SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state


Responsibility for turning around Michigan’s worst schools now lies directly with Gov. Rick Snyder. His order taking direct control of school turnarounds – which was issued earlier this year - took effect Tuesday.

Officials with the Michigan Association of United Ways say 40 percent of the state’s households are having a hard time affording basic needs, even though they are employed. (WDET)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - In an effort to cut costs, Calvin College is offering buyouts for up to seven faculty in its music, history and art departments. The Christian liberal arts college is working to cut annual expenses by $4.5 million by June 30, 2017, and the buyouts are needed to align faculty levels in each department with desired staffing goals, said college spokesman Matt Kucinski. (MLive)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Growlers are set to unveil renovations to Homer Stryker Field ahead of the team's home opener May 29. Among the improvements is a section of seats, honoring Kalamazoo's Derek Jeter, who recently retired after a 20-year Major League Baseball career. Dubbed the "Jete Seats," the section features Yankee Stadium replica seats located next to the away dugout. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Senate has canceled its traditional "in-district work period" this summer as lawmakers attempt to craft a long-term road funding in the wake of Proposal 1's historic failure. Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, announced Tuesday that more than 30 additional session days have been added to the calendar for June, July, August and September. (MLive)