SW Michigan

6:43 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Battle Creek firefighters sue for back pay

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Lawsuit follows Labor Department investigation
Unhappy with a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor on unpaid overtime, Battle Creek firefighters are suing the city. A suit was filed Tuesday in United States District Court in Grand Rapids on behalf of 57 firefighters and eight former firefighters, seeking about $1 million from the city, according to attorney Ann Oldfather of Louisville, Ky.
9:11 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Michigan Budget Director says shutdown costing $18-million a day

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Federal funding comprises 40% of state's total budget
LANSING -- The shutdown of the federal government will cost the state of Michigan $18 million a day, the state's budget director said Tuesday afternoon. Director John Nixon held a news conference to discuss the impact of the federal shutdown on the state Tuesday following a conference call between budget officials from all 50 states and the White House Office of Management and Budget.
9:04 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Federal government shutdown felt in Battle Creek

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Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta among federal agencies continuing operations
The federal government shutdown that kicked in Tuesday has already hit families in Michigan. Captain Craig Warn confirmed 55 percent of the full-time staff at the 110th airlift wing was furloughed. "We have no idea how long it is going to be," he said. "It's directly impacting our new mission."
8:56 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

WMU officials say saving wings of East Hall will cost $10-million each

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East Hall being renovated into alumni center
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- It would cost Western Michigan University at least $10 million to preserve each of the two wings of East Hall, according to the architectural firm hired to convert the historical building into an alumni center.
3:43 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Bills seek to prevent scrap metal theft

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The legislation would not allow recycling companies to pay people cash for commonly stolen items like copper wire, air conditioners, and catalytic converters. Recycling companies can also choose to hold off on cash payments for three days.
LANSING, MI -- A Michigan House panel on Tuesday approved a long-discussed, much-debated proposal designed to curb metal theft that lawmakers and law enforcement agencies have said is " tearing apart communities." The bipartisan legislation, nearly two years in the making and still a priority for Michigan Gov.

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