SW Michigan

6:03 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Battle Creek City Commission approves anti-discrimination ordinance, raise for city manager

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One commissioner votes against ordinance providing protection against discrimination for lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender people
Despite a handful of residents who spoke out in opposition, Battle Creek City Commissioners voted 6-3 to grant City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama a 2 percent raise Tuesday night. The move increases Tsuchiyama's annual salary to $124,950 from $122,500. Vice Mayor Elizabeth Fulton and commissioners Jeff Domenico and Dave Walters cast the dissenting votes.
9:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Study finds blacks targeted for traffic stops by Kalamazoo Public Safety

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Results of study released during Tuesday's Kalamazoo City Commission meeting
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Black motorists are more than two times as likely to be stopped by police in the city of Kalamazoo than a white person behind the wheel.
5:14 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Amash to hold Syria discussion Wed. in Battle Creek

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U.S. Representative Justin Amash is against a military strike against Syria and questions the constitutionality of President Obama’s actions.
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, will speak with locals this week to hear their opinions on a possible U.S. military strike against Syria. The congressman said he will host an event at the Main Street Beanery at 113 W. Michigan Avenue in Marshall at 10 a.m.
2:11 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

First day of school goes smoothly in Marshall as high school merger with Albion becomes reality

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Marshall High School principal says school is "bigger" but otherwise not changed
MARSHALL - Worries about merging two vastly different schools gave way to fears about finding the right classroom on time as Albion high schoolers headed to Marshall High School for the first day of the academic year on Tuesday. Buses from Albion arrived at Marshall High at about 7:20 a.m.
2:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Michigan Medicaid expansion won't take effect until spring

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Senate approved bill last week, but without enough votes for "immediate effect"
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Senate on Tuesday failed to reconsider Gov. Rick Snyder's preferred timeline for implementation of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare." The decision could cost Michigan up to $7 million a day in federal funding that will be available beginning January 1, Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman said last week.