SW Michigan

7:03 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Two candidates still considered for Benton Harbor City Manager

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Some commissioners want to start search again
BENTON HARBOR - No one is certain what will happen next now that the Benton Harbor City Commission has interviewed the two finalists for the city manager's position. No formal action was taken after the interviews Monday.
6:47 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Four candidates to be interviewed for vacancy on Portage City Council

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Two former mayors, a former city council member and the candidate who finished runner-up in last election apply to serve
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Four candidates will be interviewed Dec. 16 to fill a vacancy on the Portage City Council. The Portage City Council Tuesday voted 6-0 to interview the four people who applied to serve the remaining two years on the term of former Councilwoman Elizabeth Campbell: Cory Bailes, Richard Ford, James Graham and Betty Lee Ongley.
6:40 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Battle Creek to demolish two buildings to fight blight

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Buildings on Capital Avenue Northeast once had retail and upper level apartments
Two vacant commercial buildings on Capital Avenue Northeast are slated for demolition as the city continues to battle against blight. Battle Creek commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday night to accept a $64,050 offer from Pitsch Co., which beat out three higher bids, to tear down the buildings at 411, 415, 427 and 429 Capital Ave.
8:33 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Kalamazoo County Commissioners say more discussion needed before changing retiree pensions and health care

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Several commissioners say county has made promises to retired employees
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - While Kalamazoo County may make considerable changes to its retiree health care and pension plans in 2014, it became clear Tuesday commissioners want to discuss the issue at length before approving any adjustments.
8:18 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Unions, retirees plan for appeal of Detroit bankruptcy ruling

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Bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes ruled Tuesday that Detroit's bankruptcy process can proceed
While activists who fear cuts to retiree pensions protested outside the courthouse, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Tuesday found Detroit eligible for bankruptcy and gave the city the go-ahead to pursue adjustments to retirement benefits as part of its restructuring plan, despite pensions being explicitly protected by the state constitution.

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