SW Michigan

6:23 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Districts weigh how to make up snow days

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Many districts in Southwest Michigan are at or over their state-imposed limit of days off for weather
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- With Southwest Michigan socked by almost double the average amount of snow this January -- as well as some of the coldest temperatures it's seen in 20 years -- the snow days have piled up along with the drifts.
2:57 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

More snow now, less road repair later?

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Many local governments say the state should use some of its healthy budget surplus to help them deal with the unusually severe winter weather.
Michigan counties are nervously watching as their road maintenance budgets deplete because of record-setting winter weather. The County Road Association of Michigan says local agencies are rapidly spending their road maintenance budgets and it could leave less for much-needed repairs in the summer.
2:49 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Michigan bicyclists get new right turn signal

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State officials say the old approved hand signal was outdated and confusing to motorists.
LANSING - Michigan bicyclists are getting another way to signal a right turn. Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed legislation giving bicyclists the option of signaling a right turn by extending their right arm horizontally. Until now, they could signal a right turn with an L position by extending their left arm upward.
2:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Senate committee approves cut in Michigan income tax

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Cut moves to full Senate after approval on party-line vote
LANSING - As soon as it became apparent earlier this month that Michigan had a $791-million budget surplus, talks of tax relief became rampant in the state Legislature. And that talk turned to action Wednesday when the Senate Finance committee voted 5-2 to reduce the state income tax from 4.25% to 3.9% by 2017.
1:59 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Attorney General to discuss human trafficking at town hall in Kalamazoo

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Kalamazoo coalition also working on issue
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Attorney General Bill Schuette will be in Kalamazoo Thursday to discuss human trafficking in Michigan and how the attorney general's office is targeting the growing problem. Schuette will discuss the findings of the recently-formed Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking and how people in Michigan can respond.

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