SW Michigan

12:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy judge allows appeal of eligibility and pension rulings

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Judge Stephen Rhodes did not act on request o fast-track appeals
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes today allowed appeals of two of his critical rulings — finding Detroit eligible for bankruptcy and its pension systems subject to cuts to retirees — to proceed to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
11:58 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Motorcycle helmet use falls by 25% in Michigan

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Drop follows change in law allowing some to ride without a helmet
Helmet use by motorcycle riders has fallen by nearly a quarter after the state approved legislation allowing riders to go without them. A new survey finds 73 percent of motorcycle riders in Michigan wear helmets, down from 99.4 percent in 2006 when the last statewide observation survey was conducted, according to finds from the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group.
11:39 am
Mon December 16, 2013

First week of prison food switch brings mixed reviews

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Deal saves $12-million to $16-million a year, eliminates about 370 state jobs
LANSING - One week after the launch of one of state government's largest privatization moves in decades, prison officials said a contractor is doing a good job providing meals to Michigan's 45,000 prisoners, but union leaders said the transition has been a rocky one.
10:42 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Stabenow says "significant" movement on mental health bill

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Legislation would allow community mental health centers to bill Medicaid for mental health treatments, like physical health services
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said a "significant" step was made last week toward expanding mental health care in the U.S. On Thursday, the Excellence in Mental Health Act passed the Senate Finance Committee as part of a bill that would allow Medicaid to help cover mental health care at community centers.
9:45 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Storm damage leaves Mattawan High School gym unusable for two more months

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Boys' and girls' varsity home basketball games will be played at Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
MATTAWAN, MI -- Mattawan High School gymnasium is likely to be unusable until at least mid-February, as workers scramble to repair damage caused by a Nov. 17 windstorm, school officials say. The storm blew off part of the gym roof, causing water damage to the gym floor.