SW Michigan

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State Senator Colbeck Joins Governor's Race

5 hours ago
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A state Senator is entering the Republican race for governor.

Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) hopes to succeed term-limited Governor Rick Snyder. He will formally announce his campaign Saturday at noon, at the Yankee Air Museum near Ypsilanti.

A task force appointed by Governor Rick Snyder says state-appointed experts should review the retirement plans of local governments in Michigan. The task force has been looking for ways to help cities, townships, and counties manage their pension and retiree healthcare obligations.

The Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit claiming the state wrongfully accused thousands of people of unemployment fraud.  

In 2013, the state started using an automated system to flag fraud cases. But the system wrongly identified tens of thousands of people – and some of them sued to get their money back, plus fees and interest.


State lawmakers have formed a task force to look for ways to improve mental health treatment in Michigan. It’s called the House C.A.R.E.S task force. C.A.R.E.S stands for Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety.

Kalamazoo Public Schools and three other districts appear to be moving closer to settling a lawsuit against the state. The districts went to court after the School Reform Office said it might close 38 schools, including two in Kalamazoo.