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SW Michigan
5:07 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Schuette Seeks Speedy Gay Marriage Decision

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says he wants the court considering whether Michigan’s gay marriage ban can stand to put the process on the fast track.

The attorney general says he’ll seek a full-panel en banc hearing from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. That would eliminate the need for a preliminary hearing before a smaller group of judges.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Schuette said a timely decision with minimal litigation would save citizens money.

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SW Michigan
12:09 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Michigan Business Leaders Urge Ban on Gay Discrimination

Credit WMUK

A group of Michigan business leaders says the state should ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Gongwer News Service says Business Leaders for Michigan announced the proposal Thursday. It wants protections for gay and lesbian job seekers added to the state's Elliott- Larsen Civil Rights Act. It prohibits discrimination because of race, religion, gender, national origin, or disability. The group says extending protections for sexual orientation would help improve Michigan's business climate.

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SW Michigan
7:46 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Some State Health Data Stolen

Credit WMUK

State health officials say personal data for nearly 2,600 people was compromised when a laptop computer was stolen in January. The information includes Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.

The state Department of Community Health says the breach involves some people served by the Long Term Care Ombudsman's Office. The data on the stolen computer was encrypted but information on a flash-drive taken with it was not. It had Social Security or Medicaid identification numbers for about 1,500 people.

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Local Music
5:45 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

A chat with 'Otello' singers Julie Anne Miller and David Gordon

Otello in rehearsal on Wednesday night
Credit Suzanne Weeldreyer

Here's a Let's Hear It excerpt featuring a conversation with mezzo soprano Julie Anne Miller and tenor David Gordon. 

  They are preparing their roles in Verdi's opera Otello​ for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's season closer Friday night.   

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SW Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bolger Proposes Road Repair Funding Plan

Statehouse Speaker Jase Bolger has proposed a plan for how the state could raise badly needed road maintenance and repair funds.

Gongwer News Service reports that the greatest amount of money would come from sales and use taxes that are already in place. Bolger says those sources could yield $450 million for roads by next year.

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