SW Michigan

1:41 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in prison

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Kilpatrick's attorneys had asked for 15 year sentence for corruption conviction
Seven months after his historic conviction for public corruption, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will find out today how much time he'll spend in prison for running what the government called a money-making racket out of City Hall that steered millions to himself, his family and his friends while the impoverished city hobbled along.
12:10 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Truancy rates vary but cause problems throughout state

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Rates of students missing class are disproportionately high in urban areas with high poverty rates
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: The Center for Michigan
When Grand Rapids Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal visits schools and classrooms, she can't help but notice the empty seats. More than one in four students missed at least 10 days with unexcused absences in 2011-12, one of the highest rates in the state.
12:07 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Snyder says he doesn't know who contributes to NERD fund

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Transcript of deposition shows Snyder says he doesn't know if fund contributed to ballot campaigns last year
Lansing - Gov. Rick Snyder testified Wednesday under oath that he doesn't know who is bankrolling his secretive NERD Fund that is paying for some of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's living and travel expenses and a close aide's $100,000-a-year salary.
7:15 am
Thu October 10, 2013

MSU professor says there's still much to be learned from Kalamazoo River oil spill

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Stephen Hamilton began studying spill about two weeks after it happened in July of 2010
HICKORY CORNERS - More than $1 billion, several health studies and three years of cleanup efforts have been devoted to the Kalamazoo River following the 2010 oil spill. But even one of the state's most qualified scientists say there is still much to be learned.
6:44 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Benton Harbor Mayor says city income tax proposal is likely illegal

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City commissioners disagree, accuse mayor of trying to discredit ballot issue
BENTON HARBOR - Mayor James Hightower says the city income tax proposal on the Nov. 5 ballot is likely illegal.

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