SW Michigan

6:42 am
Wed October 30, 2013

WMU men's basketball picked to finish second in MAC West

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Broncos won MAC West last season, finished with 22-13 record
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Western Michigan University men's basketball team was picked by media members to finish second in the Mid-American Conference West Division this season. The conference preseason polls, released Tuesday, saw the Broncos pick up 108 votes in the division. Toledo was picked to win the division and received 149 votes.
6:24 am
Wed October 30, 2013

State agrees to changes that allow spending on Common Core standards

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Standards have been controversial with conservative groups
LANSING - Without discussion, debate or a roll-call vote, the Michigan House of Representatives agreed today to changes made in legislation allowing the state's Department of Education to begin spending money on implementing Common Core standards. Common Core standards are a national set of expectations of what students need to know in order to be career- and college-ready when they leave high school.
2:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Senate bills increase penalties for drive-by-shooters

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The current penalty is up to four years in prison with a possible $2,000 fine. The new legislation would increase that to ten years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Senate took aim at drive-by shootings on Tuesday, approving bipartisan bills that would increase penalties and make it easier for prosecutors to press charges.
2:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

To stop meth, House bills go after 'smurfs'

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Smurfs buy small amounts of drugs that contain pseuoephedrine, like Sudafed, and sell them to meth cooks.
LANSING, MI -- A pair of bills introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives target people who buy ingredients for methamphetamine cooks. These suppliers, known as "smurfs," purchase small amounts of pseudoephedrine and sell them to meth producers.
12:27 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Human rights issue on ballot in Royal Oak

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Detroit suburb rejected similar ordinance to protect rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in 2001
Royal Oak Supporters of Royal Oaks human rights ordinance hope the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people can be translated into a win at the polls next week, 12 years after city voters decisively rejected a similar measure.