SW Michigan

9:40 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Deal Reached on Detroit Pensions

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Agreement is part of larger deal to get city out of bankruptcy
Sterling Heights Retired Detroit police and firefighters would get no cut in their pension and a smaller annual cost-of-living increase under a new deal their retiree association approved Tuesday. The Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Associations board voted unanimously Tuesday to support the citys latest offer to settle their claim in the bankruptcy, association president Donald Taylor said.
9:34 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Democrat Gary Peters Raises $1.35-Million in First Quarter

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Republican Terri Lynn Land raised $1.5-million in the same period
LANSING, MI -- U.S. Rep Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, raised more than $1.35 million in the first quarter of 2014, his campaign announced Tuesday. For the whole campaign, Peters has raised more than $4.82 million from 19,000 people, according to the campaign, which said the average donation of support this quarter was less than $100.
7:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

State Rejects Deficit Elimination Plan for Benton Harbor Schools

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Decision makes state oversight of the district more likely
BENTON HARBOR - A state preliminary review of Benton Harbor Area Schools' finances shows that the district has not made satisfactory progress in eliminating the deficit, which grew from $3 million in 2007 to $15.5 million in 2013.
6:52 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Kalamazoo Superintendent Michael Rice Gets High Marks in School Board Evaluation

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Rice's compensation will be set in summer as part of district's budget
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice got high marks in his annual evaluation by the KPS board. In a statement issued by trustees, they commended Rice for his "exceptional progress in leading our district." Rice exceeded or met the board's expectations in the areas of general responsibilities, instructional leadership, personnel, administration, and school and community relations, the statement said.
6:49 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Memo Shows Former Battle Creek City Manager Had Concerns About Relationship Between Police Employees

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Memo was issued less than a week before Ken Tschiyama retired as city manager
Former City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama's move to have Inspector Maria Alonso report directly to him was prompted by concerns that a romantic relationship between her and Deputy Police Chief Jim Saylor could ultimately "compromise the integrity of the department," according to a memorandum issued earlier this year.