SW Michigan

7:15 am
Tue July 22, 2014

New Member Picked for Benton Harbor City Commission

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Vacancy was created when commissioner David Shaw was found guilty of resisting and obstructing police
BENTON HARBOR - Mary Donald was chosen Monday as the newest Benton Harbor city commissioner by a 6-2 vote. Donald said she has followed city politics for quite some time and is glad to have the opportunity to be a voice for the citizens.
7:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission Approves Development on Lafayette Street

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Plan calls for building with retail space and apartments
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Motorists will soon be unable to access Lafayette Avenue from West Michigan Avenue after the Kalamazoo City Commission approved the vacation of a portion of the street Monday to allow for development in the area. Commissioners voted 6-0 to vacate 337 feet of Lafayette Avenue from West Michigan Avenue to 1111 Lafayette Ave.
7:02 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Layoff Notices Sent for Grand Rapids Public Schools

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The district's human resources director says some workers may be called back if enrollment numbers increase
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Another year of projected enrollment declines has the Grand Rapids Public Schools sending layoff notices to some 90 staffers this week as the district projects losing another 400 students this coming fall.
6:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Detroit Pension Holders Vote for Bankruptcy Deal

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Creditors still object to deal
Detroit retirees voted to accept pension cuts and allow the Detroit Institute of Arts to spin off as an independent institution, reflecting a critical endorsement of the city's restructuring blueprint to resolve the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
6:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kids Count Report Finds Michigan in Bottom Half of Nation for Child Well Being

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Michigan was 32nd overall in 2014 report, down one spot from 2013
LANSING -- Michigan is improving slightly for major factors in child well-being, but still lags far behind the majority of states, according to the 25th annual "Kids Count" report. The report, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, revealed that while preschool attendance rates, teen birth rates and child poverty all improved from last year's report, the state remains mired behind its neighbors.