SW Michigan

8:18 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Experts expect few lasting effects from shutdown in West Michigan

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Real risk is in default on debt
After 16 days of federal government shutdown, how long will West Michigan still be reeling from the effects?
8:12 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

No ruling in gay marriage case, judge orders trial to start in February

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Director of Kalamazoo Gay-Lesbian Resource Center says he's still optimistic
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Although U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declined to overturn Michigan's gay marriage ban Wednesday, supporters of the gay and lesbian community in Kalamazoo remain hopeful for a lifting of the state's voter-approved ban.
6:25 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Battle Creek to hire outside counsel in case over back wages

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Current and former firefighters filed suit earlier this month
Battle Creek will hire outside counsel to help defend itself in a lawsuit stemming from alleged improper overtime pay for firefighters. City commissioners voted 8-1 at their regular meeting Tuesday to hire the services of Varnum, a law firm with offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids, after 65 former and current firefighters sued the city claiming it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Michigan Minimum Wage Law of 1964 and contract law.
7:15 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Dune removal nearly complete at Holland State Park

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Operation by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers not effected by federal government shutdown
Crews are getting close to completing the leveling of sand dunes along the channel at Holland State Park on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Work began Sept. 30 with the removal of trees and dune grass. The mature trees were ground into chips to be used in natural areas and the dune grass was harvested so it can be transplanted.
7:10 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Both sides confident after Supreme Court oral arguments over affirmative action

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Both sides say diversity is important
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Attorneys from both sides of the Scheutte v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case projected confidence as they emerged from the Supreme Court building early Tuesday afternoon. The court heard one hour of arguments in the case, which will decide whether Proposition 2 - a constitutional amendment outlawing race-based affirmative action passed by Michigan voters in 2006 - is unconstitutional.