergency Manager Tony Saunders II says the city's return to local control will come "soon," but he has not given a date
BENTON HARBOR - Darwin Watson was named Benton Harbor's city manager Thursday by Emergency Manager Tony Saunders II. Saunders further named Marja Winters, a Detroit native, as assistant city manager/community and economic development director. She will take the place of Nicole Rodden-Bowen, who took a job in Philadelphia.
9:41 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Battle Creek Mayor Says City Manager Was Not Forced Out

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David Walters says no one on city commission asked Ken Tsuchiyama to step down
Mayor: Tsuchiyama not forced out Battle Creek Mayor Dave Walters insisted there were no back-door efforts to force out Ken Tsuchiyama and that the city manager was the first to offer his resignation.
9:25 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Strikes Down Wyoming Medical Marijuana Ordinance

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The Wyoming City Council will have to draft new ordinance regulating medical marijuana
WYOMING, MI - The State Supreme Court has invalidated Wyoming's ordinance virtually banning medical marijuana. In the case handed down Thursday, Jan. 6, the court rejected the city's contention that it could strictly regulate Medical Marijuana because federal law still banned any production or possession of marijuana trumping the voter-approved Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.

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