SW Michigan

12:43 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

State prepares for further impact of federal government shutdown

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Officials say state worker furloughs probably won't happen unless shutdown continues into November
LANSING, MI - As politicians in Washington D.C. fail to reach an agreement to fund the government, effects of the partial government shutdown are creeping closer to Michigan and several of its federally funded programs. While most of the programs have money for October, the state is preparing if the shutdown continues through the month.
7:09 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Benton Harbor Public Safety Director sues Emergency Manager

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Roger Lange's lawsuit also names city
ST. JOSEPH - A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that retaliation for whistle-blowing was behind Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Tony Saunders' decision to suspend public safety Director Roger Lange.
6:56 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Former Kalamazoo Airport director had misused county credit

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Cliff Moshiginis resigned in September after county looked into allegations of harassment
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
According to a report by the county Fraud and Abuse Committee obtained through the state Freedom of Information Act, Moshoginis made four transactions using his county credit card totaling $1,322 at America's Best Value Inn, 2615 Airview Blvd., which has since been replaced by Days Inn and Suites and is located a half-mile from the airport offices.
9:39 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

National Guard mission suffers because of government shutdown

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Nearly all of the $30-million budget for Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek comes from federal government
More than 100 civilian employees have returned to work, but the Battle Creek Air National Guard base is struggling to stay open because of the federal government shutdown. "It is far from fixed," Col. Ronald Wilson, base commander said Tuesday. "My biggest worry was to get people back.
8:56 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ottawa County officials predict property tax rates will hold, revenue increase

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It's first year since 2009 Ottawa County is in the black with operating tax revenue
Ottawa County seal Tax revenue will increase next year, according to Ottawa County predictions. The county's property tax levy will remain the same next year, but total property tax revenue could go up by 3 percent or more, officials said. Much of that can be attributed to a manufacturing resurgence.