SW Michigan

SW Michigan
7:03 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Snyder may back non-disclosure on issue ads

File photo of Governor Snyder being interviewed at WMUK - July, 2013
Credit WMUK

In an interview with the Gongwer News Service Governor Rick Snyder says he's reconsidering how free speech relates to the disclosing the names of donors who pay for "issue ads."

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9:36 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kalamazoo budget discussions highlight effect of early retirements

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Early Retirement Incentive was offered to help reduce city's budget deficit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
City Manager Jim Ritsema's proposed 2014 budget includes reductions that would patch a $2.9 milllion deficit in the proposed $143 million budget, including a net decline of 10 citywide positions, mostly through not filling vacancies, and increases in recreation fees, sewer and water fees and inspection fees.
7:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Michigan House approves bill allowing for medical marijuana dispensaries, edible pot

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Local communities could prohibit the "provisioning centers"
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan House on Thursday advanced legislation to update the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law by allowing for dispensaries and a variety of edible products. Medical marijuana storefronts had operated in several Michigan communities until a February ruling by the state Supreme Court empowered county prosecutors to shut them down as a "public nuisance."
1:03 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bill doubling campaign contribution limits on way to governor

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New limits would increase every four years based on inflation
LANSING, MI -- Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to controversial legislation that would allow larger political campaign contributions ahead of 2014 elections and beyond. The state's Republican-led Senate on Thursday signed off on House changes to a bill designed to double the maximum amounts that an individual or independent political action committee can donate to a candidate in any given election cycle.
12:10 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

School safety records unclear and unreliable in Michigan

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Michigan Department of Education has pulled records from website until reporting is improved
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: The Center for Michigan
Either the kids of Caro High School have a drinking problem, or the adults have a data problem. According to Michigan's official school safety data, the school of about 600 students in Michigan's thumb recorded 4,815 cases of alcohol possession in the 2011-12 school year.