SW Michigan

3:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Emergency plans for schools, day cares not mandatory in Michigan

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Save the Children, a non-government disaster relief organization says schools in Michigan, Iowa, Idaho, and Kansas do not legally have to make emergency plans for natural disasters or school shootings
More than half of the states and the District of Columbia do not require schools or day care centers to meet minimum standards to protect children during major emergencies, according to a new report. Save the Children, a non-governmental disaster relief organization focused on children, found that 17 states don't require evacuation plans in day care centers.
3:04 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Bill would outlaw gas chambers in animal shelters

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Republican Senator Rick Jones says gas chambers can take up to 20 minutes to euthanize a cat or dog and is more painful for the animal than lethal injection.
LANSING, MI -- A bill working its way through the Michigan Senate would ban the use of gas chambers to euthanize cats or dogs. Sponsoring state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said that animal control shelters in some Michigan counties use gas when it is necessary to euthanize a dog or cat despite the availability of lethal injection.
12:13 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Marshall approves district for hospital expansion

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Compromise was reached after dispute between Oaklawn Hospital and Marshall Neighborhood Association
MARSHALL - After months of refining an ordinance that would allow for future expansion of Oaklawn Hospital, the Marshall City Council on Monday evening approved the Hospital Campus Overlay District. Discussion on the ordinance was brief, but council members praised the effort and collaboration of the parties involved in the three-year discussion -- city staff, Oaklawn Hospital and members of the Marshall Neighborhood Association.
11:20 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Michigan Congressman Kerry Bentivolio will face primary challenge

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Former state lawmakers Mike Bishop and Andrew "Rocky" Roczkowski are among supporters of challenger David Trott
WASHINGTON - Lawyer David Trott will enter the Republican primary next year to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford), a former reindeer rancher who took the nomination in 2012 despite a lack of mainstream support.
7:01 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Benton Township considers tax assessment to pay for police protection

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Retailers have been paying less in taxes because of successful appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal
BENTON TOWNSHIP - Facing declining tax revenue from its major retailers, Benton Township is considering a tax assessment on commercial properties so it can continue police patrols that target the business district, the retail hub of Berrien County.

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