SW Michigan

12:55 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Battle Creek May Hire Groups to Gather Public Input for City Manager Search

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If hired the groups would hold between 8 and 15 public meetings and report back in June
Battle Creek officials may hire the services of two community groups to gather public input as they search for the next city manager. At Wednesday's manager search committee meeting, Beacon Community and Project 20/20 presented a proposal to facilitate community conversations about the hiring of Ken Tsuchiyama's permanent replacement.
7:28 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Mental Health Legislation Sponsored by Stabenow Signed Into Law

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Program will start with eight state, two year pilot project
President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday legislation sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would expand access to community mental health services.
6:47 am
Wed April 2, 2014

WMU Named Finalist for National Climate Leadership Award

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Voting by the public will take place until April 15th
  • Source: Wmich
  • | Via: University news release
KALAMAZOO-Western Michigan University is a finalist to win a 2014 Climate Leadership Award as part of an annual competition among the U.S. colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
9:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Kalamazoo County Appoints Acting Health Officer

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Linda Vail is leaving to become Health Officer in Ingham County
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - With current Kalamazoo County Health Officer Linda Vail moving on to serve in same role for Ingham County, the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Tuesday appointed Josh Jacobs as acting health officer until a permanent replacement is hired. Jacobs, hired in 2010, currently serves as Deputy Director of Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services.
8:56 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

KPS Superintendent Says Students Not Better Served by K-12 Funding

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In column for Bridge Magazine Michael Rice says districts have less to spend on educating students
Recently, Republicans and Democrats have been debating whether K-12 funding increased or decreased between 2010 and 2013 in the state. It's a great question for political and finance geeks. But it's the wrong question for Michigan. The question citizens and policymakers should be asking is: Are the 1.5 million Michigan public school children better served by their K-12 funding now than in 2010?