SW Michigan

8:49 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

New group seeks to preserve future wolf hunts in Michigan

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About 258,000 signatures needed to send bill to the Legislature
LANSING, MI -- With Michigan's first-ever wolf hunt well underway, a new coalition of conservationists and sportsmen is seeking to protect future hunts from a planned voter referendum. A group calling itself Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management on Tuesday announced plans to launch a petition drive for citizen-initiated legislation that would affirm the Michigan Natural Resource Commissions' ability to designate game species and issue fisheries orders.
SW Michigan
4:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Michigan ordered to end life sentences for young offenders

Credit WMUK

A federal judge says Michigan must give a "fair, meaningful and realistic" chance for parole to state prison inmates who were convicted as children.

Judge John Corbett O'Meara gave state officials until the end of the year to make changes in the parole process. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that Michigan's policy of mandatory life sentences for some young offenders was unconstitutional.

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SW Michigan
3:51 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

New judges in Kalamazoo and Paw Paw

Credit WMUK

Governor Rick Snyder has announced two judicial appointments for Southwest Michigan.

The governor’s office says he has appointed former Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Pierangeli to the Kalamazoo County Probate Court. He will replace Donald Halstead who resigned this past summer.

The governor also announced that attorney Jeffrey Dufon of Kalamazoo will serve as a judge on the 36th District Circuit Court in Van Buren County. He replaces Judge Paul Hamre, who retired this summer.

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9:45 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Portage City Council deadlocks again on mayor pro-tem

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Council will have to fill vacancy to break tie vote
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Despite calls for compromise from the mayor and an hour of debate and repeated tie votes Monday night, the Portage City Council remains without a new mayor pro-tem. That second-in-command position won't be decided until the council chooses a new seventh member in December.
7:19 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Aquinas College reviewing options for homeless students after online petition

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Homeless student says she wants Grand Rapids college to look for a "long-term solution"
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Aquinas College says it will provide a hotel room for a homeless student who fears she'll be left out in the cold once campus closes in December for holiday break.

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