SW Michigan

8:49 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Portage Schools earns additional money from state for financial practices

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State created incentive program to encourage districts to use best practices
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage Public Schools will have nearly half a million dollars coming to it from the state thanks to meeting financial best practices. Needing to meet at least seven of eight standards for the $457,000 in special state funding, Portage schools met all eight.
8:41 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

No mention of National Committeeman David Agema's controversial comments during weekend GOP meeting

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Dave Agema can't be removed representative to Republican National Committee. But he could have been censured
LANSING - The Michigan Republican State Committee concluded its meeting in Lansing today without publicly discussing a recent furor over antigay comments made by Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema. Agema also made no mention of the controversy when he addressed the meeting, though he told party members to "stand strong" and avoid "the quagmire of political correctness."
8:27 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Battle Creek reacts to losing high school baseball and softball championships

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Battle Creek still hosts volleyball and wrestling championships. Officials say no changes are planned
Battle Creek seemed to have never stood a chance. More than two decades of hosting high school baseball and softball championships came to an end last week, when the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Representative Council agreed to move the events to Michigan State University. The college had invested millions of dollars into facility upgrades.
8:22 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Juvenile crime drops in Kalamazoo County

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Drop since 2008 still leaves Kalamazoo County above state average
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The fight broke out when Jalissa Paige called Jasmine Bloodworth's nephew "ugly." Fists flew before Jalissa, then 16, stabbed Jasmine twice in the chest, dropping the 17-year-old to the sidewalk, killing her. It was 2007 - a year when Kalamazoo teens were killing teens.
4:52 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

McCann wants to ensure lunch breaks, days off for state workers

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The legislation would guarantee a 20 minute lunch break for employees working longer than 7.5 hour shifts as well as one day off every seven days for full time employees.
KALAMAZOO, MI - State Rep. Sean McCann has introduced a bill that would guarantee rest days for most full-time workers and lunch breaks for those working shifts longer than 7.5 hours. "No one works harder than Michigan's men and women - the people who led America into its period of greatest prosperity and who are leading the manufacturing come-back in Michigan," McCann, D-Kalamazoo, said in a prepared statement.

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