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Update: Western Michigan University has issued the following statement in response to the AAUP's electronic ballot on Provost Tim Greene: "The overwhelming majority--more than three-quarters of the total WMU faculty either chose not to participate in this union vote or did so and expressed their confidence in Provost Greene.  This deeply flawed survey instrument "revealed" what we already knew--that some members of a single college--the College of Arts and Sciences--are unhappy about the removal of their dean."

John Abbott

A printout of his discography, single-spaced in small print, is sixteen pages long. And it's missing all of his recordings of the last nine years, including the 2013 Grammy Award-winning Night in Calisia.

Governor Rick Snyder says the state will recognize 300 gay and lesbian marriages that were performed in Michigan last March. Snyder says his administration will not challenge a judge’s order issued last month to recognize the marriages.

Glenna DeJonge and her partner Marsha Caspar were the first same-sex couple married after a judge struck down Michigan’s marriage ban.

“I’m glad that the state has finally backed down and decided not to appeal. There are real people and real faces behind this and it shows a little bit of compassion at some point here,” she says.    

The Portage Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled two special meetings as it moves to fill Ted Hartridge's former seat.

Hartridge served on the board twice, from 1999 to 2000 and then from 2011 until this year. He died in January after a battle with cancer.

Both special meetings will be held at the PPS Administration Building.

On February 11 the Board will review candidate applications and select people to interview. It plans to conduct those interviews February 17.

Bills to overhaul Michigan’s process of issuing concealed pistol licenses have cleared the state Senate. The legislation no longer contains controversial language that led Governor Rick Snyder to veto a similar bill last month.

Republican state Senator Mike Green is the bill’s sponsor. He says he’s happy it was the first bill the Senate passed in the new legislative session.

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