SW Michigan

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.
4:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

45,000 Michiganders will not get emergency unemployment

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House Republicans adjourned for the holidays yesterday without passing an extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation. Since 2009, the program has been extended 13 times.
WASHINGTON - Some 45,000 Michiganders currently receiving unemployment checks through a federal program will lose them on the last week of December, with the U.S. House leaving town without making another extension. Democrats in Congress - U.S. Rep.
11:07 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Upton votes for budget deal

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Statement from West Michigan Republican says bi-partisan deal is "welcome step to begin herculean task of nation's debt"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton voted in favor of a bipartisan budget that will greatly reduce the risk of another government shutdown in January. Under $85 billion deal, which Democrats and Republicans passed 332 to 94, funding would be restored to $63 million of the automatic across-the-board cuts that are due to take effect as a result of the automatic "sequester."

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