SW Michigan

9:22 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Southwest Michigan fundraiser kicks off for wounded veterans

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West Michigan chapter of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund hopes to raise $50,000
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- There are more than 625,000 service members living with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress -- the so-called "signature wounds" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And many of those soldiers haven't been diagnosed or treated. That doesn't sit well with Bruce and Sandy Derby.
4:54 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Abortion insurance rider petition could become law

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Anti-abortion activists have gathered more than 300,000 signatures.
LANSING - Anti-abortion activists have a "substantial" cushion of signatures needed to get a law on the books that would require insurance companies to offer abortion coverage only through a separate rider to a customer's policy.
6:41 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Lower turnout for Battle Creek city elections despite increase in registered voters

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All but one of city's wards had lower turnout than in 2011
Fewer Battle Creek residents participated in this week's local election than in 2011, despite a slight increase in the number of registered voters. Only 9.9 percent of the city's 39,258 registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday for the next city commission, according to unofficial election numbers.
9:25 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court to hear "juvenile lifers" case

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State's highest court could decide issue of sentencing relief
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's highest court may decide whether more than 360 prisoners serving life sentences for violent crimes they committed as minors deserve a chance at eventual release. The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear oral arguments in three cases questioning whether so-called "juvenile lifers" deserve sentencing relief.
7:20 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

State House approves bill limiting bridge card use

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Portage Republican Representative Margaret O'Brien says legislation is intended to cut down on "abuse to our welfare system"
LANSING -- The Michigan Legislature now has to choose between a pair of dueling proposals with the same goal -- preventing Bridge Card recipients from using ATMs at liquor stores, strip clubs and racetracks to access cash benefits.