SW Michigan

3:28 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Michigan Medicaid expansion becomes law

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Gov. Snyder signed the legislation in a ceremony Monday.
Dearborn - Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign legislation Monday morning which would make Michigan the 25th state to join the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. By signing the bill, the governor would add more than 470,000 Michiganians to the Medicaid rolls.
3:24 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Law enforcement officials tout preschools

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The "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids" coalition says Michigan could save more than $200 million a year and keep thousands of people out of prison through a proposed federal-state early childhood education initiative.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo County Jail holds 327 inmates, but Sheriff Richard Fuller says the department regularly supervises more than 400 inmates a day. In an effort to cut down on jail overcrowding and the crime rate, Fuller is helping to push for a state-federal partnership to expand early childhood education across the country.
10:44 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Fund would help schools change to year around calendar

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Several school districts in Michigan have experimented with alternative calendar
LANSING -- A new proposal in the Michigan House of Representatives would set aside $10 million in state funds to help schools transition to a "year-round" calendar where students do not have the traditional lengthy summer break.
8:02 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Large crop yield, but a shortage of workers

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Weather, recession and industry changes blamed for lack for agricultural workers
Fred Leitz and his three brothers lost more than half their farm's blueberry crop this year. And Mother Nature is not to blame.The fourth-generation owners of Leitz Farm in Sodus Township said the blueberries, along with a third of their cucumbers and a fourth of their cantaloupes, were left to die in the field due to a shortage of pickers.
7:53 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Lawmakers consider ending "cut rate" vehicle registration fees

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Michigan currently collects about $900-million a year in vehicle registration fees
LANSING — As they try to raise an extra $1.2 billion a year to fix Michigan’s roads, state lawmakers are looking at reducing or eliminating cut-rate vehicle-registration fees that benefit special-interest groups and cost the state tens of millions of dollars a year.

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