SW Michigan

6:27 am
Tue June 24, 2014

West Michigan Researchers Work to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Farms

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Team began study six years ago and released results earlier this month
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Researchers in West Michigan are looking to reduce the impact of agriculture on global warming through smarter and more efficient use of nitrogen-rich fertilizers.
6:20 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Charter School Boards Find Themselves With Little Power

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Free Press continues series on problems with charter school accountability
Charter school board members found themselves powerless Boards are supposed to oversee the finances of their school, maintain independence from their management company and make information available to the public.That's the law, but it doesn't always happen.
6:12 am
Tue June 24, 2014

State Review Team Appointed for Benton Harbor Schools

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District Superintendent hopes process moves quickly
BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor school officials said Monday they welcome a financial review team from Gov. Rick Snyder's office and look forward to the state helping the district eliminate its $16 million debt.
6:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Harper Creek School District Approves Budget

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The board also appointed district's Curriculum Director interim Superintendent
The Harper Creek Board of Education approved a $22 million budget for the 2014-15 school year Monday night with a deficit of $211,212. Al Miller, president of the board, said that's just a small part of what needs to be done.
5:15 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

This Summer, Look Out for Poison Ivy

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Outdoor experts have warned that ticks and mosquitoes will be abundant this year. Now they're adding a plant to the pest list.
The gentle spring rains that have been fabulous for your flower gardens can be blamed for those blistery, itching, scratch-till-they-hurt sores as well. Poison ivy - the annual threat to campers, anglers, hikers and even suburb dwellers - is "more robust" this year than usual because of the moisture, said Rebecca Finneran, horticulture educator at Michigan State University Extension.