SW Michigan

7:23 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Food truck regulations debated in Battle Creek

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Commissioners could vote on issue in January
The food truck debate rolls on. Passions ran high on both sides as city officials met with restaurant owners and residents on Thursday night to discuss proposals that would allow food trucks in downtown Battle Creek. The city is working on making changes to ordinances to allow mobile vending in the central business district, the only area of town where the trucks are prohibited.
7:14 am
Fri November 22, 2013

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer says she won't run for statewide office next year

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Democrat had passed on run for governor, but was considered potential candidate for Attorney General or Lieutenant Governor
LANSING - Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, confirmed Thursday what she said she thought everyone already knew: she will not be on the statewide ballot in 2014. She announced early this year that she wasn't going to run for governor in 2014.
7:08 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Northern Michigan counties worry about tax exemptions for oil and gas wells

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Change would be retroactive to 2012
Leaders of some of Michigan's poorest counties in the northern Lower Peninsula are alarmed by a bill before the Legislature they say would cost their communities millions in crucial revenue while giving a massive tax break to oil and gas companies. But the companies call it a remedy to an 'administrative error.'
6:54 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Kalamazoo County Commissioner John Taylor elected Chairman of County Democratic Party

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David Pawloski led county party since 2006 before resigning in October
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Kalamazoo County Commissioner John Taylor has been elected as the new chair of the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party, filling a void created earlier this year when former chair David Pawloski resigned to pursue career opportunities. "I'm honored by the support of all the Democrats here," Taylor, 35, said after being elected.
6:20 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Pilot project in Berrien County aims to keep kids in school

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Officials hope to stem absenteeism in early grades
ST. JOSEPH - Berrien County has been selected as a pilot in a statewide effort to keep kids in school and out of the criminal justice system.