SW Michigan

7:25 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Michigan Municipal League plan would help cities fund infrastructure and services

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Local and state government leaders haven't been able to reach consensus on changing how revenue is collected
LANSING - An expanded sales tax, increased gas tax and forgivable student loans are among Michigan Municipal League's ideas for boosting the economy and fixing local finance problems. Local governments have for years slashed staff and struggled to fund basic services as state revenue sharing declined, property values plummeted and laws limited municipalities' ability to collect new tax revenue.
6:55 am
Fri October 11, 2013

House votes to let young GED students to work full time

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Unclear how many students would be affected by change in law
The Michigan House has unanimously passed a bill introduced by state Rep. Kate Segal that would allow 16-year-olds who earn their general-equivalency diplomas to work full-time. Segal, a Battle Creek Democrat, pushed the bill specifically to help the youngest graduates of the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy program in Battle Creek, according to a news release Wednesday from Segal's office.
6:19 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Berrien County considers dissovling road commission

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Another public hearing on the issue is scheduled for October 24th
ST. JOSEPH - Berrien County commissioners got an earful Thursday on whether they should dissolve the troubled county road commission and assume its responsibilities.
8:15 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

U-M Professor says ban on Affirmative Action has "chilling effect"

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Case will be heard by U.S. Supreme Court
As Kevin Gaines discussed the history of the civil rights movement in a University of Michigan class recently, he said he found himself looking at 15 white faces and two African-American faces. That lack of diversity made having robust class discussions difficult, Gaines, a U-M history professor, said Thursday during a conference call with reporters.
8:11 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

WMU's Hoekje Hall demolished, Bigelow to come down next

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New residence hall is expected to open in 2015
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Two dorms that were home to tens of thousands of Western Michigan University students for more than 50 years are coming down this month. The demolition of Hoekje and Bigelow Halls are part of WMU's announced effort to replace its aging housing and dining hall stock.

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