SW Michigan

6:37 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Snyder says he'll still advocate for consolidation despite vote in Saugatuck and Douglas

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Snyder says "it's a local decision that needs to be made"
Voters in the southwest Michigan cities of Saugatuck and Douglas roundly rejected a proposal Tuesday to combine their two resort towns along the shores of Lake Michigan. "There just wasn't enough reward with the consolidation," said Matt Balmer, a restaurant owner, resident of Douglas and leader of the anti-consolidation forces.
6:14 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Two Benton Harbor schools downgraded by state

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State ranking of schools is based on achievement, improvement and within school achievement gaps.
BENTON HARBOR - The state has placed two more Benton Harbor schools on the Priority School list, previously called the Persistently Lowest Achieving list. Placed on the list were the International Academy at Hull and Montessori Academy at Henry C. Morton.
5:42 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Legislation could increase campaign donor limits

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The legislation would allow individuals and political action committees to give twice as much as the current limit.
LANSING - A Senate panel is considering a bill that would double the limits on campaign contributions for state and local candidates in Michigan, but require more frequent public reporting. Senate Bill 661, which could be taken up today by the Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections, would allow a person to donate up to $6,800 to a candidate for statewide office, up from $3,400 currently.
5:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Illegal turtle market leads to Salmonella outbreaks

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It’s illegal to sell or give away turtles with shells less than four inches long unless they’re being used for education or research. Though the outbreaks appear to be over, the state wants to remind Michiganders of the law.
LANSING - State officials are reminding Michiganders that it's illegal to sell small turtles for pets in light of cases of Salmonella in people who have been in contact with the reptiles. Five Michigan cases, mostly in children, have been linked to three multi-state Salmonella infection outbreaks in the last 18 months, according to the Michigan Departments of Community Health and Agriculture and Rural Development.
2:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Baldwin won't seek another term as Battle Creek mayor

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Baldwin won second most votes among at-large candidates Tuesday
Susan Baldwin, who has served on the city commission for a decade and led the board for the past four years, won't seek another term as mayor. The 59-year-old told the Enquirer Wednesday that she has "enjoyed every minute as mayor" but wanted more flexibility as a commissioner to spend time with her family.

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