SW Michigan

7:33 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Otsego Public Schools Superintendent to retire

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Dennis Patzer had led the Otsego district since 2002.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
OTSEGO, MI -- Otsego Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Patzer is retiring at the end of the 2013-14 school year, after 12 years heading Otsego schools and a 39-year career in Michigan education. Meanwhile, the Otsego school board is the midst of hiring a search consultant to help hire Patzer's replacement.
6:51 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Battle Creek Commission approves transit cuts

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City officials say cuts are necessary because of cuts in federal grant funding
As the funding neared its end, Battle Creek officials gave final approval to shut down some bus routes in the Beckley Road area. "I think that as much as we would love to provide services to all of the people at all hours of the day," Commissioner Susan Baldwin said Tuesday night, "We have to be cognizant of the costs."
6:43 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Snyder's budget plan expected to boost rainy day fund

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Spending plan also sets aside money in case federal government reduces payments under the Affordable Care Act
LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder will recommend adding $120 million to the state's Rainy Day Fund when he unveils his 2014-15 budget today, bringing the fund's total to $700 million, Budget Director John Nixon said Tuesday.
6:22 am
Wed February 5, 2014

President Obama to sign farm bill at Michigan State on Friday

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow leads the Senate Agriculture Committee and guided bill to passage
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expected to sign the farm bill - a massive piece of legislation given final passage today in the U.S. Senate - while visiting East Lansing on Friday. A source with knowledge of the event told the Free Press that Obama will sign the bill.
8:32 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Kalamazoo County Commissioners approve changes to retiree benefits

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Health care premium percentage paid by retirees will go up to 20% in 2016. The savings will be placed in a trust fund
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - It took a significant amount of discussion to reach this point, but the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners took steps Tuesday night to help ensure its legacy costs remain in check.

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