SW Michigan

7:58 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Criminal Charges Considered Against Former Albion City Manager

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Dan Bishop was fired March fourth
A decision about any criminal charges against the former Albion city manager won't come until at least next week. Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert said Thursday he has begun a review of an investigation into a possible assault by Dan Bishop but has asked the county sheriff department to conduct additional interviews.
7:53 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Gull Lake Schools Pull Tax Request From May 6th Ballot

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Initial results showed millage failed by five votes, but recount showed it passed by three votes
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI --A request for a 0.65-mill tax increase for Gull Lake Community Schools has been pulled from the May 6 ballot, now that school officials have learned that they won a Feb. 25 vote on the issue. "It's off the ballot," Kalamazoo County Clerk Tim Snow said Thursday about the Gull Lake proposal.
12:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commissioners Question if Early Retirement Was Too Generous

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Early retirement incentive was used to address recurring budget deficits
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- An offer that enticed more than 200 Kalamazoo city employees to retire with payouts that averaged $40,000, on top of pensions averaging $40,000 a year, has some city commissioners now questioning whether the deal was too sweet.
11:30 am
Thu March 13, 2014

New Michigan Laws on Medicaid Expansion, Abortion Insurance Take Effect Friday

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Laws designed to address blight and allow "bring your own wine" at restaurants with liquor licenses also go on the books
LANSING, MI -- More than a dozen new laws are set to take effect this week in Michigan, impacting everything from abortion insurance to wine. The measures were approved by the Legislature last year with either a set date for implementation or without immediate effect, making them the law of the land 91 days after the final session of 2013.
7:47 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Manufacturing Economy, Slow, but Improving in West Michigan

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Long's report for February shows slight improvement over January
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - West Michigan's manufacturing climate was "still slow, but improving" in February, according to economist Brian Long, director of supply chain research for Grand Valley State University.

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