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SW Michigan
3:50 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Eight State House Dems get their committees back

Michigan State Capitol Building
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Eight state House Democrats who lost their committee assignments Tuesday got them back Wednesday.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall removed the lawmakers, including Representative Kate Segal of Battle Creek, saying they had missed too many committee meetings. But the Gongwer News Service says Bolger reversed the decision after what he called “positive” meetings with the eight legislators.

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Local Music
11:24 am
Wed May 1, 2013

From Wagner to 'Les Mis:' Rick Phelps previews Kalamazoo Singers concert

Rick Phelps
Credit Michael Lanka

Bayreuth to Broadway is the title of the May 5 concert by the Kalamazoo Singers.

Coming off the heels of an ambitious program in March featuring two major sacred works for choir and orchestra, Kalamazoo Singers conductor Rick Phelps looks ahead to a completely different program and fondly remembers the last one.

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Prison contracts
8:44 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Chairman of subcommittee overseeing corrections spending hails private vendor for food service

State Prison in Jackson
Credit AP Photo

Interview with John Proos

  

The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections says hiring a private vendor to provide food service for Michigan prisons is a victory for taxpayers.

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SW Michigan
12:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State prison food may go private

Maximum security prison in Jackson
Credit AP Photo

State corrections officials have reversed course and decided to privatize food services in Michigan’s prisons. The Gongwer News Service says the decision was announced today. The Corrections Department had earlier rejected all bids by private companies saying they wouldn't save enough money. That led to criticism by majority Republicans in the legislature.

Officials say the winning bid by Aramark will save the state $16 million a year but could eliminate nearly 400 jobs.

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Portage Superintendent Search
7:40 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Why is Portage still looking for a new Superintendent?

Portage Central High School - file photo
Credit WMUK

The Portage School Board has decided to reopen its search for a new superintendent. But MLive Kalamazoo reports that some board members are questioning why they weren't able to find a candidate the first time around. 

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