SW Michigan

9:49 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Democrats look to balance state ticket

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A candidate for Governor from Battle Creek and Attorney General hopeful from Kalamazoo could influence other nominations
LANSING - While Democrat Mark Schauer is busy raising money, developing policy plans and putting his campaign plan into high gear for the upcoming race for governor, he's also quietly beginning the delicate task of choosing a running mate. There are many things for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate to consider, like geography, gender and race.
2:01 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The University of Michigan gets a new president

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Schlissel trained as a medical doctor and later became a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and later a professor of biology at UC-Berkeley.
Mark Schlissel, provost at Brown University, was selected to replace Mary Sue Coleman, who will retire at the end of the school year. A graduate of Princeton University, Schlissel earned both MD and PhD degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The university has not revealed the salary range for the job; Coleman earns $603,357.
12:24 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Michigan schools could get the bill for teacher evaluation changes

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The plan includes a requirement to fire "consistently ineffective" teachers and to actively mentor new teachers.
LANSING -- Proposed changes to Michigan's teacher evaluation system could cost local school districts and intermediate school districts as much as $42 million, but the sponsors of the proposed changes say most of the expenses are one-time costs the state could reimburse through the budget surplus.
8:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Group submits petition language for part-time Legislature in Michigan

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325,000 signatures would be required to get proposed amendment to state Constitution on ballot
LANSING, MI -- A group seeking to " restore Michigan's part-time Legislature" by amending the state Constitution has turned its petition language in to the Bureau of Elections for review. If the petitions are approved in form, committee chair Norm Kammeraad said the group will try to collect up to 400,000 signatures by June with hopes of placing the proposal on the November ballot.
7:28 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Local historic designation may impact WMU's plans to purchase 10 homes

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University plans to demolish homes near East Campus to create green space
Sharon Ferraro, historic preservation coordinator for the city of Kalamazoo, said Thursday she is checking with city attorneys to determine whether the city's Historic District Commission will have jurisdiction over what happens to the houses, which are part of the South Street-Vine Area Local Historic District.