SW Michigan

9:07 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Survey finds local government officials expect moderate impacts from "right to work" law

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Survey was conducted by Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan
LANSING - Michigan's local government officials expect the right-to-work law will have a fairly limited effect on their municipality's fiscal health, ability to attract and retain workers and businesses, and their relationship with unions, according to a new report.
8:56 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Portage City Council interviews candidates, expects to fill vacancy Tuesday night

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Decision on vacancy will likely end deadlock over mayor pro-tem
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The Portage City Council will decide tonight who will fill a two-year vacancy after interviewing four candidates Monday evening. The council had expected to interview four people Monday -- Cory Bailes, Richard Ford, James Graham and Betty Lee Ongley - but Bailes immediately announced he was dropping out of consideration.
7:57 am
Tue December 17, 2013

WMU athletic director says she still has confidence in football coach P.J. Fleck

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Kathy Beauregard says she did not expect a 1-11 season. But she believes a championship will happen
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Western Michigan University athletic director Kathy Beauregard said she still remembers being captivated by P.J. Fleck during her first interview with the 32-year-old man who eventually was named the Broncos' football coach. Fleck, now 33 , had no coordinator experience and wasn't far removed from his playing days when he took the reins at WMU.
7:23 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Governor Snyder open to discussion on adding gay and lesbian protections to state's anti-discrimination law

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House Speaker Jase Bolger has also discussed updating state's Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act
LANSING, MI -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, responding last week to anti-gay comments made by Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, called the remarks " discriminatory" and suggested they had no place in any political party.
6:59 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kids Count report shows increase in child food assistance

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Report found 41% increase in children living in families investigated for abuse or neglect
Lansing Michigan experienced a 53 percent increase in the rate of young children who qualified for federal food assistance between 2005 and 2012, according to a study on child health released today.

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