Southwest Michigan Today For Wednesday August 9, 2017

Aug 9, 2017

Voters in the Barry County Intermediate School District reject a millage request to pay for special education programs. Kalamazoo's Public Safety Chief says he'll meet with an officer accused of grabbing a man by the neck. Former Congressman Joe Schwarz isn't sure if he will practice medicine again after his contract was not renewed. 

Voters in the Barry County Intermediate School District have rejected a millage request to pay for special education programs. Unofficial results show 53-percent of voters rejected the 10 year, point-7-mill tax.  (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says he will meet with an officer who allegedly grabbed a young man by the neck before deciding how the department will handle the complaint. The family of the 20 year old man filed a complaint about the July 10th incident working with the Kalamazoo Metropolitan branch of the NAACP. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission wants to hear from the public about the meaning of the word "sex" in the state's anti-discrimination law. The commission is considering whether the term should also guarantee rights of LGBT people. Some Republicans in the Legislature say reinterpreting the current statute would infringe on their law-making power. (Detroit News)

A Kalamazoo non-profit is among 16 agencies around the state that will share a $6-million grant to fight opioid drug abuse and behavioral health issues. Communities in Schools will get nearly $500,000 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. It will use the money to put behavioral health workers in high-poverty schools in Kalamazoo. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Meijer is issuing a recall for infant swimsuits that could pose a choking hazard. The Wave Zone suits were sold exclusively at Meijer from the beginning of this year through July 17th. Meijer says the snaps at the bottom of the swimsuit can detach and cause a child to choke. No injuries have been reported so far. (MLive)

Former State Senator Gretchen Whitmer has replaced the manager of her campaign for governor. As a result of the shake-up Keenan Pontoni will take over Whitmer’s gubernatorial campaign, replacing Jerid Kurtz who had been in charge since April. (Detroit News)

Former Congressman and state lawmaker Joe Schwarz says he’s not sure if he will practice medicine somewhere else after his contract was not renewed at Grace Health in Battle Creek. Schwarz, an ear, nose and throat doctor, says he is concerned about patients who may not have other options. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will face state Senator Coleman Young the second in the fall election. Duggan, who is seeking his second term as Detroit mayor, took two-thirds of the vote while Young captured 27-percent in a six candidate field. They finished first and second to advance to the November general election. (Detroit Free Press)