SW Michigan

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.
12:12 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Free Press: Charter Schools Not Held Accountable

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The paper says its year-long investigation found significant problems including poor student performance, wasteful spending and cronyism.
Michigan spends $1B on charter schools but fails to hold them accountable The Free Press found wasteful spending, schools allowed to operate for years despite poor academic records, and management companies that refuse to detail how they spend taxpayers' money. A link to this page will be included in your message.
12:09 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Palisades Nuclear Plant Off-Line Again

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Plant officials say the outage will be "brief" but haven't said when it will return to service.
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - Palisades Nuclear Power Plant was removed from service at 11:30 p.m. Friday, (June 20). That is being done to conduct a "planned maintenance outage" to replace a primary coolant pump seal, says Lindsay Rose, spokeswoman for Entergy Corp., which owns Palisades.
12:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Calhoun County officials consider local road taxes

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Township officials in the county say they're frustrated by the lack of action in Lansing on the road repair issue.
Want your township roads fixed? It'll cost you $284 million. With more than three-fourths of township roads in poor condition, Calhoun County officials say necessary improvements needed to upgrade all roads in the 19 townships to a "good" rating will require $284,664,930. Township supervisors will have to overcome more than the hefty price tag.