LANSING, MI - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, a leading business group with deep pockets and roughly 6,700 members, announced Monday that it will remain neutral on the state's May 5 road and sales tax proposal.

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The city of Kalamazoo is exploring grant opportunities to implement a national violence-reduction initiative, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley told the Kalamazoo City Commission Monday. Group Violence Intervention, formerly called Operation Ceasefire, is the brainchild of criminologist David Kennedy.

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As early as November, the Portage Public Schools could ask voters to approve several major building projects. The Board of Education is months away from a final proposal. It could build several new or remodeled middle and elementary schools as well as new pools and stadiums. The district might also close one of its middle schools. And that raises concerns for at least one parent.

New Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury says the appointments are part of the city's strategic plan.

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On WestSouthwest, NPR Ted Radio Hour host Guy Raz tells us about taking over a "blank room." And State Representative Jon Hoadley on tax credits, the budget, roads and other issues.